Review Species Reported this month:
Black Scoter Davis Co.,
Red-necked Grebe Duchesne Co.,
Little Gull Davis Co.
Parasitic Jaeger Utah Co.
(80% Ruddy) Ground-Dove Washington Co.
Red-breasted Sapsucker Washington Co.
Thick-billed Kingbird Garfield Co.
Magnolia Warbler Washington Co.
Blackburnian Warbler Washington Co.
Palm Warbler Washington Co.
Bay-breasted Warbler Salt Lake Co.
Dickcissel Washington Co.
Keith Evans (31 Oct 2013) - [South Ogden] - As I read Eric's message
about a White-throated Sparrow sighting, I thought some would be
interested in an update from my South Ogden yard. A few weeks ago, an adult WTSP
spent a few days in my yard (photo attached). Then I didn't see the adult for a
few days and two immature WTSPs arrived. I've been seeing them nearly every day
for a week.
Dave Hanscom (30 Oct 2013) - [Farmington Bay[ - I went
looking one more time for the Little Gull at Farmington Bay, but had no luck... The good news is that I did find Shyloh himself, and he told me he'd just seen a BLACK SCOTER. Indeed, it
was right where he said it was, so he saved me a few miles of driving up to AIC.
The bird was along the dike that goes south from Egg Island to the four corners
where the gates are all closed.
Joel Beyer (27 Oct 2013) - Nineteen (19) SURF SCOTERS
at the first bridge on the Antelope Island causeway this morning. Also one
Horned Grebe. Nothing happening at Garr Ranch, other than a
Matthew Pendleton (22 Oct 2013) - Kenny Frisch found a LITTLE GULL
at the four way stop in Farmington Bay. He and I are looking at it right now.
Mike Hearell (21 Oct 2013) - [Antelope Island
Causeway] - Currently 13 SURF SCOTERS at second bridge.
Mike Hearell (10 Oct 2013) - 5 Greater White-fronted Geese just
East of Syracuse High School on North side of 700 S.
Cindy Sommerfeld (4 Oct 2013) - Today's survey was
cold, cloudy and windy. In spite of that there were some interesting birds. On
the causeway a Sabine's Gull was just east of the big bridge. Also we saw
two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS among the many Black-bellied Plovers.
Three miles south of Garr Ranch we found a female AMERICAN REDSTART. This
is an area accessible only by foot. Our species count was 48: ...
Brian Maxfield (22 Oct 2013) - I just left Starvation
Reservoir in Duchesne County and there were two RED-NECKED GREBES in
Saleratus Bay on the very north end of the reservoir. They were both adult
non-breeding plumage birds and stayed together but away from all the other
Larry Tripp (9 Oct 2013) - Today just before 10:am
there was a THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD in Tropic Garfield county. I Watched
the bird in my yard for about 10 minutes before it flew off to the north. I was
working at the time so I was unable to chase after it. I was able to get out
after noon to look around town but didn't see it.
Dave Hanscom (16 Oct 2013) - Stopped by East Canyon
Reservoir today in search of a Pacific Loon. Lots of Common Loons, but no
Pacific was to be found. Bonus was two SURF SCOTERS near the south end of
the lake, not far from the inlet.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Rich Young (31 Oct 2013)- [Big Cottonwood Regional Park] - A flock of a
dozen Evening Grosbeaks. I believe this is the first record for Evening
Grosbeaks in the Salt Lake Valley this season...
Brenton Reyner (28 Oct 2013) - Band-tailed Pigeon
in my yard.
Sylvia Gray (28 Oct 2013) - Cedar Waxwings. The
first of the season at our house - Avenues District of SLC - a juvenile
yesterday and an adult today peering at me from the yew bush eating the red
berries. I love those guys.
Bryant Olsen (26 Oct 2013) - This morning during our
monthly survey of City Creek canyon around 10:30am we saw an adult
"white-striped morph" WHITE-THROATED SPARROW near picnic site
#7 . It was in the brush near the creek...
Bryant Olsen (15 Oct 2013) - This morning around 9am myself and Carolina
Roa saw what appears to be a 1st year BAY-BREASTED WARBLER during our
Liberty Park survey. It was in the pines near the restrooms in the north-east
area of the park. I
Matthew Wallace (6 Oct 2013) - A flock of Olive-backed
Swainson's Thrushes flew through our area this morning at our house just
south of Millcreek (the creek not the township). I'd guess there were 30 or
Brenton Reyner (2 Oct 2013) - Had a late female or
immature male Black-chinned Hummingbird in the yard this afternoon...
