Birdnet Hotline Highlights

October 20

 Review Species Reported this month:
Parasitic Jeager  Davis Co.
Red-breasted Sapsucker  Cache Co.
    Magnolia Warbler  Davis Co.
    Nelson's Sparrow  Davis Co.


Bryant Olsen (27 Oct 2014) - [Willard Bay WMA] - 30 species total:
   -- Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch


Ryan O'Donnell (31 Oct 2014) - [Logan Hospital] - 8 Evening Grosbeak. Together in a single flock flying directly over the hospital, to the north. Exact count. First identified by flight call, mostly a kind of sharp "cheer. cheer." Eventually I was able to pick up the flock visually (naked eye) in flight.

Ryan O'Donnell (28 Oct 2014) - [Benson RR Trail] - 15 species total:
   -- ..., 6 Long-eared Owl (a record high for Cache County; together in a communal roost),...

Andrew Durso [27 Oct 2014] - [First Dam] - Barrow's Goldeneye.

Mike Fish (26 Oct 2014) [Red-breasted Sapsucker in Logan]  "I only saw the Sapsucker for about 30 seconds before it flew off, but I had a good look at the bird during that time. I did not see the front side of the Sapsucker. I managed to capture this photo of the bird. I was only about 30 feet from the Bird.

Grant Allen (25 Oct 2014) [Blue Jay in Mendon]  Saw 1 blue jay along with 3 scrub jays at our feeder. Picture available.

Ryan O'Donnell (23 Oct 2014) [Rough-legged Hawk at Logan Polishing Ponds] - Light morph. Solidly black belly band, pale head, dark "wrist" patches. A bit early: second earliest fall record for the county but records increase quickly around the end of October.

Mike Fish (16 Oct 2014) [White-throated Sparrow in Logan] - Saw in the far back corner of my yard under one of my platform feeders.

Mike Tayler (13 Oct 2014) [American Three-toed Woodpecker at Tony Grove - Naomi Trail] - Smallish woodpecker with white back and yellow patch on top of head. [Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch] Small ground finch with grey on head, black forehead, brown body with reddish wing tones; just below Mt Naomi Peak on side slow; long looks at individuals, as well as total flock view when flushed; Left side by large white rock.   [Black Rosy-Finch] Mixed in with gray-crowned rosy-finches; black forehead, gray head otherwise, with dark brown/black body in contrast to light brown of others; only saw 1 in 20 minutes of watching rosy-finch flock...

Mike Taylor (11 Oct 2014) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - 11 species seen:
  ...[Island Drive] - Sandhill Cranes (21)


Norm Jenson (31 Oct 2014) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - 21 species total:
   -- ...Mountain Chickadee,... Hermit Thrush,...VARIED THRUSH, Gray Catbird, ...

Bryant Olsen (29 Oct 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Thayer's Gull.

Shyloh Robinson (27 Oct 2014) - [Farmington Bay] - 48 species total:
   --  ... Stilt Sandpiper,... Mountain Chickadee... American Pipit, Savannah Sparrow,...

Ryan O'Donnell (27 Oct 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - SURF SCOTER.

Bryant Olsen (21 Oct 2014) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - I relocated the MAGNOLIA WARBLER this morning (10-21-14) at Garr ranch at around 8:30am. It was along the fence line north of the spring, between the clothes line and the red shed, flycatching from the fence. Very tame and gave great looks. The adult male SURF SCOTER continued at the 2nd bridge on the AIC as well, and there was also a THAYER'S GULL there. Otherwise the causeway was dead, almost completely dried up.

Mike Hearell (20 Oct 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Keith and Betty Evans are reporting an adult SURF SCOTER in breeding plumage at the second bridge, south side.

Norm Jenson (16 Oct 2014) - [Antelope Island) - A Virginia Rail at Garr Ranch, and Chukars at the Visitors Center.

Norm Jenson (9 Oct 2014) - [Antelope Island] - Merlin.

Bryant Olsen (5 Oct 2014) - [AIC] - FYI, I saw both the adult and juvenile presumbed PARASITIC JAEGERS at the AIC second bridge this morning(10-5-14). The adult was seen just before sunrise(7amish), to the north. It never came in very close, but unmistakable. The juvy was seen about 1/2 hour later, also on the north, but it came in fairly close harassing gulls. These guys are big,mean and fast, completely different birds from last weeks Jaeger.

Norm Jenson (4 Oct 204) - [AIC] - Antelope island causeway second bridge. Probably Parasitic Jaeger.

David Hanscom (1 Oct 2014) - [Farmington Bay] - The Nelson's Sparrow was still there when I left at about 4:45, but it only showed itself briefly 3 or 4 times in the three hours I was there. It never did
sit still long enough for me to get a picture. One suggestion: stick your bike in the car. It only took me a few minutes to get to the site, rather than almost an hour to walk. Although I took my mountain bike, a road bike would be fine. The surface is very smooth. [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.]


