Recent Sightings

  
Davis County   [Recent Rare eBird Sightings]

Mar 2017

Miriam Sheffield (30 Mar 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Snow Goose

Bryant Olsen (29 Mar 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - (55 species total including:) Wood Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Merganser, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Long-billed Curlew, Franklin's Gull, Savannah Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird

Shyloh Robinson (26 Mar 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - (53 species including): Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, American White Pelican, Virginia Rail, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, Sagebrush Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (21 Mar 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Ring-billed Gull , California Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Stephanie Greenwood (20 Mar 2017) - [Stone Ridge Neighborhood] - Red-naped Sapsucker. Tapping woodpecker creeping up the trunk of conifer. Clear view with naked eye. Two messy stripes on the back, red nape, red cap, red throat. Male. Obvious ID, familiar with species.

Ian Batterman (19 Mar 2017) - [Bountiful Pond] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard,
Cinnamon Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's), Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Daniel Sachse (13 Mar 2017) - [Mueller Park] - Northern Goshawk, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Pine Siskin

Sydney Elwood (13 Mar 2017) - [Legacy Parkway Trail] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Canyon Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird

Brandon Thurston (3 Mar 2017) - [GSL Shoreline Preserve] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird

Feb 2017

Spencer Aston (28 Feb 2017) - [Farmington, UT] - Bohemian Waxwing. Eating berries of the tree. Visual and audio.

Cole Patton (24 Feb 2017) - [Farmington Pond Rd] - Snow Goose

Stephanie Greenwood (24 Feb 2017) - [Bountiful. UT] - Wild Turkey, Pine Siskin

Tim Avery (20 Feb 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Mew Gull. Smaller than CAGU, similar size to RBGU, thin all yellow bill with dark eye, and smudgy nape and neck. Also seen: Trumpeter Swan

Meghan Walter (18 Feb 2017) - [Lady Finger Point - Antelope Island SP] - Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Wild Turkey, American White Pelican, Cooper's Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Barn owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Marsh Wren, American Robin

John Richards (17 Feb 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Ring-necked Pheasant

Stephanie Greenwood (15 Feb 2017) - [Bountiful. UT] - Golden Eagle

Sydney Elwood (5 Feb 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Canada Goose, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, White-faced Ibis, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Glaucous Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Sydney Elwood
(1 Feb 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye,
Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Horned Lark, European Starling, Song Sparrow

Jan 2017

Nate Brown (31 Jan 2017) - [North Canyon Park] - Bohemian Waxwing. Gorgeous smog-filled inversion day in the valley. Tasted as good as it smelled. Great views of the waxwings feeding on berries - low estimate count as they were mixed in with hundreds of other birds including Cedars, Robins and Starlings.

Ian Batterman (28 Jan 2017) - [Farmington Baby WMA] - Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Wren

Mike Hearell (21 Jan 2017) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Greater Yellowlegs, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch

Lauri Taylor (16 Jan 2017) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Herring Gull, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, American Crow, Common Raven, American Pipit, House Sparrow

Darren Hall (13 Jan 2017) - [Antelope Island SP] - Burrowing Owl, Merlin

Daniel Sachse (10Jan 2017) - [Bridgeview, UT] - Sharp-shinned Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Lauri Taylor (9 Jan 2017) - [Buffalo Ranch Road] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier,  (American), Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, American Robin, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird

Daniel Sachse (1 Jan 2017) - [Garr Ranch Rd, Antelope Island SP] - Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, Great Horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Snow Bunting, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch

Dec 2016

Kerry Morris (29 December 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - Peregrine Falcon, Hermit Thrush

Mike Hearell (27 December 2016) - [North Canyon Park] - Merlin, Bohemian Waxwing, Cedar Waxwing

Ian Batterman (23 December 2016) - [Farmington Baby WMA] - Tundra Swan, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl

Bryant Olsen (19 December 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway & SP] - Long-tailed Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Glaucous Gull, American Pipit

Ian Batterman (18 December 2016) - [Buffalo Ranch Pond] - RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Continuing female seen under the same Russian Olive tree. Blackbird with rusty-colored back and head. Yellow eyes and bold supercilium key distinguishing features
   
 -- Vermilion Flycatcher. Continuing male. Saw him on the far side of the fence (too far for photos) as I was leaving. Bright red bird with dark mask and wings.
     -- Lapland Longspur. Sparrow shaped bird (short beak, large head, long tail) flying overhead. Key identifying characteristic was clear white outer tail coverts visible from far below. Shape eliminated American Pipit. I did consider a Vesper Sparrow, but the bird I saw had more color to its face and chest and lacked the chest streaks of a Vesper Sparrow. Also I noticed that, even though Vesper Sparrows do have white outer tail feathers, I do not believe that they are visible from the underside.

Brett Weise (17 December 2016) - [Mueller Park] - Wild Turkey, Merlin, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Cindy Sommerfield (8 December 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Snow Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, California Gull, Herring Gull, American Kestrel, Merlin, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Zachary Loman (1 December 2016) - [Farmington Baby WMA] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Long-billed Curlew, Ring-billed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Nov 2016

Mary McGreal (29 November 29016) - [Kaysville, UT] - Sandhill Crane. Cranes were calling and flying southward in "V" formation, then congregating and soaring in the air, then resuming V-formation. Clearly identified from call, and shape (long legs trailing behind and long primaries.)

Nathan Fisher (25  November 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Northern Harrier, Wilson's Snipe, Marsh Wren

Bryant Olsen (22 November 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Chukar, Northern Harrier (American), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow

Brandon Thruston (20 November 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Golden Eagle, Bonaparte's Gull

Michael San Miguel (15 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Fox Sparrow. (Slate-colored). Fairly chunky sorrow. Stout bill, yellowish base to lower mandible, and upper mandible. Gray wash on brown back. Bold brown spots on whitish chest. Hard "chick" call note. Very familiar with this bird.       
    -- Also seen: Red-breasted Merganser, Herring Gull, Hermit Thrush

Ben Johnson (13 November 20160 - [Kaysville,l UT] - Cooper's Hawk

Bryant Olsen  (7 November 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Tundra Swan (Whistling Swan)

Janice Gardner
(5 November 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch

Everett Riley (3 November 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Northern Shoveler, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern), American Avocet, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Barn Owl (American), Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Cedar Waxwing, American Tree Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle

Oct 2016

Hobart Collins (27 October 20160 - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Lesser Yellowlegs. Observed next to obviously larger Greater Yellowlegs. Took photos will submit after review.

Bryant Olsen (26 October 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Causeway] - SURF SCOTER.

Ian Batterman (25 October 20160 - [Bountiful Pond] - Common Loon

Darren Hall (22 October 20160 - [Antelope Island road to Garr Ranch] - Chukar, Great Blue Heron, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch

Bryant Olsen
(19 October 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Garr Ranch] - Mourning Warbler. Immature. Brief but good look, essentially looked like a female MacGillivray's, except had a faint complete yellowish eyering and yellow throat, no white. Also distinctive high, thin chip, not as sharp as a MGWA. Unable to relocate for photos.

Logan Searl (15 October 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Causeway] - Short-eared Owl

Neil Paprocki (12 October 20160 - [Bountiful Peak with Hawk Watch Inlt] - Black Rosy-Finch. Estimated at 20-30 individuals so this number is conservative. Seen and photographed by a small group of folks who took the short walk up to the summit. Both David Sibley and Jerry Liguori were among those who saw and photographed the birds.
      -- Common Loon, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Bryant Olsen (12 October 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Causeway] - Canada Goose, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Beth Cottam (11 October 20160 - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Cattle Egret

Justin Barton (9 October 20160 - [Centerville, UT] - Western Screech-Owl

Stephanie Greenwood (9 October 2016) - [Springhill Geologic Park] - California Quail, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Cassin's Vireo, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

Darren Hall (7 October 20160 - [Bountiful Pond] - Red-breasted Merganser

Stephanie Greenwood (6 October 2016) - [Mueller Park Rd] - Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler

Michael San Miguel (3 October 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Taylor Abbott (2 October 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Causeway] - Lesser Black-backed Gull. Appeared to be an adult in non breeding plumage. Similar size to nearby California. Very dark mantle, yellow legs, yellow bill with red gong deal on lower mandible, significant streaking around eye and down the back of the neck towards the mantle.

Jeff Hardy (2 October 2016) - [Bountiful, UT] - Black-throated Gray Warbler. Good looks from 15 feet. Distinctly plumaged black and white and gray warbler with very small yellow spot near base of bill. Seen foraging for insets in a large tree in back of house, also in scrub oak in the gully.

Stephanie Greenwood (1 October 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Sep 2016

Diana Richards Doyle (28 September 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Williamson's Sapsucker. Adult male first spotted as I came up to summit, flushed from one juniper to another, distinctive jet-black upperside with bold white wing patches and white rump. Then I watched it in a juniper for a few minutes, showing white wing slash on a crisp solid black woodpecker with thin white facial lines, red throat, and some clean yellow showing on belly. Extremely shy, I had to sit quietly and wait for it to come around cautiously on my side. Viewed from about 40 feet.

Kendell Watkins  (18 September 2016) - [Antelope Island SP & Marina] - Lark Bunting. Hanging with Meadowlarks at the second bridge. Streaky brown sparrow looking bird with large distinct white covert patches. After the initial sighting I could not find the bird again as the Meadowlarks dispersed. I wish I would have photographed this one but I didn't have my camera ready.
      -- Sabine's Gull

Kendell Watkins  (18 September 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - American Golden-Plover. Seen at a considerable distance north of the road with avocets, stilts, and a nearby Black-bellied Plover. Long-legged plover with golden/brown coloring overall. Small dainty bill, long primary projection, and a noticeable bold supercilium. Decent looks through the scope.

Shyloh Robison (16 September 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Dunlin. Basic plumage, with Wilson's Phalaropes, along back edge of pond near the entrance. Long decurved bill on big peep with black legs.

