Review Species Reported this month:
Black Scoter Davis Co.
Red-necked Grebe Morgan Co.
Red-headed Woodpecker Washington Co.
Red-breasted Sapsucker Washington Co.
Chestnut-sided Warbler Washington Co.
Rusty Blackbird Davis
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch Salt Lake Co.
Bryan Shirley (6 Dec 2014) - Last Saturday 5 of us
made the trip down to Beaver & Iron Counties to work on the UCB Challenge.
We started at Minersville where we were able to locate over 40 species on the
reservoir and the surrounding areas. There was a good variety of waterfowl on
the lake, plus a couple of Pelicans and Common Loons as well. The
area below the dam was very active with Cedar Waxwings, White-crowned & Song
Sparrows, Spotted Towhee, etc...
Bryant Olsen (15 Dec 2014) - [Pocatello Valley Rd /
17200W Rd] - Lapland Longspur. Mixed in with a decent sized flock
of HOLA. First heard the calls of a Longspur in the HOLA when they all flushed,
took me over an hour to get eyes on it and confirm it was a Lapland. Those
buggers are hard to see in wheat stubble without snow.
-- Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Prairie
Falcon, Common Raven. Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur,
BJ Worth (6 Dec 2014) - [Box Elder Campground] -
-- Canada Goose, Mallard, Bufflehead, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk,
American Coot, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern
Flicker, Steller's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay,
Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin,
European Starling , Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Red Crossbill, American
Dickson Smith (3 Dec 2014) - [Brigham City] -
Mike Hearell (2 Dec 2014) - [Lena Circle,
Tremonton, UT] -
-- Blue Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-capped Chickadee,
Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch,
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
Mike Fish / Ryan O'Donnell (20 Dec 2014) - [Green
Canyon] - 18 species total:
-- Chukar, Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern
Saw-whet Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie,
Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain
Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin
Ryan O'Donnell (17 Dec 2014) [an American White
Pelican at the Logan Fish Hatchery Pond ] "The continuing wing-tagged
bird, apparently spending its second winter in the valley, number 51E.
Previously photographed. I've dubbed this bird, "Craig.""
Ryan O'Donnell (17 Dec 2014) [a Greater Scaup
at the Logan Sewage Lagoons ] "Low rounded head, broad jowly look to the
head from the front, broad bill. Larger than Lesser Scaup in direct side-by-side
comparison. White wing stripe seen to extend boldly well into primaries when the
bird flapped. Female type. Poor yet diagnostic photos will be added here, but
probably not for a few days."
Ryan O'Donnell (9 Dec 2014) [another Lesser
Black-backed Gull at the Logan Landfill ] "This was NOT the same
individual I photographed here on November 26. The head streaking is much less
dense and less extensive on this bird. Also the bill is larger and longer, and
the head more sloped. The primary projection also appears shorter, and most
importantly, the mantle of this bird is paler, consistent with the expected
subspecies on this continent,"
Ryan O'Donnell (4 Dec 2014) [Lesser
Black-backed Gull continuing at the Logan Landfill - first seen on 26 Nov] "Seemed very dark-mantled,
with low contrast between wingtips and mantle color, and relatively small apical
spots in the wings. Molting outer primaries..."
Paul Higgins (31 Dec
2014) - Large flock (100+) American tree Sparrows. Just north of entrance
into Nature Conversancy Refuge (500 South 3200 West) Layton, Utah.
Weston Smith (20 Dec 2014) - We found the
Greater White-fronted Goose reported by Mike yesterday at Clinton Pond. The
bird as well as the four Cackling Geese and 150 Canada Geese were in the
field just north of the pond....There were an additional three Greater
White-fronted Geese about a mile south of the pond in a field with about 300
Canada geese and one Cackling Goose.
Kendall Watkins(13 Dec 2014) - ... Antelope Island --
Black Scoter south of marina with 4 Long-tailed Ducks (all female)
And a Horned Grebe. Prairie Falcon eating goldeneye also west of the
marina...Ranch was dead! Best bird there was a Lincoln's Sparrow in the
brush pile...Bountiful Pond -- Hooded Merganser, 2 Red-breasted
Shyloh Robinson (12 Dec 2014) - [Farmington WMA] -
Long-billed Dowitcher, White-winged Scoter, Greater Yellowlegs
Joel & Kathy Beyer (12 Dec 2014) - This afternoon
we found 7 Dunlins on the Antelope Island causeway, about mile marker
Shyloh Robinson (9 Dec 2014) - [Centerville, UT] -
Western Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
American Robin, European Starling, Bohemian Waxwing, Cedar Waxwing,
Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon),
Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow
Shyloh Robinson (2 Dec 2014) - [Farmington WMA] -
Rusty Blackbird, Probable, yet notable. Continuing? The bird stood out
from a large flock of mixed blackbirds and starling. They all left the area
before I could confirm ID thanks to the heavy feet of a passing jogger. Pretty
sure it was a Rusty Blackbird, but not all-the-way sure. Seen at 20 range.
