Birdnet Hotline Highlights

January 20

 Review Species Reported this month:
    Brown Pelican  Washington Co.
California Condor  Washington Co.
Laughing Gull  Salt Lake Co.

    Red-headed Woodpecker  Washington Co.
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Washington Co.
    Red-breasted Sapsucker  Washington Co.
    Brown Thrasher  Grand Co.
Brown Thrasher  Washington Co.

    McCown's Longspur  Weber Co.
    Brown-capped Rosy-Finch  Salt Lake Co.
    Purple Finch  Washington Co.


Kris Purdy (21 Jan 2014) - [Mantua] - I guess the small flock of RED CROSSBILLS I saw this morning in Mantua, Box Elder County, was my consolation prize for not finding my Audubon group on this morning’s designated trip. I first saw the crossbills piling into a small spruce on 50 South near the Mantua Cemetery.  ... I returned to the cemetery and parked, leaving my truck in the care of three dozen or so Wild Turkeys, and commenced to walk over the town. I finally got a couple audible flyovers by the time I had worked my way down to the Mount Haven RV park near the reservoir, but no looky-looky. Six to eight birds were working the cones there, all adults, and I was able to watch them as long as I wanted. The trees also harbored at least four Mountain Chickadees and a few Pine Siskins, and the owner, who is familiar with birds, was pleasant to talk to.
   Also in Mantua today were Golden Eagle, what appeared to be the townie Red-tailed Hawk, the afore-mentioned turkeys, Eurasian Collared-doves, Downy Woodpecker, the Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees, at least six Red-breasted Nuthatches, American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. Getting out and walking around was much more effective since crossbills can be silent except for the crackle of cones when they’re feeding, but they’re fairly chatty when preparing to fly and then flying.

Bryant Olsen (13 Jan 2015) - [Bird Refuge Road, Bear River MBR] - 21 species seen:
   -- Tundra Swan, Mallard (Northern), Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe,
Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Rough-legged Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, American Pipit, LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Kendall Watkins (3 Jan 2015) - [Corinne area] - 14 species total:
   -- Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Long-eared Owl (heard only), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Daniel Sachse (1 Jan 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 19 species total:
   --  Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark


Cullen Clark (26 Jan 2015) [a White-throated Sparrow at Icon River Walk West ] "Audible first, several high single note calls given, then visible through binoculars. Yellow lores, black eyeline, white patch on the throat."

Andrew Durso (24 Jan 2015) [a Lapland Longspur at Amalga Barrens ] "Male in winter plumage. Mixed in with largest flock of Horned Larks. Darker than them with a more speckled appearance, a little smaller. Only I (AMD) saw it land alone on the ground, apart from the larks. Had a dark face and front and a reddish patch on the back/back of the neck. Stood up quite straight, which Horned Larks don't tend to do."

Andrew Kleinhesselink (17 Jan 2015) - [Newton Reservoir, South Access] - Evening Grosbeak.

Ryan O'Donnell (14 Jan 2015) - [Crescent Drive, Logan] - Sharp-shinned Hawk, Brown Creeper

Andrew Kleinhesselink (11 Jan 2015) - [Canal Trail, Logan] - 18 species total:
   -- Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored, Oregon, Pink-sided), House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Mike Taylor (5 Jan 2015) - [Logan Landfill] -
   -- American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, brewer's Blackbird

Scott Erickson (3 Jan 2015) - [Millville Face WMA] - 28 species total:
   -- ... Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, ...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl,...Northern Shrike...

Kendall Watkins (3 Jan 2015) - [Logan Landfill and Fish Hatchery Ponds] - 16 species total:
    Common Grackle seen at the landfill. Larger than nearby Brewer's Blackbirds. Large bill, long tail, and glossy purple and green body.
   --  Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), American White Pelican, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Rough-legged Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, American Crow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Mike Fish (1 Jan 2015) [a Loggerhead Shrike at the Hyde Park Lane ]  "Continuing in the area of the willows at the "S" turn (last two turns) at the east end of the lane. I was able to watch the Loggerhead for several minutes as it flew around the area. I got very good looks and could determine it was a Loggerhead and not a Northern shrike. I captured a photo that I will attach later when I get a chance."


Billy Fennimore (28 Jan 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Glaucous-winged Gull. 20 species total.

Weston Smith (27 Jan 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Mew Gull. 51 species total.

Shyloh Robinson (22 Jan 20125) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Least Sandpiper, Swamp Sparrow. 52 species seen.

