Recent Sightings

  
Box Elder County   [Recent Rare eBird Sightings]

Jul 2017

Zachary Loman (31 Jul 2017) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

Yve Morrell (31 Jul 2017) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Gray Partridge. We flushed a family group consisting of one adult and 6 grown juveniles. Birds were in the large sagebrush patch across the street from the visitor center.
      -- Golden Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird

Tom Wuenschell (29 Jul 2017) - [Perry Nature Park] - Mallard, California Quail, Turkey Vulture, 
Eurasian Collared-Dove, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Bryant Olsen (25 Jul 2017) - [Willard Bay NP] - Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Western/Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Semi-Palmated Plover, Kildeer, Marbled Godwit, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Sue Lowry (21 Jul 2017) - [Raft River Mtns - Lake Creek] - Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, American Crow, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Kirstin Purdy (20 Jul 2017) - [Willard Spur] - Gadwall, Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, American Goldfinch

Deborah Kaechele (20 Jul 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Peregrine Falcon

Brad Imhoff (19 Jul 2017) - [Promontory Rd] - Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Tom Laeser (18 Jul 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Greater Sage-Grouse, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Swainson's Hawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, Eastern Kingbird, Horned Lark, Lincoln's Sparrow, Bullock's Oriole

Debra Hill (17 Jul 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, White-throated Swift, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, American Robin, American Pipit, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow

Tom Wuenschell (9 Jul 2017) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Chukar, Ferruginous Hawk, Mourning Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, American Crow, Rock Wren, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark

Makenzy Johnson (7 Jul 2017) - Canada Goose, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow ,Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Tom Wuenschell (6 Jul 2017) - [Eagle Rise Trail] - Cooper's Hawk. Presumably one of the same birds protecting the same nest that I reported at this location on June 3 this year. Started the kek-kek-kek alarm call when I was about 100 yards away from the nest on the trail. Only saw one adult bird today. Looked at nest from below and could not see any birds. Kind of surprising they would choose a nest site directly above a well used trail.

Scott Duncan (3 Jul 2017) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Common Raven, Barn Swallow

Kevin Christensen (4 Jul 2017) - [Tremonton, UT] - Olive-sided Flycatcher

Carl Lundblad (3 Jul 2017) - [FR-587 PiŮons] - Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Gray Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Juniper Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill , Pine Siskin

Jun 2017

Steven Kahl (28 Jun 2017) - [Dale Young Nature Park] - Mallard, California Quail, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Tom Wuenschell (23 Jun 2017) - [Brigham City NW] - White-faced Ibis, Red-tailed Hawk, Western Kingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Bobolink, Western Meadowlark

Bryan Shirley (15 Jun 2017) - [Raft River Mtns] - Turkey Vulture, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, American Goldfinch

Benjamin Dana (9 Jun 2017) - [Bear River MBR -- Yates tract ] (permit required) - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Sora, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Western Kingbird, American Crow, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Neil Paprocki (6 Jun 2017) - Johnson Canyon Rd] - Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Bank Swallow, American Robin, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Western Meadowlark

Mike Fish (3 Jun 2017) - [ATK Test Area] - Northern Harrier, Common Nighthawk, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Western Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird

May 2017

George Webb (31 May 2017) - [Box Elder CG] - Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting

Sandra Jensen (30 May 2017) - [Brigham City, UT] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle

Weston Smith (23 May 2017) - [Locomotive Springs WMA] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Red-necked Phalarope, Willet, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole

Neil Paprocki (22 May 2017) - [Johnson Canyon Rd] - Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, European Starling, Grasshopper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, Western Meadowlark, Bullock's Oriole

Daniel Sachse (21 May 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Black Tern

Kathy & Hal Robbins (21 May 2017) - [Blue Creek Spring] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow

Neil Paprocki (18 May 2017) - [Faust Valley] - Chukar, Golden Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike

Troy Johnson (18 May 2017) - [Willard Bay SP] - Canada Goose, Mallard, California Quail, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch

BJ Worth (16 May 2017) - [Mantua, UT] - California Quail, Osprey, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting,
Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Bryant Olsen (13 May 2017) - [Golden Spike HHS] - Gray Partridge, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch

Bryant Olsen (13 May 2017) - [Salt Creek WMA] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Whimbrel, Willet, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Shane Collier (11 May 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Common Grackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Brian Rusnica (6 May 2017) - [Hwy 30 - Snowville, UT] - Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon

Kevin Christensen (6 May 2017) - [Perry Nature Park] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Townsend's Solitaire

Annette Gibert-Hansen (4 May 2017) - [Lynn Reservoir -  Raft River Mtns] - Long-eared Owl. Seen in flight. Short tail, long wings. Perched in juniper treetop. Good looks even in low light. Long feather tufts on head and color similar to GHO, but smaller in size.

David Walton (4 May 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Snipe, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Alexander Harper (4 May 2017) - [Willard Bay SP] - Cinnamon Teal, California Quail, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Franklin's Gull, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Western Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Apr 2017

Carl Lundblad (30 Apr 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - American Golden-Plover. Pluvialis plovers, more slender than Black-bellied with relatively smaller heads, thinner necks, and slender bills. Wings extending well beyond tail tip and lots of primary extending beyond tertial tips, but I couldn't count how many. Bold supercillia setting off contrasting dark caps. "Contrasty" gold and dark speckled upper parts. Delayed pre-alternate molt also consistent with this species; Pacific Golden-plover (which I'm not sure we really need to consider) undergo pre-alternate molt early in spring, usually/often prior to migration. Black-bellied Plovers typically molt earlier in the spring, and the several hundred I saw this same morning at AIC were all in alternate plumage.
     -- Also seen: Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Tim Avery (27 Apr 2017) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Mallard, Chukar, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Brewer's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Ian Batterman (22 Apr 2017) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Joshua Covill (19 Apr2017) - [Mantua, UT] - Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Chipping Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Tom Wuenschell (19 Apr 2017) - [Perry Canyon] - Canyon Wren. Not seen, but answered in kind when I played the musical cascade of descending notes call. In areas of cliffs in upper Perry canyon.

Kristin Purdy (16 Apr 2017) - [Brigham City, UT] - White-faced Ibis, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Wilson's Snipe, Willet, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bryant Olsen (9 Apr 2017) - [Salt Creek WMA] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan (Whistling), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked), Wild Turkey, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier (American), Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked), American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet (Western), Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Merlin (Taiga), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow

John Neill (5 Apr 2017) - [Rosebud, UT] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal (American), Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Long-eared Owl , Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Sagebrush Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Meadowlark

Daniel Sachse (4 Apr 2017) - [Willard Bay SP] - Tundra Swan, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Mike Hearell (2 Apr 2017) - [Hwy 30 - Raptor Alley] - Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Common Raven

Mar 2017

Nathan Senner (28 Mar 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant,  American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow

David Wheeler (19 Mar 2017) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican,
American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Barn Owl, Black-billed Magpie, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Tom Wuenschell (17 Mar 2017) - [Willard area] - Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike

Mike Hearell (15 Mar 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Lesser Black-backed Gull. Adult in breeding plumage. Very dark mantle, clean white head, bill larger than nearby CAGU with a red spot on lower mandible, yellow legs. Seen with HERG, CAGU, and RBGU for clear comparison.

Craig Provost (15 Mar 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican,  Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow

Kendall Watkins (14 Mar 2017) - [Salt Creek WMA] - Long-billed Dowitcher. Resting on small island in a group. Heads tucked for the majority of the time I watched them. One would occasionally lift its head up to preen, revealing a long straight bill. Smaller than nearby yellowlegs and avocets.
     -- Also seen: Ross's Goose, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Tom Wuenschell (8 Mar 2017) - [Perry Canyon] - Ruffed Grouse. Was standing still when I saw it in bigtooth maple woodland below the trail. When I made a sound it puffed up and displayed its tail with a black band and raised its head crest. All reddish brown and mottled.

Kevin Christensen (4 Mar 2017) - [Brigham city, UT] - Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Crow, Mountain Chickadee, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, House Sparrow

Feb 2017

Mike Hearell (26 Feb 2017) - [WMDC Fields, Corinne, UT] - Trumpeter Swan. One individual still had pinkish-orange legs and feet.

Kathy Eklund (26 Feb 2017) - [Snowville, UT] - Chukar, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Taylor Abbott (25 Feb 2017) - [Willard Bay SP] - Canada Goose, Common Merganser, California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee

Tom Wuenschell (24 Feb 2017) - [Perry Nature Park] - Wilson's Snipe. A large group of snipes (at least 20) suddenly flew up from the cattails together in their zig-zag flight, many calling out the harsh "scape" call as they flew. Most snipes I've seen at one time.

Dickson Smith (20 Feb 2017) - [Corinne, UT] - Ring-necked Pheasant, Sandhill Crane

Mike Hearell (18 Feb 2017) - [WMDC Fields, Corinne, UT] - Greater White-fronted Goose. Shot a digiscoped video of the bird as it came in with a flock of CANG. Took approximately 20 minutes to find it on the ground for a photo.
    -- Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Ring-billed Gull

Dickson Smith (18 Feb 2017) - [Brigham City, UT] - Western Screech-Owl

Tom Wuenschell (17 Feb 2017) - [Willard area BST] - Canyon Wren

Joanne Kane (11 Feb 2017) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse

Tom Wuenschell (10 Feb 2017) - [Salt Creek WMA] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk

Tom Wuenschell (8 Feb 2017) - [Willard area BST] - Golden-crowned Kinglet. I've always seen kinglets higher up in coniferous forests but this winter the snow pack is well above average and they are down here with juncos and chickadees and bushtits in juniper, oaks and maples.
     -- Also seen were: Bushtit, Townsend's Solitaire

Bear River MBR eTT (2 Feb 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Barn Owl

Howard Browers (2 Feb 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Northern Shoveler, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Jan 2017

Hawkwatch International (29 Jan 2017) - [Snowville, UT[ - Short-eared Owl

Tom Wuenschell (29 Jan 2017) - [Salt Creek WMA] - Tundra Swan

Dickson Smith (28 Jan 2017) - [Golden Spike area] - Chukar, Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Prairie Falcon

Tom Wuenschell (17 Jan 2017) - [Willard, UT area] - Golden Eagle, Townsend's Solitaire

Vivian Schneggenburger
(10 Jan 2016) - [Promontory Rd] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier (American), Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Wilson's Snipe, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel,
Merlin (Taiga), Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Strike, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Canyon Wren, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Zachary Loman (7 Jan 2017) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Daniel Sachse (6 Jan 2017) - [Corinne, UT] - Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, American Wigeon,
Mallard, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Killdeer, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark
    -- [Brigham City, UT] - Western Screech-Owl

Howard Browers (6 Jan 2017) - [Bear River MBR] - Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged, American Coot, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike

Tom Wuenschell (4 Jan 2017) - [Perry Nature Park] - Northern Harrier

David Wheeler (1 Jan 2017) - [Howell, UT area] - Gray Partridge

Dec 2016

Neldon Kunz (29 December 2016) - [Blue Creek Reservoir] - Ring-necked Pheasant, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (26 December 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier (American), Rough-legged Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon,
Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, American Tree Sparrow, Western Meadowlark

Tyler Grant (23 December 2016) - [Box Elder CG] - Pacific Wren

Jeff and Bonnie Jorgensen (10 December 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Bryant Olsen (6 December 2016) - [Howell, UT] - SWAMP SPARROW. Continuing.
      -- Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Northern Harrier (American), Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail (Virginia), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch

Ian Batterman (6 December 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon,
Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier (American), Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Western Meadowlark

Neil Paprocki (4 December 2016) - [Willard Pond] - Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Loon, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, European Starling, House Finch

Kristin Purdy (4 December 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Snow Goose, American Avocet, Killdeer

Neil Paprocki (4 December 2016) - [Honeyville, UT] - Sandhill Crane

Nov 2016

Bryce Robinson (30 November 2016) - [Snowville, UT] - Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin (Prairie), Prairie Falcon, Common Raven, European Starling

Bryant Olsen (29 November 2016) - [Promontory Rd] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan (Whistling), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser (North American), Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked), Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Northern Harrier (American), Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), American Kestrel, Merlin (Prairie), Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Janice Gardner (25 November 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch

Mike Hearell (25 November 2016) - [Pearsons Canyon] - Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Canyon Wren

Taylor Abbott (24 November 20160 - [Willard Pond] - Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe

Will Britton (23 November 2016) - [Box Elder CG] - Pacific Wren

Daniel Sachse (22 November 2016) - [Willard Bay SP - north CG] - White-throated Sparrow. White throat and head stripes. Yellow lores Gray face and breast Streaked nape. Continuing bird in the willow campground.

David Wheeler (19 November 2016) - [vicinity of Willard Bay State Park] - Cattle Egret. They had moved south to different pasture and herd since the morning. Now on the ground rather than riding on top of the cows. Hunting in characteristic manner while walking.

Chris West (15 November 2016) - [Park Valley - Dove Creek Rd] - Greater Sage-Grouse, Rough-legged Hawk

Kendall Watkins (14 November 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Northern Flicker, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (13 November 2016) - [Hwy 30 Fields near Snowville, UT] - Canada Goose, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark

Mike Fish (11 November 2016) - [ATK Test Area] - Tundra Swan, Chukar, Golden Eagle, Loggerhead Shrike, Rock Wren, White-crowned Sparrow

Wayne Heideman (8 November 2016) - Trumpeter/Tundra Swan, Herring Gull

Kristin Purdy (7 November 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - Swamp Sparrow. Bird called me over yesterday with a chip note unlike nearby Song and White-crowned Sparrows, and finches. Responded to pishing, popped out of thick brush along a boggy rivulet twice, very briefly, not long enough for positive ID. Distinctly Melospiza, lacking cuteness and crisp breast streaks of Lincoln's, and lacking stickpin and coarse streaks of Song. Same scenario today with longer observation. Gray bill, rusty-brown cap, gray-brown supercilium. Strong face pattern with auriculars defined by dark eye line and moustachial stripe. Sub-moustachial stripe somewhat buffy, but not as buffy as Lincoln's. Whitish throat. Grayish upper breast with blurry, indistinct streaks. Weak buffiness on sides. Rusty brown wings and tail, wings lacking wing bars.
   
 -- Western Screech-Owl. Chickadee called me to mature clump of trees with insistent dee-dee-dee notes. Juncos also mobbing. Small owl perched close to trunk and partially obscured by leaves. Drawn up long into camouflage posture. Generally gray and cryptic, strong, black coarse streaks. Small grayish bill with whitish tip. White, irregular streak down scapular.

Mike Hearell (2 November 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Red-necked Grebe.

Bryant Olsen (1 November 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead,  Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Coot (Red-shielded), Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch

Oct 2016

Kevin Christensen (29 October 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Short-eared Owl

Judd Patterson (27 October 2016) - [Brigham City, UT] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird

Jenn Murphy (22 October 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Cattle Egret

Amy Nichols (11 October 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Barn Owl

Brandon Thurston (11 October 20160 - [Bear River MBR] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, Loggerhead Shrike, American Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Tom Wuenschell  (10 October 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - Canyon Wren, Townsend's Solitaire

Mike Hearell (9 October 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (9 October 2016) - [Wellsville Hawk Watch Site] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskin

Sep 2016

Richard Faber (30 September 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Northern Mockingbird

Mark Hunter (26 September 2016) - [Bear River MBR] -  Short-eared Owl. 20 minutes after sunset. Landed in short grass 100 feet from car, observed for about 8 minutes. Beautiful mimed-faced owl.

Kevin Christensen (23 September 2016) - [ [Bear River MBR] - Whimbrel. We were really surprised to see this bird fly in! Larger, shorebird with long down-curved bill, dark brown overall with black striping on head, larger than willet but smaller than long-billed curlews. We have seen this bird plenty in Florida.

Mike Hearell (16 September 20160 - [Willard Bay SP] - Common Nighthawk

Kendall Watkins (15 September 20160 - [Willard Bay SP]  - Black-bellied Plover. Flushed with all the other shorebirds from far out on the playa after an airboat came through. Passed by me calling (purwee) which alerted me to the bird. Didn't get great looks, but watched it return to the far flats in the scope.
      -- Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Great Horned Owl, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sage Thrasher

Mike Fish (13 September 2016) - [Promontory Road] - Burrowing Owl. One burrowing owl standing at the mouth of its burrow right along side the road.

Alan Selin (10 September 2016) - [ [Bear River MBR]  - Lark Sparrow

Greg Cornett (9 September 2016) - [ [Bear River MBR] - Golden Eagle, Marbled Godwit, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope

Bryant Olsen (7 September 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Ring-necked Pheasant, Cattle Egret, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Forster's Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler,  Western Tanager, Lazuli Bumting

Ian Batterman (7 Sep 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 52 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Peregrine Falcon, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow

Taylor Abbott (4 September 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - 33 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Cinnamon Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Marbled Godwit, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Aug 2016

Mia McPherson (31 August 2016) - [Road to Golden Spike] - UPLAND SANDPIPER. The Upland Sandpiper was perched on a power pole right next to the road not far from a Golden Eagle, the sandpiper kept calling, I believe because of the close proximity of the eagle.

Tom Wuenschell (26 August 2016) - [Perry Nature Park] - Virginia Rail. Heard the soft Tick-it call coming from thick vegetation under a Russian olive tree at the water's edge. Finally got a look at 2 of them in heavy cover.

Chris Rurik (25 August 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - Gray Catbird

Daniel Welsh (22 August 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Black Tern

Kevin Christensen (19 August 2016) - [Corinne, UT] - Canvasback, Redhead, Virginia Rail, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow
    -- [Brigham City, UT] - Western Screech-Owl

Ed Rumberger (18 August 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Gray Partridge, Dusky Grouse

Benjamin Dana (18 August 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - American Wigeon, Canvasback, Stilt Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Rufous Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow

Susan Daughtrey (14 August 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Semipalmated Sandpiper

Benjamin Dana (12 August 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd] - Snowy Plover, Solitary Sandpiper

Laura Keene (11 August 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Baird's Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope

Kevin Christensen (10 August 2016) - [Corinne, UT] - Burrowing Owl

Kevin Christensen (8 August 2016) - [Brigham City, UT] - Peregrine Falcon

Steve Bennett (7 August 2016) - [near Snowville, UT] - Prairie Falcon

Chao "Jimmy" Wu (5 August 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Cattle Egret, Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, White-throated Swift

Debbie Beer (4 August 2016) - [Howell, UT] - Chukar, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl (Western), Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Horned Lark, Sage Thrasher, American Pipit, Western Meadowlark, Bullock's Oriole
     -- [Tremonton, UT] - Loggerhead Shrike, American Pipit, Vesper Sparrow   

Bryant Olsen (3 August 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] -  63 species total:
       -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Ruddy Duck (Ruddy), Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier (American), Swainson's Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Marsh Wren, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow 

Alan Westphal (1 August 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 57 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Hero, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Marbled Godwit, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Jul 2016

Annette Gibbert Hansen (31 July 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Ruffed Grouse, Burrowing Owl

Taylor Hannah (31 July 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Sharp-tailed Grouse

Mike Fish (28 July 2016) - [ATK Test Area] - Chukar, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark

Kevin Christensen (27 July 2016) - [Brigham city, UT] - Western Screech-Owl

Stefanie Paventy (25 July 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 51 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler , Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Brewer's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Kevin Christensen (17 July 2016) - [Brigham city, UT] - Hermit Thrush

Kevin Christensen (10 July 2016) - [Brigham city, UT] - Northern Pygmy-Owl

Angela Conry (5 July 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - 19 species total:
     -- Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Laurie Joseph (2 July 2016) - [Locomotive Springs WMA] - 23 species total:
     -- Mallard, Northern Pintail, Great Blue Heron, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet (Western), California Gull, Common Nighthawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, American Pipit, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird 

Jun 2016

Robert Menck (30June 20160 - [Bird Refuge Rd] - 52 species total: -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe,  Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Vivian Schneggenburger (21 June 2016)  [Corinne, UT] - Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Common Poorwill

Jeff Maw (21 June 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Common Grackle

Judy Walker (19 June 2016) - [Willard Bay SP] - Snowy Egret, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, American Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (17 June 2016) - [Box Elder CG] - 19 species total: --  Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Yellow Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch

Margaret Sloan (15 June 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 50 species total:  -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Robert Miller (12 June 2016) - [Almo, UT] - 18 species total:   --  Northern Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Daniel Sachse (10 June 2016) - [Spiral Jetty] - American White Pelican, Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, American Pipit, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark

Jess Batty (8 June 2016) - [near Montello, UT] - Greater Sage Grouse, Wild Turkey

Jacob Hall (7 June 2016) - [UTTR area] - Lark Bunting. Sitting on a fence when first observed, then started feeding on the ground. On the county road that leads to the HAFB north range

Chris Erickson (1 June 2016) - [Willard Canyon] - Turkey Vulture, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-throated Swift, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Peregrine Falcon, Gray Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, House Finch, House Sparrow

Neil Paprocki (1 June 2016) - [Lucin, UT] - 26 species total:   --  Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

May 2016

Tim Sullivan (31 May 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS) - 17 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, American White Pelican, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier (American), Red-tailed Hawk, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, Burrowing Owl, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark. Brewer's Blackbird

Margaret Sloan (31 May 20160 - [Bear River MBR] - 53 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Donald Goodliffe (29 May 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Cattle Egret, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Foster's Tern

Evan Buck (28 May 2016) - [Grouse Creek - Hill Air Force Base] - Golden Eagle

Chris Erickson (28 May 2016) - [Culter Reservoir & Dam] - 44 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lark Sparrow, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Peter Grund (27 May 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Great Egret.