Shyloh Robison (13 September 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 70 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, 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, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Willow Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Shyloh Robison (12 September 2016) - [Glover Lane & GSL Nature Center] - 70 species:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Sabine's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Cindy Sommerfeld (9 September 2016) - [Antelope Island SP & Causeway] - The causeway is very dry. Lots of birds out beyond scope distance. Because there is water at the big bridge, it's pretty active. Garr Ranch had more birds than we've seen in a while. Beautiful day to be out. Our species count was 65 today:
     -- Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Western Sandpiper, WIlson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Lorenzo Klein (7 September 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Gray Catbird

Mike Hearell (3 September 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Garr Ranch] - Williamson's Sapsucker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, MacGillivray's Warbler, yellow-breasted Chat, Green-tailed Towhee

Bryant Olsen (1 September 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - Canada Goose, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier (American), Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Common Nighthawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher

Kaylin I (1 September 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Blue-winged Teal, Snowy Polver, Baird's Sandpiper, Willet

Aug 2016

Ian Batterman (7 August 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Causeway] - 41 species total:
     -- Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Wild Turkey, Eared Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling Calidris, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs,  Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Brewer's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Bryant Olsen (29 August 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - Tennessee Warbler. Continuing, pale lemon yellow warbler, supercilium and white undertail coverts noted.

Kendall Watkins (27 August 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Black-bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Sanderling, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper

Rachel LeBlanc (26 August 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - American Redstart. Visual and audible. Found in the Russian Olive grove in SW corner. Very active female doing lots of chasing of insects and tail fanning. Yellow on base of tail, yellow sides, yellow base of secondaries and gray head.

Neil Paprocki (17August 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - 34 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Gray Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Song Sparrow, Western Tanager, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch

Jon Aird (13 August 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Marbled Godwit

Shyloh Robinson (8 August 2016) - [Farmington, UT] - 40 species:
     -- Mallard, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie Pica, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Stephanie Greenwood (7 August 2016) - [Mueller Park] - American Dipper

Cindy Sommerfeld (7 August 2016) - [Antelope Island] - Quiet day on the island. 48 species:
     -- Canada Goose, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ringed-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Gray Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Jul 2016

Vivian Schneggenberger (27 July 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 65 species total:
      --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, 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, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Gray Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch,American Goldfinch

Paul Lagasi (26 July 2016) -  [Antelope Island Causeway] - Semipalmated Sandpiper

Nancy Houlihan (24 July 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Red Knot

Robert Bate (15 July 20160 - [Antelope Island SP] - 40 species total:
     -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren,
American Robin, Sage Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Daniel Henderson (15 July 2016) - [Skyline Dr] - Red-naped Sapsucker. Two groups - one family of three with one young squeaking bird, one other adult male with a juvenile. The family of three is sharing the tree with a family of three Northern Flickers - quite the noisy neighborhood! Just off jeeping trail not far from streamside.
      -- Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Warbling Vireo, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Brown-headed Cowbird, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Jan Hansen (13 July 2016) - [Layton, UT] - Purple Martin. After exiting I-15 I was waiting at the stoplight to turn onto Antelope Road and noticed several large swallows feeding low over the canal between the exit road and I-15. I was at the light for at least 30 seconds and was able to view the birds with my binoculars and get quite good views of them as were only about 150 feet from the car and were foraging at eye level. There were no males present; all were in juvenile plumage with dark upper parts, dingy breast and throats and dirty white bellies. There were Cliff and Barn Swallows in the same area and the martins were noticeably larger with more languid wingbeats and more frequent soaring.

Jon Anderson (10 July 2016) - [Kay's Creek Trail] - 34 species total:
     -- California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, Sharp-shinned Hawk, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo (Western), Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (Woodhouse's), Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren,
American Robin, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, 
Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting,
Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch,
American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Cindy Sommerfeld (8 July 2016)- [Antelope Island] - 53 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Downy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl,
Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk, Say's Phoebe, Ash-throaded Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Jun 2016

Brad Imhoff (29 June 2016) - [Slyline Dr] - Flammulated Owl, Great Horned Owl

Daniel Sachse (29 June 2016) - [Mueller Park] - Northern Goshawk

Heidi Stringham (25 June 2016) - [Hill Field] - Peregrine Falcon

Spencer Aston (23 June 2016) - [Woodland Park] - Northern Pygmy-Owl

Shyloh Robinson (20 June 20160 - [Skyline Drive] - 33 species total: -- California Quail, Chukar, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Killdeer, Flammulated Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Common Poorwill, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, House Finch, Pine Siskin

Megan Haughey (19 June 2016) - [Kays Creek Trail] - Gray Catbird. Gray bird with black cap, had a straight bill, I was unable to get a great view of the tail, but it was darker in color then the rest of the bird. Was a medium sized bird approximately the size of a mockingbird (slightly smaller). Identification by call and song as well.22 species total: -- Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Rhonda Barnklau (15 June 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Short-eared Owl

Cindy Sommerfield (12 June 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway & SP] - Quiet day on the island. Many young Burrowing Owls were sunning themselves with their parents. One hillside had over twenty. Today's species count was 57: -- Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Sora, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Red-necked Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Stephanie Greenwood (9 June 2016) - [Mueller Park] - 22 species total:  -- Northern Goshawk, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Pine Siskin

John Neill (5 June 2016) - [Holbrook Canyon] - 17 species total: -- Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Yellow Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting

Lucy Ormond (4 June 2016) - [Great Salt Lake Shoreline Preserve] - Blue-winged Teal, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier (American), Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Western Kingbird, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Daniel Sachse (2 June 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - 31 species total: -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bullock's Oriole

May 2016

Stephanie Greenwood (30 May 2016) - [Canyon Creek Drive, North Salt Lake, UT] - Lewis's Woodpecker

Evan Buechley (28 May 2016)  - [Schick Lane] - 16 species total:
      --  Ring-necked Pheasant, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, European Starling, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Spencer Aston (27 May 2016) - [Glover Lane & GLS Nature Center] - 26 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Caspian Tern, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Andrea Nelson (26 May 2016) - [Centerville, UT] - 30 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Peregrine Falcon, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Stephanie Greenwood (21 May 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Semipalmated Plover
      -- [White Rock Bay & Corrals] - Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lark Sparrow

Angie Branch (21 May 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Baird's Sandpiper. Brown sandpiper, with streaking on breast, short bill, black legs. similar size as sanderling standing next to them, long wingtip projection.

Stephanie Greenwood (20 May 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - White-throated Sparrow

David Wheeler (18 May 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Bullock's Oriole

Bryant Olsen (18 May 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - 51 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form),
Great Egret, Cattle Egret (Western), White-faced Ibis, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl (American), Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged), Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Shyloh Robinson (16 May 2016)  - [Farmington Foxhole] - Blue Grosbeak

Bryant Olsen (16 May 2016) [Antelope Island SP] - Ash-throated Flycatcher. Photographed, near Lady Finger in the Sagebrush

Neil Paprocki (15 May 2016)  - [Antelope Island SP] - Purple Martin. Male and female seen flying over causeway with other swallows. Both were considerably larger than surrounding Barn and Cliff Swallows. Male seen was solid blue/black, and female also flying nearby.

Evan Buechley (14 May 2016) - [Mueller Park, Bountiful, UT] - Olive-sided Flycatcher. Large flycatcher sallying from prominent snag at top of evergreen glade (app 40m up). dark vest visible. upright posture. dark head and vest contrasting with light throat and belly. located very near end of dirt road on N facing slope. 24 species total:
     -- Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Franklin's Gull, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Andrea Nelson (14 May 2016) - [Legacy Nature Preserve] - 56 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, House Sparrow

Mike Hearell (11 May 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Black Tern

Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld (10 May 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway & SP] - In spite of last Friday's hail storm there were still many birds on the causeway. Including a Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knots and a American Golden-Plover. Out at Garr Ranch there were still two Northern Waterthrushes. Good spring birds, but nothing too unexpected. Our species total today was 76:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Lesser Scaup, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, American Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Long-eared Owl, Dusky Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Golldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (9 May 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Glossy Ibis. Continuing? Same place I saw one a few weeks ago, at the 90 degree turn. Great looks in the scope at sky blue facial skin and dark iris. No red in Iris and no purple in facial skin, therefore no reason to believe a hybrid. Legs not visible. 56 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant , American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, 
White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier (American), Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane,
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked), American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet (Western), Long-billed Curlew, Long-billed Dowitcher, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Sparrow

Janet Fedrizzi (3 May 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Solitary Sandpiper, Willet

Billy Fennimore (3 May 2016)- [Layton Commons Park] - Wood Duck, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Apr 2016

David Wheeler ()30 April 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper

Billy Fennimore (29 April 2016) - [Bridgeview, Layton, UT] - 56 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Horned Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Lauri Taylor (27 April 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Short-billed Dowitcher. Lone dowitcher on the entrance ponds very close. First noticed shortish bill, then noticed arched supercilium and white V shaped edges on mantle feathers, plus spotted flanks. Then it flushed, gave a low pitched, harsh cuckle, very different from the high pitched pipping notes of a Long-billed. Compared to recording on iBirdPro, perfect match.Photographed

Shyloh Robinson (25 April 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Neotropic Cormorant, American Bittern, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Snipe, Common Yellowthroat, Bullock's Oriole

Evan Buechley (24 April 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Whimbrel (American). Significantly smaller than curlew, with which it was feeding. all black bill, less decurved than curlew.

Ian Batterman (22 April 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Glossy Ibis. Continuing bird. In mixed flock of White-faced Ibis. Blue facial border and dark colored eyes clear differential mark. Saw its head above the grass for a good identification. 55 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared 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, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark,  Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Goldfinch

Tom Mathewson (21 April 2016) - [South Weber, UT] - Harris's Sparrow. Starting to get its breeding plumage. Saw 2 or 3 times feeding on millet at feeder. Heard several times around neighborhood. Also heard previous day, April 20, but not seen.

Nate Battistone (18 April 2016) - [Antelope Island SP road to Garr Ranch] - Golden-crowned Kinglet

Kenneth Trease (12 April 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Red-breasted Merganser, Franklin's Gull, Herring Gull

Bryant Olsen (11 April 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Cackling Goose.

Justin Barton (10 April 2016) - [Layton Commons Park] - 16 species:
     --  Graylag Goose (Domestic type), Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Vic Dillabaugh (7 April 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Merlin

Shyloh Robinson (6 April 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 49 species total:
     -- 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, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Golden Eagle,
Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Ian Batterman (3 April 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Cooper's Hawk, Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow

Andrew Durso (2 April 2016) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - Varied Thrush. Continuing. Thrush hanging out with Robins in a tree at the edge of the fence-line. Dark gray-blue on the back, burnt-orange below, with a dark breast band and a striped face. Wings dark with orange details. Colors were pale enough for a female, although the light wasn't that good.