Sherree Sheide (16 Jan 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 26 species total:
   -- Northern Shoveler, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Great Blue Heron,
Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, American Avocet, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Shyloh Robinson (14 Jan 2015) - [Stoneridge, Bountiful] - 22 species total:
   -- Wild Turkey, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Steller's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, CLARK'S NUTCRACKER, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Dipper, Townsend's Solitaire, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), PINE GROSBEK, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow

Logan Smith (11 Jan 2015) - [Lakeside Trail, Antelope Island] -
   -- Chukar, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Logan Smith (11 Jan 2015) - [Glover Lane and GSL Nature Center] - 20 species seen:
   -- Mallard, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, gull sp., Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Song Sparrow,
SWAMP SPARROW, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Paul Higgins (7 Jan 2015) - [Great Salt Lake Nature Preserve]: Sora and Virginia Rails

Shyloh Robinson (6 Jan 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 31 species total:... Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle,...Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull,... Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike...Marsh Wren...


Gail Lea (Jan 2015) -  [Brown Thrasher in Moab] - Continues to be seen since 26 Oct 2014 in her backyard.


Steve Hedges (10 Jan 2015) -  [Stephens Canyon] - 11 species total:
   -- Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pinyon Jay, Common Raven,
Mountain Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, House Sparrow


Weston Smith (14 Jan 2015) - [East Canyon Reservoir] - 21 species total:
   -- Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northern Shrike, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco


Billy Fennimore (21 Jan 2015) - [Deseret Ranch] - LAPLAND LONGSPUR with large group of horned larks - may have had a few more but flock continued to fly and drop down to the ground constantly. 14 species total:
   -- Mallard, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, 
American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Dark-eyed Junco


Billy Fennimore (27 Jan 2015) - [Alta Police Station] - Downy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch, BROWN-CAPPED ROSY FINCH, Pine Grosbeak

Kenny Frisch (27 Jan 2015) - [Redwood Trailhead Park] - Barrow's Goldeneye. 17 species total.

Matthew Pendleton (22 Jan 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - 9 species total:
   -- Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker (2 females seen together), Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Grosbeak

Kendall Watkins (17 Jan 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Laughing Gull - after searching along 7200 W, found it isolated on the edge of the ice in west pond (just west of the entrance gate)... we watched it with several others for 45 minutes.19 species total:
   -- Cackling Goose (flyover in a flock of Canadas), ..., Hooded Merganser,... LAUGHING GULL,  Ring-billed Gull, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid),...

Norm Jenson (10 Jan 20115) - [Sandy] - 11 species total:
   -- Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Western Scrub-Jay (Woodhouse's), Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Lesser Goldfinch

Jared Davidson (9 Jan 2015) - [Jordan River Parkway - Inlet Park to Pioneer Crossing] - 19 species seen:  -- ... Great Egret, Cooper's Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk... Belted Kingfisher (heard only), Downy Woodpecker,...


Nate Brown (31 Jan 2015) - [Pinebrook] - 11 species total:
   --Red-tailed Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, European Starling, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak

Nate Brown (30 Jan 2015) - [Promontory Ranch Club] - Barrow's Goldeneye, Ruffed Grouse,
Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee

Weston Smith (14 Jan 2015) - [Henefer] - 21 species total:
   -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Nate Brown (12 Jan 2015) - [Old Orchard Road, Park City] - Ring-necked Duck, House Finch, House Sparrow


Brian Maxfield (30 Jan 2015) - [Pine Ridge] - 10 species total:
   -- Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Townsend's Solitaire,  Red Crossbill

Diane Penttila (23 Jan 2015) - [Ouray National Wildlife Refuge] - We haven't had this high a number of waterfowl (usually it is 0) in late January since 2006. Quite the non-winter we are having. The following birds were seen within the survey route:
   --Canada geese, Mallard, Northern pintail, American wigeon, Common merganser, Sandhill crane, Great horned owl, Northern harrier, Red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, Bald eagle


Jeff Cooper (31 Jan 2015) - [Battle Creek Canyon] - Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl

Alona Huffaker (24 Jan 2015) - [Springville] - There were some Juniper Titmouse, a White-breasted Nuthatch and a couple of Evening Grosbeaks in the North-East part of the Evergreen Cemetery in south Springville this afternoon. The part that is on the west side of the road.

Keeli Marvel (17 Jan 2015) - [Saratoga Springs Model Airplane Park] - Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) seen by Keeli Marvel and Nicole Christensen in the pond in front of the hydroelectric plant at mouth of Jordan River. They were calling and we spent about 30 minutes watching them feeding in the mud around the open water near the north end of inlet park. 17 species total:...

David Walton (14 Jan 2015) - [Salem Pond] - 15 species total:
   -- Graylag Goose (Domestic type), Muscovy Duck (Established Feral),...Common/Red-breasted Merganser...Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk,... Steller's Jay...

Alona Huffaker (10 Jan 2015) - [Provo] - There were 4 Hooded Mergansers in ponds in the Flo-Serve area today. This morning they were across the street to the west, late this afternoon they were in the pond south and west. Three females and 1 male.

Keeli Marvel (4 Jan 2015) - [New Year's Day Birding in South Utah County]: 6 birders, and then 5 more who joined us along the way met on New Year's Day to bird the south end of Utah County....Best birds of the trip were Evening Grosbeaks on the canal trail, Lewis's Woodpeckers at their usual location, a nice diversity of ducks at Salem Pond, a pair of Wilson's Snipe in the marsh on the southwest end, and a Bald Eagle across the hwy from Salem Pond. Thanks to all who participated. Happy Birding!...