Mike Fish (26 May 2016) - [ATK Test Area] - Chukar, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Rock Wren, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Bobolink

Ian Batterman (25 May 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - GLOSSY IBIS. Seen at the beginning of the loop; blue bordered face and dark black eye definitive field marks. Was within 10 feet of my car, so I got really good looks.
     -- BLACK TERN.
     -- LEAST TERN. Flying above cattails near end of the loop; tiny white tern with black outermost primaries.
     --  COMMON TERN. Mixed in with Forster's Terns; at first I thought it was a Least Tern with the white forehead, but it was the same size as the Forster's Terns and had a dark bill. The definitive mark was the black eye band that extended from eye-to-eye connecting at the back of the head and not the typical broken eye bands of an immature Forster's Tern.
     -- SWAMP SPARROW. Continuing bird seen at the south side of the Auto loop. Reddish wings, cap, and tail, and darker grey body and face with no belly streaking clear field marks.

Evan Buck (24, 26 May 2016) - [Grouse Creek] - Long Eared Owl, Western Screech Owl, Common Poorwill. Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow.

Neil Paprocki (23 May 2015) - [Snowville, UT] - Gray Partridge.

Neil Paprocki (16 May 2016) - [Howell, UT] - 24 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Sora, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Cliff Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Kristina Haycock (15 May 2016) - Bear River MBR] -  Ruffed Grouse. Female standing next to the road.

Vivian Schneggenburger (14 May 2016) - [Promontory Road] - 75b species total:
      --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Tim Avery (109 May 2016) - -Bear River MBR] - Willet, Marbeled Godwit, Bonaparte's Gull, Caspian Tern, Svannah Sparrow.

Chris Erickson (4 May 20160 - [Willard Canyon] - White-throated Swift, Peregrine Falcon.

Neil Paprocki (3 May 20160 - [Bear River MBR] - Whimbrel. Photographed with Long-billed Curlew. Significantly smaller with strong crown markings.

Neil Paprocki
(3 May 20160 - [ Whites Valley] - 21 species total:
     -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Sharp-tailed Grouse, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Long-billed Curlew, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Apr 2016

Bryant Olsen (23 April 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, California Gull, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

David Price (23 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Blue-winged Teal, Bonaparte's Gull, Spotted Sandpiper

Andrew Gaspari (23 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 60 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Laurie Kleespies (18 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Chipping Sparrow.

John Biddick (18 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Caspian Tern, Bewick's Wren, Savannah Sparrow

Tom Wuenschell (17 April 2016) - [Mayor's Pond, Brigham City, UT] - Double-crested Cormorant

Brent Mossman (16 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Cackling Goose, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Swainson's Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Wilson's Snipe, Franklin's Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Great Horned Owl, Merlin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Savannah Sparrow

Kari Heward (15 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Snowy Plover

Neil Paprocki (14 April 2016) - [Salt Creek WMA - north] - Short-eared Owl. One owl observed in courtship flight using exaggerated wing beats. No wing-clapping seen however. 3 others seen at once over northern WMA. 31 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Tom Wuenschell (12 April 2016) - [Perry Nature Park] - 16 species total:
     -- Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Scrub-Jay, American Robin,  European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Steve Hofhine (7 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Red-breasted Merganser, Great Egret, White-faced Ibis, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs

John Neil (5 April 2016) - [Rosebud, UT] - Western Screech Owl, Long-eared Owl

Rachel LeBlanc (3 April 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 51 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Merlin (Prairie), Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

David Wheeler (2 April 2016) - [Mantua Reservoir] - 15 species total:
     -- Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye,  Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American Coot, California Gull, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)

David Walton (1 April 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS] - 16 species total:
     -- Chukar, Gray Partridge, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Barn Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, House Sparrow

Mar 2016

Ian Batterman (16 Mawrch 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 43 species total: -- Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall , American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Coot, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Sagebrush Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Mike Hearell (13 March 2016) - [Salt Creek Flat WHA] - Northern Mockingbird, Sagebrush Sparrow

Chauncey Gadek (13 March 2016) - [Brigham City, UT] - 33 species total: --  Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Loon, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Jeff and Bonnie Jorgensen (12 March 2016) - [Corinne Fields] - Snow Goose, Ross's Goose

Noel Zaugg (12 March 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Long-billed Dowitcher

Suzi Holt (12 March 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 29 species total: -- Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Raven, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Brian Maxfield (11 March 2016) - [Park Valley Fields] - 12 species total: -- Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Western Screech Owl, Long-eared Owl, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Pinyon Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Mountain Bluebird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling

Brian Maxfield (10 March 2016) - [Rosebud, UT] - 11 species: --  Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Long-eared Owl, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon),
Sagebrush Sparrow, Spotted Towhee

Brian Maxfield (9 March 2016) - [Muddy Creek] - Greater Sage-Grouse, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Horned Lark

Matthew Pendleton (7 March 2016) - [Corinne, UT] - 13 species total: -- Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Bald Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow

Mike Hearell (6 March 2016) - [Salt Creek WMA] - 31 species total: -- Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow

Anne Hoffoman (4 March 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 20 species total: -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Neldon Kunz (4 March 2016) - [Willard Bay] - 17 species: --  Canada Goose, American White Pelican, Bald Eagle, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow

Gwen Moore (3 March 2016) - [Promontory Road] - 24 species total: -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, House Sparrow

Gwen Moore (2 March 2016) - [Golden Spike Drive] - 13 species total: --  Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Bushtit, Sage Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Meadowlark, Gray Partridge

Feb 2016

Mike Hearell (28 February 2016) - [Harold Crane WMA] - 27 species totalL
    -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, Dark-eyed Junco, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Michelle Behrens (28 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Snow Goose. 34 species total.

Mike Hearell (27 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Sandhill Crane, Herring Gull, Tree Swallow. 42 species total.

Brett Mossman (27 February 2016) - [I-15 at Exit 362] - Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Estimate - 15. Seen briefly as they flew up from the side of the highway. Larger finch mostly brown overall, with a grey crown, and small amounts rose in the wings.

Rosemary Paul (27 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Merlin, Horned Lark, Savannah Sparrow

Chris Erickson (26 February 2016) - [Williard Canyon] - Chukar, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon,
Canyon Wren,
Dark-eyed Junco

Katherine Cody (24 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Double-crested Cormorant, Great Horned Owl. 29 species total.

Mike Hearell (21 February 2016) - [Cedar Springs Rd] - Barn Owl, Long-eared owl, Short-eared Owl.

Jay Langford (21 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Barrow's Goldeneye, Ferruginous Hawk

Daniel Sachse (20 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] -  Cackling Goose. Small size then Canada goose, smaller bill, and smaller than the lessers that were around it.

Jay Langford (19 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser. 29 species total.

Vivian Schneggenburger (17 February 2016) - [Salt Creek WMA] - 37 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch
     -- [Corinne, UT] - Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle

Chris Erickson (16 February 12016) - Bald Eagle, Rock Wren, Townsend's Solitaire

Dickson Smith (15 February 2016) - [Brigham City, UT] - Western Screech Owl, Spotted Towhee

Dennis Shirley (15 February 2016) - [SR 102 - Bothwell to Penrose] - 26 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Sparrow

Neil Paprocki (13 February 2016) - [Bird Refuge Rd.] - Trumpeter Swan. 20 species total.

Bryant Olsen (10 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Ross's Goose. 28 species total.

Jared Davidson (10 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Prairie Falcon. 31 species total.

Larry Draper (10 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Cooper's Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Snow Bunting. 33 species total.

Shyloh Robinson (9 February 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 37 species total:
 
    --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Barn Owl, ?Snowy Owl, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Henry Cadwalader
(2 February 2016) - [I-15 at Brigham City, UT] - Wood Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, American Kestrel, American Robin, European Starling

Jan 2016

Laurie Joseph (31 January 2016) - [Public Shooting Grounds WMA] - Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie

Mike Fish (26 January 2016) - [ATK Test Area] - Chukar, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Common Raven, Rock Wren

BJ Worth (26 January 2016) - [Mantua, UT] - Wild Turkey. 13 Species total.

Katherine Cody (25 January 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 21 species:  -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Horned Lark, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Western Meadowlarke

Lauri Taylor (21 January 2016) - [Corrinne, UT] - Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrel, Common Raven, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (20 January 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Sherree Sheide (18 January 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse

Chris Erickson (16 January 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - Tundra Swan, Canvasback, Barn Owl, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Margaret Sloan (12 January 2016) - [Tremonton, NY] - 17 species total:  --  Gray Partridge, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, House Sparrow

Taylor Abbott (10 January 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 22 species total:  -- Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle. Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, California Gull, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, American Pipit, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark
     -- [Bird Refuge Road] - Red-breasted Merganser, Barn Owl

Mike Hearell (10 January 2016) - ]Willard Bay SP] - Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow

Chris Erickson (10 January 2016) - [Willard City] - Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Neldon Kunz (9 January 2016) - [Brigham City, UT] - Western Screech Owl
      -- [Perry Nature Park] - Virginia Rail, Wilson's Snipe

Dickson Smith (9 January 2016) - [Bird Refuge Road] -  Clark's Grebe. Large black and white grebe, like Western but with more white on neck and face, smaller yellow orange bill. Red eye found more in white part of face. Swimming in among Pied-billed grebes. This bird has been sited and reported here recently by others. 19 species total:
     -- Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Barn Owl, Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch
     -- [Corinne Bird Refuge] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Dark-eyed Junco

Von Welch (9 January 2016) - [Mantua, UT] - Gray Partridge, Wild Turkey

Scott Erickson (8 January 2016) - [Hampton Crossing, Fielding, UT] - Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie

Tom Wuenschell (9 January 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Chukar, Prairie Falcon

Kenny Frisch (9 January 2016) - [Golden Spike NHS] - Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse
    
-- [Thatcher, UT] - Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Neldon Kunz (9 January 2016) - [Bird Refuge Road] - Red-breasted Merganser, Cooper's Hawk

Tom Wuenschell (8 January 2016) - [Mantua Reservoir] -  Gray Partridge. All were at the Knob, which has some exposed rocky grassy slopes not entirely covered with snow.

Howard Browers (8 January 2016) - [South Pond, ATK] - Turkey Vulture (Northern). Unusual sighting for winter. Vultures were perched on fence post giving good views of head and body. Birds flew after a few minutes giving a good look at white underwing pattern typical of turkey vultures.

Howard Browers (7 January 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 36 species total:  --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Matthew Pendleton (6 January 2016) - [Bird Refuge Road] - Lapland Longspur, American Tree Sparrow. 30 species:  -- Mallard, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (6 January 2016) - [Promontory Rd] - 39 species total:  --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Killdeer, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin (Prairie), Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Howard Browers (5 January 2016) - [ATK Test Area] - Great Horned Owl, Peregrine Falcon.

Tom Wuenschell (2 January 2016) - [Perry Nature Park] - Hooded Merganser. Surprised to see them but this pond is one of the few ice free water bodies in the area right now.

Makenna Johnson (2 January 2016) - [Bear River MBR] - 19 species total:  -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Barn Owl, Common Raven, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Dec 2015

Steve Clark (27 December 2015) - [Bird Refuge Road] - American Tree Sparrow. 20 species total.

Mike Hearell (27 December 2015) - [Mathias Canyon Face] - Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch. Saw a small (~30) flock of what seemed to be mostly GCRF followed by a very large flock (200+) of what seemed to be mostly Blacks. Attempted a digiscope photo, but they were gone before I took it.

Bryant Olsen (26 December 2015) - [Golden Spike NHM-ATK Ponds] - McCown's Longspur. One  Longspur mixed in with Horned Larks was distinctively pale and lacked any black streaking in the cheeks and crown or on the body and flanks, seemed slightly larger than Lapland's and big headed with a large pink bill. Kendall saw the black T in the tail and got photos30 species.
      -- Canada Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Lapland Longspur, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Kendall Watkins (23 December 2015) - [Wendover, UT] - Snow Goose. Exact count. Mixed in with a large flock of geese that flew over the construction site. All white with black wing-tips. Smaller than Canada Geese, but not small enough to be Ross's. Flew from the nearby golf course. 34 species total. 
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Pheasant,
Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's), Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin (Prairie), Prairie Falcon, Say's Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bret Mossman (18 December 2015) - [Short Divide] - Northern Harrier, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, Horned Lark, House Sparrow

Mike Hearell (16 December 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 44 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Nov 2015

Joshua Taylor (29 November 2015) - [Willard] - Prairie Falcon

Daniel Sachse (29 November 2015) - [Tri-State Club] - Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Loggerhead Shrike. 17 species total.

Bryant Olsen (28 November 2015) - [Promontory Road] - 33 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan (Whistling), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant,
Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Wilson's Snipe, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (26 November 2015) - [Howell, UT] - 15 species total:
     --  Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Hepburn's), Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Gray-crowned), American Goldfinch

Jason Talbot (23 November 2015) - [Snowville, UT] - Ferruginous Hawk.

Bryant Olsen (16 November 2015) - [Corinne Skating Pond] - 28 species total:
    -- Tundra Swan (Whistling), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler,
Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (15 November 2015) - [Public shooting Grounds WMA] - TRUMPETER SWAN. Audible-heard their distinctive low double honk, much lower and more resonating than the quivering calls of the abundant Tundra Swans. I hear this call every day at work(Tracy Aviary) as we have a captive pair. To windy to scope the swans and find it visually.

Tom Wuenschell (11 November 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Loggerhead Strike. 26 species total.

Scott Erickson (11 November 2015) - [Willard Mountains] - 23 species total:
     -- Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, House Sparrow

Mike Hearell (7 November ) - [Willard Bay-South Marina] - Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe.18 species. 

Alex Beck (7 November 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Marbled Godwit, Snow Bunting. 35 species.

David Palmer (5 November 2015) - [Perry Nature Park]: Mallard, Ring-necked Pheasant, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, European Starling

Brett Mossman (1 November 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 29 species:
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ruddy Duck,  Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Pipit, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Oct 2015

Bryant Olsen (31 October 2015) - [Bird Refuge Road] - Hooded Merganser, American Tree Sparrow.

Zak Pohlen (25 October 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Canvasback, Loggerhead Shrike. 39 species.

Mike Hearell (22 October 2015) - [Willard Bay SP] - Common Loon, Horned Grebe. 11 species.

Ed Horton (13 October 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 43 species total:
     --Gray Partridge, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, White-throated Swift, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Sage Thrasher, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow

Bret Mossman
(9 October 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 35 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull , Short-eared Owl, Prairie Falcon, Sage Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Mike Fish (9 October 2015) - [ATK Test Area] - Mountain Bluebird. A group of Bluebirds flew across the road in front of me as I drove slowly down the road to T32. There were at least 30 bluebirds in the flock. As a note, I have seen several groups of mountain bluebirds in the past week.

Mike Fish (5 October 2015) - [ATK Test Area] - Bewick's Wren. Jumped around on the cement blocks next to the MT1 trailer. Was out in the open and singing most of the time.

Dan Richards (3 October 2015) - [Bear River Refuge] - Cattle Egret. In the area between the freeway and the refuge land, I saw these birds standing among a group of cows. The birds did not have the buff color accents that you see with breeding plumage. but I identified them as Cattle Egret due to the white plumage, the size, the yellow beak, and the proximity to cattle.

Sep 2015

Neil Paprocki (27 September 2015) - [Wellsville Hawk Watch Site] - 21 species total:
     -- Osprey, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cassin's Finch, Tree Swallow

Dickson Smith (11 September 2015)- [Willard Bay State Park] - 35 species total:  [hightlights]... Warbling Vireo,..., Gray Catbird,... Cedar Waxwing,... CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER,... Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, ... Western Tanager, Great-tailed Grackle...

Brandon Reo (7 September 2015) - [Brigham City] - White-faced Ibis, Black-bellied Plover

Bryant Olsen (7 September 2015) - [Willard Bay SP] - 47 species:  -- California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Kenny Frisch (6 September 2015) - Lucin, UT] - 10 species total: Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Western Wood-Pewee, Horned Lark, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Wilson's Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark
    -- [Snowville, Hwy 84 near Rt 30] - 8 species total: Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, Western Meadowlark

Morgan Brown (2 September 2015) - [Bear River MBR Visitors Center] - 9 species:  -- Canada Goose, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, California Gull, Red-winged Blackbird

Aug 2015

Nan Christianson (30 August 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - American Bittern.  9 species total.

Brett Mossman (30 August 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 49 species total:
    --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe , Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Vesper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Sparrow

Jennifer Miller (3 August 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Short-eared Owl (adult male).

Mike Hearell (3 August 2015) - [Bear River BMR]- 69 species total:
    --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Peregrine Falcon, Willow Flycatcher,
Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Pipit, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Jul 2015

Tim Avery (31 July 2015) - [White's Valley] -
    --GRAY PARTRIDGE, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Scott Barnes (24 July 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 55 species total:
   -- Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird , Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Denise Cheung (10 July 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 29 species total:
    -- Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Marbled Godwit, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Western Kingbird, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Mike Hearell (3 July 2015) - [Willard Bay Road] - FLAMMULATED OWL. 21 species total.

Von Welch (3 July 2015) - [Willard Bay State Park] -
    -- Common Goldeneye, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, LEAST FLYCATCHER, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, Marsh Wren, BEWICK'S WREN, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing , Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Jun 2015

Howard Browers (29 June 29015) - [Brigham City] - ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Unmistakable male with black head and back contrasting with bright rose-colored breast and white belly and sides. Feeding on ground below sunflower seed feeder and perching in lilac bush with a male black-headed grosbeak nearby for comparison.

Ian Batterman (22 June 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Red-breasted Merganser, American Bittern, Cattle Egret, Swainson's Hawk, Sora, Marbled Godwit, Eastern Kingbird, Savannah Sparrow. 58 species total.

David Potter (13 June 2015) -  [Bear River MBR] - 48 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl, Black-billed Magpie, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Lucinda Mullins (10 June 2015) - [Howell] - Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Long-billed Curlew

Rachel Leblanc (4 June 2015) - [Willard Bay SP] - LEAST FLYCATCHER. Continuing bird in the northwest portion of the tent campground. 15 species total.

May 2015

Miriam Sheffield (31 May 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Blue-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Short-eared Owl. 34 species total.

Howard Browers (31 May 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - GREAT EGRET. 43 species total.

Kris Purdy (27 May 2015) - [Willard Bay State Park] - Yes, itís possible to be a fair weather birder waiting inside your vehicle for a deluge to subside and log a rare bird, in this case, a LEAST FLYCATCHER at Willard Bay State Park, Box Elder County. That was the scenario this morning in the park as I waited for a drenching storm cell to clear and I rolled down my window a bit. Two ďche-beksĒ later, I was pretty pleased. The bird called from Willow Campground Loop sites 6-7, and also ventured farther north into the dense, mature and very tall cottonwoods along the nature trail known for harboring owls in the winter.

Weston Smith (27 May 2015) - [Locomotive Springs WMA] - 57 species total:
   -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Chukar, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Western Wood-Pewee, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Irmgard Schubert (21 May 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - Sharp-tailed Grouse. 48 species total.

Neil Paprocki (9 May 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 40 species total:
   -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat,

Apr 2015

Neil Paprocki (27 April 2015) - [18000 N 3600 W, Fielding] - Short-eared Owl.