Rachel Le Blanc (1 April 2016) - [Antelope Island SP - Garr Ranch] - 18 species total:
    -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Horned Lark, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Goldfinch

Mar 2016

Ann Knieriem (26 March 2016) - [Antelope Island State Park] - Long-billed Curlew, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl

Ken Krahulec (26 March 2016) - [Glover Lane & GSL Nature Center] - 21 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Coot, American Avocet, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Margaret Sloan (24 March 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - 15 species total:  --  Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch

Michael San Miguel (24 March 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - 31 species total: -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (20 March 2016) - [GSL Shoreline Preserve] - 12 species total:  -- Canada Goose, Northern Harrier (American), Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)

Daniel Sachse (20 March 2016)- [Layton Commons Park] - 15 species total:  --  Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Cooper's Hawk, California Gull, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Kendall Watkins (20 March 2016) - [Farmington Baby WMA] - EURASIAN WIGEON. Striking male. Pretty sure it's a different bird than the one I saw last week. This one was on the far north west end of Unit 1. Rich, cinnamon-colored head with creamy stripe down the middle. Reddish wash on breast with an overall gray body and large white patches on the wings and flanks. 49 species total:
      --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier (American), Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, House Sparrow

Ian Batterman (11 March 2016) - [Bountiful Pond] - 20 species total:  --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's), American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, American Goldfinch

Feb 2016

Shyloh Robinson (29 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - American Bittern. Seen appx 60 yards west of the airboat launch, North edge. Mid-sized wading bird with dagger like bill, streaked neck, dark malar stripes, plump body, relatively short(ish) legs, and unmarked topside (eliminating the more common Black-crowned Night-Heron). Seen crouched and in an upright bittern stance. Size compared with pelicans, blue herons, and coots. We watched the bittern under fading light for appx 15 minutes.

Anonymous eBirder (29 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Peregrine Falcon

Jay Langford (28 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Cackling Goose

Spencer Aston (27 February 2016) - [Farmington, UT] - Wild Turkey, Bald Eagle

Karen Hodges (26 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - American White Pelican

John Neil (26 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe

Rosemary Paul (26 February 2016) - [Antelope Island State Park] - 28 species total:
       -- Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Chukar, Double-crested Cormorant, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Shyloh Robinson (24 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Short-eared Owl

Neil Paprocki (24 February 2016) -  [Farmington Bay WMA] - Wood Duck, White-face Ibis, Sandhill Crane

Matthew Pendleton (24 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Trumpeter Swan. First thing that stood out was how much bigger they looked than the surrounding Tundra's. The juvenile on the left was dark through the body. Darker looking than the juvenile Tundra's around. Bill looked large and straight and the eye seemed partially lost in the bill.

Justin Barton (21 February 2016) - [Layton Commons Park] - Wood Duck, Cooper's Hawk

John Neil (19 February 2016) - [Mueller Park] - Red-tailed Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper

Bryant Olsen (16 February 2016) - [Antelope Island SP & Causeway] - 20 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail,  Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Spencer Quarles (15 February 2016) - [Antelope Island State Park] -  12 species total:
      -- Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Northern Flicker, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Mark Wees (14 February 2016) - [Woods Cross] - American Tree Sparrow

Lisa Edwards (12 February 2016) - [West Weber] - Cooper's Hawk, Western Screech Owl

LoneStar Genealogy (8 February 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Long-tailed Duck, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch

Stephanie Greenwood (4 February 2-16) - [Mueller Park Rd.] - Golden-crowned Kinglet

Shyloh Robinson (1 February 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 47 species:
      -- Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Greater Yellowlegs, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Barn Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Jan 2016

Bastiaan Notebart (31 January 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Short-eared Owl.

Taylor Abbott (30 January 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Loggerhead Shrike, Say's Phoebe.

Dennis Shirley (30 January 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Glaucous-winged Gull. First winter bird.

Lydia Ripplinger (27 January 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - 19 species total:
    -- Tundra Swan, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Northern Harrier, California Gull, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch

Billy Fennimore (22 January 2016( - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Barrow's Golodeneye. Long-tailed Duck. Male - mostly white with long central tail feathers - dark cheek patch. Female - duller and lacking central tail feathers.

Laurie Joseph (22 January 2016) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island SP] - 1) Hermit Thrush. Grayish thrush with reddish tail on ground on opposite sides of Garr ranch forest. 2) Varied Thrush. Female, north side of pond area, brief view.

Janice H Gardner (17 January 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - American Tree Sparrow

Mark Bailey (14 January 2016) - [Bountiful, UT] - Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

Mike Lester (10 January 2016) - [Syracuse, UT] - Yellow-headed Blackbird

Cindy Sommerfeld (10 January 2016) - [Antelope Island SP & Causeway] - Today's survey was quiet, typical for January. We did see a Northern Shrike on the way to the ranch. It was fun to see how long the Varied Thrush has stayed at Garr Ranch. 35 species total:
      --  Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, PEREGRINE FALCON, Prairie Falcon, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Northern Flicker, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Robin, VARIED THRUSH, European Starling, American Pipit, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, American Goldfinch

Jay Langford (10 January 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] -  16 species total:
      -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl, Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird

Mark Bailey (9 January 2016) - [Holbrook Canyon] - American Dipper

Josh McKell (8 January 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Tundra Swan, Virginia Rail, Barn Owl

Steve Clark (8 January 2016) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 17 species total: --  Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Matthew Pendleton (5 January 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Burrowing Owl

David Gillespie (3 January 2016) - [Farmington Baby WMA] - Wood Duck

David Wheeler (2 January 2016) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Prairie Falcon

Jeff Hardy (1 January 2016) - [Antelope Island SP] - Barrow's Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Say's Phoebe (Continuing)

Neil Paprocki (1 January 2016) - [Antelope Island - Garr Ranch] - 27 species: -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike/Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Varied Thrush

Ken Krahulec (1 January 2016) - [Glover Lane] - White-faced Ibis

Dec 2015

Mike Hearell (31 December 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Long-tailed Duck (Drake), Barrow's Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser

Andrea Nelson (26 December 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - Loggerhead Shrike, Bewick's Wren.

Jon Allan (26 December 2015) - [Clearfield, UT] - American Tree Sparrow.

Jay Langford (25 December 2015)- [Farmington Bay WMA] - Long-eared Owl.

Kristina Haycock (25 December 2015)- [Farmington Bay WMA] - Barrow's Goldeneye.

Bryant Olsen (22 December 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Cackling Goose, Least Sandpiper.

Seth Ames (19 December 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 3 Short-eared Owl.

Evan Buechley (19 December 20150 - [Mueller Park, Bountiful. UT] - Golden-crowned Kinglet.
    
-- [Mill Creek Overpass] - Golden Eagle.

Shyloh Robinson (18 December 2015) - [Farmington WMA] - Great Egret, White-faced Ibis, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Loggerhead Shrike. 42 species total.

Sherree Sheide (18 December 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 25 species total:
     -- Chukar, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Larry Olpin (18 December 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Long-tailed Duck. A large white and black duck with a very long tail. Seen near the end of the causeway on the right as you enter the park.17 species total:   -- Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Shyloh Robinson (17 December 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 40 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Merlin (Prairie), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark,
House Finch, House Sparrow

Anya Auerbach (15 December 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Prairie Falcon.

Daniel Sachse (13 December 2015) - [Antelope Island State Park] - Varied Thrush. Continuing.

Stephanie Greenwood (12 December 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Glaucous-winged Gull. 1st cycle. Large chunky gull with primaries the same color as the back. All black bill, head lighter than the rest of the body. Lighter creamy tan all over with very little patterning.

Nov 2015

Shyloh Robinson  (30 November 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Long-tailed Duck. West bridge, South side. All but 1 diving regularly. 5 seen briefly at one time.

Shyloh Robinson (29 November 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 42 species:  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Neil Paprocki (26 November 20150 - [Glover Lane] - Lincoln Sparrow. 32 species.

Shyloh Robinson (24 November 2015) - [Bountiful, UT] - Bohemian Waxwings.

Daniel Sachse (21 November 2015) - [West Bountiful] - Red-naped Sapsucker.

Ken Krahulec (20 November 2015) - [Farmington, UT] - Prairie Falcon.

Shyloh Robinson (20 November 2015) - [Legacy Parkway Trail] - 28 species total:  Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's), Killdeer, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Mike Hearell (18 November 2015) - [Clinton Ponds, Clinton, UT] - Greater White-fronted Goose.

Ian Batterman (18 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-eared Owl.

Daniel Sachse (17 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Hooded Merganser, Virginia Rail.

Wesley Long (15 November 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Snowy Egret. Continuing.

Janice H. Gardner (14 November 2015) - [Road to Garr Ranch, Antelope Island SP] - Prairie Falcon.

Shyloh Robinson (13 November 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Tundra Swan. 43 species total.

Rachel LeBlanc (12 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Red-breasted Merganser. Exact count. Male has green head with wispy crest, gray sides, white neck ring and rusty breast. Female grayish with reddish-brown head shading gradually into gray of neck. Both sexes were crested and have thin red bills. 27 species total.

Shyloh Robinson (11 November 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Lesser Yellowlegs, Barrow's Goldeneye. 54 species total.

Shyloh Robinson (8 November 2015) - [Centerville] - Western Screech Owl.

Robyn Smith (7 November 2015) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island State Park] - Golden Eagle (juvenile). Hermit Thrush. 3 observers saw one bird near the spring, and then everyone saw 3 birds in a lone Russian olive tree in the pasture that were feasting on berries. We had never seen a group of Hermit thrushes like that but everyone got a good look at them.

Lauri Taylor (7 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Hermit Thrush.

John Garrett (6 November 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 44 species total:
    -- Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead Aythya, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's), Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark,
Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Goldfinch
    -- [Glover Lane] - Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Wilson's Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's), Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (2 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Northern Waterthrush. Continuing. Skulking low warbler. Brown on top with streaking on breast and belly. Loud call notes given.

Edward Furlong (1 November 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 39 species total:  Canada Goose, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Avocet, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Rock Wren, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Howard Morrison (1 November 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Long-eared Owl.

Oct 2015

Daniel Sachse (27 October 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - NORTHERN PARULA:  Blue-gray upper-parts (head, wings and tail), green patch on back, yellow throat and chest, rusty necklace, white belly and under-tail coverts, two white wing-bars, white eye-arcs. (Immature bird).

Michael San Miguel (27 October 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Black-bellied Plover: Flyover flock, calling. Dark black underwing armpit patches noted.

Shyloh Robinson (26 October 20125) - [Legacy Parkway, North Salt Lake] - Swainson's Hawk.

Michel San Miguel (26 October 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] -  Cattle Egret: With Snowy Egrets.