Russell Norvell (11 Oct 2014) - [Wide Hollow Reservoir] - 27 species seen:
   --Canada Goose, Mallard , Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Greater/Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck
, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, (Solitary AWPE, had red wing tags (Idaho bird), too far to see any numbers with 10x bins), Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch


Mike Lesnik (31 Oct 2014) - [South of Oowah L Rd to San Juan Co line] - 7 species seen:
  -- 3 DUSKY GROUSE, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Grosbeak

Carol Cunningham (30 Oct 2014) - [Moab} - 10 species seen:
   -- Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Say's Phoebe, Bewick's Wren, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Sparrow


Carey Parks (11 Oct 2014) - [Kanab] - 29 species total:
   --Northern Flicker, Western Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Townsend's Solitaire,
Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco
   --(Oct 10, 2014) - [Landfill Road]  - American Wigeon, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe,
Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-winged Blackbird
   --Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (in downtown Kanab), American Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, Golden Eagle (NE of Mt Carmel above field near stream), Lesser Goldfinch (NE of Mt Carmel near a stream just east of 89), House Sparrow.


Vivian Schneggenburger (11 Oct 2014) - 11 species total:
   --Mallard, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, 
Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren (seen very close to trail scolding. There were several on this trail earlier this year), Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco

Norm Jenson (9 Oct 2014) - [East Canyon and Lost Creek Reservoirs] - Common Loon.


John Neill (31 Oct 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] -  37 species seen:
  -- Two Greater White-fronted Goose. Flushed from a group of about 80 Canada geese, which stayed on the water. Both were adults with white patch at base of orangish bill, 'speckled' bellies, orange feet, and broad, white band on tail similar to Canada geese....

Bryant Olsen (21 Oct 2014) - There is a BLUE JAY in SLC, at 943 E. Princeton Avenue (near 9th and 9th). It was first seen this afternoon around 1pm, I got the call and was there around 4, it took about 15 minutes, but it came in and gave great looks...

Logan Smith (10 Oct 204)- [Jordan River Parkway, 4500S] - 15 species seen:... Prairie Falcon...

Jay Langford (10 Oct 2014) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - Two Peregrine Falcons.

Rich Young (9 Oct 2014) - Deborah Drain is to be given credit for ‘flagging’ the presence of the special Harlan’s Red-Tailed Hawk again at Big Cottonwood Park in recent days.

Bryant Olsen (3 Oct 2014) - [Jordan River Trail] - This evening around 6:30pm I found an apparent MEXICAN DUCK drake mixed in with some regular Mallards along the Jordan River. Mexican Ducks are currently consider a sub-species of Mallard by the AOU, but DNA testing has shown they are closer to the Mottle and Black Ducks than they are to Mallards and the IOC recognizes them as a distinct species. This Drake showed no signs of being a hybrid, as in the tail was brown with very limited white feather edging, compared to the white outer tail feathers of a Mallard, and had no curl in the tail. It was not a regular Mallard in eclipse. There are only 2 or 3 good records of pure Mexican Ducks in Utah, and they are rare anywhere away from the Mexican border in the USA. Get there by walking north along the JR from 33rd S., then when you see a large transformer station across the river, the Duck was in the river on muddy banks just south of the Transformer station, where the river make a bend to the east.


Dave Hanscom (28 Oct 2014) - [Park City Ski Resort] - Ruffed Grouse.

David Hanscom (3 Oct 2014) - [Rockport Reservoir] - There were at least 5 Common Loons at Rockport yesterday (but couldn't find any at Echo). Nice to have them back. Hopefully the scoters and tiny geese won't be far behind.


Diane Penttila (7 Oct 2014) - [Ouray National Wildlife Refuge] - General Waterbird Survey. The following birds were seen within the survey route:
   --Canada geese, Mallard, Gadwall, Cinnamon teal, Green-winged teal, American wigeon, Northern shoveler, Northern pintail, Wood duck, Ruddy duck, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked duck, Common merganser, American coot, Sandhill crane, Great blue heron, Black-crowned night heron, Double-crested cormorant, American white pelican, American bittern, Wilson's snipe, Killdeer, Western sandpiper, Lesser yellowlegs, Dowitcher spp, Clark's grebe, Western grebe, Pied-billed grebe, Eared grebe, Red-tailed hawk, Ring-billed gull


Jeff Cooper (11 Oct 2014) - [Fairfield and Eagle Mountain] - Eric Peterson and I took 15 birders from Great Salt Lake Audubon on a field trip Saturday morning to Fairfield and Eagle Mountain. Several members of our group were new to birding so they were able to enjoy a number of new birds during our trip.
   --The owls were playing hard to find on some private property in Fairfield, but we did manage to find a Great Horned Owl and evidence (pellets) of other owls. We were surprised to find a Bewick's Wren on the property. We heard it first and then located it.
   --American Pipits and Ferruginous Hawks were a treat for the group as we traveled along the original Pony Express trail between Fairfield and Eagle Mountain...
   --We stopped by Powell Lake on the way back to our Park and Ride. A hen Blue-winged Teal and a solitary Solitary Sandpiper were seen on the south pond...
   --Eric and I spent a little time after the trip looking for raptors. We saw several Ferruginous Hawks,..We also observed and photographed and adult Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk. It is good to see the Harlies returning.