John Jackson (18 April 2015] - [Golden Spike NHS] - Sharp-tailed Grouse.

Josh Taylor (5 April 2015) - [Promontory] - Sharp-tailed Grouse. I was out at the lek this morning (fully respectful Paul :-) ). I counted an average of 12-14 birds through the morning, with a peak of 19 at the height of the display. It was a great experience. Also had a coyote come running by in an adjacent field midway through - he gave a couple of glances but continued on to wherever he was going.

Daniel Sachse (10 April 2015) - [Conner Canyon] - 18 species total:
   -- American White Pelican, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Tree Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Meadowlark, House Finch

Mar 2015

Scott Erickson (30 Mar 2015) - [Salt Creek Marsh] - Eurasian Wigeon. 39 species total.

Mike Hearell (14 Mar 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 44 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Marbled Godwit, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird
    --[Bird Refuge Road] - 23 species total: Greater White-fronted Goose, Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark

Mike Hearell (8 Mar 2015) - [Willard Bay WMA] - 25 species total:
   --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Feb 2015

Ryan O'Donnell (26 Feb 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 30 taxa:
   -- Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Marsh Wren, European Starling,
Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Tom Wunenschell (25 Feb 2015) - [Bear River MBR] - 19 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail,
Redhead, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, AMERICAN BITTERN, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Coot, California Gull, Black-billed Magpie, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird

Jan 2015

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 morningís 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 theyíre feeding, but theyíre 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

Dec 2014

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 Goldfinch

Dickson Smith (3 Dec 2014) - [Brigham City] - Western Tanager

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

Nov 2014

Ben Bright (28 Nov 2014) - [Bear River MBR] - 28 species seen:
   -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged, Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird

Mike Hearell (27 Nov 2014) - [Willard Bay] - Red-breasted Merganser

Ryan O'Donnell (17 Nov 2014) - [Rabbit and Owl Springs] - 13 species:
   --  Golden Eagle, Long-eared Owl,... Northern Shrike,...  Bewick's Wren,...

Mike Fish (2 Nov 2014) - [ATK Test Area] - 9 species total:
   -- Chukar, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), House Finch

Dickson Smith (1 Nov 2014) - [Brigham City] - 12 species total:
   -- Sharp-shinned Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Screech-Owl, Steller's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Mountain Chickadee, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin,
Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Oct 2014

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

Jul 2014

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.

Apr 2014

Darlene Stump (19 Apr 2014) - Saw my FOY Tree Swallows in Tremonton yesterday. The Great Horned Owlets near our house are not quite to the branching stage, but certainly growing quickly.

Dennis Wheeler (7 Apr 2014) - I went birding with my 9-year old yesterday. There were many spring firsts for me (seeing as this is my year of gardening) on our trip to Bear River MBR. Highlights:
   --  Swainson's hawks x2 on Forrest Street,  Long-billed curlews x LOTS,  Bonaparte's & Franklin's gulls x 100s!

Mar 2014

Mike Hearell (23 Mar 2014) - Taylor Abbott and I birded around the west side of Willard Bay this afternoon in hopes of finding Snowy Plovers. We found six out by Willard Spur and eleven in Weber County along the Harold Crane/Rainbow Unit Canal Road... Eurasian Wigeon, Horned Grebe and Greater Scaup were all seen on Willard Spur but were not flagged as rare in eBird. The wigeon I thought was more than likely the same one being seen in Weber over the last week but, after Norm Jensen's report from Weber earlier in the same day, maybe not.

Paul Higgins (8 Mar 2014) - Northern Shrike--Corinne, Box Elder County, Utah. Rather surprised to find one in the corn patch this time of year. Also Snow & Ross's Geese.

Bryant Olsen (6 Mar 2014) - Today I covered a lot of ground through the east side wetlands of the Great Salt Lake, looking for migrant waterfowl. Started of in west Corrine looking for "White" Geese. As I found my first flock of them flying over and was following them to the field they were gathered in, I ran into Dickson Smith who informed me thousands were down the road a bit. Sure enough, I estimate 2-3000 Geese were in a corn field on about 6800 W and 800 N, literal on the side of the road. As I pulled up it quickly became apparent that these were not just Snow Geese. In fact the majority were Ross's Geese, I estimate about 2/3 of them, the other 1/3 being Snow. This is actually normal for this location which, for whatever reason, usually has a ton of Ross's Geese. As I started scanning them, it didn't take me long to find a Blue Morph Snow among them. Then I spotted another Blue Morph, but it looked smaller and darker. I changed my position and got a better angle, and then spent the next half hour watching a BLUE MORPH ROSS'S GOOSE! At times it was very close and I got great looks at it. Blue Morph Ross's are the holy grail of Chen geese, only surpassed by the Emperor in rareness.
   --I then went to Bear River MBR, the Tundra Swans are definitely in, by the thousands, but because its now ice free, they are mostly distant, so I couldn't find any Bewick's Swans among them. Quite a few DC Cormorants and AW Pelicans around, and 1 large gathering of Bald Eagles too.    The best birds for me were 2 Savannah Sparrows and a Red-breasted Merganer. Also quite a few Sandhill Cranes around.

Dave Hanscom (6 Mar 2014) - Yesterday Bob Huntington and I drove up to Corrine to look for Snow Geese.... In less than a quarter mile we were in a good spot to observe the birds feeding in a corn field. It was about 7:30 am.
   --That's when the show started. Huge groups of white geese began coming in from the south and landing in the field with the others. There were certainly more than a thousand when we left, with more coming all the time. Every once in a while a few hundred would take off all at once and swirl around, them come back down. I got a few photos, but couldn't point the camera upward due to the rain, so I couldn't get the big flocks as they came in. Most were Snow Geese, but there were lots of Ross's in the mix.
   --One other stop was Salt Creek WMA to see if the Tundra Swans had arrived. They had, indeed, in numbers that we estimated to be several hundred, with a nice variety of ducks mixed in. Also, a nice surprise was a flock of about 20 Greater Yellowlegs, plus a pair of Sandhill Cranes.
   --We found Chipping and Vesper Sparrows at the Golden Spike Visitor Center, but no Gray Partridge. The lady at the counter said she hadn't seen them for a couple of weeks. The snow is all gone out there, so Horned Larks were very scarce, and the Snow Buntings seem to have departed.
   --All in all, a great day of birding. I do love spring, even when it comes too early and messes up the skiing!

Feb 2014

[email protected] (24 Feb 2014) - Approx. 5000 white geese (?Snow Geese) in West Corinne, Box Elder, County

Mike Fish (17 Feb 204) - Iíve seen (and heard) several waves of Tundra Swans fly over the ATK mountain (Promontory Area) this morning. The first group I saw just after day break had 22 Tundra Swans and a single Snow Goose mixed in with the Swans. The Snow Goose simply occupied one of the draft links towards the back of the ďVĒ as they all flew along towards the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge...

Bryant Olsen (10 Feb 2014) - On today's GSL Audubon field trip, we found a sizable group of SNOW BUNTINGS just north of the Golden Spike visitor center. They were along that dirt road that goes west where the main road curves south toward the visitor center, just a few hundred yards west from that intersection mixed in with a large group of Horned Larks. They were on the side of the road, or in the road, and even landed on the power lines right above our heads giving us great looks. My maximum count was 8 together at 1 time, but there could have been more of them. Best look at that species I've ever had. Also had a Northern Shrike nearby. OK numbers of raptors, but not as many as I usually see around there. Salt Creek WMA had good # of Bald Eagles, and a few dozen Tundra Swans.

Mike Hearell (6 Feb 2014) -  On Saturday Taylor A. And I had a pair of Sharp-tailed Grouse north of Blue Creek. Follow 18000 W (I believe) all the way to where it meets up with the frontage road against the freeway and they were in the top of a tree by the silos.

Jan 2014

Paul Higgins (11 Jan 2014) - I finally got away from work long enough to run out to Golden Spike Monument, Box Elder County. Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse. Well over 1000 Horned Larks in the fields as you approach the monument. Could not locate any longspurs or Snow Buntings.

Joseph (4 Jan 2014) - I saw a Yellow-shafted Flicker south of Brigham City on January 1st. It was a life bird for me. First new bird in years.

Dec 2013

Kendall Watkins (31 Dec 2013) - Last Saturday 26 Utah Birders went out in search of Larks and Longspurs in Box Elder County... Highlights included a Northern Shrike at Bear River and a good look at a female Cooper's Hawk in Howell. It wasn't a very birdy day, but it was nice to have good company.

Aug 2013

Joel Beyer (11 Aug 2013) - We refound the Bar-tailed Godwit previously reported by Stackhouse and Wheeler, on the NW side of the Willard Bay Reservoir dike road. We observed the bird for about 2 hours this morning, and were able to see all the field marks, as described by Mark....A Pectoral Sandpiper and 3 Black Terns were also seen in this area.

Jack Binch (10 Aug 2013)- [Willard Bay] - I drove up to see the quantity of birds reported. If you want to look through the birds for something rare, better take a lunch. There are a lot of godwits, phalaropes, gulls, ibis, and dowitchers to look at. I saw a few smaller godwits, but after looking at them with a spotting scope, they were all Marbled. The only bird I saw that was a little rare was a Ash-throated Flycatcher in the tamarisks toward the north end of the road. The road itself is the best I have seen it. One section in the middle is bumpy, but not all that bad.

Mark Stackhouse
(5 Aug 2013) - This morning, David Wheeler and I, along with David's trusty birding sidekick Mojo went out to the backside of Willard Bay, along the mudflats of the actual Willard Bay (Spur) of the Great Salt Lake, below the NW side of the dike around Willard Bay Reservoir. David and I decided to give it a more thorough look today to see if there were any goodies hidden in the masses. Our best find was a BAR-TAILED GODWIT that was not too surprising given that there were between 10 and 20 thousand Marbled Godwits there. The Bar-tailed Godwit wasn't in one of the large Marbled Godwit flocks, but was off by itself with some avocets, that dwarfed this small, gray godwit. We watched it for about 15 minutes at about 100 meters range, before something spooked everyone ...

Kris Purdy (4 Aug 2013) - I saw two NEOTROPIC CORMORANTs at Bear River MBR in Box Elder County today at a likely place: One of the rocky rookery islands in an area not open to the public along the D-Line. Iíve seen them there in past years and I make a point of scanning the islands when I do my monthly general bird survey. The two appeared to be adults and were with 75-100 Double-crested Cormorants, pelicans and other species that amass on those islands. I saw a smattering of migratory shorebirds including two Solitary Sandpipers (not together, of course), Marbled Godwits, a Least Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs. Several Great Egrets were using various egret rookery islands and were flocking with Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night-herons and Great Blue Herons. Also behind the gates was a flock of about 150 Black Terns. If youíre looking for Black Terns in your county along the lake, looks like fall migration is on for them and itís time. Somewhat unusual on the general bird survey today were a Sage Thrasher and a Bullockís Oriole far out into the marsh.

Jul 2013

Mike Hearell (8 Jul 2013) - I weathered the rain this evening and spent it enjoying rainbows, sunset and birds around the Willard Basin area. birds of note-
   --2 Golden Eagles (on nest); 3 American Three-toed Woodpecker; 1 Williamson's Sapsucker; 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers; 2 Nashville Warblers; 1 Juniper Titmouse; 1 Flammulated Owl; 6 Green-tailed Towhee; 15+ Clark's Nutcracker

May 2013

Paul Higgins (28 May 2013) - Yesterday morning, I was at Bear River, FWMA, Box Elder County, Utah. I have never seen so many Common Yellowthroat males, singing. I stopped at one place (1/10th of a mile from the end of the auto loop), and counted four at that one stop.

Mike Hearell (22 May 2013) - A Grasshopper Sparrow at yesterday's Promontory Point field trip.

Apr 2013

David Wheeler (27 Apr 2013) - There were 2 Horned Grebes at Mantua yesterday, in breeding plumage, right near the boat launch.

Mike Hearell (8 Apr 2013) -  I temporarily gave up on finding Snowy Plovers in Weber and went out to the SW corner of Willard Bay to see them. I wasn't disappointed in finding 14 of the little guys/gals.

Jason St Sauver (7 Apr 2013) - Had a lovely morning around the Bear River Refuge loop this morning - with nearly 70 species seen including first of the year Great & Snowy Egrets. Also first Barn & Bank Swallows mixed in with the hundreds of Tree & Cliff Swallows, 2 Peregrine Falcons - and several pairs of grebes running!

Mar 2013

Jason St. Sauver (25 Mar 2013) - The Fox Sparrows are back in Box Elder Campground. Had two males singing this morning in almost identical spots to where 2 males sang all spring last year - possibly same characters.

Mark Thal
(27 Mar 2013) -  Came out to Willard Bay to go walleye fishing and I found a lonely male Snowy Plover in breeding plumage on the mud flats west of the west dike about a quarter mile north from the sw corner of the lake.

Mike Hearell (24 Mar 2013) - One pair of Marbled Godwits, BRMBR. East side of auto loop, east of road. Mixed in with 107 Am Avocets.

Dave Hanscom (9 Mar 2013) - Bobs MacDougall and Huntington accompanied me on a mission to Box Elder County to find Snow Geese.  The fields were loaded with white birds, but they all appeared to be Tundra Swans (and a few gulls), with nary a goose in the crowd.  Over the course of the morning, I'm sure we saw more swans than I'd previously seen in my entire life - certainly several thousand. Quite an amazing sight! We did find one Cackling Goose in a flock of Canadas on 3000 West between Gentile Street and Antelope Drive, plus several Sandhill Cranes along the way.

Paul Higgins (6 Mar 2013) - Red Breasted Merganser, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Box Elder County

Feb 2013

Bryant Olsen (18 Feb 2013) - Yesterday's GSLA field trip was in general a good time, with one big exception. Started off in Amalag looking for the Snowy Owl, unfortunately it was foggy, so it was not a good time to look. ....Then on to Golden Spike, where we found the 3 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and 3 GREY PARTRIDGE at the visitor center. Then went to ATK ranch, found the pond there mostly frozen, and no geese, but a few ducks. A little north of the ranch are the big springs,which had the most waterfowl, including 2 TUNDRA SWANS, a CINNAMON TEAL, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and various ducks. On to Salt Creek WMA, where we found 100+ TUNDRA SWANS, a SHORT-EARED OWL, and more ducks, Generally raptors were pretty scarce ...,then we went to Howell, found a flock of a dozen+ COMMON REDPOLLS along Blue Creek north of town. One or two of them looked rather pale, perhaps HOARY REDPOLL? Pale rump,thin streaking on the flanks, faint pink wash to the breast, stubby bill,but thats such a tough ID... Also saw a flock of 35 GREY PARTRIDGE south of town, in someone's yard. Huge flock of HORNED LARKS too...

Joel Beyer (8 Feb 2013) - We started the day at Golden Spike National Monument, with a Northern Mockingbird on the entrance road.  At the Visitors Center we found Gray Partridge (~10), Sharp-tailed Grouse (7-8) and Am. Tree Sparrows.  Along Highway 83 we saw a pair of Golden Eagles and a Ferruginous Hawk, and Wilson's Snipe and Greater Yellowlegs in the thermal ponds.

Bryant Olsen (6 Feb 2013) - [Howell] - Headed north to look for the reported Snowy Owl in Cache co. However, when I got to Tremonton, it was socked in dense fog....So, instead I head up to Howell, where I found clear skies, and right at the I-84 exit a SNOW BUNTING mixed in with a hundred or so HORNED LARKS. In Howell itself not a ton of birds, and no grouse, but I did see 2 PRAIRIE FALCONS. I did find a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE at the visitor center at Golden Spike NM, along with 36! GRAY PARTRIDGE. At Salt Creek WFMA, which was socked in with fog, I saw 16 more GRAY PARTRIDGE. The usual raptors were present throughout the area, however #'s seem down, only 10 BALD EAGLES at Farmington Bay, a few more at Salt Creek. Best raptor of the day was a beautiful "black type" dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK adult near Salt Creek. No owls, no Gyrfalcons.

Paul Higgins (5 Feb 2013) - Gray Partridge-Promontory Mountains, Box Elder County, Utah.

Connie McManus (4 Feb 2013) - I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE in flight near the summit of Sardine Pass between Box Elder & Cache Counties. 

Jan 2013

Nate Landon (14 Jan 2013) - SNOWY OWL. Corrine Fairgrounds, Corrine, UT.

Paul Higgins (9 Jan 2013) - Ruddy Duck--Bear River, FWMA, Box Elder County.

Norm Jensen (7 Jan 2013) - Gray Partridge. Golden Spike National Historic Site - behind the Visitor's Center.

Paul Higgins (1 Jan 2013) - [Salt Creek, WMA] - Salt Creek was not very "birdy" today except for this very cold, hungry Barn Owl out hunting in the day time

Dec 2012

David Wheeler (30 Dec 2012) -  I thought I'd do some last o' the year birding today, so I headed north. It was a chance to wander alone with Mojo in search of snowbirds and serenity. I found both.
I saw at least one LAPLAND LONGSPUR on the road leading to the Box Elder County Landfill NW of Corinne (just east of Salt Creek WMA) in a flock of larks feeding along the highway. ...There were at least three SNOW BUNTINGS in a large flock of horned larks north of the same lonely highway as the longspur.
   --There was a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE right on the paved highway south of Howell, almost exactly where it was reported last year by Jack Binch. ...There was a flock of seven PARTRIDGES ("huns") near the E-W road leading to Howell. ... Finally, there was a murderous NORTHERN SHRIKE trying really hard to hunt down a hapless lark north of Howell. ...Happy new birding year to you all!

Jeffrey Saffle (23 Dec 2012) -  At Bear River we saw six (count 'em! Six!) SHORT-EARED OWLS, a raccoon, and a skunk along the road. Many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS everywhere. It was great to be out.

Kris Purdy (22 Dec 2012) -[Box Elder County] ... I headed northwest with visions of longspurs and redpolls in weedy fields. Since I didnít see any of those, hereís what I did see. Raptors. My minimum for a good raptor day is eight species; I saw nine with two unidentified that I thought were two additional species:
   --a beautiful blue male Richardsonís Merlin, on a power pole on East Canal Road in Howell.
   --Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tails and American Kestrels on the power poles along SR-83 from Public Shooting Grounds WMA.
   --A Cooperís Hawk on a power pole out in the open with no trees in sight along Promontory Road, and another in a tree next to I-15...
   --Two Great Horned Owls in trees in front yards in Howell. ...Also amusing in the dry leaves in one of those front yards were two Common Snipe snuggled up to each other. I canít figure that one out.
   --A Northern Shrike in a yard in Howell.
   --An incredible biomass of waterfowl at ATK Ranch on Promontory Road.... I also found two minima subspecies of CACKLING GEESE and suspected that several I studied were Richardsonís Cacklers, but it was quite difficult to study them in the goose mass. Finally, there were two Rossís Geese there.

Jason St. Sauver
(19 Dec 2012) -This morning - seen and verified by four of us on staff - we have a COMMON REDPOLL at our feeder station here outside the Wildlife Education Center at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Let's hope he sticks around...there is plenty of feed!

Nov 2012

Mike Hearell (11 Nov 2012) - [Howell, UT] - I'm currently sitting on 1 White-throated Sparrow and 2 Common Redpolls.

Sep 2012

Paul Higgins (26 Sep 2012) - Glenna Cotter and I observed and photographed a Pectoral Sandpiper at Bear River FWMA, Sept. 25, 2012. The detail on it's back was striking.

Ryan O'Donnell (24 Sep 2012) - This weekend I went camping in western Box Elder County, and checked several of the better-known migrant traps in the area, including Lucin, Rabbit Spring, Owl Spring, and Locomotive Springs. The only real noteworthy bird of the trip was a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at Keg Spring, in the Grouse Creek Mountains. Golden-crowned Sparrows are generally seen a couple times a year somewhere in the state of Utah, although it appears in eBird this is the third in the state this week! This is the first record of this species from Box Elder County in eBird. 

Aug 2012

David Wheeler (27 Aug 2012) - [Bear River MBR] - Kris, it seems I am forever destined to follow in your footsteps. Today, coming back from Bear River MBR, I just so happened to stop at the very same beach at Willard Bay as you....  --On the same beach near the tern spit are several nasty little muddy spots created by small creeks draining into the reservoir. In a little marshy area at the shore end of one of those trickles there chipped a  waterthrush. That made me look, for indeed I had hoped to find one in that fine habitat. Happily, it obliged me with a brief glimpse, just enough to confirm, with a waggle ana chip, that it was a Northern waterthrush.
   --I saw two pairs of Solitary sandpipers back at Bear River MBR along the northern section of the loop...