Oliver Hansen (5 Oct 2013) - This morning I was
sitting in the stadium at Herriman High School at a band competition. A flock of
maybe 1500-2000 Snow Geese flew over the stadium at about 11:30 am. Fun
Eric Huish (30 Oct 2013) - There is a 1st winter
Harris's Sparrow on Swede Lane at the short jog in the road. It is with a
large flock of WC Sparrows. 8:30 am. GPS 40.16427 -111.72252
Jeff Cooper (26 Oct 2013)
- [Provo Airport Dike] - Eric Peterson and I were just looking for the
red-necked grebe (no luck) and talking about birding in Florida when all of a
sudden we both heard the distinctive call of a BLUE JAY. We then found it
close by at the top of a tree and Eric got photos (he will share later)...
Eric Huish (24 Oct 2013) - Just saw a White-throated Sparrow on
the east side of the Provo airport dike loop. Just south of the little dirt road
that crosses the moat. GPS 40.21585 -111.71238
Eric Huish (22 Oct 2013) - Merrill Webb reported a RED-NECKED GREBE
at the Provo Airport Dike in the moat at the southeast corner (by the yellow
school bus). I jumped in my car and ran down. It is still here (6:30 pm, Oct
Eric Huish (21 Oct 2013) - I walked Skipper Bay
Trail this afternoon looking for the White-throated Sparrows Donel reported
there yesterday. I couldn't find the WTS but did get my first-of-season
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. This is the earliest I have ever seen a tree in Utah
Kendell Watkins (13 Oct 20130 - Just before dark my dad and I took a look
around the beach area on River Lane. Best bird was an immature SABINE'S GULL.
It was hanging out with a large group of gulls on the lakes edge. We watched it
for less than half a minute before it took flight and flew north, out of sight.
We also saw (the continuing?) three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS.
Eric Huish (12 Oct 2013) - On a Big Sit you pick a
spot and spend the day sitting within a 17 foot circle and only count birds you
see from that one spot... --This year's Provo Airport Dike Big Sit was
covered continuously from 6:02 am to 7:53 pm. (13 Hours 50 Minutes). We sat at
the Southwest Corner of the dike loop... --We added 4 Big Sit Lifers this year that we have never seen on
any previous sits - Common Merganser, PARASITIC JAEGER, Violet-green Swallow
and Green-tailed Towhee. The Jaeger was kind enough to fly right over us
then circle over us giving everyone a great view...Our last sighting of the day was a Barn
Owl. A great finish to a great day...
Jeff Cooper (4 Oct 2013) - [Pleasant Grove] - I was just sitting in my
home office in Pleasant Grove looking out the window toward Mahogany Mountain...
I noticed a hawk stooping into my view so I tuned in to identify it.... It was a
light juvenile Ferruginous Hawk. I love watching the raptors.
--My little owl friend, a Western Screech Owl,
was in the yard again so I got some more photos...
Keeli Marvel (3 Oct 2013) - I spent my mandatory
time off yesterday hiking part of the Great Western Trail at the end of South
Fork Canyon, up Provo Canyon. The fall colors were beautiful and the birds were
obliging. We saw a Northern Goshawk cruising around along the conifer
line about 2.5 miles up the trail. On the way back down the trail, we spotted a
Ruffed Grouse sneaking around on the side of the trail trying to slip
away from us unnoticed. There was also a handful of Clark's Nutcrackers
on the move up the canyon following the Northern Goshawk...
Merrill Webb (26 Oct 2013) - [Lytle Ranch] - With the Sommerfelds saw a
Ground-Dove in the Milo-Maize fields at Lytle Ranch yesterday morning
(Oct 25th). Got a good enough look to say it was definitely a Ground-Dove but
are not certain whether it was Ruddy or Common. Leaning 80% Ruddy. It had "dark
back and dark flanks." It would flush ahead of us then drop back down into the
field. We never got a clean look at the head.
Johnnie Rowbear (24 Oct 2013) - I watched two MERLINS
trying to take food away from a Road Runner this morning at 10:30 am at
Ivins Reservoir. I also saw a WOOD DUCK.
Rick Fridell (14 Oct 2013) - There are currently three Surf Scoters
(imm/ female types) and a Black Scoter (imm/ female) together off the
south boat ramp parking area at Sand Hollow State Park.
