Birdnet Hotline Highlights

September 20

 Review Species Reported this month:
Ruff  Davis Co.
    Blue-headed Vireo  Utah Co.
    Prothonotary Warbler  Weber Co.
    Ovenbird  Davis Co.
Nelson's Sparrow   Davis Co.


Andrew Durso (29 Sep 2014) [Nashville Warbler in Logan] - Gray mask with white eye ring, bright yellow breast and undertail, white where legs joined body

Ryan O'Donnell (23 Sep 2014) [Logan -- Common Grackle (Bronzed) - Local and rare in this area, with one known breeding location at the Willow Park Zoo. About annual in the county away from that breeding location as a migrant. Subspecies confirmed by bronzy, not purplish, gloss to the back, but this is also the expected subspecies in this area. Audio recorded, and that recording will be embedded here eventually. Also photographed:

Cullen Clark (21 Sep 2014) [Short-billed Dowitcher, Watertrough Rd Pond - from eBird report with photo] The bird on the right has a flat back (compared to the rounded back of the bird on the left) in the head down feeding position shown and was noticeably shorter and narrower when the two birds were facing away feeding side by side. Also the under tail was noticeably lighter (looked white) compared to the other bird."

Ryan O'Donnell (21 Sep 2014) [Logan City Polishing Ponds - from eBird report] 19 Ring-necked Ducks -- Exact count, one-by-one. Mostly males, identified by head shape (pointed), ring on bill, and white spur on the side. Known concentration point for ducks. [Also seen -- Grasshopper Sparrow.]

Ryan O'Donnell & Andrew Dorso (19 Sep 2014) [Watertrough Rd Pond - American Golden-Plover] Probably originally found by Cullen Clark the previous day, but not conclusively identified until this observation. Only the second county record, and the first since 2008. Golden wash to crisp spotting throughout. Bill relatively small and thin (compared to Black-bellied Plover). Distinctly long primary projection, relative to both the tertials and the tail: four primary tips visible beyond tertials, and prominently visible projection of primaries past the tail. Dark golden rump

Cullen Clark (18 Sep 2014) [Clay-colored Sparrow] Sue's Pond--Logan River Wetlands and Shorebird Playa

Valerie Frokjer (13 Sep 2014) [eBird Checklist for Powder Mountain] Dusky Grouse, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Common Poorwill.

Andrew Durso (9 Sep 2014) [Indigo Bunting at Rendezvous Park] - Female bunting with whitish throat, streaked breast, contrasting grayish nape. Vocalizing from thicket between dog park and RR tracks, right near the road/parking area. Rare - 2nd county record in eBird.

Andrew Druso (6 Sep 2014) - [Logan Fields] - CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. Other species seen:
   -- Canada Goose,
Swainson's Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Larus sp., American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow


Bryant Olsen (29 Sep 2014) - [Farmington Bay ) - This morning just before noon I found an apparent adult NELSON'S SPARROW at Farmington Bay. I had taken a long walk starting at the east entrance and walking south toward bountiful pond, and had just started west on the road that goes on the south side of Unit 1, when up popped the sparrow which then 'T' ed up and gave me an excellent long look, even letting me get several photos. This was about 1.8 miles east of the 4 way intersection at the end of the west dike, in the cattails on the north side of the road. A shorter approach might be to park at Bountiful pond and walk south, but its still probably a mile walk from there. I knew Shyloh was in the area so I called him and stayed on the bird until he got there. But this bird is SULKY, it was capable of crouching down in the cattails and not making a sound or movement for long periods of time, and it took us a good half hour to get it to show it self again.

Joel Beyer (20 Sep 2014) - [AIC] - Around noon today, north side of causeway between mile markers 4 and 5. We counted 32 Pectoral Sandpipers, with a single RUFF feeding with them. The Ruff appeared to be a non-breeding female. The birds were a couple hundred yards out, and only identifiable in the spotting scope. Fifty or so Baird's Sandpipers were also present.

Norm Jenson (19 Sep 2014) - [Garr Ranch] - OVENBIRD in northeast corner of pond outside fence in the corner where the gate is. The bird was located just beyond the northeast corner of the pond. If you follow the fence outside the central area to the east just south of the shed in the corner. There is a gate there and the bird is on the other side of the rail fence just south of the gate there is big olive tree and a smaller one there and some water at the back of the visible area south of the fence.

Shyloh Monster (14 Sep 2014) - [IC] - Found 3 Sabine's Gulls at west bridge.