Kris Purdy (27 Aug 2012) - Willard Spur in Box Elder County is once again populated by a river of Dowitchers as it was this past spring. ...I also noticed a sprinkling of Marbled Godwits close and a couple large flocks far out along the edge of the refuge. The only other shorebirds I noticed were Stilts, Avocets and Killdeer. The place was thick with brown ducks, Ibis and Snowy Egrets, and I enjoyed many close fly-bys of Black Terns.
   --The receding water of the reservoir has left mudflats along the east side where many species of white birds are resting. Among the 75 or so Forster's Terns, I also counted eight COMMON TERNS...

Kris Purdy (8 Aug 2012) - On Monday, I did my regular monthly non-waterbird survey at Bear River Refuge and logged two adult Short-eared Owls, one on the west side of the auto tour loop and one behind the gates.

Jul 2012

Norm Jenson (28 Jul 2012) - Today, thinking there might be some action on the west side of Willard Bay we headed out. We were not disappointed, finding Godwits, Dowitchers, and thousands of Black Neck Stilts as well as a first for us in Box Elder County Black Terns.

Paul Higgins (21 Jul 2012)- Burrowing Owls, Promontory, Utah.

Paul Higgins (1 Jul 2012) - Snowy Plover west-side of Willard Bay.

Jun 2012

Pat Bausman (10 Jun 2012) - Beautiful day at BRMBR today. On the west road (auto tour loop, after the 1st sharp left turn) on far side of the canal on the right, there were 7-8 young Soras right out in the open on a couple of tiny "beaches." ...

May 2012

Kris Purdy (8 May 2012) - I kayaked the Willard Spur in Box Elder County and came across six or so STILT SANDPIPERS in a flock of ohÖ..5,000-10-000 L-B Dowitchers. ... It took a surprisingly long time to pull the six Stilt Sandpipers out of the flock. Theyíre entirely in breeding plumage without the eye-catching supercilia of fall. Their smaller bodies were often obscured by their larger cousins.

Jason St. Sauver (6 May 2012) - Boy does it seem to be the weekend for most or all of the final migrants to return...at least to Box Elder Co. Just this weekend I've had FOY Wilson's and Yellow Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Buntings, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Warbling Vireo....

Kris Purdy (6 May 2012) - Iím always impressed with the bird life at Raymond M. Hansen Park in Elwood, southeast of Tremonton in Box Elder County. I saw thirty species there this morning including a Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler and both Sharp-shinned and Cooperís Hawks. Given the time of year and habitat...

Cindy Sommerfeld (4 May 22012) - ...--We decided to try our luck at Bear River. We were fortunate to find 5 Whimbrels right where Kris found them two days ago. A little further down the road Steve spotted a Merlin with prey...On the Loop we joined Jack Binch listening to 2 very vocal Bitterns. Our total at Bear River was 57 species
   --From there we went to the west side of Willard Bay, north of Harold Crane. There Steve found 7 Black Terns along with hundreds of Forster's Terns. We were fortunate to get some close looks at a couple of Snowy Plovers...

Kris Purdy (2 May 2012) - Do eight WHIMBRELS qualify as a flock? Hope so. There were eight, along with 14 Long-billed Curlews, north of West Forest Street (road to Bear River MBR in Box Elder County) at mile 8.4...

Apr 2012

Norm Jenson (29 Apr 2012) - Gail and I visited Mantua and Box Elder Campground this morning we found the Fox Sparrows at BC and Chipping Sparrows plus a couple of surprises, both a Yellow Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler, at Mantua.

Jack Binch (28 Apr 2012) - I went back to Bear River MBR today hoping there would be an influx of shorebirds. Not many yet. A couple of flocks of Long-billed Dowitchers totaling about fifty is about it...About twenty Great Egrets along the north west part of the loop...
   --Along the east dike just south of the middle viewing ramp I found a GLOSSY IBIS mixed in with some White-faced Ibis...

Kris Purdy (23 Apr 2012) - [Mantua] - Most of the birds at Mantua Reservoir in Box Elder County today were of three species: Western Grebes, American Coots and Eared Grebes, but the east side harbored a greater diversity that included six GREATER SCAUP...

Jon Watkins (21 Apr 2012) - Drove the Bear River Refuge loop ...Highlights included:
   --Snow Goose...Marbled Godwits...Great Egret...-Tundra Swan...Short-eared Owls...Black-crowned Night Herons...

Kenny Frisch (8 Apr 2012) -... I drove up to Stateline Rd in Box Elder County to try for Sharp-tailed Grouse, but unfortunately missed them but did have 2 Gray Partridge flush from the roadside and also saw a dark morph Swainson's Hawk for the first time just sitting in a tree...

[email protected] (8 Apr 2012) - I had a great day with my family at the Bird Refuge on Friday 4/6/2012. We saw 59 species from the Visitors center to the end of the auto loop. Highlights for our family were 1 Whimbrel, 1 Lincoln's sparrow, 1 Horned grebe, 4 Long-billed Curlews, 2 Black-crowned Night Herons, 1 Tundra Swan, 1 Bald Eagle, and 1 racoon...

Jack Binch (7 Apr 2012) - [Bear River MBR] - Still a little early for Bear River at least for me. ...I did not look through the hundreds of ducks along the east side of the loop, but counted two flocks of Caspian Terns with a combined total of about fifty. Most I have ever seen. Only saw a couple of shore birds, Greater Yellowlegs. A very pleasant surprise was as I was leaving, just where the road turns from heading east to heading south, a Short-eared Owl flew across the road right in front of me. I got out of the car to watch it and also saw a Peregrine Falcon flying and an adult Bald Eagle soaring above the road.

Mar 2012

Kris Purdy (18 Mar 2012) - HOODED MERGANSERS seemed like odd birds for Bear River Refuge in Box Elder County, but I saw two female-type birds in the canal that parallels the north leg of the auto tour loop a mile or two west of the maintenance building this afternoon around 4:30. One of them really was a female; the other was one of the bizarro-looking first spring males like those Rich Young publicized in an earlier post...

Bryant Olsen (13 Mar 2012) - I Went up to northern Box Elder county on a tip looking for a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE lek, and was able to locate them and watch their dancing and display for the first time...
   --I did hear, but not see, a GREATER SAGE GROUSE lek to nearby (I know that bubbling sound from Henefer), but I couldn't locate it. Also saw an adult male PRAIRIE MERLIN in Blue Creek valley.
   --On my way back I stopped in Corinne, and saw something like 10,000 SNOW and ROSS'S GEESE, including 1 BLUE MORPH SNOW GOOSE, and had on flock of 5,000 geese fly right over me,it toke a few minutes to pass. After looking through the photos, the ROSS'S GEESE seem to have been the more abundant by far, as I have observed here in years past...

Kris Purdy (10 Mar 2012) - Members of Wasatch Audubon Society saw a single CACKLING GOOSE at Salt Creek WMA in Box Elder County today. Iím inclined to think the bird was of the taverneri subspecies due to the darkness of the breast, along with other Cackling Goose characteristics... --Salt Creek was pretty quiet for todayís Tundra Swan Day...It was good to see lots of pairs of Sandhill Cranes. Other species of note for their spring appearance include Cinnamon Teal, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, Greater Yellowlegs and American Pipit. Bald Eagles havenít entirely given up the neighborhood yet.

Bryant Olsen
(6 Mar 2012) - Today I headed up to Bear River MBR, looking for Bewick's Swans and the possible Great Black-backed Gull ... the 10,000+ Swans were mostly tucked up sleeping, bobbing up and down in the surf....Also saw a flock of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and actually heard their song for the first time. There were a few hundred SNOW GEESE in Corinne, with one fly over ROSS'S GOOSE mixed in. One highlight of the wind was having a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK kiting right above me. Good birding!

Feb 2012

Kris Purdy (28 Feb 2012) - A third-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was feeding on the mud flats in Unit 2 within the auto tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge this afternoon around 4 p.m...

Mike Fish (28 Feb 2012) - On Monday, February 13th, I noticed a male Great Horned Owl sitting on a nest platform here at ATK in Promontory (my work). The next day a female joined him and they have been hanging out on the platform every day since...

Kris Purdy (25 Feb 2012) - [BRMR] - I counted about 130 American Avocets at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County today. All of them were along the west leg of the auto tour loop; some in Unit 2C tucked into the northwest corner, and others farther south in Unit 2...

Kris Purdy (21 Feb 2012) - A Tundra Swan of the Eurasian BEWICKíS SWAN subspecies was feeding along with thousands of its best buddies within the auto tour loop today at Bear River MBR in Box Elder County...

Kenny Frisch (20 Feb 2012) - Today I headed up north to witness the previously reported massive groups of Tundra Swans and gulls at Bear River MBR and was not disappointed...The highlight of the day was a gorgeous male EURASIAN WIGEON hanging out with the other ducks north of the "Grebes" informational sign on the southern road...I did manage to pick out 2 1st winter Glaucous Gulls and a 1st winter Thayer's. I am sure I missed some other gulls out there. Other highlights included at least 2000 Tundra Swans including one with a marker around its neck that I couldn't make out, at least 70 Bald Eagles, and 1 early Double-crested Cormorant....

Norm Jenson (4 Feb 2012) - [BRMR] - Trumpeter Swans at Bear Lake. NO Snowy Owls.

Jan 2012

Dave Hanscom (29 Jan 2011) - did the northern loop thru Faust Valley and Howell. Lots of Gray Partridge, including a flock just across the street from ATK near the turn to Golden Spike. Four Sharp-tailed Grouse south of Howell as others have reported. Most amazing sighting of the day was a Turkey Vulture just west of Tremonton!

Mike Fish (26 Jan 2012) - At about 1:00pm today, I spotted 4 Gray Partridge (finally) near the old abandoned house southwest of Howell. The house is located on 15200 N. and just east of 18300 West... I found one Great Horned Owl sitting in a tree right near the front of the lot. As I left that location, I headed east on 15200 N. and the Partridge were on the south side of the road down in the irrigation ditch.

Kris Purdy (15 Jan 2012) - What seems like thousands of Canada Geese and Mallards have amassed at three spots along Promontory Road in Box Elder County, and today, I saw CACKLING GEESE at two of the spots and ROSSíS GEESE at one.... Back at the 5 Ĺ-6 mile spot, there was a drake CINNAMON TEAL.

Edson Leite (14 Jan 2012) -... ATK, Bear River MBR...Picked up 5 year birds: Canada Goose,
Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Killdeer, Rock Pigeon, Common Raven, Song Sparrow, SWAMP SPARROW

David Wheeler (3 Jan 2012) - The PACIFIC WREN(s) has returned to Box Elder Campground, near Mantua. One popped up from by the creek near the upper bridge of the top loop. Gods, those critters are adorable with their cocky stances and saucy dipping on those disproportionately long legs! Makes me smile.

Dec 2011 

Jason St. Sauver (18 Dec 2011) - Another lovely little morning of birding with a light snow falling.
Mayor's pond continues to have a nice array of ducks:...2 female Hooded Mergansers...Then - quick stop by Perry Nature Park was also rewarding. Lots less ducks there today - but 4 Hooded Mergansers (2 pair) and the Northern Mockingbird is still there. Also - today - got lucky enough to see 2 of the 3 Virginia Rails I was hearing there.

Craig Fosdick (11 Dec 2011) - Heath Weaver and I birded Box Elder County today (Bear River MBR, Salt Creek WMA, Blue Creek Valley north and south of I-84) hoping and looking for a Snowy Owl, which, of course, we did not find. Best bird of the day were 4 Western Grebes at Bear River MBR (they got flagged in eBird) and perhaps two Northern Shrikes, one each on the road to BRMBR and at Salt Creek WMA. There was also a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk at BRMBR;...

Jason St. Sauver (4 Dec 2011) - First stop was my fav, Perry Nature Park and it didn't disappoint. Not frozen over - this is an amazing loafing pond for lots of waterfowl and MAN was it packed. Only bad thing is - getting near it to see and count unfortunately means you flush the ducks. BUT - there was easily over 200-300 ducks on that lil pond of mixed species including Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, N. Pintail, N. Shoveler AND 8 Wood Ducks. There was also a Belted Kingfisher and couple of Virginia Rails, Towhees, Sparrows and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Nov 2011 

Kris Purdy (23 Nov 2011) - [Bear River Refuge] ... A Long-billed Curlew was also strolling the dike across the canal from the road.

Jason St Sauver (13 Nov 2011) - Perry Nature Park, Brigham City. -- ...I flushed up 4 Wood ducks (two pair, I believe)...Also had pheasant and quail there. Resident Kingfishers were rattling and no less than 4 Virginia rails calling to each other to watch out for the nerdy birder in the area.... - had a lovely Northern mockingbird hopping thru the thick brush - flitting his tail and checking things out...

Oct 2011 

Kris Purdy (9 Oct 2011) - A sub-adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was with hundreds of Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans on one of the nesting islands in a closed-to-the-public area at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County today....  Other birds of note include a Short-eared Owl, a Belted Kingfisher, the lightest female or juvenile Richardsonís Merlin I think Iíve seen (with prey on the auto tour loop), and the Great Horned Owl Jason alerted us to under the overhang of the large maintenance building on the north side.
   --I also was hiking in the Middle Fork WMA in Ogden Valley, Weber County, this afternoon, and saw a Lewisís Woodpecker carrying something in its beak to a power pole on the Power Line trail... preparation for winter.

Jason St Sauver (8 Oct 2011) - Seems we've got a couple of Great Horned Owls hanging around Bear River MBR over the past few days. One has been seen here - right under the eaves of the Visitor Center .... The other has been consistently seen roosting under the eaves of our maintenance shop out at the start of the Auto Loop.

Sep 2011 

Kris Purdy (14 Sep 2011) - [Willard Reservoir] - found the usual four species at that locationóRing-billed, California, Franklinís, and Bonaparteísóand also four species of ternsóCOMMON, Forsterís, Caspian and one BLACK TERN. The Black Tern was remarkable in that this is the only one Iíve seen there this year in two trips; other birders have reported a dearth of Black Terns as well. This one was a juvenile, hunkered down nicely with Forsterís Terns all around for an easy comparison. Scanning the flock of hundreds of Dowitchers turned up eight STILT SANDPIPERS, best total of many scans. One Lesser Yellowlegs was also there. I didnít see any peeps, but two Marbled Godwits flew through my scope view at one point. The two Osprey continue to hang out around the north entrance to Harold Crane WMA...

Ryan O'Donnell (10 Sep 2011) - Today Mike Taylor and I birded Willard Bay (the south dike and the south boat launch area) and Antelope Island. The highlight of the day was a probable POMARINE JAEGER seen at Willard Bay.

Aug 2011 

Kristin Purdy (26 Aug 2011) [Willard Bay] -  ... A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was using the nearly impenetrable brush along the shoreline north of the Eagle Beach Day Use area...

Kris Purdy (24 Aug 2011) -  - Juveniles were representing the celebrity sandpipers of the day today west of Willard Bay in Box Elder County, with two STILT SANDPIPERS and two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS foraging on a mudflat amid Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpipers and Franklinís Gulls... A female-type Red-breasted Merganser was an intriguing bird for August out there sitting in the shade of weeds at the west tip of one of the two peninsulas...

Jason St Sauver (14 Aug 2011) - Had a great drive out along Promontory late this afternoon into evening. Saw 51 dif. species. Some highlights: ... Also had two owls - I never drive this road with out at least one species of owl...tonite it was one Burrowing Owl and then later - a nice Great Horned Owl perched low on a stump under a cottonwood right near a lil pond.

Jason St Sauver (2 Aug 2011) - Today - being privileged to work for USFWS - we were posting boundaries in the wetlands on the south portion of the Refuge and had several BLACK TERNS feeding with some Forsters terns. Also - lots of babies still - including white-faced ibis young, eared grebe chicks and more. And a large flock of Dowitchers...amongst many other great birds. (also - a Common Loon was just over the dike in the Willard SP marina).

Mike Fish (1 Aug 2011) - [Promontory] - I just saw something I havenít seen before. I was driving up the ATK mountain and saw what I thought were swallows swarming over a large rock outcrop on the mountain side. When I got closer I realized the birds were larger than swallows and were in fact Common Nighthawks. There were 23 of them all together, flying in circles and slowly drifting down the mountain. They were all calling and making quite a ruckus. ...

Jul 2011 

Cindy Sommerfeld (23 Jul 2011) - Around 11:00 this morning Steve and I decided to see what birds the west side of Willard Bay held. We drove past Harold Crane WMA and continued north until we came to the lake. The lake water has started to recede leaving moss that is still moist and full of bugs. Here we found 9 Semipalmated Plovers, 2 Snowy Plovers, 2 Least Sandpipers and 6 Spotted Sandpipers. It was great to have all those little birds within 30 feet of the car. About 100 yards out there was a rock the size of a watermelon in the shallow water. A Common Tern had declared it his domain.  He had a very strong dark carpal-bar, easy to see. As we drove further up around a bend we also found 2 Cattle Egrets. Our species list was 28. 

Ryan P. O'Donnell
(18 Jul 2011) - Last Saturday, July 9, Craig Fosdick, Jonna van Opstal, and I birded Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  We did not see the Little Blue Heron we were looking for (although others reported it to Utah Birdtalk from the same day).  We did find a suspicious dowitcher in the driving loop.  The bird in question was located at the south corner, where there is a ramp to an elevated observation deck on the right side at the corner in the road.. ... I finally got to the photographs last night, and I believe that it is indeed a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.  


Kris Purdy (8 Jul 2011) - Mort and Carolyn Somer saw the LITTLE BLUE HERON this morning at about 11:00 along the county road to Bear River MBR in Box Elder County. Their location was 4.0 miles west of the visitorís center; the bird was north of the road...

Mike Fish (5 Jul2011) - On my way home from work I drove up the Bear River MBR access road and spotted a Peregrine Falcon.

Jun 2011 

Mark Summers (19 Jun 2011) - I photographed the LITTLE BLUE HERON on Saturday morning at Bear River MBR. It was just past the a cattle grate and before the first concrete flood relief zone in the road. It was feeding with several Snowy Egret on the South side of the road.

Dave Hanscom (18 Jun 2011) - Bob MacDougall and I spent yesterday morning in Box Elder Country looking for a couple of birds for our 2011 lists...[highlights:]
    --A Short-eared Owl was right where Amber reported it a couple of weeks ago...We found another owl just west of the Monument visitor Center. Both were sitting on fence posts...

Jason St Sauver (10 Jun 2011) - Had to do some scouting of the road / route for an upcoming BB survey on Promontory Rd today - so wasn't doing any serious birding - but when a Peregrine Falcon  jumps up with food in its talons right in front of you...hard to ignore. Also had 3 Burrowing Owls on roadside fenceposts ...

Paul Higgins (4 Jun 2011) - Common Yellowthroat at Salt Creek WMA. Also, the Burrowing Owls are sitting on fenceposts along the roadway at Promontory Mountains.

Amber M (1 Jun 2011) - [Promontory] - My husband was out working on Promontory yesterday. I got home today and went through his pictures to find one of a SHORT-EARED OWL. I'm not sure exactly where he was yet, but he'll be getting the 3rd degree as soon as he gets home. He also had pictures of Burrowing owls, Common Poorwills and California Quails... 

May 2011 

Paul Higgins (30 May 2011) - Snowy Plover at Bear River WMA.

Norm Jenson (24 May 2011) - Gray Catbird - Willard Bay State Park.

Jason St. Sauver (12 May 2011) - stopped by the Perry Nature Park real quick after work - had both a Sora and Virginia Rail calling...

Matt and Leann Crook (7 May 2011) We arrived at Lucin, Box Elder Co., just as the sun was coming up and stayed there until noon. The warblers have definitely arrived... [highlights:] ... MacGillivray's Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and Yellow-breasted Chats...  Merlin, Great Horned Owls... Say's Phoebe...

Paul Higgins (5 May 2011) - SOLITARY SANDPIPER, Willard Bay (South Side)

Mike Fish (5 May 2011) - There is a Great Horned Owl nest out here on the ATK mountain (Promontory) again this year. ... I was surprised to see yesterday that there are 4 Owlets in the nest. I have been watching the nest for the past month and havenít noticed more than 3 babies until yesterday. The fourth owl chick is the smallest and is usually hidden behind the other owls. Last year this Great Horned pair successfully raised 2 babies in this nest  ... 

