Review Species Reported this month:
Little Blue Heron Davis Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Mike Hearell (30 Jul 2014) - [Willard Spur] - The
number of southbound birds on the Willard Spur are building with each visit.
This afternoon there were thousands of Godwits, Ibis, and Dowitchers. There were
also hundreds of Stilts, Gulls, Terns and Pelicans. The number of Black Terns
alone were approaching 100! By the time I made it out this afternoon the heat
waves were pretty bad but, in the morning they are pretty minimal.
Mike Hearell (19 July 2014) - I took a trip out to the
Willard Spur this morning in search of any early arrivals from the north. Best
birds of the day were 3 Horned Grebes, and an AMERICAN BITTERN.
Norm Jenson (23 Jul 2014) - Gail and I discovered a
LITTLE BLUE HERON today about 2pm at Farmington Bay- Glover's Lane
Pond. We observed it several different places on the pond it eventually flew
east from the Nature Center towards. 1325 W. If you walked the trail from the
Nature Center East toward 1325 west you might find it along the canal that runs
through there call if you need a better description.
Larry Tripp (8 Jul 2014) - [Tropic] - This morning I
had a singing White-eyed Vireo moving around in the large willow trees at
the Bullberry inn B & B in Tropic UT. It's in Garfield Co. near Bryce Canyon NP.
I watched it for about 10 minutes before it stopped singing and I lost it in the
trees. I listened through the day on and off but never heard or saw it again.
This is where I now live so if I locate it again I will post it.
Chris Babcock (30 Jul 2014) - I just spent a few days
in Kodachrome Basin State Park in SW Utah. Posted on a birder site that I belong
to on Facebook and someone from Utah just told me that my siting was unusual and
suggested I send an email here. We were camped in Kodachrome Basin July 19 -
21st (site #8 if anyone cares). Black-throated Gray Warblers were very
present and easily identifiable. Absolutely no doubt about the identification. I
saw a minimum of 5 birds at one time though Iím pretty sure there were more
based on the calls (maybe up to 10 total). They were busy in the trees morning
and dusk - moving fairly constantly, but many good looks. Calls were as
described in the guide books. Also present were Ash-Throated Flycatchers,
Pinyon Jays (out the wazoo), Ravens, Violet-Green Swallows, Chipping
Sparrows, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Black-chinned Hummingbirds and a
Rufous Hummingbird. I saw what I think was a Gnatcatcher but didnít get a
good enough look to be certain. Several of the Pinyon Jays were young - still
begging and being obnoxiously noisy at 5am. :)
Paul Higgins (4 Jul 2014) - Green-tailed Towhee.
Monte Cristo Mountains.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Norm Jenson (17 Jul 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Stilt
Sandpiper. The bird was still there at 7:30 pm tonight. It is still in the
location Shyloh reported. Also a juvenile Sabine's Gull.
Rich Young (15 Jul 2014) - Whether Iím walking at Crestwood Park, Big
Cottonwood Park, or the Jordan River Parkway, Iím encountering fledging
Black-headed Grosbeaks! Theyíre often on the gravel paths, in the shade,
foraging, and tolerating close encounters by people who ignore them.
Rich Young (11 Jul 2014) - Mill Race Pond in
Taylorsville has been a lonely place these past days! However, the absent
Forsterís Tern showed up again! Just in time for me to take the challenge:
ďDo Something Different (photographic) in a World that is satisfied with good
Norm Jenson (9 Jul 2014) - [Red Butte Gardens] -
Red-eyed Vireo. I heard revi when I arrived but couldn't locate shortly
after that Rachel arrived and we got some brief looks as well as hearing it both
sing and it's yack call. Best was when it swooped down attacking a bbma driving
it away . Kudos to Matt for his great picture, something I was unable to manage,
and for the GPS coordinates that confirmed the exact location.
Norm Jenson (27 Jul 2014) - [Mirror Lake] - We've seen
Gray Jays about half of the times we've gone to mirror lake and each time
it was from the parking lot or within 100 yard radius. When we arrived today
this guy was waiting for us. Later as we expanded our circle, staying within 100
yards, we saw two more. We also heard an American Three-toed Woodpecker drumming
nearby, but were unable to locate him.
Diane Penttila (2 Jul 2014) - [Ouray NWR] - A couple
exciting birds this week: a Common Loon in Leota, and a Snowy Plover
with 3 young in Sheppard Bottom. The following birds were seen within the survey
route: [highlights]: ...Blue-winged teal, ...Wood duck,... Ring-necked
duck,...Great egret,... Common loon,... American bittern,...Snowy plover,...
Jeff Cooper (26 Jul 2014) - [Pleasant Grove] - I just
looked out the window of my home office and noticed a pair of Mourning Doves
building a nest. That's a first for our yard. A moment later I looked again and
a male Rufous Hummingbird came to the feeder and chased off the
Black-chinned that was trying to feed. That's the first Rufous at the feeder for
the season. A fun couple of minutes as I am wrapping up a blog post about a trip
Eric Peterson and I took yesterday to Tabiona and Mirror Lake. It was a great
day. We saw and photographed lots of fun bird activities I'll share a little
Jeff Cooper (13 Jul 2014) - On a whim, I took my
9-year-old niece from California up American Fork Canyon and onto the Alpine
Loop tonight. The last-minute decision turned out to be well worth the drive.
It's always fun to watch someone get excited about cute little owls and other
discoveries in our mountains. We saw a beautiful sunset from the Pine Hollow
trail head parking lot. We saw several raccoons crossing the road after the sun
went down. I took her to one of my reliable owling spots and whistled in an
adult Northern Saw-whet Owl within about ten minutes. I've found timing
to be critical for getting these guys to call back, especially this time of the
year. After giving my niece the rare look at the Saw-whet we went for the
Flammies. Poorwills were calling as usual and the Flammies began calling
about twenty minutes after the Saw-whets. We had a very cooperative
Flammulated Owl. It perched right above us and allowed some video to be
Dennis Shirley 93 Jul 204) - I saw the GREEN HERON
previously reported at the East Bay Golf Course this morning at 7:00am before
the golfers arrived. Be courteous. Also, anyone looking for Blue Grosbeak
in Utah County, I found two pair on Swede Lane.
Jeff Cooper (1 Jul 2014) - The desert can be a
beautiful and lively place. Eric Peterson and I spent the past two Saturday
mornings enjoying Utah County's West Desert. Here are some of the fun creatures
--Four Owl species including images of Short- and
--A light juvenile Swainson's Hawk putting on a stretching
display (beautiful/handsome bird)
--We stumbled upon a Northern Harrier nest with four