Shyloh Robinson (23 October 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA]: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW. RARE. Juv. Glover Pond at GSL Shoreline trailhead (Buffalo Ranches). First observed perched openly as I was parked at the end of the road. Decent looks at 50' range; enough to prompt a chase on foot. Seen in the company of several White-crowned Sparrow and House Finch. Once I entered the general area, the bird went into hiding. Seen twice in the underbush (is that a word?) Head and chest only. Zonotrichia sparrow with faint head stripes, a yellow-ish washed forehead, grayish bill, faintly streaked breast and light gray belly (eliminating White-crowned and White-throated Sparrow. Harris's Sparrow was not considered for ID). 49 species total.

Taylor Abbott (20 October 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Stilt Sandpiper: Smaller than nearby greater/lesser yellowlegs. Strong white supercilium. Bill noticeably drooped as compared to straight lesser yellowlegs or straight/upturned greater yellowlegs. Base of bill was slightly thicker than rest of bill.

Dan Gesualdo (20 October 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - Canyon Wren. 20 species.

Matthew Pendleton (19 October 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - Gray Catbird: Gray robin sized bird with a dark cap and rusty undertail coverts. Seen at close range and clear long looks. 39 species total:
     -- Common Loon, Virginia Rail, Wilson's Snipe, Barn Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Hermit Thrush

Lauri Taylor (16 October 2015) - [Glover Lane/GSL Nature Center] - Virginia Rail.

Laurie Stout-Letz (13 October 2015) -[Bountiful] - Western Screech Owl.

Bryant Olsen (13 October 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Semipalmated Plover: continuing in the marina, compared vocalization with Common Ringed Plovers, consistent with Semipalmated.
     ---
Mountain Chickadee. At the 2nd bridge and presumably the same bird also flew over the marina. Bizarre, but 2nd year in a row I have seen them at the bridge.

Erin Whitaker (10 October 2015) - [Garr Ranch] - Townsend's Warbler.

Michael Lester (10 October 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 28 species total: [highlights:]...  Red-naped Sapsucker, ..., NORTHERN SHRIKE,... Pacific Wren,.. Hermit Thrush,... American Pipit,... Lincoln's Sparrow,... Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak

Shyloh Robison (9 October 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Barn Owl:  My face just melted! Exact count. 5 in close view while one called from a distance. 3 perched, 2 in flight. Then... one seen on its regular perch 3 miles from the first group. Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl.

Ian Batterman (9 October 2015) - [Antelope island SP] - Prairie Falcon, Dusky Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow.  29 species total.

Shyloh Robinson (8 October 2015) - [Garr Ranch] - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Continuing. Picnic area. Central tree.

Matthew Pendleton (8 October 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] -  Red-necked Phalarope. My guess is at least this many. 2 or 3 times as many possible.

Shyloh Robinson (7 October 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 61 species total. [highlights:]...
    
-- White-throated Sparrow. I was alerted to the bird's presence while I was in the area and gave immediate chase. Seen in the understory where the siskin were feeding across the road from the main office. Several looks at less than 15 range. No photo ops despite a valiant 40 minute effort. previously photographed for ID. ..., Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, ...Baird's Sandpiper,... Wilson's Snipe,... American Pipit, ... Savannah Sparrow...

Bryant Olsen (6 October 2015) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - 34 species total:
    --  Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Horned Owl, Williamson's Sapsucker, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin (Prairie), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee (maculatus Group), Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch

Colby Newman (1 October 2015) - [Glover Lane] - 27 species total: [highlights:]... , Wilson's Snipe, ... Belted Kingfisher, ...

Sep 2015

Stephen Carlisle (25 September 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - 20 species:  -- Mallard, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Snowy  Egret, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Barn Owl, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Black-billed Magpie, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Matthew Pendleton (24 September 2015) - [Farmington Bay, Salt Lake County side] - CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. I only managed 2 photos before it disappeared. I had no luck the following ten minutes trying to find it again. Strong facial markings compared to a Brewer's. Strong mustache and strong crown. Cream colored and a slate gray nape. I watched it before I pulled the camera for a photo and I had a short glimpse of the double nape stripes with clearly defined gray in-between. Chipping Sparrow was eliminated because this bird has pale lores blending with the eye ring and supercillium. The eye line stops at the back of the eye and does not extend through to the bill. 46 species:
    --  Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared 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, American Coot, American Avocet, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Peregrine Falcon, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Stephen Carlisle (24 September 2015) - [Antelope Island State Park] - 37 species total:   
       -- Sage Thrasher, Northern Waterthrush, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.

Shyloh Robinson (21 September 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Dunlin. Rare/Uncommon Fall migrant. Seen at rest on the mudflat due North of the 4-way parking lot in the company of several dowitchers. Large plain peep with long, tapered drooping bill. 90 species.

Rita Caratello (21 September 2015) - [Bountiful Peak] - 20 species:   -- Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Merlin (Taiga), Prairie Falcon, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Mike Lester
(19 September 2015) - [Garr Ranch - AISP] - 46 species total:   --  Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Sora, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Cassin's Finch

Mary McGreal (19 September 2015) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - Northern Mockingbird.

Rachel LeBlanc (17 September 2015)- [Antelope Island SP] - 34 species total:
     --  Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, European Starling, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (13 September 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - 35 species total:
     -- California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Mike Hearell
(6 September 2015) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island SP] - 43 species:
    --  Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch

Shyloh Robinson (4 September 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 81 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mallard (Mexican Integrade), Blue-wing Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Readhead, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe,  Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Sabine's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove,
American Kestrel, Gray Flycatche, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrashe, European Starling, American Pipit, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch,
House Sparrow

Mike Hearell
(3 September 2015) - [Glover Lane & GSL Nature Center] - Mexican Mallard. Mallard (?Mexican intergrade). Best guess. I think a full on Mexican Mallard to be very rare in this area, but even more so this time of year? 25 species total:  -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Mexican Mallard, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (1 September 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - RED PHALAROPE. Apparent adult in basic plumage. First noticed a Phalarope in the marina that seemed larger than the others. Photos show the bill base is yellow. 25 species total:   --  Northern Shoveler, Eared Grebe, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Peregrine Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark 

Aug 2015

Shiloh Robinson (31 August 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - 34 species total:
    --  Common Loon (Continuing), Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, BLACK TERN, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch

Michael San Miguel (31 August 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 36 species total:
    --  Mallard (Northern), Ruddy Duck, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Forster's Tern, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Barbara Stollsteimer (2 August 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 28 species:
    --  Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Lark Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Jul 2015

Tim Avery (31 July 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - 21 species total:
     -- Gadwall, Eared Grebe, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet (Western), Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Bryant Olsen (29 July 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 57 species:
   -- Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Redhead, 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), Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, American Goldfinch

Scott Barnes (24 July 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 51 species total:
    -- Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet (Western), Long-billed Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl,
Burrowing Owl,
American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Ian Batterman (6 July 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 37 species total:
    -- Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Jun 2015

Stephanie Greenwood (24 June 2015) - [Mueller Park Road] - Cordilleran Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush. 17 species total.

Tim Avery (20 June 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Snowy Plover. 21 species total.

Ian Batterman (20 June 2915) - [Garr Ranch] - 20 species total:
   --  Killdeer, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting

Bryant Olsen (20 June 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - 22 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet (Western), Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Fred Adler (20 June 2015) - [Glover Lane & GSL Nature Center] - 44 species total:  [highlights]:... American White Pelican,...Black-crowned Night-Heron...Forster's Tern...Great Horned Ow... Eastern Kingbird,...Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird...

Lena Hayashi (7 June 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - 25 species total:
    -- Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Eared Grebe, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, Burrowing Owl, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Lark Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Jon Watkins (6 June 2015) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - 15 species total:
    -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo (Western), Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Stephanie Greenwood (6 June 2015) - [Mueller Park Road] - 7 species total:
    -- Cordilleran Flycatcher, American Robin, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lesser Goldfinch

May 2015

Melissa Hardy (31 May 2015) - [Eaglewood Drive, North Salt Lake] - Chukar.

Ken Krahulec (31 May 2015) - [Kays Creek Trail] - Mourning Dove, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch

Shyloh Robinson (30 May 20150 - [Garr Ranch] - 44 species total:
   -- Killdeer, Willet, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Long-eared Owl, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie Pica, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch

Sherree Sheide (30 May 2015) - [Garr Ranch/Antelope Island SP] - Chestnut-sided Warbler. 56 species total.

Suzi Holt (30 May 2015) - [Garr Ranch] - CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at Garr ranch yesterday May 29th, 6:00 pm. Over by the state camp trailer on the South end of the field there are two large trees.

Bryant Olsen (23 May 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Horned Grebe,  Semipalmated Plover. 41 species total.

Daniel Sachse (19 May 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Glossy Ibis. 22 species total.

Kenny Frisch (18 May 2015) - [Antelope Island State Park] - Dunlin, Black Tern.  38 species total.

Bryant Olsen (18 May 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Phalarope, Peregrine Falcon. 46 species total.

Tim Avery (17 Mar 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - 43 species total.
   --
 Lesser Black-backed Gull. 3rd year (no white in wing tips yet); solid dark back, darker than nearby California Gulls; pale pink-gray legs. Purple Martin.

Kendall Watkins (17 May 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - 53 species seen:
   -- 3 American Golden-Plovers: One in full breeding plumage. Two seen just after pay booth, one on either side of the road with Black-bellied Plovers. 3  Ruddy Turnstones: Smaller than Black-bellied Plovers they were with. Rusty red backs and distinctive white and black facial pattern. Decent looks through the scope. Baird's Sandpiper.

Cliff and Lisa Weiss (17 May 2015) - [Antelope Island SP] - Kathleen Cameron just told me she and Poo Wright-Pulliam found a Northern Mockingbird "south below the visitors center on Antelope Island".

Laureen Joseph
(17 May 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - 36 species:
   -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Whimbrel (American), Red Knot, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Western Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin (Northern), Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Shyloh Robinson (12 May 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Bobolink. IIn the tall grass west of egg island. This is the 4th year I ve seen Bobolink in FBWMA during this week of May. (About 3 days early?) Both males. Blackbirds with creamy crowns. Watched through 15-45x65 spotting scope. 72 species total.

Kenny Frisch (2 May 2015) - [Road to Garr Ranch, Antelope Island).
   --  Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Long-billed Curlew, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, PALM WARBLER, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Tana Hunter (1 May 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 36 species total: [highllights]:...Cattle Egret...Swainson's Hawk...Wilson's Snipe...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl...