Apr 2011 

Jason St. Sauver (27 April 2011) - Was out scouting along Promontory today - for my tour during the GSL Bird Fest - and had over 60 sp. including a pair of Burrowing owls, FOY sightings of Brewer's blackbirds, Say's phoebes and Western kingbird...and - a Myrtle warbler (yellow-rumped) mixed in with some other Audubon's warblers

David Wheeler (25 April 2011) - last night I saw a Merlin (pale race) hunting amid a swarm of hundreds of swallows at Bear River MBR. Very cool. Seems fairly late for a Merlin to be sticking around.

Kris Purdy (24 April 2011) - Seven Snowy Plovers were widely dispersed on the mudflat across the road (south of) from the Bear River Club, and another flew across the road in front of my truck at the low-water crossing east of the north-south section of the road (east of the major canal called the O-line)...

 (24 April 2011) - Had a LOVERLY Easter/spring walk this morning - around Brigham and then box elder campground. Had a few more FOY - 2 Orange-crowned warblers singing and eating in the scrub just below mayor's pond... Also had a Northern mockingbird flying around BC as well. And - up at Box Elder campground - singing Fox sparrows continue to be numerous, as well as Ruby-crowned kinglets...and today had a drumming Ruffed grouse!...

Mike Fish (6 Apr 2011) - Today on my way to work (I went in late) I saw my first of the year Long-billed Curlews. I saw three different pairs involved in various courtship motions in the fields surrounding Penrose...

Jack Binch (23 April 2011) - The birding is picking up at Bear River. There are thousands of Marbled Godwits and looking through them for a Hudsonian is worse than looking through gulls.
I saw lots of White-faced Ibis, one probable GLOSSY IBIS, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Vesper Sparrows, lots of Franklin's Gulls. Basically what you would expect this time of year. On the way out by the burned out duck club, when the road turns west, I saw two WHIMBRELS at the northwest end of the big pond that is there now.

Stephen Peterson (21 April 2011) - I had another uncommon visitor to my yard this morning that got me excited enough to share with everyone. Yesterday I had a group of Red Crossbills, and this morning I was alerted to a small flock of Evening Grosbeaks at the top of my green ash tree by the persistent, loud calling of a very colorful male.

Mike Fish
(21 April 2011) - I discovered the nest of Burrowing Owls this morning out in Promontory. Right near the nest I saw what I think were 2 Willet. I also saw several Long-billed Curlew and an amazing assortment of other birds common to the area. --  Had my first White-crowned sparrow of the year show up in my yard tonight. Also saw 26 Long-billed Curlews all together this morning in a field near Penrose. There were 6 others just a quarter mile from the 26.

(20 April 2011) - had my first of the year Lazuli Bunting at the backyard feeder this afternoon in Brigham.

Kris Purdy (17 April 2011) - A HORNED GREBE was at Mantua Reservoir in Box Elder County this afternoon. I saw the breeding-plumage bird through a gap in the trees from the south dike...

Paul Lombardi (13 April 2011) - I birded Willard Bay State Park today with a group from the Wasatch Audubon. Outstanding looks are 8-10 Evening Grosbeak near the parking lot for the nature trail.

Mike Fish (6 Apr 2011) - Today on my way to work (I went in late) I saw my first of the year Long-billed Curlews. I saw three different pairs involved in various courtship motions in the fields surrounding Penrose...

t might have been chilly with the top down off my jeep this morning - but man was it worth it to drive the Bear River MBR Auto Loop today. Not only did i get a nice view of a Male Eurasian Wigeon just off the county road on the way too the Refuge, but saw a brave FOY pair of Black-necked Stilts trying to decide if they wanted to join some avocets or not.

Mar 2011 

Dave Hanscom (30 Mar 2011) - Stopped at Salt Creek to see what I could find there.  Gazillions of water birds, most of which have already been reported.  Best find was a small flock of Red-breasted Merganzers doing their courting dance. 

David Wheeler (25 Mar 2011) - SHARP-TAILED GROUSE -- ten at White's Canyon, Box Elder County. Snow there is DEEEEEP, both on road and then walking..

Kirstin Purdy (17 Mar 2011) - I saw two flocks of Tree Swallows totaling 32 birds at Bear River MBR in Box Elder County on March 5. It was warm enough so they were aerial foraging for bugs over phragmites stands. I was glad to see them.

Craig Fosdick (12 Mar 2011) -  Walked Long Divide Rd this afternoon and was rewarded with two flocks of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. But my favorite of the day was the beautiful PRAIRIE "RICHARDSON'S" MERLIN sitting in the tree at Benson Marina on the BAS field trip this morning!

Kirstin Purdy (5 Mar 2011) - ...   --Salt Creek WMA: Cinnamon Teal, Sandhill Crane: Heard, but didnít see them, American Avocet: Just three. Mountain Bluebird: Fourteen along the access road to the WMA from SR-83 at mm 7, and along the eastern border of Public Shooting Grounds WMA. All males, reflecting the characteristic migration behavior of this species. How could I have forgotten how vibrant that electric blue color is?

Paul Higgins (12 Mar 2011) -  birded West Corinne, ATK and went over to Salt Creek to visit Wasatch Audabon and Utah DWR conducting Swan Day. I could not locate any white geese in the fields around Corinne but had two large flocks fly over high, and continued north. Highlight for me was a pair of Say's Phoebe's south west of ATK along the Promintary Mountain Road...spring is close.

Norm Jenson
(3 Mar 2011) - What a pleasant surprise 5 or 6 Sharp-tailed Grouse on the road to Bear River Refuge, the paved portion that heads Northwest a couple of miles before you get to the loop.  ...

Feb 2011 

Jason St. Sauver (28 Feb 2011) - While checking the waterfowl (and there was a bunch) at Salt Creek WMA this morning...in amongst the thousands of Canada geese and hundreds of Tundra swans...was one lil Ross's Goose. There were also plenty of Northern pintails, mallards, common goldeneye and common mergansers around - as well as a few Sandhill Cranes. Also - on the road to the WMA...i must have seen in the thousands of Horned Larks....amazing!

Kristin Purdy (27 Feb 2011) - A CACKLING GOOSE, subspecies minima, was at Salt Creek WMA in Box Elder County this afternoon... A pair of GRAY PARTRIDGES crossed the road in front of my truck and ran up the south sage-covered hill. That was actually the second group of Huns for the day.
   --Eight SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were roosting in Howell in the tall trees of the house at SR-83, mile 27.7. ... I also flushed a flock of about a dozen GRAY PARTRIDGES from the yard of an abandoned-looking house on East Canal Road in the extreme southeast corner of Blue Creek Valley. A PRAIRIE FALCON was resting in a tree in the yard as well... AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were in the Russian Olives along the back road out of Thatcher to Salt Creek WMA.
   --Finally, I saw a MERLIN on a power pole in Corinne.

David Hanscom (26 Feb 2011) - The good news was a small flock of Tree Sparrows behind one of the houses just beyond the Bear River Refuge Visitor Center. Also a few flocks of Horned Larks here and there, but I couldn't find any rarities.

Kristin Purdy (25 Feb 2011) - No fooliní, no debatiní, no Graylagginí about this report. An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was hanginí with about 250 Canada Geese in a field off 2600W. northwest of the Bear River MBR visitorís center in Box Elder County this afternoon.

Jan 2011 

Jack Binch (23 Jan 2011) -  Went  up past Snowville and west on the road to Park Valley. One Ferruginous Hawk and many more Rough-legged Hawks on the power poles. A Merlin right off the freeway heading into the town of Snowville from the west. Back through Howell on the main road and a small flock of Gray Partridge just east of town. A few more hawks and since I was up there anyway I went over to Bear River MBR. Right at the left turn before the red hunting club building there was a small flock of Horned Larks with one female McCown's Longspur.

David Wheeler (22 Jan 2011) - This morning Mojo & I went out for a dawn walk at Box Elder Campground near Mantua.  We saw both the target birds, a PYGMY OWL and a PACIFIC WREN, plus two bonuses.  The real unexpected bird was a VIRGINIA RAIL (!) skulking about in the primordial horsetails (not a habitat I would have sought this bird in).  The other bonus was a pair of BROWN CREEPERS.  Very nice. 

Mike Fish (14 Jan 2011) -  I spotted 11 Gray Partridge up on the ATK property on Wednesday. There are hundreds of Chukars on the ATK mountain, but I haven't seen Gray Partridge up on the mountain before.

Dave Hanscom
(9 Jan 2011) - did the northern loop thru Faust Valley and Howell. Lots of Gray Partridge, including a flock just across the street from ATK near the turn to Golden Spike. Four Sharp-tailed Grouse south of Howell as others have reported. Most amazing sighting of the day was a Turkey Vulture just west of Tremonton!

Dean Tomasso (9 Jan 2011) - saw 2 adult Tundra Swans on yesterday afternoon south of the marina at Bear Lake State Park , north of Garden City.

Mike Fish (5 Jan 20100) - [Howell] - I made a trip to Howell today ... left ATK and drove north up toward Howell on Highway 83. In the first four miles after leaving the ATK gate, I had already spotted 4 Golden Eagles, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Harriers, 1 Prairie Falcon, 3 Kestrel, and over a dozen  Ravens. Just a half mile before I got to Howell, I saw 4 Sharp-tailed Grouse sitting under a willow clump just 30 feet off the side of the road. ... I drove slowly along the main east-west road in Howell scanning the trees looking for owls. There was a juvenile Golden Eagle sitting in one of the large trees and I was surprised to see over a hundred Eurasian Collard Doves sitting in the tree with the Eagle. ... noticed a small covey of Gray Partridge in the brush at the base of one of the large trees.... All together there were 6 Hens. .... I decided to go southwest to my old faithful owl hangout located near 15200 North and West Canal Road (18300 W.). There is an old abandoned house there surrounded by large trees. ... I walked around the old abandoned house. There as usual was a Great Horned Owl. ... Headed back south and decided to make the grand loop over Faust Valley road and thru Thatcher/Penrose and then back to ATK. ...  I did spot 2 more Golden Eagles and 2 Bald Eagles. I also saw HUNDREDS of Eurasian Collard Doves all along the Thatcher to Penrose section. The doves were congregated in large numbers in various trees along the route. The corn stubble field where Paul saw Hundreds of doves was again filled with at least 200 Eurasian Doves.

Jason St. Sauver (6 Jan 2011) - As part of the national and state Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey - I covered the Corrine bridge to Promontory Point route today. It looked to be foggy but  cleared quickly and had a lovely, crisp drive with lots or raptors and  others.  Highlight - other than the eagles (Bald Eagles; Golden Eagles) - was the flock of 15 Gray Partridge eating with the sheep right on the corner as Promontory Rd turns  south.  Species seen on survey:
     --
Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Black-billed Magpie, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Northern Shrike, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Horned Lark, Gray Partridge, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Canada Geese, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Common Merganser, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, House Finch, American Goldfinch. White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow .

Stephen T. Carlisle (3 Jan 2011) - Had the day off and some business in Ogden, so "encouraged" by the repeated  Gray Partridge sightings up north I decided to give it a try again for the  umpteenth time. Success, after uncounted years and tries! Saw 40+ Gray  Partridges in three separate coveys in the Howell area (HA). A Life bird for  me. ... While in Howell saw a lot of Ring-necked Pheasants. Also, saw a Prairie Falcon and two Short-eared Owls along Faust Valley Road.

Jack Binch (3 Jan 2011) - Some birds of note at least for me. At Howell, Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, and a striking dark Rough-legged Hawk.

Kristin Purdy (3 Jan 2011) - You could have knocked me over with a feather when I realized the big white bird flying over the 600N. 300W. intersection in Brigham City, Box Elder County, this afternoon was a GREAT EGRET.

Dec 2010 

Paul Higgins (30 Dec 2010) - I took the road from the south end  of Salt Creek, FWMA to Penrose this morning.  There were 12 Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding in the tops of some large Willow trees 4/10ths of a mile before you get to Penrose.  Also, an American Tree Sparrow, Road to Bear River, FWMA. 100 yards west of Goose Trailer.

Kristen Purdy (28 Dec 2010) - I headed to Mike Fish's territory today (Blue Creek Valley, home of the town of Howell, north of ATK in Box Elder County) in search of raptors and the prairie birds that like stubbled fields and roadside grit. The best of the day was seeing the bulky silhouette of a Great Horned Owl perched in a tree in a yard; while looking for its mate (which I never found), I came across a Barn Owl in the same yard, then another, then another, then two more in a nearby yard. The eight raptor species of the day included Northern Harrier, both eagles, Rough-legs and Red-tails, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon and Merlin. Two of the falcons were highlights. The Prairie Falcon was on the ground in an agricultural field tearing something up .... The Merlin was my last raptor of the day, which I logged after seeing the owls. I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't yet logged my benchmark of eight raptor species when I saw the Merlin sitting in a tree in another front yard. .... The Rough-legs were also highlights because I saw about eight while poking north through the valley on 18000W, an unmarked west turn off SR-83 at the northwest corner of the ATK compound). One was a beautiful dark morph. How very nice.

Jason St Sauver (5 Dec 2010) - Decided to go for a "big day" today in Box Elder County to see how many sp.ecies I could find. Didn't do too bad with a total of 67 species for the day - not bad, and didn't get Snow buntings which I had seen yesterday- Rats. I started up at the Box Elder landfill and Salt creek - then down to Promontory - and then Auto Loop at Bear River MBR..and ended in town (Brigham City) which always has some great and sometimes even odd finds (today - 2 Redhead and a Lesser Scaup sharing the pond on 90 as it comes into town on the east side with a white domestic duck, and a Belted Kingfisher there, too.) Also - had one White-throated sparrow with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows and House sparrows at the Bear River crossing on Hghwy 13/83.

Jason St. Sauver - (4 Dec 2010) - Had a lovely morning with group of 10 kids and adults birding on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge for our first annual CBC4Kids! Thanks to all my fellow counters and leaders!  Here's a full list of what we saw:  (from Jason, Park Ranger, Bear River MBR - Brigham City):
    - Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Ring-billed Gull, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Raven, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Western Meadowlark, Black-billed Nagpie, Northern Shrike, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow

Jason St. Sauver (2 Dec 2010) - We've had great views and sightings of both Barn and Short-eared Owls on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in past 2 days, including a Barn that came and sat on our fence post just south of the Wildlife Education Center!

Nov 2010 

Jason St Sauver (11 Nov 2010) - took a very chilly but fruitful drive to the Bear River MBR this morning, and around the Auto Loop. Highlights: Harrier harassing a bevy of pheasants, 3 Long-billed Curlews on the dike, flock of Avocets still around, and waterfowl - including Tundra Swans - by the thousands!!

Paul Higgins (11 Nov 2010) - Winter Wren, Box Elder Campground, Box Elder County, Utah.

Mike Fish (2 Nov 2010) - Yesterday I spent my lunch out at the Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl Management Area west of Corrine. The area is along highway 83 as you are heading west towards ATK and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. I drove back into the area only a mile since I didnít have much time and I didnít want to disturb the hunting parties that were still out in the marsh further south. I was able to watch about a hundred Tundra Swans, preening and gaggling about, on the east side resting ponds (Duck Lake). ... I did have a few close flyovers by the swans though, and by a few Northern Harriers as well...

Jason St Sauver (1 Nov 2010) - Biologist H. Browers recorded a Wood Duck, Marbled Godwit, Rough-legged Hawk and Bonaparte's Gulls during a recent survey at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  Also - Tundra Swans have arrived in the thousands.

Sep 2010 

David Wheeler (28 Sep 2010) - There were scores of Great egrets out in the Great Salt lake shallows to the west of Willard Bay last Sunday, spread out over many bird-covered acres. I've noticed this in previous years as well, and wondered from where all these Great egrets are coming. Bear River MBR?? There were also some distant (!) Common terns sharing a mud/sandbar with Franklin's, Bonaparte's, and Ring-billed gulls, plus some Forsters terns and gajillion Avocets...

Kristin Purdy (12 Sep 2010) -  I visited the Willard Spur west of Willard Reservoir and Bear River MBR in Box Elder County today.
     West of the reservoir.. Mixed with the gulls at water's edge were both Forster's and COMMON TERNS...Also present were my first BONAPARTE'S GULLS of the year.
     ...Bear River was as dry as I've heard, but there were still a few highlights, including a Peregrine sitting on the ground on the way there and another on the way back, a GREAT EGRET in the bend of the river east of the Canadian Goose Club... there was some surface water, which included some common species of shorebirds and about a dozen PECTORAL SANDPIPERS...
     On the way home, I stopped at an agricultural field on the south side of the road less than a mile west of the visitor's center. ...In addition to the opportunistic hoards of White-faced Ibis, Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls, and Killdeer that you'd expect, the field also hosted 125 Sandhill Cranes. That's my new all-time high...

Aug 2010 

Kristin Purdy (15 Aug 2010) - Members of the Association of Field Ornithologists participating in the Great Salt Lake field trip associated with this week's conference at Weber State saw three NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County today. The three were one adult and two juveniles...

KC  Childs (8 Aug 2010) - ...on Sunday August 8th I saw an Eastern Phoebe in the town of Wendover, Utah. The bird was located near some dilapidated buildings west of the high school in town. It kept coming back to the same tree over and over fighting over it with a Western Kingbird...

Jul 2010 

Steve & Kathy Sommerfeld (31 July 2010) - Early this morning Steve and I ventured to the west side of Willard Bay.  A few hundred yards past the Harold Crane turn off we found 30+ Snowy Plovers.  From there we continued north to the water.  There was lots going on.  Thousands of birds. We saw at least three hundred Black Terns, mixed in with Forester's Tern, Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Dowitchers, Black-necked Stilts and lots of Gulls.

David Wheeler (20 Jul 2010) - I ventured out to the ever-deteriorating "road" behind Willard Bay, beyond Howard Crane WMA. I saw MARBLED GODWITS, EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and a very cooperative GLOSSY IBIS, with amazingly blue outline to its redless face.

Kris Purdy (8 July 2010) - Iíve been observing the breeding behavior of Eastern Kingbirds at Mantua Reservoir in Box Elder County .... I visited Mantua on June 21 ....  without an agenda other than to observe anything that crossed my path. I started seeing Eastern Kingbirds as I hugged the shoreline.

Carol Gwynne (2 July 2010) - [Mantua] - I got up early this morning, and my car said, "Not again! This will be our third trip to Mantua in a week!" Yup. But the third time was the charm. The Least Flycatcher was "home" this morning at about 8 a.m. This was a lifer, and yes, I paid my dues for this bird. It was in the trees at 331 Main Street, right next to the fence line that borders the little park. It called pretty continuously for about 30 minutes, and then stopped. I also got to see it a couple of times. 

Jun 2010 

Jean Myers  (26 June 2010) - An Eastern Kingbird was seen on 6/21/10 on HW 30 just down the hill from Morris Ranch (just East of Park Valley, Utah).

Dean DiTommaso (9 Jun 2010) -  [Least Flycatcher] The bird was located on private property (Mount Haven RV Park) immediately adjacent to the southwestern side of Mantua Reservoir, which is about 4 mi. east of Brigham City...

Kristin Purdy (8 Jun 2010) -  What on earth was a WHIMBREL doing at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County today? I've got three guesses-the bird is either a non-breeder, a failed breeder or injured and unable to migrate...  Outside of the Whimbrel, most intriguing bird of the day award went to the medium-sized falcon I saw in the road on a carcass. No, not a Peregrine as I expected. a Prairie Falcon.

David Wheeler (5 Jun 2010) - ...Highlights: ...  GLOSSY IBIS at the beginning (and end, since it is closed off) of the road to Bear River Refuge, in a flooded field with many WF ibis. Dark blue-gray face, brown iris with no red, pale blue outline to face extending to but not past eye, and drab legs with red knees.

Mike Fish (1 June 2010) - The Common Nighthawks have arrived back in Promontory. I saw two Common Nighthawks (first of the season) as I pulled into work this morning.

May 2010 

Kris Purdy (22 May 2010) - I saw two different ibis at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County today that were good candidates for GLOSSY IBIS.