Daniel Sachse (31 Jan 2015) - [Brooks Nature Park] - Verdin, Brown Thrasher. 16 species total.
Billy Fennimore
(31 Jan  2015)  [Welcome Spring] - RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW.

Alan McDonald (31 Jan 2015) - [Watchman Trail, Zion National Park] -  California Condor, Golden Eagle, Bushtit

Rick Fridell (30 Jan 2015) - [Sand Hollow State Park] - 29 species total:...GREATER SCAUP...Common Loon...
   -- [Quail Creek Reservoir] - Red-breasted Merganser. 17 species total.

Kathy Beyer
(18 Jan 2015) - [Hurricane and surrounding areas]:
   --  A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, originally found by Bryan Shirley, was seen again this afternoon at the Snow Canyon State Park campground. The bird's plumage is mid-transition between juvenile and adult. Also, an Anna's Hummingbird was visiting a campground feeder.
   -- The Brown Thrasher was still at Brooks Nature Park this morning.
   --Yesterday at Lytle Ranch, the Purple Finch, Red-breasted Sapsucker and Golden-crowned Sparrow were all seen.
   -- Also yesterday, the Red-headed Woodpecker and Red-shouldered Hawk were at the Hurricane pecan grove.
   -- On Friday, the Pacific Loon was still present at Quail Creek State Park.

Stephanie Greenwood (17 Jan 2015) - [Seegmiller Marsh and Spring Park Pond] - 11 species:
   -- Ross's Goose, Cackling Goose...

Donel Jensen (17 Jan 2015)- [Stratton Pond] -
   -- Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, GREATER SCAUP, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Belted Kingfisher, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch

Rick Fridell (16 Jan 2015) - [Washington Fields and Seegmiller Fields] - 33 species total:
   -- Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose... Virginia Rail, Sora,...Burrowing Owl... Prairie Falcon, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, ... Northern Mockingbird... American Pipit, Abert's Towhee, Savannah Sparrow...

Bill Hunter (12 Jan 2015) - [Quail Creek Reservoir] - Pacific Loon has been around for some time. Reported by Rick Fridell, Tim Avery. 25 species seen:...

Bill Hunter (12 Jan 2015) - [Hurricane] -  Red-shouldered Hawk... Red-headed Woodpecker... RED-SHOULDERED HAWK...RED-HEADED WOODPECKER... Ladder-backed Woodpecker, ..., Merlin, Vermilion Flycatcher...Verdin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper,...

Bill Hunter (12 Jan 2015) - [Rockville] - 11 species total:
   -- Gambel's Quail, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Verdin, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), House Finch

Sirpa Grierson (11 Jan 2015) - [Tonaquint Nature Center] - 16 species total:
    --  Mute Swan, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Great Egret, American Coot, Inca Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Steller's Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow

Rick Fridell (7 Jan 20125) - [Lytle Ranch] - 28 species total: [highlights]: ...Greater Roadrunner,
Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker..., Merlin,... Verdin, Bushtit,...Hermit Thrush, ... PURPLE FINCH (Western)...

Shyloh Robinson (7 Jan 2015) - [Quail Creek Reservoir] - 31 species total:  [highlights]  ...
Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Common Loon, Eared Grebe... BROWN PELICAN,... Canyon Wren... American Pipit,...


Billy Fennimore (16 Jan 2015) - [Beus Pond] - 20 species seen:
    -- Swan Goose (Domestic type), Graylag Goose (Domestic type), Canada Goose, Muscovy Duck (Domestic type), Wood Duck, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Mallard (Domestic type), Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco Junco, Red-winged Blackbird,
House Finch

Mike Hearell (13 Jan 2015) - [Powder Mountain Ski Resort] -
   -- Downy Woodpecker, Mountain Chickadee, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch

Taylor Abbott (11 Jan 2015) - [West Weber] - 28 species total:
   -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike/Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Robin, European Starling, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Kendall Watkins (2 Jan 2015) - [West Weber 12th Street, Ogden] - 18 species total.
     Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) Exact count from the ones we saw at one time. Most likely more in the other groups of larks behind us. At one point we were looking at a flock of solid Longspurs. There were no Horned Larks mixed in. It was amazing to see so many at one time! All birds were very local and active as they fed in the pickleweed. We had to walk about a mile out into the playa to the north to see the birds. We walked out between the last and second to last parking lot along the road.
    McCown's Longspur (Rhynchophanes mccownii) Drab brown overall, plain face (white throat and malar stripes), and large pink bill. No streaking on chest. Instead it had a brownish/gray v-shaped band across the chest.
    Species seen:
   --  Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Rough-legged Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Pipit, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, McCOWN'S LONGSPUR, Snow Bunting, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark


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