Jeff Cooper (11 Oct 2014) - [Powell Lake] - 23 species:...Blue-winged Teal, ... Solitary Sandpiper,...

Eric Huish (9 Oct 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike] - 16 species seen:... Sandhill Crane (heard only), ... Great Horned Owl (Looked injured. Still kind of dark out but it was holding its wing out and not flying well), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Mountain Chickadee (Odd down here in the valley. I hope it shows up for the big sit tomorrow) ...

Alton Thygerson (9 Oct 2014) - [Provo Canyon] - 8 species seen:
   -- Northern Goshawk (Juvenile; white eyebrow; streaked belly; wavy tail bands),... Canyon Wren [heard only], Townsend's Solitaire,...

Suzi Holt (9 Oct 2014) - [Payson Canyon] - 13 Species seen:...Steller's Jay,...Townsend's Solitaire,... Evening Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch. (I had been there over a hour when I heard a ruckus in the pine trees and the Grosbeaks were eating box elder bugs and it looked like the pine nuts, they moved all around until we left about 3:00).

Rachel LeBlanc (8 Oct 2014) - [Pioneer Crossing, Lehi] - 34 species total... Snowy Egret,... Sandhill Crane,...Peregrine Falcon...

Nick Smith (5 Oct 2014) - [Powell Lake, Lehi] - 25 species (+1 other taxa) total:
   ... Blue-winged Teal,... Sora [heard], ...

Eric Huish (4 Oct 2014) - [Pleasant Grove] - Western Screech-Owl. Heard it from my bedroom window. I went outside and got a glimpse of it as it flew across the street.

Donel Jensen (4 Oct 2014) - [Upper Falls] - Species seen: Osprey,...

Leena Rogers (4 Oct 2014) - [East Lawn Cemetery] - Flock of Wild Turkeys on the ridge east of the cemetery.

Jeff Cooper (4 Oct 2014) - I just had my first of season Merlin at the Squaw Peak overlook in Provo. I love when winter Raptors return.

Donel Jensen (3 Oct 2014) - 16 total species seen:
   -- [Utah Lake State Park] ...White-breasted Nuthatch...   --[Skipper Bay Trail] - ... Black-necked Stilt, ...

Doug Mead
(2 Oct 2014) - [Squaw Peak Overlook] - Species observed from common Hawkwatch site:  ...Golden Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Clark's Nutcracker


Kathleen Robbins (31 Oct 2014) - [Sandhollow Reservoir] - Species seen: ..., Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie,...

Shawn Langston (31 Oct 2014) - [Virgin River Trail] - 14 Species seen:
   -- ... Belted Kingfisher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, ... Verdin, ..., Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's),...

Rachel Le Blanc (29 Oct 2014) - ...[Virgin River--Partridge Circle Pond] - Common Gallinule...[Grafton] - ...Wild Turkey, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, ... Mountain Chickadee,... Western Bluebird, ... Hermit Thrush,..., Lincoln's Sparrow,...

Shawn Langston (29 Oct 2014) - [Confluence Park, St. George] - 26 species total:
   -- Gambel's Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-tailed Hawk, Greater Roadrunner, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch
   --[Riverside Marsh] - Crissal Thrasher.

Rachel Le Blanc (28 Oct 2014) - [Quail Cree Reservoir] - Osprey.

Rick Fridell (10 Oct 2014) - [Tonaquint Nature Center] - 21 species total:
   -- Wood Duck, ... Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker,...Northern Waterthrush (in thick area above bridge),...


Bill Fennimore (30 Oct 2014) - [South Ogden Nature Park) - GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW.  Black crown with golden central stripe - two white wing bars - unstreaked breast - dark bill - believe to be juvenile birds transitioning into adults - mixed in with a large group of White-crowned Sparrows.
   -- California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Virginia Rail, Mourning Dove, Steller's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing,
Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch,
American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Kris Purdy (9 Oct 2014) - I dragged myself out of bed Wednesday morning at 3:00 a.m. so I could watch the total lunar eclipse that produced the renowned Blood Moon from about 3:25-4:25 a.m. ... Sometime during this process the peace was interrupted by a shockingly loud creature sounding off in my backyard neighbor’s yard through our shared thick deciduous border. The sound was something of a cascade of robust chirps and chips and not anything I had heard before. Was the vocalist one of feathers? Fur? Fangs?!? I concluded fangs, of course. ... Finally, the single chirps became a crescendo again and then culminated in the iconic “BOO-Boo-boo-boo…” bouncing ball song of the Western Screech-Owl. ... I never heard the bird again that morning, but the burst of owl music was the perfect accompaniment to the night’s events. So, it was not a creature with fangs at all. But feathers and talons was exciting enough for me.


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