Apr 2010 

Jack Binch (25 April 2010) I went to Bear River in to look through the godwits. Lots of them, but no unusual ones to be found. Lots of shorebirds. Marbled Godwits, Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers and a few hundred White-faced Ibis, and at least one GLOSSY IBIS mixed in. I found it at the southeast corner of the loop by the observation platform.

David Wheeler (21 April 2010) Spent the middle of the day at Bear River MBR.  I saw more LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a bunch of LEAST SANDPIPERS, but no sign of the Whimbrel.  The thousands upon thousands of MARBLED GODWITS of three days ago have been reduced down to just a very few (I saw about 20).

Kristin Purdy (20 April 2010) Spent the morning on Mantua Reservoir, Box Elder County in a kayak and was amazed at the number of GREATER SCAUP present.

Bryant Olsen (19 April 2010) - Today at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge I saw 4 GREAT EGRETS just south of the restrooms about 1 mile or so on the north side of the road about 100 yards out....

Kristen Purdy (18 April 2010) - A WHIMBREL was foraging with the many Marbled Godwits at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County this morning. ... also saw a species not presently on the refuge checklist--nine WILD TURKEYS, of all things. ...Several BONAPARTE'S GULLS flew over unit 2 (inside the loop) as well. A Peregrine Falcon was resting on the flats southwest of the north-south paved portion of the road. There were good numbers of Long-billed Curlews ....On the way south, I visited the west side of Willard Bay in Box Elder County and found four SNOWY PLOVERS along the border of Harold Crane WMA...

Kristin Purdy (14 April 2010) - [Willard Bay State Park] - Members of Wasatch Audubon Society saw three HORNED GREBES in lovely spring plumage at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County today. ... An oddity at the park was a first year Bald Eagle. ... While there were a few spring sightings, like Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Savannah Sparrow and Red-breasted Mergansers .... Willard Bay State Park is accessible from I-15 exit 357.

Kristin Purdy (11 April  2010) - [Mantua Reservoir] - I birded Mantua Reservoir in Mantua, Box Elder County yesterday. ... Bird highlights included dancing Western and Clark's Grebes and several first of the season birds such as Common Loons, Osprey and Vesper Sparrow...

Kristin Purdy (4 April 2010) - [Corinne, UT -several miles west of I-15 at exit 365] - Visited Corinne in Box Elder County  .... I came across about 90 Sandhill Cranes in the same field along 3200N....  April 4th is always Swainson's Hawk day, at least in my mind, and today didn't disappoint. I saw one Swainson's, a light morph, circling over a field along the Corinne Cutoff Road (2600W) ...

David Wheeler (2 April 2010) - [Tremonton] Went on to White's Valley (the south access to which has been recently regraded--yey) (WNW of Tremonton). We managed to scare up a lovely Sharp-tailed grouse from the sagebrush ... I noted only one or two Short-eared owls this week. ...There were many Curlews frolicking about, singing their warbling songs in celebration.

Mar 2010 

Craig Fosdick (29 March 2010) - Stephen Peterson and I birded Benson Marina this evening and had our FOS Clark's and Western Grebes, Tree Swallow, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, as well as a lingering Rough-legged Hawk. On the way home, Stephen saw an American Avocet in the pond on the south side of Utah 30 near the Logan Fish Hatchery.

Bryant Olsen (16 March 2010) - I saw a BLUE MORPH ROSS'S GOOSE, mixed in with thousands of other ROSS'S GEESE  and SNOW GEESE in Corinne, Box Elder Co., just north of Bear River MBR. ... Also 2 BLUE MORPH SNOW GEESE. Lots of TUNDRA SWANS at Salt Creek WFMA and Bear River MBR. First MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD of the year for me as well.

Calvin Robbins (14 March 29010) - I made a trip up to the Corinne area and I found two large flocks of Snow Geese.  One north of 2400 north and just west of the Wal Mart warehouse.  The other east of 6800 West and about a mile north of the end of the road.

Craig Fosdick (13 March 2010) - [Bear River Refuge] - Stephen Peterson and I birded Bear River MBR yesterday .... Birding highlights were about 200 Tundra Swans, lots of Northern Pintails, a Rough-legged Hawk, the first Cinammon Teal I have seen this spring ... saw a Loggerhead Shrike at Salt Wells on Thursday.

Feb 2010

Betsy Beneke (26 Feb 2010) - [Bear Refuge] As of Friday, February 26, 2010 - TUNDRA SWANS are starting to show up. I counted about 1000 birds today from the refuge auto tour. Lots of CANADA GEESE too, and a few ducks - mostly MALLARD, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD. .

Betsy Beneke (26 Feb 2010) - [Bear Refuge] The Reeder Canal is opening up (2 miles west of the Center) and had some Buffleheads and Common Goldeneye in it today. There were also a few swans and geese about 1/2 mile west of where the pavement begins - right before the Bear River Club  ... There are still quite a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS around.

Betsy Beneke (26 Feb 2010) - SALT CREEK WMA - Compton's Knoll EAGLES!!! Because our road is so nasty, I decided to take a quick trip up to Compton's Knoll. I counted 98 Bald Eagles from the knoll. ... There were maybe 50 Tundra Swans, some [Common] Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Mallards and Common Mergansers there as well.

Betsy Beneke (20 Feb 2010) - I was thrilled today to see both a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD and SAY'S PHOEBE outside the wildlife education center at Bear River Refuge. 

Paul Higgins (12 Feb 2010) - Gray Partridge, Howell Valley, Last weekend (Feb 7, 2010).

Carl Ingwell (7 Feb  2010) - After a few different weeks of looking, with no luck, I was finally able to
locate the McCown's Longspurs. Jeff Bilsky, Dave Hanscom and I found them about 100 yards past the white trailer.

BetsyBeneke (5 Feb 2010) -  I found one McCown's and one Lapland Longspur in the flocks of Horned Larks this afternoon at the [Bear River] refuge. They were approximately 4 miles west of the wildlife education center.

Jan 2010

Kristin Purdy (24 Jan 2010) - Is there a cure for the spinning eyeballs, baldness from tearing the hair out in clumps, and the migraine that come from sifting through thousands of Canada Geese and Mallards to find what I believe were four CACKLING (taverneri) GEESE?!?
...The single Snow Goose and the two Ross's Geese were surprises; in fact, I ignored the white geese for a long time, figuring they were just domestics. When I paid attention, Doh!

Tim Avery (23 Jan 2010) - [Gray Partridge]  Just west of where the longspurs were seen. They were north of the road near the corrals with the cattle. Found by Eric Huish.

Jack Binch (17 Jan 2010) - I chased the Lapland Longspurs that the Sommerfelds reported without success, BUT, I did find a McCown's Longspur near the trailer house - gun club -
where Kris found the flock of American Tree Sparrows. Which are still there.

Cindy Sommerfeld (16 Jan 2010) - Today We headed north hoping to add to our 2010 year list. We stopped at
Bear River first. 2.8 miles past the Visitors Center we found a flock of at least 40 Horned Larks with two Lapland Longspurs tagging along. Next we headed to Howell. We did find Sharp-tailed Grouse just at the south
end of town.

Bill Fenimore (13 Jan 2010) - ...Brett Prettyman, Outdoor Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune told me that a Snowy Owl sighting had been reported. He gave me the contact information of the fellow who reported the Snowy Owl. I just finished talking to the fellow who saw the owl.
He told me that he is originally from Minnesota and has seen Snowy Owls there. I had asked him if it might have been a Barn Owl. He did not realize that it was a rare bird for Utah or he would have spoke up earlier. The sighting was on the Perry Unit of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. He said that he saw the bird sitting on the ground on a flat that is just south of the Waste Water Treatment plant for Perry. The sighting was approximately 3 weeks ago.

Dec 2009

Paul Higgins (20 Dec 2009) - [Howell Valley]  I actually saw three Northern Shrike today. This juvenile was enjoyable [photos were attached].

Cindy Sommerfeld (19 Dec 2009) - Today Steve and I decided to try for Gray Partridge and Longspurs... Next we decided to try Salt Creek. We drove east on Faust Valley Road.... Just as we got above the fog, 8 Gray Partridges were in the road. They scurried to the bush covered fence line.

Nov 2009

Betsy Beneke (14 Nov 2009) - ... A small flock of birds was swirling about on the south side of the education center this morning, and my attempts to identify them were aggravated by the snow, wind and poor light conditions. However, a few birds decided to settle down next to the building, and I was able to identify them as American Tree Sparrows. They didn't stay long, but a couple of the birds hopped up onto the feeder to check things out before departing. These are the first tree sparrows I've seen this fall.

Oct 2009

Mark Mossing (24 Oct 2009) - ...Matt and Stacey (sp?) Schamberger...took the auto loop around the Bear River Refuge. On that part of the trip, we saw a great many cormorants and harriers, but the highlight was the Snow Buntings (2) and the American Pipit (1). (Hotline Photos)

Jun 2009

Kris Purdy (29 Jun 2009) - For the third or fourth year in a row, Scott Baxter has photographed a Red-breasted Merganser in the summer on the Willard Spur, an area that's
generally fresh water to brackish between the southern border of Bear River MBR and Willard Reservoir in Box Elder County. While Scott's images are excellent, I can't tell if the bird is a drake in eclipse plumage (which is what I suspect) or a hen. The merganser Scott photographed in previous years was an adult drake.

Dec 2008

Cindy Sommerfeld (21 Dec 2008) - They're back. Steve and I spent the day north west of Corrine. We were on 6800 North. (The road that you drive west on to get to Salt Creek.) There were hundreds of Horned Larks. Amongst them we found at least 5 Lapland Longspurs. It was a challenge because the flocks were jumpy.

Kris Purdy (3 Dec 2008) - Members of Wasatch Audubon saw some nice birds this morning at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County, including a White-winged Scoter. I forgot to ask the sex/age of the bird, but it was in the park's sewage treatment pond north of the park's entrance, along with eight or nine HOODED MERGANSERS.

Nov 2008

Joel Beyer (12 Nov 2008) - Yesterday afternoon, Kathy and I found the Winter Wren at Box Elder Campground (Mantua, Box Elder Co.) It was across the stream from site #25 (where Paul Higgins photographed it) at site #12. It was quite vocal, and fairly easy to locate.

Paul Higgins (7 Nov 2008) - I stole away at lunch and went up to Box Elder Campground.  Sure enough, Kris's Winter Wren has taken over Campsite #25 again this fall.

Aug 2008

Cindy Sommerfeld (10 Aug 2008) - Yesterday (Saturday)...We hurried over to Bear River Visitors Center in time to tag along on one of their tours. The water is down and many places were dry. At one of the few places with water we did see a Common Tern.

Jul 2008

Matthew Alexander - On 8 July 2008 at around 6:30pm, myself and Jim Pawlicki identified and photographed an adult Western Gull hanging out with about a dozen California Gulls at the Bear River NWR. The bird was near the southwest corner of the square-shaped auto tour. The bird appeared fidgety and flew off towards the south once we approached for better photos. None of the California Gulls flew away at that time. The Western Gull was larger with a darker mantle and pink legs.

Jun 2008

Betsy Beneke (29 Jun 2008) - I think we had a pretty good trip at Bear River yesterday. ...There were about 6-8 Great Egrets found...

Tim Avery (24 Jun 2008) - I just received a text message from Chris Wood (eBird project manager), that several of the field trip leaders, as well as a small group of field trip participants were able to see a Brant at Bear River MBR on the behind the gates tour of the refuge as part of the ABA Convention. Unfortunately, the area is closed to the public, and the bird swam into cover before most of the participants were able to see it. None-the-less an outstanding record for June 24th!!!

Betsy Beneke (17 Jun 2008) - I completed my Promontory Breeding Bird Survey this morning, and will share a few comments.  I found a Eurasian Collared Dove, which is the first time I've seen this species along the Promontory Road.  Grasshopper Sparrows can be found several places along Promontory Road - I heard them singing in more places than I normally do. Hope that's a good sign.

May 2008

David Wheeler (27 May 2008) - Larene & I went on another wild goose chase. We dipped on the Wood thrush, but Lucin did offer up several other unusual species to assuage our tears: 1) Northern Parula - 2) Black & white Warbler - 3) American Redstart - all of these were most often in the trees around the main pond, with some forays into the Russian olives around the marshy "secondary pond" just to the west.

Colby Neuman (26 May 2008) - Jeff Bilsky and I headed out to some of the migrant traps of the west desert from Saturday through Monday. ...Highlights from the weekend included  -   5/26/08 -  ...Lucin -- ...1 Wood Thrush - large thrush with a very rusty upperparts that was strongest on the nape of the bird, distinct black spotting on the chest, upper belly and and flanks, white eye ring and cheek pattern were observed, never sang, but did its two (alarm?) calls...a drier cluck repeated 3 or 4 times and their whistly sounding cluck call (the more common of the calls I believe)...photos and video were obtained and I will put up a link to them later tonight or tomorrow...it seemed to hang out in the vegetation that's adjacent to where the pipe that drains the main pond releases water into the overflow pond (that has cattails). We first saw it when it flew into the tree that is down in the pond though. I do think it stands a decent shot of sticking around as there are rain showers all over NW Utah currently. 1 Black-and-white Warbler - 1 female - seen up high and down low, but went extended periods without seeing the bird...first observed on the downed tree in the pond. ...

Kris Purdy (26 May 2008) - Friend Jen Cary saw a Lark Bunting, I believe a male, at Bear River MBR in Box Elder County today. Although Jen saw the bird in an area not accessible to the public, it wasn't far from the gate at the extreme northwest corner of the auto tour loop. The gate is also located at the parking area at the northwest corner of unit 2c.

Jack Binch (12 May 2008) - I went to Bear River MBR with the target bird being an American Bittern. I was in the right place at the right time yesterday for sure. The bittern flew in front of me and landed on the other side of a little canal just north and west of the maintenance sheds. I got a few photos and he flew back north where he came from. I guess there was not enough cover.  Before the bittern I spotted a Glossy Ibis along the road just after the curves. He stayed quite a ways in front of me and was harassed by a White-faced Ibis and then flew northwest and joined the other couple of thousand ibis north of the big canal.

Tim Avery (11 May 2008) - Colorado birder Jacob Cooper sent me a message reporting he had seen a Broad-winged Hawk north of Bear River MBR this past week.

Bridget Olson - Bear River MBR - Waterbird/Raptor survey - 5/01/08 ...Notable birds include Whimbrel ... and Great Egret...

Betsy Beneke (4 May 2008) - I've had a male Calliope Hummingbird coming to my feeder here in Perry, Box Elder County, the last 4 days.

Apr 2008

Jack Binch (25 Apr 2008) - Great find Betsy. One of the Palm Warblers was in the tree just west of the culverts for the canal at 8:30 AM. It was at the tree east of the culverts at 11:30. Life bird :-)

Betsy Beneke (24 April 2008) - Today, refuge volunteers Les Talbot, Louise & Steve Brown & I braved the snow squalls, rain and thunder Ė to make a second training trip to the refuge. We conducted a semi-thorough survey of the refuge's avifaunal resources, and tallied 65 species. Here are some of the highlights... At Reeder canal/Reeder Bend (2 miles west of the wildlife education center) there were 2 Palm Warblers in the small trees on the northwest corner of the curve. A new bird for the refuge checklist!...

John F. Cavitt (22 Apr 2008) - Today our Ornithology class birded Willard Bay State Park and found a White-throated Sparrow in with a flock of White-crowns. The bird was at the north end of the Cottonwood Campground near the restrooms.

Kris Purdy (3 Apr 2008) - Keith Evans and several other members of Wasatch Audubon saw a first-year Glaucous-winged Gull at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County yesterday. The bird was with a group of California and Ring-billed Gulls at the south end of the park, and I assume Keith meant the Pelican Beach Group Use area since that's the accessible southern-most area of the park with a shoreline. The gull took off by itself and flew west over the water.

Kris Purdy (2 Apr 2008) - Walt Betts and I saw a Long-eared Owl at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County today...serendipity! The owl was roosting low in a phragmites-choked tree along a channel about 25 yards west of Willow Creek Campsite #15. ...Other highlights included four Horned Grebes; two in the sewage treatment pond north of the park, one in Willard Reservoir's exit channel and one in the pond at the north end of Willow Creek Campground. Three of the four birds were in half n' half winter/summer plumage; the fourth was purely a winter bird. ...Several folks saw a pair of Eurasian-collared Doves near the parking lot; the sighting may constitute the first of this species in the park.

Mar 2008

Bridget Olson - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge - Waterbird/Raptor Count 3/21/08 Migration is now in full swing. Total waterfowl around 235,000. This is about double the average 131,000 for this week in March. Total shore birds around 1300, average for this week is about 2600. All units are open and ice free. ..About 30% of all birds tallied were observed from units around the tour loop viewing area. ...Eurasian Wigeon 2 ...Long-tailed Duck 1 ...Barrow's Goldeneye 2 ...Baird's Sandpiper 3...

Jack Binch (10 Mar 2008) - On Sunday I relocated the Greater White-fronted Goose that Bob Huntington reported last week.  This time it was north of the first duck club and on the east side a hundred yards or so out. The one that has the mobile home and looks abandoned. It was with a half dozen Canada Geese. Don't bother to look at the paired up geese, just look at the groups. Bob found it close to the actual entrance to Bear River MBR, so it moves around a lot.

Kristin Purdy (9 Mar 2008) - Chalk up one more report of good geese in Northern Utah. Yesterday, John Bellmon, Keith Evans, Jack Rensel and I saw a Greater White-fronted Goose in Corinne in Box Elder County. The bird was hanging out with a bunch of Canadas and we saw it several times during the day. This bird is a first year and hasn't quite developed the black speckles across the belly that give the species the moniker "Speckle Belly" among the hunting fraternity. The speckling has just begun along the flanks. However, the other critical field marks fell into place to distinguish this bird from a Graylag.

Kris Purdy (2 Mar 2008) - I just got a call from Bob Huntington (12:20 pm, Sunday), who has found a Greater White-fronted Goose on the road to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County. Bob and the bird are at the Bear River Club, the duck hunting club with the big red buildings just after the road takes a jig to the north as you're headed west to the refuge. Bob said the goose was just north of the road and keeping company with Canada Geese and Tundra Swans.

Feb 2008

Tim Avery (6 Feb 2008) - Yesterday I ventured north, with Ben (I am totally spacing out on your last name), to Box Elder County ...Near Salt Creek WMA near Termonton we met up with Larene Wyss and David Hanscom. It was bitterly cold, and there were very few birds in the area previously reported by others. No more than 20-25 Horned Lark, and at least 7 and maybe a few more Lapland Longspurs varying in plumage with a couple juvenile birds present as well. Ben and I drove across many of the roads in the area looking for other flocks, and found one small flock of 10-15 birds that contained 1 Lapland Longspurs already about 50% back into alternate plumage. This flock also had at least one American Goldfinch tagging along. We found a single MERLIN closer to Corrinne that looked to be in between Prairie and Taiga in plumage.  -  At 6000 West and about 2000 North we found a field that had fresh manure plowed into the snow. This area was teeming with activity, including a flock of Canada Geese out in the mess, and numerous flocks of Horned Larks, numbering between 750-1000. Only once did I think I heard a Lapland Longspur here and never could get eyes on the bird.

Jeff Langford (4 Feb 2008) - Shelly and I drove up to Teton/Flag Ranch/Yellowstone over a long weekend. Birding was sparse, snow heavy. We did observe a McCown's Longspur at the intersection of Utah state highways 30 and 38 east of Riverside on our way to Cache Valley last Thursday. The Longspur was foraging near the road with a flock of Horned Larks and we were fortunate to catch a glimpse before the snow storm hit.

Craig Fosdick (2 Feb 2008) - ....today I found two McCown's Longspurs on 6800 N, about 1.5 mile west of 7600 W, in Tremonton. First off, thanks to Steve and Cyndy Sommerfeld for posting their sighting of a non-Lapland Longspur at this location on 1/26. The Sommerfeld's report was the major impetus for my trip, along with Harry Kreuger's McCown's Longspur sighting of a McCown's Longspur in Idaho, on 1/20/08 on Poen Rd, in Ada County, Idaho. ...Secondly, a big thanks to Jack Binch, who was at 6800 N when I arrived. Jack helped (Jack hope I spelled/got your name right!) confirm the identification, and the two of us then spent about 3 hrs chasing and searching for the two McCown's Longspurs. We were able to locate the birds four more times, and at 3:10 pm, we saw both McCown's along the side of 6800 N simultaneously. I left at 3:20; I think Jack left shortly after, but not sure.