Apr 2015

Billy Fennimore (26 April 2015) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - DUNLIN.

Taylor Abbott (19 April 2015) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - 18 species total:
   --  American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Cassin's Finch

Chris Rurik (12 April 2015) - [Bountiful Pond] - 34 species total: [highlights]...Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon...American White Pelican...Long-billed Dowitcher, Franklin's Gull, Caspian Tern... Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow...Great-tailed Grackle...

Nicki Davis (13 April 2015) - [Draper] - Cassin's Finch. These birds came in about a week ago and have been coming to the feeders every day since then. I haven't seen them here before.

Ken Krahulec (12 April 2015) - [Weber River Trail] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird

Judy Howell ( 11 April 2015)- [Antelope Island SP] -
   -- Mallard, Chukar, Double-crested Cormorant, American Coot, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie,
American Crow, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

John Taylor (4 April 2015) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - 13 species total:
   -- American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Shyloh Robinson (1 April 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 61 species total: [highlights]..., Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid),... Canvasback... Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe...Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Virginia Rail, Sora...Sandhill Crane...Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit... Lesser Black-backed Gull (continuing)...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl...Savannah Sparrow...Lincoln's Sparrow...Yellow-headed Blackbird...

Mar 2015

John Jackson (15 Mar 2015) - [Antelope Island] - 11 species total:
   --  Chukar, Double-crested Cormorant, Killdeer, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Horned Lark, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Rachel LeBlanc (11 Mar 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 41 species total:
   --  Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, , House Sparrow

Michael Lester (1 Mar 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 37 species total:
   -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull (Kumlien's), Glaucous Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Feb 2015

Jason St. Sauver (28 Feb 2015) - [Antelope Island] - 33 species total: [Highlights]:  -- Snow Goose, Chukar,... Sandhill Crane...Great Horned Owl... Loggerhead Shrike...Hermit Thrush...Gray Catbird... American Tree Sparrow...

Colby Newman (26 Feb 2015) - [Glover Lane & GSL Nature Center] - 20 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Virginia Rail, American Coot, gull sp., Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, SWAMP SPARROW, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch

Shyloh Robinson (17Feb 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 72 species total: [Highlights]:  -- Snow Goose, Cackling Goose... Eared Grebe...American White Pelican...Black-crowned Night-Heron, Golden Eagle (Flyover]...Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's), Virginia Rail, Sora,... Sandhill Crane, American Avocet,... Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe... Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull... Great Horned Owl... Pacific Wren...American Tree Sparrow... SWAMP SPARROW [Audible only],...

Rachel LeBlanc (5 Feb 2015) - [Jensen Nature Park] - 23 species:
    --  Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Great Blue Heron, Sora, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow

Weston Smith (4 Feb 2015) - [Antelope Island] - 28 species total:  [Highlights]: ...Chukar...Eared Grebe...Rough-legged Hawk...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl...Loggerhead Shrike...Gray Catbird...American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow...

Michael San Miguel (2 Feb 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Trumpeter Swan. 25 species seen.

Shyloh Robinson (2 Feb 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 41 species total:
    -- Virginia Rail, Sora, American Pipit, SWAMP SPARROW

Logan Smith (2 Feb 2015) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 100
   -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail.
Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier,
Bald Eagle, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Jan 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 2014

Paul Higgins (31 Dec 2014) - Large flock (100+) American tree Sparrows. Just north of entrance into Nature Conversancy Refuge (500 South 3200 West) Layton, Utah.

Weston Smith (20 Dec 2014) - We found the Greater White-fronted Goose reported by Mike yesterday at Clinton Pond. The bird as well as the four Cackling Geese and 150 Canada Geese were in the field just north of the pond....There were an additional three Greater White-fronted Geese about a mile south of the pond in a field with about 300 Canada geese and one Cackling Goose.

Kendall Watkins(13 Dec 2014) - ... Antelope Island -- Black Scoter south of marina with 4 Long-tailed Ducks (all female) And a Horned Grebe. Prairie Falcon eating goldeneye also west of the marina...Ranch was dead! Best bird there was a Lincoln's Sparrow in the brush pile...Bountiful Pond -- Hooded Merganser, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers...

Shyloh Robinson (12 Dec 2014) - [Farmington WMA] - Long-billed Dowitcher, White-winged Scoter, Greater Yellowlegs

Joel & Kathy Beyer (12 Dec 2014) - This afternoon we found 7 Dunlins on the Antelope Island causeway, about mile marker 4...

Shyloh Robinson (9 Dec 2014) - [Centerville, UT] -  Western Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Bohemian Waxwing, Cedar Waxwing, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Shyloh Robinson (2 Dec 2014) - [Farmington WMA] - Rusty Blackbird, Probable, yet notable. Continuing? The bird stood out from a large flock of mixed blackbirds and starling. They all left the area before I could confirm ID thanks to the heavy feet of a passing jogger. Pretty sure it was a Rusty Blackbird, but not all-the-way sure. Seen at 20 range. Common Redpoll. Possible 2nd flushed. Small finch with small pointy yellow bill, maroon forehead, heavily streaked sides, and light pink breast. Confirmed audibles with playback. Occasional Winter visitor to Davis County. 72 species total: ... Cackling Goose,...Golden Eagle,...Virginia Rail, Sora,...Thayer's Gull,... Harris's Sparrow, ...Rusty Blackbird,... Common Redpoll,...Evening Grosbeak...

Margaret Sloan (2 Dec 2014) - Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a BLACK SCOTER were at the second bridge on the AI Causeway yesterday (12/2).

Nov 2014

Logan Smith (29 Nov 2014) - [Garr Ranch] - Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird

Shyloh Robinson (20 Nov 014) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 46 species:...Canvasback,... SANDERLING, Bonaparte's Gull,...Thayer's Gull,...

Billy Fennimore (20 Nov 2014) - [1700 S 4000 W] - SWAMP SPARROW

Mike Hearell (17 Nov 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] -  Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Loggerhead Shrike

Ryan O'Donnell (15 Nov 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Two Black Scoters with female-type plumage (adult female or immature of unknown sex).  "Both individuals spent most of the time sleeping when we observed them, making identification difficult. Only when they briefly raised their heads to stretch were we able to confidently make the identification."

Joel Beyer (15 Nov 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Little Gull. The Little Gull was flying and feeding along the causeway (mile marker 2 to 3) from 12:30 to 1:30, when we left.

Bryant Olsen (13 Nov 2014) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - 25 species total:
   -- Tundra Swan, ..., White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter,...Rough-legged Hawk, American Avocet... Dunlin,... Lesser Black-backed Gull,...

Shyloh Robinson (3 Nov 2014) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 44 species total:...White-faced Ibis,...Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, STILT SANDPIPER, Bonaparte's Gull,...

Michael Lester (2 Nov 2014) - [Bountiful Pond] - 27 species total:... Red-necked Grebe,... Orange-crowned Warbler,  Wilson's Warbler,... Lincoln's Sparrow, ...

Shyloh Robinson
(1 Nov 2014) - [Legacy Parkway, Centerville/Farmington] - 13 species total:
   -- ..., Merlin (Prairie), Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, ... American Tree Sparrow, ...

Oct 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Hanscom (1 Oct 2014) - [Farmington Bay] - The Nelson's Sparrow was still there when I left at about 4:45, but it only showed itself briefly 3 or 4 times in the three hours I was there. It never did
sit still long enough for me to get a picture. One suggestion: stick your bike in the car. It only took me a few minutes to get to the site, rather than almost an hour to walk. Although I took my mountain bike, a road bike would be fine. The surface is very smooth. [This was about 1.8 miles east of the 4 way intersection at the end of the west dike, in the cattails on the north side of the road.]

Sep 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 2014

Joel Beyer (31 Aug 2014) - OVENBIRD at Garr Ranch, Antelope Island.

Norm Jenson (29 Aug 2014) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - Townsend's Warblers. There are at least 5 or 6. Amazing!

Mike Hearell (28 Aug 2014) - [Black Hills Loop] -  All but the SACRs were seen in the two Russian Olive Trees immediately south of the stacked hay bails, next to Black Hills Farm.
20 species:
   -- Ring-necked Pheasant, Sandhill Crane, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, swallow sp., European Starling 12, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (28 Aug 2014) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

Joel Beyer (3 Aug 2014) - We visited Farmington Bay WMA this morning. A female Wood Duck and 11 young were in the first pond (on right) just after the entrance gate. At Glover Ponds we found a Solitary Sandpiper. Norm Jensen was also seen, but NO Little Blue Heron.
   -- Two more Solitary Sandpipers were at the second bridge (south side) on the Antelope Island Causeway. A female Peregrine was hanging out on the opposite shore. On the south side of the first (No Fishing) bridge an adult Snowy Plover and two very young chicks were foraging along the water's edge. On Antelope Island we saw five Northern Mockingbirds.

Jul 2014

Norm Jenson (23 Jul 2014) - Gail and I discovered a LITTLE BLUE HERON today about 2pm at Farmington Bay- Glover's  Lane Pond. We observed it several different places on the pond it eventually flew east from the Nature Center towards. 1325 W. If you walked the trail from the Nature Center East toward 1325 west you might find it along the canal that runs through there call if you need a better description.

Jun 2014

Cindy Sommerfeld (1 Jun 2014) - Saw some new arrivals today including, Least Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Common Nighthawk and Eastern Kingbird. Our Species total was 61. Here's the list:
   --Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Snipe, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk, Least Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, House Sparrow

May 2014

Shyloh Monster (19 May 2014) - [Farmington Bay] - Big Stay Recap: The number of species was an exciting 105! (Last year was 88, and 92 in 2012.)
   --This year the raptors stole the show and provided many 'oohs' and 'awes' throughout the event. The best action was a pair of Peregrine Falcon simultaneously making kills, and a closeup male Northern Harrier in dazzling display flight. The small falcon fight was stunning as well. I didn't get to see the distant Prairie Falcon and saw one of two displaying Swainson's Hawk. Both Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle made brief appearances....
   --We saw a WHIMBREL for the third year in a row making it the ongoing banner rare bird of the event. Many Sora were calling the entire 24 hours and one flew over the hill at sunrise.... a pair of Great Egret & Cattle Egret. We didn't have to look far to see any wading birds.
   --A pair of Solitary Sandpiper were seen at Glover Ponds (thanks for the tip Paul L.) and at least one Common Tern were the other rare-ish species.... I was happy to see a pair of closeup Wilson's Warbler at dawn.  We had close calls with Black Tern and Red Knot, but they didn't make the list. I also saw a Bobolink before the official start time (for the third year in a row).
   --Finally, we could see my favorite bird, Barn Owl poking it's head out of it's nest box the entire day.