Common Redpoll. Possible 2nd flushed. Small finch with small pointy yellow
bill, maroon forehead, heavily streaked sides, and light pink breast. Confirmed
audibles with playback. Occasional Winter visitor to Davis County. 72 species
total: ... Cackling Goose,...Golden Eagle,...Virginia Rail, Sora,...Thayer's Gull,... Harris's Sparrow,
Blackbird,... Common Redpoll,...Evening Grosbeak...
Margaret Sloan (2 Dec
2014) - Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a BLACK SCOTER were at the
second bridge on the AI Causeway yesterday (12/2).
Gail Lea (20 Dec 2014) - [Moab, UT] - 14 species:
-- Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Western
Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Juniper Titmouse,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco
(Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), House
Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow
Bryan Shirley (6 Dec 2014) -
...From there we headed south into Iron County. Our first stop was to enjoy the
petroglyphs at Parowan Gap. It was a fun stop since none of us had ever been
there. There weren't a lot of birds there but we did see a Canyon Wren
and had a pair of Golden Eagles Soar past. After lunch we found a
Red-Shouldered Hawk on a wire just west of Cedar City on the hwy toward New
Castle (right at milepot 58). It was sitting on the telephone wire and every so
often would jump off the wire and dive into the brush on the side of the road.
Definately the highlight of the trip! Quichipa had quite a few birds at the far
South end, but the distance and heat waves made it tough to ID most of them. New
Castle Res. had a Common Loon & Horned Grebe, plus a few species
of common waterfowl...
Weston Smith (3 Dec 2014)
- I saw a RED-NECKED GREBE at East Canyon Reservoir at about 1pm today.
When I first saw the bird it was about half way down the south arm of the
reservoir. It was with about 10 Western Grebes near the area the Red-necked
Grebe was seen last year. The bird then started moving north by itself staying
towards the west side of the reservoir. When I left it was still by itself but
was almost to the center of the reservoir... The two Long-tailed Ducks
continue and were on the north side in a cove between the east arm that goes
towards Henefer and the marina. There was one drake Barrow's Goldeneye at
the south end of the reservoir... Also the Sandhill Crane continues in
the field here in Croydon.
Bryant Olsen (14 Dec 2014) - [Bear Lake -
Rendezvous Beach SP] - Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Bald Eagle,
Ring-billed Gull, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling
Billy Fennimore (10 Dec 2014) - [Deseret Ranch] -
Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup,
Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Western
Great Blue Heron, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed
Gull, California Gull,
Glaucous Gull, Common Raven
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Kendall Watkins (21 Dec
2014) - Yesterday our CBC group had a single Ross's Goose on the Target
Pond in Lake Park. It was hanging out with Canada Geese on the grass west of the
pond right next to the roundabout. We also counted 18 Cackling Geese
throughout Lake Park.
Kendall Watkins (14 Dec
2014) - My dad and I, along with Billy Fenimore and two others saw the
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch today at the Alta Town Office feeders. Also saw
close to 10 Black Rosy-Finch and many Gray-crowned of both the "interior"and
"Hepburn's" races. 18+ (!) Pine Grosbeaks, several Clark's Nutcrackers,
and both Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees were also seen at the feeders.
Kendall Watkins (13 Dec
2014) - Snow Goose with a few Canada's near my house on 13400 S and 2700
W in Riverton...Lee Kay -- 1 Thayer's Gull, single Lesser Black-backed
Bryant Olsen (8 Dec 2014) - [Alta, Utah] -
"Today I was up at Alta doing our monthly survey of the Ski Area, but had to
drop off some seed donations at the Town Office. In the morning, there was a
large mixed flock of Rosy-finches at our feeders, around 30 or so, but one of
them caught my eye as being very dull. I had to get up the mountain so couldn't
spend much time there to check it out like I wanted. Up in the ski area, the
highlight was a male Dusky
Grouse eating needles, thats right eating spruce, not fir, needles."
Also seen: Steller's Jay... Clark's Nutcracker,
Mountain Chickadee... White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior
West), Brown Creeper, Pine Grosbeak in the top of a spruce ..."I saw my
odd Rosy-finch again. It had black in the cap from the forehead to the nape, so
the gray was limited to a narrow supercilium behind the eye, and even there it
was very dull, all of this made this bird look very much like a Brown-capped
Norman Jenson (10 Dec 2014) [Lee Kay Ponds] - Lots
of gulls including herring and Thayers. The Great Egret that has
been there the last two weeks is still present Our favorite was the arrival of
some hooded mergansers our first of the fall
Joe (2 Dec 2014) - Had an
Blue Jay visit us in Emigration Canyon yesterday.