Jan 2008

Steve and Cyndy Sommerfeld ( 28 Jan 20088) - Saturday Cyndy and I went wandering North and West of Corrine. We drove through Salt Creek, not much for birds. We continued East from the refuge on 6800 North and we started seeing Horned larks. These birds were about 3/4 to 1 mile West of 7600 W. The first flock of about 75 birds had 1 Snow Bunting and 3 Lapland Longspurs. We drove about 300 yards and saw a flock on the side of the road, so we got out and set up a scope. The birds kept flushing every time a car went by, but at one time I counted 47 Longspurs between cars. If you should find this flock look carefully at the Longspurs . When they flushed a few of the times there was one with a mostly white upper tail that I could never pick out while they were on the ground. Did not see well enough to decide if it was a Chestnut-collared or McCown's. Good luck. ...We also drove the loop at Bear River very few birds. On the way back at the corrals was a small flock of Horned Larks with one Lapland Longspur in it. The Longspur was at least half way into breading plumage.  More Longspurs than we've ever seen , so not a bad day.

Kris Purdy (6 Jan 2008) - This afternoon at about 3:30 I saw a huge flock of Horned Larks near Box Elder County Landfill that included Lapland Longspurs. This was the biggest flock of Horned Larks I think I've seen; I estimate the number at 500-600 birds. The flock remained far out in a field south of the road I was on (6800N, Corinne) and moved frequently. ...The best I did was to count eight longspurs in a small area before they flushed. I was finally rewarded for good behavior when a group of 40-50 birds flew to the road and landed in front of my truck. I counted seven longspurs among the Horned Larks before my stupid glasses fogged up and I couldn't see anymore. ...I feel certain there are many more longspurs than what I saw. ...I also saw a Northern Shrike at my turnaround spot in Howell, it's at the first intersection when driving northbound on SR-83 and there's a feedlot there...

Betsy Beneke (3 Jan 2008) - I took a little "jaunt" out to the refuge between 11:30 am and 2:00 p.m. today. Was THRILLED to come upon a flock of about 50 Snow Buntings with a few Lapland Longspurs mixed in! They were on the north leg of the auto tour route loop, picking grit along the south shoulder of the road, and I was able to watch them for several minutes at about 50 feet. They eventually flushed and flew out on the flats in Unit 2 to the south, out of binocular range, but could be seen moving about on the ground, in and out of the edges of the weeds. My odometer said 14.8 miles from the end of the wildlife education center driveway to this spot, but it's probably closer to 14.5 or 14.6 miles, as I was messing around a bit along the way. This spot was also about 2/10 of a mile before you start into the S curves.

Nov 2007

Weston Smith (22 Nov 2007) - Aaron Smith and I went birding up to Bear River Refuge this morning(11/22) and saw three Snow Buntings about 1/2 mile north of the southwest corner observation tower, they were sighted at about 11am.

Tim Avery (21 Nov 2007) - I spent some time driving around Mantua ...I decided to do a quick scan of Mantua Reservoir. There were 17 Greater Scaup near the dam.

Oct 2007

Kris Purdy (26 Oct 2007) -  A Winter Wren was at Box Elder Campground, Mantua, Box Elder County, this morning. The bird was using the narrow stream along the west side of Group Unit A, especially the northwest edge of the area. I also saw the bird along the stream at campsite #24. He or she was relatively vocal, so learn the chip call before you go and you'll improve your chances of seeing it. .... Mort Somer tipped me off to Red Crossbills at the Brigham City Cemetery at the corner of 300S. and 300E. in Brigham; I found about 20 there and watched them for a long time. Best watching was in a pair of spruce trees at the northeast corner of the cemetery. The birds also favored a cedar tree in the front yard at 515E. 300S.; this was something of a money tree due to the number of species I saw using it: the crossbills, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creeper, House Finches, Dark-eyed Juncos and a Cassin's Vireo --when will this species' migration be over? ... The two Horned Grebes are still at Mantua Reservoir and were visible from the boat ramp. Yesterday, I saw two Western Screech-owls at Beus Park in Ogden, Weber County. One was at a well-known cavity roost; the other was at a spot I've just discovered after whitewash below the site has vexed me for three weeks. The bird was nearly invisible, but HA! Bird poop told the story. Reply for directions.

Tim Avery (29 Oct 2007) - Some more highlights from Saturday afternoon and Sunday. 4 FRANKLIN'S GULL - Willard Bay (flying north off the bay as we arrived)1 Golden-crowned Kinglet - Willard Bay, Willow Creek Campground boardwalk 3 Horned Grebe - Willard Bay...

Colby Neuman (28 Oct 2007) - Tim Avery received word of a Blue Jay coming to a feeder in Willard yesterday. We became quite discouraged this afternoon after spending 3.5 hours watching the feeders at the residence with no Blue Jay. As a last ditch attempt, I decided to drive around the neighborhood while Tim waited at the feeders. As I was driving slowly around the neighborhood, I heard the Blue Jay call at approximately 200S and Main St. in Willard (Box Elder Co.). I drove back to get Tim, and we eventually spotted the bird moving with a scrub-jay 'flock' along the east side of Main Street between 200S and 300S.

Kris Purdy (4 Oct 2007) - A White-throated Sparrow (white-striped morph albeit a little dingy) was at Willard Bay State Park today on the embankment of the channel east of Willow Creek Campground campsite #34. It was keeping company with two adult White-crowned Sparrows. Other birds of interest:...A few Common Terns still interspersed with the Forster's resting on rocky bars along the shoreline...

Sep 2007

Tim Avery (15 Sep 2007) - I spent about an hour this afternoon at Willard Bay State Park checking in on the shorebirds that Kris Purdy reported earlier this week. HIGHLIGHTS: 3 Semipalmated Plover ...41 Least Sandpiper ...2 Sanderling ...1 Great Egret ...2 Common Tern (beached just west of marina) ...1 Black Tern...

Kris Purdy (1 Sep 2007) - A Stilt Sandpiper was consorting with a group of 8-9 Lesser Yellowlegs inside the auto tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County this morning. This bird was a juvenile by the uniform scaly look to the back feathers and wing coverts. The flock was a mile and a half north of the observation tower.

Aug 2007

Kristin Purdy (28 Aug 2007) - Hit-or-miss Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County was a hit today with  nine species of warblers including a female American Redstart. She was foraging like a flycatcher and flutter-dropping in the trees over the stream channel south of the nature trail parking lot. I saw her only briefly along a trail that leads to Eagle Beach; later I saw her again and was able to watch her until a Gray Catbird chased her deep into a hawthorne. Darn catbird!

Edson Leite (20 Aug 2007) - When out Sunday afternoon to Bear River MBR, target birds Ruddy Turnsonte and Stilt Sandpiper. Both were found fairly close to each other. Turnstone at the previously described location. The Stilt Sandpiper was about 50yds north of the last bridge on the north dike.

Glenn B. Barlow (18 Aug 2007) - Thanks to Kris Purdy, Merrill Webb and I were able to see a Ruddy Turnstone at Bear River Refuge a little past noon today.  Fortunately Kris had "waited" for us to arrive, after changing a left rear tire. Thanks Kris. Directions: Take the dike road south (?) passing the latrine on the right. Go to the observation tower at the end of the road. Turn around and go back on the same road 1/10 of a mile, just past a bridge (you will be able to see the bridge in your rear-view mirror). The turnstone was about 70-100 yards straight out on your left, feeding in the mud.

Bridget Olson (13 Aug 2007) - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge ...Thanks to Mark and Kris for reporting their great finds at the Refuge (Mountain Plover and Stilt Sandpipers). ...from the Refuge from last Thursday's count. ...Great Egret 8 ...Solitary Sandpiper 3 ...Stilt Sandpiper 2...

Kristin Purdy (12 Aug 2007) - I made my weekend pilgrimage to Bear River MBR again this morning to study shorebirds and saw Stilt Sandpipers twice near the south corner of the auto tour loop. I think these were two different birds. This is the same area where Mark Stackhouse reported one yesterday. The birds were inside the auto tour loop and my position was about two-tenths of a mile northeast of the observation tower, looking north into Unit 2.

Jack Binch (12 Aug 2007) - I went up to Bear River MBR today to see if I could find either the Mountain Plover or the Stilt Sandpiper. Couldn't find them, but I did stumble onto a Glossy Ibis.

Mark Stackhouse (11 Aug 2007) - Another British birder and I found a few good birds at ...Bear River Refuge today. First, we saw a juvenile Mountain Plover at Bear River on the auto-tour loop about 3/4 mile SE of the NW corner in the main impoundment. It was bathing about 50 meters off of the road, and after we watched it for about 10 minutes, most of the shorebirds in the area flushed and flew to the northeast and it was lost in the tens of thousands of shorebirds there. We also saw a Stilt Sandpiper near the SE corner of the loop and several Short-billed Dowitchers amongst the thousands of Long-billed.

Jul 2007

Bridget Olson - Bear River Bird Refuge Waterbird/Raptor Survey - 7/19/07... Notable birds include... a Eurasian Collared Dove... Great Egret 8... Solitary Sandpiper 2...

Dave Slager (14 Jul 2007) - I went to Bear River Bird Refuge this morning. Along the entrance road I had a Grasshopper Sparrow silently perching on the fence at the small brown sign that says "Bird Refuge 10 miles". I had a Short-eared Owl along the entrance road and another Short-eared along the west side of the auto tour loop.

Jun 2007

Bridget Olson - Bear River Refuge Waterbird/Raptor survey 6/22/07 - ...BW Teal 1...Great Egret 3...

May 2007

Tim Avery (19 May 2007) - This morning Tom and Colby Neuman and myself birded the Lucin trap in the West Desert. We were all sitting on the east side of the pond in the trees watching warblers, orioles and tanagers coming to the water on the west end of the pond when a female oriole that was conspicuously solid colored underneath landed in the cottonwood that is fallen into the pond... Unfortunately the bird flew up into the canopy and literally "disappeared". We spent the next hour and forty-five minutes scouring the small patch of trees, with no luck relocating the bird. ...Tom wasn't sure of the birds ID, but did concur that the birds entire undersides were "a yellow-orange-green". I noted two distinct white wing bars, and gray wings, but not much else. Based off these characteristics the possibilities are limited to both Orchard and Hooded Oriole....My gut instinct, along with the fact that it is May 19th tells me that this bird was likely a an Orchard Oriole.

Cindy Sommerfeld (12 May 2007) - This morning Steve and I started our day at Bear River. We saw 63 different species. Notable species were, Sora, Blue-winged Teal, Great Egret, and Snowy Plover.

Bear River Refuge Volunteers (5 May 2007) - One of our visitors came back all excited on Friday, having seen 2 and heard 3 Grasshopper Sparrows on the auto tour route at the refuge. He described them as being on the south side of the road, in a weedy area about 1/2 way between the beginning of the north part of the auto tour and the first 90 degree turn to the left. Betsy Beneke and Marie Kase reported the sparrows from an excursion they took on Wednesday evening, where Betsy heard them calling in two different areas along this north part of the loop road. She thought maybe they were migrating and just happened to be in that area, as it doesn't seem to be very "good" grasshopper sparrow habitat. But they were still present yesterday morning.

Bridget Olson (4 May 2007) - Bear River Refuge bird count Waterbird/Raptor Survey 5/2/07 ...Blue-winged Teal 4... Great Egret 7...

Tim Avery (4 May 2007) -  I just received a phone call from Kris Purdy at 3:05 pm. She was at Willard Bay and reported at least 2 Vaux's Swifts flying over the fields to the north of the State Park.  After getting off the phone with Kris Purdy I jumped in my car for the nightmare drive to Willard Bay. They had seen the birds again which was a good sign. WE walked down to the fence so we were as close to the field where the birds were seen as possible, and within a minute one of the bird made an appearance and zig-zagged and zoomed on past....  We watched the bird(s) for some time only seeing one at a time as it cruised by, several times 5 or 6 feet above our heads and a couple times just 10 feet away from us. At one point Kris and I shouted out where the swift was, only we were looking in different places, confirming the belief there were two birds. A short while later Steve and Cindy Sommerfield arrived and got looks at the birds as well. It was a lifer party as the bird was a lifer for Kris, Glenn, Steve and Cindy. Directions: Take I-15 to exit 357, Willard Bay. At the end of the exit ramp, turn west (left) and then north (right). Follow the road as it curves west and then look for the pink tape tied on a willow on the embankment 90 yards after the next right turn (that's the road that runs east of the Willard Bay sewage treatment pond; pass it by). The swifts field is due south of the pond.

Apr 2007

Bridget Olson (23 Apr 2007) - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge... Total waterfowl around 44,000. This is above the long-term average of 36,000 for this week in April. Total shorebirds around 14,000, which is lower than the long-term average of 16,500. First spring sightings of Forster's tern, Least sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal and Great Egret.

Tim Avery (16 Apr 2007) - Of note also were numerous Greater Scaup at 3 different locations. In all I counted 59!!!! Greater Scaup between Lee Kay Ponds, The Willard Spur and Bear River NWR. 27 of the birds were at Lee Kay, and outnumbered the Lesser Scaup 3 to 1.

Feb 2007

Stephen Carlile (10 Feb 2007) - The Great Salt Lake Birders stopped at the Willard Bay Campground today... We hunted for the White-throat, but did not find it. However, we did see the juvenile Harris Sparrow in the brush on the paved trail, at the northwest end of the campground.

Tim Avery (10 Feb 2007) - Thanks to Kris Purdy's excellent description of where to look for the White-throated Sparrows at Willard Bay I was able to find one relatively quick at the feeder at the back end of Campground # 1 in Willow Creek CG. I sat at the picnic table and after about 10 minutes of waiting the bird showed up and fed for about 15 minutes while I watched: No sign of the Harris's or the other WTSP.

Kris Purdy (2 Feb 2007) - This morning two of the three "good" sparrows seen last week at Willard Bay SP in Box Elder County were present again in the same locations as before. The tan-striped morph of the White-throated was at Willow Creek campsite #1 and the Harris's Sparrow was at campsite #15. I did not see the white-striped White-throated Sparrow.

Jan 2007

Kristin Purdy (26 Jan 2007) - Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County produced a Harris's Sparrow and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD this afternoon. The Harris's Sparrow was at Willow Creek Campground campsite #15. Cracked corn is sprinkled along the northwest edge of the campsite and across the road east of the campsite. Other birds eating the corn included White-crowned, Song and House Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds.

Kristin Purdy (24 Jan 2007) - Members of Wasatch Audubon saw two White-throated Sparrows in Willow Creek Campground at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County this morning. One of the sparrows was a strongly marked white striped morph; the other was a tan morph.

Kristin Purdy (22 Jan 2007) - Betsy called back to report a first-winter Harris's Sparrow. She continued north on SR-83 and turned west on Blue Creek Drive at a sign pointing toward Howell. Approximately 300 yards later on the northwest side of the road, there's an area of sagebrush leading down to a ravine (likely Blue Creek). In the sagebrush Betsy found the Harris's Sparrow, American Tree Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows.

Kristin Purdy (21 Jan 2007) - I just got a call (10:20 am, Sunday) from Tim Avery, who's watching Lapland Longspurs with Colby Neuman in Howell, Box Elder County. Tim and Colby have found at least a dozen longspurs at mile 26.5 of SR-83 in Howell, the spot where just one bird was seen on Thursday. Tim sounded like it was a total longspur party with different ages and sexes of longspurs represented including adults going into breeding plumage. The spot is 1.8 miles north of the north border of Thiokol/ATK. -- Tim and Colby say to add a Snow Bunnting to their previous report of Lapland Longspurs in Howell, Box Elder County, and up the number of longspurs to about 20. They're still at the same spot--mile 26.5 of SR-83.

Kristin Purdy (18 Jan 2007) - A Lapland Longspur accompanied a small flock of Horned Larks along SR-83 in Howell, Box Elder County, this morning. I found precious few Horned Larks using Howell's agricultural areas; the flock with the longspur was only the second and final flock. The longspur was a beautiful adult with an exceptionally buffy head pattern, smudgy dark breast band, and bright rufous and black in the wing coverts. The specific spot along the highway was at mile 26.5, 1.8 miles north of Thiokol's north border both along the road bed and among the cowpies in the field west of the road. Mayor's Pond in Brigham City was hopping with a good diversity of waterfowl, which means Mantua Reservoir must be frozen solid. Using the pond today were: ...Greater Scaup (3 drakes; didn't study the hens)...

Nov 2006

Bridget Olson - Bear River Bird Count - Waterbird/Raptor Survey - 11/30/06 - Waterfowl numbers drastically reduced with onset of colder weather...Three Trumpeter Swans observed on the tour loop unit. I adult and 2 cygnets, along south end of tour loop about 150 yards out from the road. Swans are highly visible from the tour loop unit along with several species of ducks...

Dave Slager ( 18 Nov 2006) - I found a juvenile Pacific Loon this morning on the Willard Bay reservoir. I was able to watch it for over an hour. It was at the far western edge of the main reservoir, just south of where the dike "kinks" towards the northeast. On my Utah DeLorme atlas, this is right on the "W" of "Willard Bay Res" which is printed in blue ink. Other birds of note in the vicinity: On the reservoir: 2 Horned Grebe, 1 imm. Snow/Ross's with some Canadas in the middle of the reservoir. In the shallow ponds W of the reservoir: 22 Greater Yellowlegs, 35 American Avocet.

Kris Purdy (17 Nov 2006) - I visited two spots in Box Elder County today to see water birds: Mantua Reservoir and Willard Bay State Park. Mantua continues to be full of cooties...oops, I mean coots... Other water birds included: ...Greater Scaup...Horned Grebe...   A brief stop at a couple open water areas at Willard Bay turned up the most interesting bird of the day...a first-spring male Hooded Merganser...Four Horned Grebes swam in the marina enclosure with Pied-billed Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers.

Brian Mickelson (9 Nov 2006) - The Blue Jay continues to visit each day. Two days ago I was out refilling the feeder when I heard and felt the bird swoop down from off of the phoneline and land on the feeder. He must not have seen me standing right there and I was afraid to move (so as to not scare him off) so I just stood there for about a minute getting the best looks at him I've ever had. So, if you come up to Tremonton to see him, maybe the best idea is to stand right by the feeder, still as you can, and let him land on your nose. You can't get a better look than that!

Oct 2006

Kris Purdy (27 Oct 2006) - I birded areas around Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County today ...Three Horned Grebes; two in the open water west of the marina and one in the pond north of the park.

Brian M. (19 Oct 2006) - The Blue Jay is still here. "Here" is Tremonton. Today, the Blue Jay was here from 7:00am until about 3:30 pm (off and on, appearing about every two hours). Anyone is welcome to come if they'd like to add this bird to their list, though who know how long he'll stay around). Just email me for the address and/or directions. You can easily see the feeder from our driveway and you're welcome to walk all the way up and stand there all day!

Kris Purdy (18 Oct 2006) - Members of Wasatch Audubon saw a Northern Pygmy-Owl in Box Elder Campground in Mantua, Box Elder County, this morning... We continued to Mantua Reservoir and several people saw a Harris's Sparrow at the southeast corner chasing a Song Sparrow. To reach this area, take the dike road to the southeast and watch for the short spur road on the left that will take you to the water's edge....

Bridget Olson - Bear River Bird Survey - Waterbird/Raptor Survey - 10/11/06 - Total ducks around 340,000 which is about double the long-term average (though I have a small sample size) and the count from this time last-year... Notable birds
include a Horned Grebe and Bonaparte's gulls...

Colby Neuman (7 Oct 2006) -On Saturday I went birding around Willard Bay... ...Trees at Willard Bay SP : 1 Winter Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cassin's Vireo, a lot of Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 male Townsend's Warbler and a whole ton of Yellow-rumped Warblers (including several 'Myrtle').

Brian M. - Today (Oct. 6, 2006) my sons and I ID'd a Blue Jay in our backyard. It was in a Russian Olive tree, making all kinds of racket in the wind and light rain. It then flew down to our feeder where it poked around a little. We got a very good view at that point. I tried to get out and get a pic, but it got away. We chased it, camera in hand, to the neighbor's yard but it was in an apple tree and surrounded by branches, etc. Finally, it flew off, to the other side of the block.  I'm not sure how rare this is, but I've never heard or seen a Blue Jay here in Tremonton. Maybe it is the weather...?