Dennis Shirley (8 May 2014) - This morning about 11:am there was a RUDDY TURNSTONE 300 yards out from the south side of the Causeway near mm #4. It was accompanied by several 100 Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, and at least two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. There's lots of peeps but most are a long way out, so bring a scope if you can.

Joel Beyer (5 May 2014) - [Garr Ranch] - I spaced on reporting this bird yesterday. We saw a Clay-colored Sparrow along the road to Garr Ranch, Antelope Island, Davis Co. It was feeding on the side of the road, just south of the turnoff for Frary Peak. After 30 seconds a stream of cars chased it into the brush, and we were unable to refind it.

Cindy Sommerfeld (2 May 2014) - The shore birds are arriving. Today's list includes, Red Knots, Dunlin, Snowy Plovers,American Golden Plovers and over 600 Black-bellied Plovers. Also, there are still five Surf Scoters around. The island wasn't as interesting as the Causeway. Warning - the bugs are bad. Today's species count was 68. Here's the list [hightlights]: ...Surf Scoter, ...Virginia Rail, ... Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover,...Red Knot, ... Dunlin,... Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl,...Hermit Thrush, ...Northern Mockingbird,... Grasshopper Sparrow...

Apr 2014

Jack Binch (21 Apr 2014) - Bob Huntington and I went up to AIC early and then Bear River MBR later. We did not see anything unusual except two Cattle Egrets just west of the academy on Antelope Drive. Noteworthy and the reason for this report is the number of Eared Grebes we saw. There was an almost endless raft of them quite a ways out west of the second bridge. I would think 1/4 million would not be way off.

Cindy Sommerfeld (11 Apr 2014) - [Antelope Island] - Yeah! Finally Spring birds are slowly starling to appear. Today we saw 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a LEAST SANDPIPER. Also on the Causeway we had 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS. Today's species total was 53.

Norm Jenson (6 Apr 2014) - AIC south side bridge nearest island 2 female Long-tailed Ducks.

Mar 2014

Bryant Olsen (6 Mar 2014) - I drove the back roads from Willard bay to Farmington Bay, looking for flocks of Canada Geese, hoping for a tag along Greater White-fronted. I did not find one, but plenty of Geese. 7 Wood Ducks on the Weber River were a nice surprise though. Then not far from the entrance station to the AIC, I came across a flock of Sandhill Cranes in a pasture, 40 of them, which is my new state high count for a single flock. But the most interesting thing about them was that a few of them at least were super tiny, and appeared to be LESSER Sandhill Cranes, the smaller arctic nesting race of Sandhill Cranes that are more typically found in the great plains during migration. I've seen them by the hundreds of thousand in Nebraska, and they always strike me as tiny and short billed compared to the Greater Sandhills that I am familiar with. This flock appeared to be a mixed flock and the Greaters towered over the diminutive Lessers. I've never seen a Lesser Sandhill Crane in Utah before. Another highlight for the day was a few Brown-headed Cowbirds in a feed lot, you guessed it, riding the backs of the cows. That made for 5 species of Blackbirds in one day, Red-winged, Yellow-headed, Brewer's, GT Grackle and BH Cowbirds. Its been awhile since that happened.

Cindy Sommerfeld (3 Mar 2014) - [Antelope Island] - Today was beautiful on the island. Good weather and Spring coming helps the numbers. It was fun to see an early Chipping Sparrow.
Today's species total was 40: [highlights] ...Sandhill Crane,...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl,...Chipping Sparrow,...Great-tailed Grackle,...

Feb 2014

Ann Neville (18 Feb 2014) - Heard at least 2 Killdeer this morning from my bed (yes I sleep with the window open) this morning around 6:45. I live just west of the Farmington Fair park.

Bernie Sloan (11 Feb 2014) - One of my sons sent me a grainy iPhone photo that he took on his way home north along I-15 from West Jordan towards Bountiful. He was sure they were American White Pelicans, numbering about 50+ birds, by my count from the photo.

Cindy Sommerfeld (98 Feb 2014) - I thought last months survey was slim, this one is even worse. The strong winds didn't help. FYI Garr Ranch is a sheet of ice, even under the trees. Species total: 21. [highlilghts] ... Rough-legged Hawk,... Peregrine Falcon,...Great Horned Owl,...

Bernie Sloan (4 Feb 2014) - Heading south Saturday on Orchard Drive in Bountiful, I saw the most American Crows I've ever seen at one time in Utah. North and south of St. Olaf's Church. Three different flocks...
   --Three times in the past several days a Bald Eagle has been soaring over Salt Lake City, moving in a northerly direction north of 2100 S and State towards downtown. Might have been the same eagle…who knows.

Jan 2014

Bryant Olsen (29 Jan 2014) - FYI, there were quite a few Bald Eagles at Farmington Bay on Wednesday, at least 30. Most were on the ice east of the 4 way,with all the gulls. Not as close or as many as they are when baited, but still OK #. We also had a good bunch at Salt Creek WMA last week, and they were pretty close, just below the gazebo.

Jack Binch (26 Jan 2014) - Bob Huntington and I took a couple of hours late this morning and chased some year birds. Lots of them out there, but they must have had notice we were coming. ... Some Wild Turkeys by Pineview .... On the way home we stopped in Centerville to see the White-winged Dove that Shiloh showed to Bob.

Bill Fennimore (23 Jan 2014) - [Layton] - There is a huge American Crow roost in the trees around Layton City hall and surrounding park. I estimated over 3,000 this week. The crows begin to gather at the roost area about 2 hours before sunset.

Ned Bixler (11 Jan 2014) - [Farmington Bay] - Gulls: western, ring bill, California, Thayer's, Lesser black back, Mew, Herring. Also, Bald eagles, Killdeer, Harrier, Pintail ducks, Avocets, plus others.

Cindy Sommerfeld (10 Jan 2014) - [Antelope Island] - Beautiful day for a bird survey. Too bad the birds didn't show up. It was good to see a Northern Shrike. Today's species total was 26....

Dec 2013

Steve Hannington (30 Dec 2013) -  A Northern Shrike was observed and photographed near Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park on Saturday December 28.

Bryant Olsen (18 Dec 2013) - This morning around 10am I found a SNOW BUNTING mixed in with a small flock of Horned Larks on the Antelope Island Causeway, just a few hundred yards west of the entrance booth. At the 2 bridge mixed in with a few hundred Common Goldeneye was a gorgeous adult male LONG-TAILED DUCK, on the south side. It was very eerie out there in the fog and mostly frozen over lake.

Cindy Sommerfeld (6 Dec 2013) - [Antelope Isdand] - Today was one of our coldest surveys. We started at 5 degrees and warmed up to 16 degrees. At least the sun was shinning most of the time. We did see a Least Sandpiper, a Western Sandpiper, a Dunlin, and an Avocet. It seems late for them. The two Shrikes we saw were both Northern. Our Species total was 49. Here's the list: [other highlights]... Long-tailed Duck,...Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail...Hermit Thrush...American Tree Sparrow...

Nov 2013

Weston Smith (27 Nov 2013) - A Black Scoter at Farmington Bay.

Bryant Olsen (18 Nov 12013) - Saw some good birds today around the GSL. Started off at dawn with the continuing PACIFIC LOON at Lake Park ... Then I went to the AIC, were I found 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at the second bridge. Also there were 2 SURF SCOTERS and the continuing BLACK SCOTER hen and at least 1 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. Nearby in the marina I found an apparent 1st cycle WESTERN GULL?, large very dark overall, with a massive spade shaped all dark bill.

Paul Higgins (18 Nov 2013) - [AIC] - I saw five Snow Buntings at the concrete, rock jetty, rusted culverts, just south of the weather station(only got one quick image). I saw five Long-tailed Ducks at the first bridge north of Antelope Island....

Rich Young (16 Nov 2013) - I just got around to posting my finds at the Antelope Island Causeway on November 10, looking primarily for sea ducks; but I did happen onto the juvenile Sabine’s Gull, along with a Horned Grebe

Delores Freestone (14 Nov 2013) - We saw some GRATER SCAUP (hens) at Farmington Bay this past weekend.

Brenton Reynor (4 Nov 2013) - [AIC] - LONG-TAILED DUCKS south of the second bridge. Behind a raft of scaup. Flying around a lot. Dickson Smith and I are looking at them right now. Scope needed.

Cindy Sommerfeld (1 Nov 2013) - [Antelope Island] - Lovely weather to bird today. We did see the Black Scoter along with 22 Surf Scoters. Our species count was 55 (thanks for a little bit of help from our friends, Kris and Paul). Here's the species list: [highlights]  Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Baird's Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Great Horned Owl, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Tree Swallow, Snow Bunting,..

Oct 2013

Keith Evans (31 Oct 2013) - [South Ogden] - As I read Eric's message about a White-throated Sparrow sighting, I thought some would be interested in an update from my South Ogden yard. A few weeks ago, an adult WTSP spent a few days in my yard (photo attached). Then I didn't see the adult for a few days and two immature WTSPs arrived. I've been seeing them nearly every day for a week.

Dave Hanscom (30 Oct 2013) - [Farmington Bay[ - I went looking one more time for the Little Gull at Farmington Bay, but had no luck... The good news is that I did find Shyloh himself, and he told me he'd just seen a BLACK SCOTER. Indeed, it was right where he said it was, so he saved me a few miles of driving up to AIC. The bird was along the dike that goes south from Egg Island to the four corners where the gates are all closed.

Joel Beyer (27 Oct 2013) - Nineteen (19) SURF SCOTERS at the first bridge on the Antelope Island causeway this morning. Also one Horned Grebe. Nothing happening at Garr Ranch, other than a Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Matthew Pendleton (22 Oct 2013) - Kenny Frisch found a LITTLE GULL at the four way stop in Farmington Bay. He and I are looking at it right now.

Mike Hearell (21 Oct 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Currently 13 SURF SCOTERS at second bridge.

Mike Hearell (10 Oct 2013) - 5 Greater White-fronted Geese just East of Syracuse High School on North side of 700 S.

Cindy Sommerfeld (4 Oct 2013) - Today's survey was cold, cloudy and windy. In spite of that there were some interesting birds. On the causeway a Sabine's Gull was just east of the big bridge. Also we saw two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS among the many Black-bellied Plovers. Three miles south of Garr Ranch we found a female AMERICAN REDSTART. This is an area accessible only by foot. Our species count was 48: ...