Kathy Beyer (13 Oct 2013) - This afternoon we saw an adult male Surf
Scoter at Sandhollow State Park. The Common Tern was still at
Grandpa's Fishing Pond, and the Greater White-fronted Goose was still at
St. George Golf Club.
Rick Fridell (11 Oct 2013) - his afternoon (10/11) Kevin Wheeler and I
birded a few Hurricane area locations. ... --After Quail, Kevin and I stopped by Sand Hollow State Park. There
were a few shorebirds of note in the southeast corner of the reservoir
including: American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Western
Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher. There were also a couple Tree
Swallows and an Osprey at SHSP.
Rick Fridell (10 Oct 2013) -[Lytle Ranch] - Several highlights. There
were many sapsuckers present in the orchard and cottonwoods including various
plumages of Red-naped Sapsuckers (male / female, adult / juvenile) and a
couple apparent hybrid red-naped X red-breasted... There were two Townsend's
Warblers with a small mixed flock in the cottonwoods near the gate / parking
area (a male and first-fall / female type).
...The highlight of the
day was a pair of Steller's Jays in the orchard. I was shocked to see
these, certainly a first for me at Lytle.... and any other lowland location for
--After Lytle I stopped at the Beaver Dam Wash road crossing
below the ranch. There was a great little mixed flock in the willows on the
south side of the road including a Magnolia Warbler, Pacific Wren,
and a molting Indigo Bunting. While I was watching these guys I noticed a
bonus Long-eared Owl roosting in the willows! Also present today at the
St. George Golf Course middle pond (off Larkspur Road) was a juvenile Greater
White-fronted Goose - first observed along lower Fort Pearce Wash on Tuesday
(10/8) by Martin Schifj and Dan Trujillo.
Kendell Watkins (9 Oct 2013) - Doug Mead, Ned
Bixler, and I ventured down to Lytle Ranch to try our luck for the Red-breasted
Sapsucker. No luck on the R-B Sapsucker, but we did see two very promising
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS eating persimmons in the orchard with a dozen or
so Red-naped Sapsuckers were very abundant in the orchard. We also saw
two PALM WARBLERS. One in the Milo fields and the other near the parking
lot with a mixed flock of Bushtits, Orange-crowned, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
I got good looks and pictures of a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW mixed in with a flock
of White-crowned Sparrows in between the orchard and the Milo fields. Fall
plumage BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER near the parking area with Townsend's and
Yellow-rumped Warblers. Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS seen, possibly three. One bird
was seen at the very end of the ranch road by the white gate. We also saw one
bird in between the Milo fields and the orchard area. Both birds were calling.
Other cool birds included a CRISSAL THRASHER near the pavilion by the
parking area. A possible (heard only) DICKCISSEL in the Milo fields. I
heard the buzzy zeet call once, but I never was able to locate the bird. Keep an
eye out if you're in the area. A pair of LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKERS were
calling and drumming pack and forth between the houses and parking area.
Rick Fridell (9 Oct 2013) - There were three Pectoral Sandpipers in
the irrigated fields east of 3000 East (and north of 1130 south) in the
Washington Fields (on 10/8 and still present this evening -10/9)...
Rick Fridell (5 Oct 2013) - Today (10/03) I visited
Lytle Ranch, Washington Co., UT. Periodic wind gusts made birding difficult,
however, there were a few nice birds around: RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
(remaining since 8/21) - vocalizing in trees along wash and then observed
briefly in the orchard. RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - eating persimmons in the
orchard. GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW - with White-crowned flock in the milo
Mike Hearell (27 Oct 2013) - I found one WHITE-WINGED SCOTER this
morning at Pineview Reservoir. It was swimming about 30 yards off the beach
along Cemetery Point. This is only the second reported WWSC in Weber County.
Mike Hearell (20 Oct 2013) - I took my camera
with me while 'hiking' at North Fork Park this morning in hopes of being able to
get photos of the Pygmy Nuthatch from yesterday. I was unable to locate the
nuthatch in question and strangely most the birds from yesterday had been
replaced by other species. the good thing about this was the fact I found 2
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. This is a new county bird for me!
Mike Hearell (19 Oct 2013) - While 'hiking' today in my orange vest I
came across a flock of mixed birds being very noisy and chasing one another. Off
the top of my head I had no clue what bird I had heard but started looking for
the one making the call. To my surprise, a PYGMY NUTHATCH! This bird
wasn't even on my hopeful list for Weber County. It was located approx 1/2 mile
up the trail from North Fork Park to Ben Lomond Peak.