Kris Purdy (3 Oct 2006) - Quite a few Common Terns and Bonaparte's Gulls rested with Forster's Terns and California and Ring-billed Gulls in the playas south of the Willard Bay south dike in Box Elder County today. Even after some of the birds flushed because some woman shut her door too loudly (oops; that was me), I still counted about 15 Common Terns and 10 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Sep 2006

Dave Slager (16 Sep 2006) - Today around 2pm I found a juvenile Sabine's Gull at the Bear River NWR near Brigham City, Box Elder County. The bird was found on the auto tour loop. The bird was in Unit 3 on the right side of the auto tour road. The location is approximately 1/4 mile past the 2nd bridge past the large ramped overlook platform.

Glenda Cotter (15 Sep 2006) - Best birds of the day at Garr Ranch were five species of warblers, including Wilsonís, Townsendís, and a Black-and-White Warbler exhibiting its typically nuthatch-like behavior in the trees around the spring immediately east of the ranch house. Also a Cassinís Vireo in that area.

Bridget Olson - Bear River Waterbird Count Waterbird Count 9/12/06 - Great Egret 11, Pectoral Sandpiper 2...

Kris Purdy (13 Sep 2006) - Wasatch Audubon flushed a Green Heron near the ponds north of Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County this morning. The bird was in the area of the ponds north of the park that I always call farm ponds; however, joke's on me because this morning I learned those are sewage treatment ponds. I guess the wind has always been blowing the right direction (away from me) when I've visited in the past. ...Another "good" species was Common Tern; we saw two mixed with Forster's Terns and a mess o'gulls resting at water's edge at the Pelican Beach Group Use area.

Kris Purdy (10 Ssep 2006) - I birded four sides of Willard Reservoir in Box Elder County today... Best birds were west of Willard Bay and included several Common Terns, two Semi-palmated Sandpipers and a Great Egret.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (3 Sep 2006) - An early morning visit to Bear River NWR (Box Elder Co.) found Common and Black Terns, Virginia Rails, Great Egret, Solitary Sandpiper, Short-eared Owl and a single Tundra Swan.

Aug 2006

Kristin Purdy (31 Aug 2006) - A female American Redstart was at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County this morning. The bird was in low Russian Olives above the channel east of Willow Creek campsites 31 and 33. The spot is known for Northern Waterthrushes, which is why I was there, but I didn't see one of those.

Kristin Purdy (5 Aug 2006) - I visited Great Salt Lake west of Willard Bay in Box Elder County today and saw somewhere between 150 and 200 Black Terns. In addition, I saw at least 30 Great Egrets.

Jun 2006

Jack Binch (24 Jun 2006) - Dana Green and I have been searching for a Glossy Ibis for two trips. We spent about 6-8 hours on Sunday the 11th in the Benson area with no success.  I went up to Bear River on Saturday the 17th and got a glimpse of one that my instincts said had blue on it's face, but my mind could not confirm it. I reminded Dana that I thought I had seen one at Bear River, so we headed there...We found the one at Bear River... It was along the canal about a mile before the actual entrance to the refuge. That means it has been in the same small area for at least a week.

Bridget Olson - (15 Jun 2006) - Bear River Refuge Waterbird Survey ...Blue-winged Teal 5... Common Goldeneye 3... Great Egret 5...

May 2006

Betsy Beneke (27 May 2006) - There was a pair of Eurasian-collared Doves in Mantua, Box Elder County, today. They were on the wires along Main Street between Center Street and 100 North. I found them following a tip from birders visiting the wildlife education center at Bear River Refuge.

Colby Neuman (23 May 2006) - On Friday we stopped at migrant traps on the western side of the Great Salt Lake. ...The first birds I put my binoculars on were two male Bobolinks perched on fence posts. ...Next, we stopped at the second set of trees. Here an alternate plumage Harris' Sparrow greeted us by singing as we stepped out of the car. Although I've heard their call, the song was a first for me. We also found our first Northern Waterthrush of the trip at this location as well. From here we went onto Lucin (Box Elder Co.) where a significant understory is developing now that the cattle have been fenced out. The trees were also filled with migrants, and we found an Ovenbird, another Northern Waterthrush in a tree that had fallen in the pond and two more Gray Catbirds....

Kristin Purdy (22 May 2006) - Brian Currie and Arthur Morris saw five Purple Matins on Forest Street, the road to Bear River Refuge. The three males and two females were on power lines on the north side of the road just west of the former temporary information center. This is a popular spot where swallows congregate and is the same area where the Fulvous Whistling-ducks were reported in January.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (21 May 2006) - At 7:30 this morning we observed the Red-necked Grebe at Willard Bay. It was in the northeast corner of the Bay, and was easily seen from the campground. As Kris suggested, viewing from the dike would also have been successful. At Bear River NWR, we found at least 2 Stilt Sandpipers with a large flock of Long-billed Dowitchers just south of the observation platform in the southeast corner of the auto loop.  Presumably these are the same stilts that were seen last week in a flock of dowitchers in this same location.

Bob Huntington (20 May 2006) - This morning while birding with a group of birders from the G. S. L. Bird Festeval at Willard Bay we saw a Red-neck Grebe. It was swimming in the north east corner of the lake west of the camp ground. It is an adult male in full breeding colors. Beautiful bird.

Keith Evans - Today, May 17, the WAS Wednesday Birders saw what we identified as a Red-throated Loon in winter plumage. Weird huh? The bird was in the canal on the north side of Willard Bay dam. There is a road running down to a trailer house that is part of a duck club. We were at the area where boats are launched. 

Bridget Olson (15 May 2006) - ...While out doing a Canada Goose brood survey on 5/11 notable birds included American goldfinch, great-tailed grackle and 8 Stilt Sandpipers. Stilt sandpipers were in with large flock of dowitchers immediately west of the observation platform off the auto-tour-route...

Robin M Wolcott (10 May 2006) - Yesterday, at about 11:30 am, my husband and I observed a lone Common Grackle in the restroom/picnic/shop area at the start/finish of the Auto Tour Loop Rd at Bear River Bird Refuge. We also enjoyed a Whimbrel on the most westerly portion of the loop road. Also along the road in, about a mile from the loop we found 2 Snowy Plovers in the mud flats near the long red "barn/hunt clubhouse" where the road makes a sharp turn.

Steve Coleman (8 May 2006) - I spent a wonderful day at Bear Lake Bird Refuge on Saturday and saw some great and some odd birds. First and most exciting was a pair of Trumpeter Swans one of them had a green neck band #5E3, I also saw 2 Tundra Swans. Other birds seen ...Blue-winged Teal about 50 birds, the most I have ever seen in one place...1 Red-necked Phalarope...

Tim Avery (1 May 2006) - I spent the morning at Bear River NWR, and was quite surprised at the flurry of activity. Birds to note were: 3 Great Egret - on north side of auto tour loop near NW corner...1 American Bittern - my dad heard it calling while I was off taking pictures...

Apr 2006

Jack Binch (30 Apr 2006) - Bob Huntington and I started birding at Portage where Kris Purdy helped us get a look at some Sharp-tailed Grouse. On to Nucor...Grasshopper Sparrows... and a lone Sharp-tailed Grouse.

Bridget Olson (7 Apr 2006) - Bear River Waterbird/Raptor Count ...New birds for the season: Blue-winged Teal, cattle egret, willet, American Bittern, lesser yellowlegs, cliff swallows and Caspian tern. Also so a yellow-headed blackbird with the usual yellow hood. However, where a normal bird is black this bird was all-white, even the bill was a pinkish color.

Mar 2006

Bridget Olson (24 Mar 2006) - Bear River Refuge Count - Quite a few " 1st birds of the season" sightings including....Western Grebe, Eared Grebe, Black-necked Stilt, Dowitchers, Franklin's Gull, Savannah Sparrow, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Long-billed Curlew, and White-faced Ibis. Unusual sightings included a Eurasian Wigeon and the flock of Snow Geese that continue to hang around (over course in the closed portion of the Refuge)...

Betsy Beneke (5 Mar 2006) - My friends Bob and Joan Burke were visiting this weekend from Minnesota... Today, we drove the Promontory Road looking for Prairie Falcons and Chukar - found both. Not tons of activity out there, but I did get to see my first Utah Harris's Sparrow. I was pretty surprised when it jumped out of the roadside rabbitbrush and sat on a fence for us to admire for a bit. We also found several Swainson's hawks, my first for the year. Still lots of harriers around and got 3 rough-legged hawks and several golden eagles...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (5 Mar 2006) - A White-throated Sparrow was seen about noon today at Willard Bay State Park. It was along the Nature Trail, between the Cottonwood and Willow campgrounds, adjacent to the "pond". It appeared to be in transition from first winter to adult plumage. It was with a group of Am.Goldfinches and House Finches. Also seen were 32 Sandhill Cranes flying overhead, going north.

Feb 2006

Kristin Purdy (5 Feb 2006) - What a phenomenal birding day. Salt Creek WMA really produced. About half the ice at Salt Creek is melted and lots of gulls and geese were using the ponds east and west of Compton's Knoll. The rare [Glaucous and Thayer's] gulls, [White Faced] ibis, and Greater White-fronted Goose were in the open water or on ice west of the knoll. The area east of the knoll primarily hosted Canada Gesse and a few waterfowl species. DWR personnel have placed deer carcasses out on the dikes in preparation for Bald Eagle Day. The eagles have found the feast.

Kelly Mathis (5 Feb 2006) - Yesterday while looking for Barrow's Goldeneye at Bear River Refuge we spotted a female Long-tailed Duck on Unit 3. It was near the south end of the loop road about 100 yds to the east in the open water with a bunch of Common Goldeneyes. ...we had a good, long look with the scope.

Jan 2006

Pomera Fronce (21 Jan 2006) - Anne and I buzzed up to see the [Fulvous Whistling-Ducks] ducks this afternoon. When we arrived, Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld and Bob MacDougall had them all staked out on the Forest Street side of the marsh. The look we got was fabulous. The birds eventually flushed and came down a little ways north. Steve, Cindy and Bob left and Anne and I decided to wait them out. Around 5:15 all three ducks came back to the area where they were initially located by Paul earlier today.

Kris Purdy (21 Jan 2006) - I just got a phone call (11:00 am Saturday) from Paul Higgins. He and Randy Chatelain have just photographed three Fulvous Whistling-Ducks on the road to Bear River MBR in Box Elder County. I believe the exit for the road to the refuge (Forest Street) is at I-15 exit 363. Paul gave the location as just past the information center, first pond on the north side of the road. Paul said if you drive past the intersection of the refuge road and 2560W, you've driven too far west.

Dec 2005

Bridget Olson (5 Dec 2005) - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Waterbird Count...Total duck numbers drastically reduced to about 58,000 as all the units are about 90% frozen. Still well above the long-term average of 7,000 ducks for this week in December. Notable birds: late snowy egret, white-faced ibis, western grebe, black-crowned night heron, Avocet, and Pelican. Also, short-eared owl...BW Teal 1...Cinnamon Teal 1...Great Egret 2...

Nov 2005

Lu Giddings (20 Nov 2005) - Today at about 12 p.m. I saw what I am fairly sure was a female Black Scoter in the northwest corner of the auto tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. It was initially observed about 1 mile south of Unit One gate, a few hundred yards south of the road posted "No Vehicles" and about 150 yards east of the road...

Kristin Purdy (10 Nov 2005) - The first birds I heard in Box Elder Campground in Mantua, Box Elder County this morning were surprising Evening Grosbeaks. Three females called their single-note "Teeuw!" call as all worked on samaras high up
in a Box Elder tree...The birds were just shy of the entrance on the east bank of Box Elder Creek and east of the intersection of 300 W. and Park Drive...While I was following the call (in denial that I was actually hearing grosbeaks) I passed a hidden, chipping chipmunk along the entrance road. On the way back, Chippy turned out to be the Winter Wren. Oops. The wren popped out of a brush pile along the east side of Park Drive and 50-100 feet north of the campground entrance...

Bridget Olson (3 Nov 2005) - Bear River Bird Count...Tundra Swan 15584...Snow Goose 1...Great Egret 9...Sanderling 1...Bonaparte's gull 44...

Oct 2005

Lu Giddings (22 Oct 2005) - A Horned Grebe was observed at about 2 p.m. swimming in the water immediately west of the dikes that impound Willard Bay and about two miles south of the place where the bay flows through the dike and into the Great Salt Lake. I'm not sure if this area is considered part of Willard Bay, Howard Crane WMA, Bear River MBR, or is simply a part of the Great Salt Lake. The bird was in non-breeding plumage and swimming about 10 yards out from shore.

Kristin Purdy (19 Oct 2005) - Mort Somer spotted a Winter Wren at Box Elder Campground in Box Elder County this morning, to the delight of the other members of Wasatch Audubon on the regular Wednesday morning birdwalk. The wren was on the east bank of Box Elder Creek, east of campsite 17 on Loop A. The wren flitted through some thick dogwood shrubs and everyone was able to get a look. Box Elder Campground is located in the town of Mantua, approximately 2 miles east of Brigham City on US 89/91.

Bridget Olson (12 Oct 2005) - Bear River Waterbird Count...Great Egret 11...

Sep 2005

Bridget Olson - Bear River Refuge Waterbird/Raptor Count  9/27/05...Great Egret 19...Pectoral Sandpiper 5... Peregrine Falcon 1...

Colby Neuman (18 Sep 2005) - Tim Avery and I went birding around the west desert this past weekend....We started the weekend by driving to Lucin (Box Elder Co.) ...Among the more common species, we did find one Winter Wren.

Tim Avery (13 Sep 2005) - This afternoon at 2:30 I returned to the area where "our" Jaeger had been, I unfortunately found the bird dead in the ruts in the mud about 1/4 mile past the second tape marking. I immediately put the bird on ice and returned to Salt Lake to photograph and document the bird. ...I will be donating the bird to the University of Utah, and will deliver it tomorrow.

Kristin Purdy (10 Sep 2005) - Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld just called me from the west side of Willard Bay in Box Elder County with a report of a juvenile Parasitic Jaeger. They're approximately 2 miles north of the point at which you'd turn north around the west Willard Bay dike. The bird was standing on the road in front of them and Steve said they were as close as 25 yards.

Aaron Smith (6 Sep 2005) - Yesterday September 5th Shauna Smith, Celeste Smith, Arnold Smith and I saw several Common Terns on the salt flats to the west of the Willard Bay State Park dike. The Terns were mixed in with Foresterís Terns, Ring-billed and Franklinís Gulls. Other birds of interest were 5 Pectoral Sandpipers, several Bonaparteís Gulls in winter plumage and a lone drake Greater Scaup in eclipse plumage. There were several other sandpipers including Semipalmated, Least and Western. The Pectoralís seemed to stay by themselves while the others were in mixed flocks.

Aug 2005

Kris Purdy (28 Aug 2005) - ...I saw a juvenile Horned Grebe in of all places, the manmade concrete-lined pond northwest of the Nucor Steel plant in north-central Box Elder County today. At least the grebe is still classified as rare!

Joel and Kathy Beyer (28 Aug 2005) - We found the Tennessee Warbler at 9:30 this morning at Willard Bay State Park. It was seen three times in 30 minutes, either at the extreme west end of the boardwalk nature trail, or just further west where the campground road crosses the stream. The first two looks were brief but definite, while the last view enabled us to see all the field marks well, including the white leading edge to the wing and the white undertail coverts. Twice the bird appeared during the play of a tape. Other birders, including the Summerfields, also saw the bird.

Kristin Purdy (25 Aug 2005) - I'm pretty darn sure I saw a first fall male Tennessee Warbler at Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County today. The bird was hopping through a low Russian Olive over the channel east of Willow Creek Campsites 31-32. Some of you will know this spot as the Northern Waterthrush channel...

Tim Avery (4 Aug 2005) - ...I headed up to Bear River NWR this morning and was treated to a plethora of shorebirds. 2 Short-billed Dowitchers were seen with a flock of about 600 Long-billed Dowitcher's in Unit 3, where the dike heads to the east splitting the unit in half. The birds were on the north side of that dike. The two birds, were still fairly orange, and showed heavy barring on the sides, and a white belly. Look for the dowitchers at this spot and in Unit 2, about 1/2 north of this spot. There were nearly 900 LB Dowitcher's in this area, and the two flocks seemed to be moving back and forth between the two areas....

Jun 2005

Betsy Beneke (16 June 2005) - After watching a sharp-shinned hawk chase house sparrows around the outside gardening supplies section of the Perry Wal-mart, I turned to walk to my vehicle and a Common Grackle was patrolling (walking across) the parking lot about 20 feet from me.

Betsy Beneke - Today, 15 June, Bridget and I surveyed Johnson Canyon & White's Valley. We end up not too far from I-84, a mile south of the Idaho border. There were several Grasshopper Sparrows singing just west of the Nucor Plant (start of our route), but we also found two spots where these sparrows were singing in stubble (harvested winter wheat?) and green wheat fields. Very strange habitat for them, although the wheat IS very green and thick this year...

Tim Avery (1 June 2005) - At Bear River...refuge...On the Auto Tour Loop on the west side was a single Great Egret. Plus all our other favorite wetland birds!

May 2005

Carol Davis (30 May 2005) - ...the way into Bear River BR...I got a life bird as I turned the corner to go the long stretch towards the gun club. On the left hand side in the muddy area, which was filled with gulls, stood one lonely American Golden-Plover. This is the area before the stream crosses under the road. He was out there quite a ways so the photo was awful but you can see the black goes all the way to the tail. When I came back out from the refuge I looked for him again but was unable to find him.

Joel and Kathy (24 May 2005) - We visited Bear River MBR early Sunday morning and along the road out we saw 2 Whimbrels. This was about halfway to the refuge. Both Whimbrels were observed flying, and did not exhibit the cinnamon underwings seen on Curlews, but were plain brown. Both Whimbrels also had the median crown stripe and the shorter dark curved bill. Long-billed Curlews were also in the area.  Notable species at the refuge were Great Egrets and Black Terns.

Cal & Sharon Andrus (5 May 2005) - This afternoon a Great-tailed Grackle was on the [Bear River] Bird Refuge road...Even though the road to the refuge is closed there are good birds to be seen around the temporary visitor's center. A Great Egret, Sandhill Cranes, L-b Dowitchers were all seen this afternoon, as well as ducks, grebes, ibis, swallows, terns, etc.

Apr 2005

Kristin Purdy (24 April 2005) - Grasshopper Sparrows have returned to the field northwest of the Nucor Steel Plant in Plymouth, Box Elder County. Lynn Carroll, Jack Rensel and I saw and heard hmmmm...maybe 3-5 individuals this morning as we stalked them over the northernmost part of the field. ...We also saw a lone Sharp-tailed Grouse in this field.

Dave Rintoul (18 April 2005) - ...we went out to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Saturday...most impressive...An American Bittern subduing and swallowing a garter snake, a process which took most of 15 minutes, on the loop road just west of the entry gate.

Jack Binch (10 April 2005) - Bob Huntington and I went north to see what we could find. Behind Nucor Steel - two Grasshopper Sparrows (no Gray Partridge)...

Bridget Olson (4 April 2005) - Bear River Refuge Count...1st spring observations of Eurasian Wigeon, Franklin's gull, Black-crowned Night Heron, Western Grebe, American Pipit, and dowitchers. Canada Geese are incubating eggs as they finish laying their clutches, as are killdeer. Snowy Plovers have been busy constructing several nest cups but no eggs were found...

Mar 2005

Bridget Olson (15 Mar 2005) - Bear River Refuge Waterbird Count ...First spring observations of Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe, Snowy Plover and Baird's Sandpiper. Early record dates for Clark's grebe, snowy plover and Baird's sandpiper....

Kristin Purdy (15 Mar 2005) - Mantua and its reservoir in Box Elder County hosted several uncommonly good birds today. ...The highlights included a Merlin, Barrow's Goldeneye, a Horned Grebe, and Greater Scaup.

(8 Mar 2005) - A Bewick's Swan (subspecies of Tundra Swan) was seen and photographed by Ted Steinke at Salt Creek WMA in Box Elder County, Utah on 8 Mar 2005.

Jan 2005

Kristin Purdy (3 Jan 2005) - I saw two juvenile Harris's Sparrows in separate locations today along the Weber/Box Elder County line. The first one was in Weber County... The second....was in Box Elder County along the eastern border of Willard Bay WMA...  .

   

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