Sep 2013

Joel Beyer (29 Sep 2013) -  Flammulated Owl at Garr Ranch this morning. Thanks to Katie for showing us this wonderful bird!

Bryant Olsen (25 Sep 2013) - Today on the Antelope Island Causeway, we found 3! SABINE'S GULLS. 1 on the beach northeast of the monument by the marina,...
    --Earlier at Farmington bay we saw some good birds, including the biggest flock of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS I've ever seen, 50+ in one flock, plus several more smaller groups. This was just west of the 4 way. Also saw 1 COMMON TERN, and lots of other shorebirds. Great looks at a VIRGINIA RAIL too. Also saw several WILSON'S SNIPE, including 2 doing this weird erratic dancing behavior in the mud on the side of the road in the rain, never seen Snipe dance before.

Joel Beyer (22 Sep 2013) - This morning there was a juvenile Sabine's Gull on the Antelope Island Causeway. It was easily seen from the monument parking lot, which is just east of the marina. A Pectoral Sandpiper and 50 Black-bellied Plover were also seen along the causeway.

Kendell Watkins (14 Sep 2013) - My dad and I were just watching a possible RED-EYED VIREO at Garr Ranch. It was in a large tree just north of the house with the hummingbird feeders... Also a possible Philadelphia Vireo. Also of note at the ranch I briefly saw and heard a Bewick's Wren just south of the wood pile, a single Swainson's Thrush, Nashville, Townsend's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Macgilivray's, Orange-crowned, and Virginia's Warblers, many Cassin's Vireos, and Hammond's, Cordilleran, Dusky, Willow, and Gray Flycatchers...

Cindy Sommerfeld (13 Sep 2013) - Saw a Black-and- white Warbler at Garr Ranch today...We also saw a Calliope Hummingbird hanging around the sunflowers on the wood pile.

Bryant Olsen (10 Sep 2013) - Saw 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at Glovers Ponds in Farmington.

Bryant Olsen (10 Sep 2013) - Earlier today, around noon, I saw an Empidonax flycatcher that looked a lot like a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Garr ranch, very yellow like a Cordilleran, but with a very round complete eye-ring...The place was also crawling with Wablers,Vireos, RC Kinglets and Sparrows, including 2 CASSIN'S VIREO,1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER,1 NASHVILLE WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLERS everywhere.

Jack Binch (7 Sep 2013) - Bob Huntington and I went up to Bountiful Peak this morning. Not too many raptors, but a lot of birds...
   --The best part of the trip was the birds just north of the parking lot: Lazuli Bunting, Clark's Nutcrackers, several Townsend's Warblers, lots of Townsend's Solitaires...Macgillivray's Warbler, Mountain Bluebird,...possible Bushtit, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, White-throated Swift, Barn Swallow, Violet-Green Swallow, and Brewer's Sparrow....

Cindy Sommerfeld (6 Sep 2013) - Today the Island was pretty birdie. Just not a wide variety. Species count was 71.  [highlights] ...Virginia Rail, Sora...Baird's Sandpiper...Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk... Cassin's Vireo...Swainson's Thrush... Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler...Lazuli Bunting...

Aug 2013

Ryan O'Connell (29 Aug 2013) - Jay Carlisle, visiting from Idaho, reported to me by phone that the American Golden-Plover is still present at about mile-marker 3 on the Antelope Island Causeway.

Norm Jenson (25 Aug 2013) - We birded Antelope Island this morning, there was not much new on the causeway but there were thousands of Red-necked Phalaropes, and a Peregrine Falcon. At Garr Ranch we ran in to the Sommerfields who we can thank for a Townsend Warbler, in addition we saw Wilsons, Virginia, a Western Tanager. There were a couple of Common Nighthawks flying over by the restrooms and we looked without success for the reported Lark Bunting, we did find the Chipping Sparrows and a Lark Sparrow as well as lots of flycatchers

Stephanie Greenwood (16 Aug 2013) - If you subscribe to eBird needs or rare birds alert, you probably have seen a sighting for a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at the Nature Conservancy's Shorelands Preserve. This bird was found in the north quadrant of the preserve, on private property, not accessible to the public.

Cindy Sommerfeld (2 Aug 2013) - 56 species today. Lots of Phalaropes, Eared Grebes and Avocets. Oh, we did get great looks at the Bobcat on Ladyfinger. Here's today's list:  [highlights] ...Virginia Rail , Snowy Plover...Baird's Sandpiper...Red-necked Phalarope...Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk...Loggerhead Shrike...Northern Mockingbird...Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager...

Jul 2013

Shyloh Robinson (23 Jul 2013) - [Farmington] - Currently watching a GREEN HERON appear and reappear before my eyes. 800 West in Farmington. South of Glovers Lane approximately 1/2 mile. On the creek, 100 yards West of the road. A few Sora can be seen along the edges as well.

Jack Binch (12 Jul 2013) -  [Antelope Island Causeway] - Made a quick trip to the Antelope Island Causeway. I did not have a spotting scope, so I could not ID some of the distant birds. Thousands and thousands of Wilson's Phalaropes, quite a few Least Sandpipers, lots of Willets and American Avocets, the lone Marbled Godwit that has been reported several times, lots of California and Franklin's Gulls, and a few Eared Grebes. The best sighting for me was four Snowy Plovers by the first bridge. Hoards of brine flies and some gooey mud.

Cindy Sommerfeld (7 Jul 2013) - [Antelope Island] - Two birds seemed kind of interesting today.  One was a Semipalmated Plover on the causeway.  It  seems like an early return.   The other was a Long-eared Owl, also on the causeway.  The causeway isn't where we usually find them. There were many Loggerhead Shrikes and Burrowing Owls.  Must have been a successful nesting year. Species count was 57:...

Jun 2013

Dave Hanscom (26 Jun 2013) - [Farmington] - I stopped by Lund Lane in Farmington this morning to see if the Least Flycatcher was still there.  It was, indeed, happily cheebecking in a cottonwood tree.

Mark Thal (18 Jun 2013) - This past weekend I went camping with some friends. I decided to hit the canyon at sunrise Sat morn and meet everyone up the canyon later. It was an awesome morning. For a few hours, I had to put on my coat and cap. I prefer cold to hot, so it was a welcome surprise. On my way up I saw California Quail, Yellow Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Western Tanagers, tons of Lazuli Buntings, Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cordilleran Flycatchers (from afar), Townsend's Solitaire, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Warbling Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Spotted Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Pine Siskin, and few more....I stopped in Bountiful Peak Campground and found it crawling with Cordilleran Flycatchers, Swainson's Thrushes and an Olive-sided Flycatcher. I decided I would pay the fee to see what other little gems would pop up. Waiting for my friends at our meeting spot I walked a bit and got a great look at a Hammond's Flycatcher!  ...The birds I got just sitting in my campsite were Cordilleran Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee (an active nest in my site!), Red-naped Sapsucker, Dusky Flycatcher, Robin, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Stellar's Jay, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird. What a little campsite!! Other notables in my adventures were MacGillivray's Warblers and Brewer's Sparrows (Timberline Subspecies- really cool to hear the difference) up by the radar towers. Also of note...the loop is all the way open now from Farmington to Bountiful.

Mike Hearell (
11 Jun 2013) - Earlier today I stopped by Schick Lane in west Kaysville to see the Bobolinks. Since I unknowingly left my camera at home there was a Bobolink within 10' of the road. Closest one I've seen and no camera. Then on my way to my sons baseball game this evening I stopped by Ogden Bay WMA, once again no camera. All I missed taking pictures of was a lone NEOTROPIC CORMORANT mixed in with approx 25 Double-crested Cormorants and a GLOSSY IBIS standing next to the road right by the entrance. These birds were seen at 7:10 pm this evening.

May 2013

Mike Hearell (29 May 2013) - [Kaysville] - Currently looking at 8 different males and 3 female Bobolinks. This is by and far the most I've ever seen at one location. 2950 W and Schick Lane, West Kaysville

Syloh Robinson
(18 May 2013) - [Farmington] - LEAST FLYCATCHER at Legacy Events Center...

Mike Hearell (17 May 2013) - Bobolinks are back in the exact field I reported them (Davis County) in last year!  2950 West, south of Weaver Lane in Kaysville.

Susan Snyder (14 May 2013) - Trumpeter Swan at Ogden's 21st Street pond.

Bryant Olsen (13 May 2013) - [Antelope Island] - STILT SANDPIPERS,9 of them north of the 5mm AIC... BB PLOVERS were fewer but still present. GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on the road to the ranch, .... at Garr Ranch, nothing unusual however except the continuing NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. GREAT-HORNED OWL chicks at the ranch and the corrals...

David Wheeler (10 May 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Stilt Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitcher, American Golden Plover, Western, Semipalmated, Least, and Baird's Sandpipers, Red Knots, Semipalmated Plovers. 2 Ruddy Turnstones were still there as well.

Mike Hearell
(6 May 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Black Tern.  2 Ruddy Turnstones and 20 Semipalmated Plovers. First bridge.

Norm Jenson (6 May 2013) - [Garr Ranch] - Northern Waterthrush.

Jack Binch (5 May 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Lots of birds today. Black-bellied Plovers by the thousands. Several groups of Red Knots, and lots of peeps, but they were too far out for me to identify. Three Ruddy Turnstones...Semi-palmated Plovers at the first water on the south and a small flock at the first bridge. A large flock of LB Dowitchers at the first bridge...

Apr 2013

Norm Jenson (30 Apr 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - RUDDY TURNSTONE on AIC causeway between mile markers 4 and 5 north side.

Bryant Olsen (30 Apr 2013) - [Garr Ranch] - PAINTED BUNTING at Garr Ranch in the Russian Olives near burnt our brush pile.

Dennis Shirley (27 Apr 2013) - The RED KNOTS reported by Dave Wheeler were still in the same spot on the south side of the AIC today at noon. There were seven and were mixed in with a flock of Black-bellied Plover and one AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. They were south out from the 50mph sign at about mile 5.5.

David Wheeler (27 Apr 2013) - Yesterday evening I found myself near the causeway after a day of birding. I saw two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS north of the first bridge. There were six RED KNOTS south of the road in the first mudflats past the gate, along with many BB PLOVERS.

Mike Hearell (26 Apr 2013) - Blue-winged Teal, Solitary Sandpiper. 1325 W Farmington Bay.