Nate Brown (14 Dec 2014) - [Jeremy Ranch] - Accipiter sp., Northern
Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, House Finch, Pine Siskin,
(19 Dec 2014) - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, General Waterbird Survey...The
following birds were seen within the survey route: [highlights] ...Tundra
swan 5... Common merganser 1... Sandhill crane 616...Merlin
Jeff Cooper (20 Dec 2014) - I saw a Merlin
doing something today that I'd never seen before--perching on a wire. It seemed
that every small falcon I'd seen perching on a wire prior to this afternoon was
a Kestrel. I'm sure others have seen a Merlin do this, but it was the first time
for me, at least that I can remember...
Jeff Cooper (20 Dec 2014) - [CBC Area #4 /
Vineyard] - ...Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, ...Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk,...Virginia Rail, Sora,...Lesser Black-backed Gull,... Barn Owl,
Great Horned Owl...American Tree Sparrow, Song
Merrill Webb (15 Dec 2014) - [Snake Creek] -
Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee,
Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Evening Grosbeak
George Webb (2 Dec 2014) - [Midway Water Treatment
-- Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon,
Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck,
Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, Great Blue
Heron, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove,
Black-billed Magpie, European Starling
Rick Fridell (19 Dec 2014) - This Chestnut-sided
Warbler was still present at Lytle Ranch (Washington Co.) this afternoon
(12/19). It was first observed in the 'yard area' near the old house site and
later in the cottonwoods along the fence north of the small trailer (with the
Sommerfelds). There was also a Red-breasted Sapsucker
(first-winter, and apparently of the ruber subspecies) at the north edge of the
orchard near the pomegranates...
Lucy Ormond (15 Dec 2014) - [Pecan Orchard / 920 W,
Hurricane, UT] -
-- Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eurasian
Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,
Merlin, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, White-breasted Nuthatch,
Brown Creeper, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco
Rick Fridell (14 Dec 2014) - Today, I observed a
hatch-year Red-headed Woodpecker in the pecan orchard along 920 West in
Hurricane, Washington Co. UT (810 South 920 West)...
Stephanie Greenwood (12 Dec 2014) - [Saint George,
UT] - White-winged Dove
John Roberts (7 Dec 2014)
- I saw a Ross's Goose at ivins res today 12/7/14 with a group of canada
geese. Thought at 1st it was a snow goose but closer look with spotting scope
Lucy Ormond (6 Dec 2014) - [Zion National Park] -
Rick Fridell (6 Dec 2014) - I'll start with the
best! This morning there was a flock of Pine Grosbeaks in the oaks on the
northeast side of Kolob Reservoir. There were at least 18 individuals present,
all females... Pacific Loon: at Quail Creek State Park; both yesterday
evening and today it was with a Common Loon on the reservoir near the entrance
station. Three Tundra Swans remaining at Sand Hollow State Park, usually
in the southeast corner...Male Barrow's Goldeneye at Sand Hollow State
Park, usually off the main boat ramp area...Acorn Woodpeckers are
remaining in the Kolob Meadows... Lewis's Woodpeckers: I counted 30 to 40
in the aspens and oaks around the cabin northwest of the Kolob Reservoir
inflow...Male Vermilion Flycatcher remaining in Santa Clara in pastures
along Gates Lane.
Shawn Langston (3 Dec 2014) - [Tonaquint Nature
Center] - 29 species:
-- Mute Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mallard (Domestic type),
Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead,
Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Great Egret, Sharp-shinned Hawk,
Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove,
Verdin, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Harris's
Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow (Mountain), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch
Shawn Langston (2 Dec 2014) - [Partridge Circle
Pond, west of Hurricane] -
-- Common Gallinule, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove,
Shawn Langston (2 Dec 2014) - [Startton Pond,
Hurricane, UT] - 31 species total:
-- American Wigeon, Mallard, Mallard (Domestic type),
Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Hooded Merganser,
Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe,
Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, American
Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Black
Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Verdin, Bushtit, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song
Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch
Kristin Purdy (24Dec 2014) - I made my weekly trip
to Beus Park in Ogden, Weber County this afternoon to fill the feeders and was
able to compose a top five list of birds that are stinkers all for the same
reason: They were neither visible nor audible this past Saturday so we could
record them there during the Ogden Christmas Bird Count. Here goes: 5. SONG
SPARROW... 4. HERMIT THRUSH... 3. PACIFIC WREN...2. WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCH...1. WESTERN SCREECH-OWL...
Weston Smith (9 Dec 2014) - This afternoon I took a
trip out to see if the storm brought any Horned Larks down to the playas of
western Weber County...Although I wasn't able to locate any Snow Buntings I was
rewarded with many Lapland Longspurs... My eBird report lists 12 Laplands
and 900 Larks but, I wouldn't be surprised if there were more like 3x that many.
Weston Smith (9 Dec 2014) - [Riversale, UT] -
Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral
Pigeon), Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, American Crow, European Starling,