Scott Erickson (6 Sep 2014) - [Antelope Island] - 53 species (+3 other taxa) total:
   -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, Eared Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier,  Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope,  Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, hummingbird sp., American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Empidonax sp., Loggerhead Shrike, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, warbler sp., Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow,  White-crowned Sparrow, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch

Shyloh Robinson (5 Sep 2014) - [Bountiful Ponds] - Ovenbird and American Redstart.

Norm Jenson (5 Sep 2014) - Gail and I spent the morning on the island. Nothing unusual on the causeway, and we failed to find Matt and Bryant's Sabines maybe at Lee Kay tomorrow. Birding at the ranch was good with all the usual crowd around. Numbers of Wilson's Warblers have decreased, but there are still several Towndsend's Warblers. A few Warbling Vireos. ... The highlights, a female American Redstart in the highest oak trees ...  it was a particularly bright female and fanned it's tail several times. The Redstart spent it's time in the clouds while are other fun bird was the resident Northern Waterthrush which spent it's time in the dark and damp around the pond.

Joel Beyer (1 Sep 2014) - This afternoon we found a female American Redstart in the field of Russian Olive trees at Bountiful Pond.

Bryant Olsen (1 Sep 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Horned Grebe.


Mark Thal (1 Sep 2014) - [Cedar Ridge Academy Campus] - Great Horned Owl.


Mike Hearell (9 Sep 2014) - Salt Lake County Migrants: at 8000 W just north of HWY 201 has a large mixed bag of empids currently. Gray, Willow, Dusky, Olive-sided, Hammond's, Cordilleran, Western Wood-pewee have all been seen in the 20 minutes I've been here. Also, there are quite a few warblers bouncing around. They are all bouncing around the north end of the Russian Olives just past the very well behaved cat.

Norm Jenson
(8 Sep 2014) - Nashville Warbler at the Tim Avery Nashville Olive Tree, at Salt Lake International Center on south side of Amelia Earhart Drive opposite the Budweiser loading dock entrance and just west of the north pond. 


Wendy Schacwitz (1 Sep 2014) - [Dead Horse Point SP] - Bewick's Wren.


Leena Rogers (29 Sep 2014) - [Squaw Peak] - Saw three Turkey Vultures soaring above the peak. They do look very majestic from a distance as they glide on the thermals!

Norm Jenson (12 Sep 2014) - [Powell Lake,Lehi] - SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

Jeff Cooper (6 Sep 2014) - I am cautious about rare bird alerts and always try for a photo of such birds, but I am very confident despite missing the photo op that I observed a BLUE-HEADED VIREO at the extreme south end of Highland Glen Park about 7:20 this evening. I will share a link of the exact location when I get home tonight. The vireo was a bright individual with a distinct contrast between the gray and white on the cheeks and neck. It was as if the bird was wearing a helmet. It had bright yellow sides and two very prominent white wing bars. There was an olive color to the back. It was bolder in its plumage than all Cassin's Vireos I've observed and there have been Cassin's in the park recently.

Jeff Cooper
(6 Sep 2014) - [Highland Glen Park] - I had a few minutes before sunset tonight to drop by Highland Glen Park and check for migrants. I ran out of light quickly, but the first bird I saw when I got out of my car was a White-breasted Nuthatch. That's a rare bird for the park. A second one eventually showed up as well. There was a tail-less but happy Scrub-Jay near the nuthatches. I caught a glimpse of some skulky warblers just as the light was fading so I was unable to get good looks at them. I plan to return in the morning to get better looks at the birds passing through the park.


Norm Jenson (4 Sep 2014) - (Clover Springs Campground) - A Clark's Nutcracker was a surprise.  There were several Black-throated Gray Warblers and probably 50 or 60 Yellow-rumped Warblers.  We did see two separate flocks of Pinyon Jays on Highway 199 between Rush Valley and the campground. There were other warblers but I was unable to identify them.  Have you ever noticed they never hold still. Here's our list:   
   --Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo sp., Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, Empidonax sp., Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Pinyon Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Juniper Titmouse, Townsend's Solitaire, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler,  Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager


Weston Smith (6 Sep 214) - [Soapstone Basin Road] - Species seen:
   --2 Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Williamson's Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Hammond's Flycatcher, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet,  Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Tanager, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin


Daniel Froelich (2 Sep 2014) - [Angel's Landing] - California Condor.

Shawn Langston (2 Sep 2014) - [Riverside Marsh, St. George] - 14 species total:
   -- Sora, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Verdin, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch


Mike Hearell (5 Sep 2014) - Billy Fenimore is reporting a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the intersection of 29th and Monroe Blvd in Ogden. Also Cattle Egrets at 700m N 7500 W.


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