Tana Hunter (26 Apr 2013) - [Farmington] - Two male Horned Grebes at the Buffalo Ranch trail head yesterday.

David Wheeler (25 Apr 2013) - A little after lunch, there were two Semipalmated Plovers on the south side of the Antelope Island Causeway at about mile 3.5.

Dave Hanscom (25 Apr 2013) - Yesterday was causeway day. Bobs MacDougall and Huntington joined me to look for the WW Scoter... Hanging out with a half dozen Black-bellied Plovers on the north side at about mile 5 was a black bellied Dunlin.

Mike Hearell (13 Apr 2013) - Started my day on AIC where the numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Willets are increasing but the highlight was the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, furthest west bridge, south side.

Kendall Watkins (10 Apr 2013)- The two Mountain Plovers were still there at 5:40 when we left. Also on the causeway we saw 3 very close Black-bellied Plovers. One male, an immature molting bird, and a female.

Ned Bixler
(10 Apr 12013) - [Antelope Island] - Doug Mead and I saw the MOUNTAIN PLOVERS at White Rock Bay Campground, Antelope Island. There were several other birders there also.

Norm Jenson (8 Apr 2013) - Watching Long-eared Owls on Antelope Island a Bobcat introduces himself to David Wheeler, later two Peregrine Falcons make the skies over Farmington Bay come alive, the Wood Ducks stayed put.

David Wheeler (3 Apr 2013) - There were two Burrowing Owls directly west of the visitor center on Antelope Island this weekend, due north of where the road straightens out after that sharp turn from the south...

Norm Jenson (1 Apr 2013) - [Antelope Island] - Lincoln Sparrow at Garr Ranch.

Mar 2013

Mark Thal (31 Mar 2013) - [Antelope Island] - What a beautiful day it is today. A billion people at the island today! On the causeway I had a ton of ducks, Avocets, Eared Grebes strung out well over 2 miles, and first of year Long-billed Curlew, Black-necked Stilts, and a WILLET! ...

Dave Hanscom (28 Mar 2013) - Rockport is doing much better. The water level keeps rising, the ice keeps melting, and the ducks are coming back. Today's special treat was a small group of Red-breasted Mergansers. Also the first shore bird of the year up there, a pair of Greater Yellowlegs. And one lone Eared Grebe in winter plumage...

Bryant Olsen (27 Mar 2013) - [GSL Audubon Field Trip] - We saw a lot of birds on today's GSLA field trip to Farmington Bay and Antelope Island. At Farmington bay, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were FOY birds for me. Also of note were more A.W. PELICANS than I can ever remember seeing out there, several very large groups, both on the water and in the air...
   --On the Island 3 L.B. CURLEWS were nice on Bridger beach, BARN and GREAT HORNED OWLS nesting near the corrals, plus a singing SAGE THRASHER. Garr Ranch was pretty quite...1 GREAT HORNED OWL
   --On the way home I swung by Bountiful pond, and got another CASPIAN TERN, and my first OSPREY of 2013. Generally lots of raptors kettling up everywhere, many to high to ID, but birds are moving, in the coming weeks you know it going to go off!

Stephanie Greenwood (24 Mar 2013) - Yesterday I spotted a COMMON TERN at the Bountiful Pond.

Becky Stauffer
(10 Mar 2013) - Sandhill Cranes--seven of them together in a field on the west side of 2200 West about a block south of Gentile Street (about 4 p.m. today). Also a pair in a field about a mile from the end of Gentile Street on the south side of the road.

Paul Higgins (9 Mar 2013) - Cackling Goose (Richardson's), in Syracuse. Also Tundra Swan, Black Island farms, Syracuse, Davis County, Utah.

Bryant Olsen (6 Mar 2013) - Saw some good birds in Davis county today. First, found a lone ROSS'S GOOSE mixed in with Canada Geese at Buffalo ranches pond in Farmington. Also many TUNDRA SWANS and other waterfowl nearby and at Farmington bay. On west Gentile Street in Layton, found a huge flock of TUNDRA SWANS in a corn field west of the curve by the giant pumpkin, probably over 1000 there. One of them had very extensive yellow in the bill, almost reaching the nostrils, possibly a BEWICK'S SWAN. Nearby were 9 SANDHILL CRANES and 5 SNOW GEESE. At Jensen Park there was 1 adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT along with many DC CORMORANTS, plus another ROSS'S GOOSE, along with the usual gang of GT GRACKLES and domestic odd balls.

Norm Jenson
(6 Mar 2013) - [Antelope Island] - Mountain Bluebirds. Park headquarters fence by buffalo corrals.

Carol Gwynn (3 Mar 2013) - As I was heading north on Legacy Parkway at 10:30 a.m. I observed a Tundra Swan standing in a snowmelt pond in the median Legacy Parkway between 500 South Bountiful and Parrish Lane.

Feb 2013

Norm Jensen (25 Feb 2013) - Spring must be near, just saw 17 American Avocets at Farmington Bay.

Joel Beyer (8 Feb 2013) - Driving through the blizzard in Ogden, we made our way to Farmington Bay WMA.  Among the many gulls were 2 Thayer's (adult and 1st winter), the small Western, and a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull.

Rick Fridell (8 Feb 2013) - While in Salt Lake this week, I managed to get in some birding in the afternoons. Farmington Bay WMA ...On Wednesday the highlight were the two remaining Western Gulls along with mostly Herring and a few California and Ring-billed gulls, however, on Thursday I couldn't find either of the Westerns but there was an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and four or five Thayer's Gulls.

Bryant Olsen
(6 Feb 2013) - Birded today around the Great Salt Lake. First good sighting was the 2 WESTERN GULLS at Farmington Bay, an immature and an adult. ...Also saw a 1st cycle immature THAYER'S GULL there.

Bryan Shirley (2 Feb 2013) -  Today on the Utah County Birders Field Trip 5 birders headed North to Farmington Bay... We saw 1 Herring Gull and it was the only gull we saw there all morning. From there we went out 12th street in Ogden to try our luck with the Horned Lark flocks. I thought there were a lot fewer birds than when I was there last month, but we easily located several Snow Buntings (6 total) and 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR. The Longspur was getting quite a bit of color - pure rufous nape and a fair amount of black in the front...

David Wheeler (2 Feb 2013) - ... Norm, Gail, and I went to Farmington Bay WMA, where we almost immediately saw an adult WESTERN GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the ice near the 2nd bridge. Very nice views of those as well. No year birds but a day well spent.

Cindy Sommerfeld
(1 Feb 2013) -  [Antelope Island] - Today's survey was hampered by deep snow. A few of the area's we usually survey were not accessible. At least the sun was shining and the sky was blue. Species total was 35: [highlights:] ...Barrow's Goldeneye... Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl... Loggerhead Shrike...

Jan 2013

Bryant Olsen (30 Jan 2013) - Say some good birds out and about today around Davis and Weber co. Started at Farmington Bay, nothing unusual, but there are a lot of BALD EAGLES and Gulls near a huge pile of dead carp at the second bridge. Probably a good idea to check this spot in the coming weeks for good gulls, only HERRING, RING-BILLED and CALIFORNIA today though. Also saw something I've never seen before, RN PHEASANTS eating dead fish!? Who new Pheasants had a taste for sushi? On west gentile street in Layton, there was a huge mix flock of blackbirds, with an unusually high # of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, at least 50. Sign of coming spring? On to the AIC, which was pretty dead, but I did see 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at the second bridge, and heard a SNOW BUNTING, but couldn't find it as it was probably hunkered down in a bush somewhere in the gale force winds, an adult PEREGRINE FALCON was a nice bonus. On Antelope Island itself, the usual gang of CHUKARS was at the visitor center, along with some RW BLACKBIRDS, but in Bridger Bay Campground I came across a HUGE flock of COMMON REDPOLLS, at least 75 birds!!

Paul Higgins (23 Jan 2013) - BLUE JAY -- East Bench, Bountiful City, Utah (private residence).

Jack Binch (21 Jan 2013) - A Barn Owl cruising the freeway near the Farr West exit started our day.
Bob Huntington and I then went to Powder Mountain to deliver some seed and see the great birds there. Clark's Nutcracker, Steller's Jay, Hairy Woodpecker, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches (lots) and two Black Rosy-Finches.

Keith Evans (11 Jan 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - On Thursday 1/10, Betty and I observed a Red-necked Phalarope and several Least Sandpipers on the north side of the Antelope Island Causeway at the rock spit where the rusted out culvert is (just east of the weather station). It was about 3:00pm during the beginning of a raging snow storm.

Bernie Sloan (11 Jan 2013) - [Bountiful] - This photo was taken by my son's mother-in-law in her driveway in Bountiful. The bird is sitting on top of a car. Where I come from there's only one species of Grouse: Ruffed. But I understand you all have two species: Blue and Ruffed. I'm thinking this one is a Blue Grouse?? [Craig Fosdick identified it as a DUSKY GROUSE.]

Edson Leite (8 Jan 2013) - I went to Antelope island today trying to pic up a few of the goodies reported there lately to add to my good year list start. I was not able go find the LONG TAILED DUCKS, or any SCOTERS. The HARLEQUIN DUCK came swimming to shore as I watched other ducks, and a SNOW BUNTING flew over head at the same time. There were three sets of hunter near the first bridge and the bay north of the Visitors Center where the rare ducks have been reported. I also spotted the BEWICK'S WREN at Lady's Finger point it called alot but never stayed out in the open long enough for a picture...

Mike Hearell (8 Jan 2013) - 22 Bohemian Waxwings mixed in with triple that Cedars. Corner of Huntington Dr and Bountiful Blvd.  Wild Turkeys were one half-mile to the north of there ( Bountiful Ridge Golf Course ).

Norm Jenson
(6 Jan 2013) - Gail and I chased a Sage Sparrow up the Visitor Center Loop Road Friday, but were unable to get a recognizable picture. Today in almost the same spot we were finally successful. This is about 100 yards from the Lady Finger parking lot.

Dennis Shirley (6 Jan 2013) - Alton Thygerson and I birded the AIC and the north end of the island this afternoon. Birds of note included: SNOW BUNTING (1) and BONAPARTE'S GULL (1) at the open water bridge near mile post 1, and LONG-TAILED DUCK (1) and HARLEQUIN DUCK (1) in the bay north of the Visitor Center...

Cindy Sommerfeld
(4 Jan 2013) - [Antelope Island] - It was a cold survey today.  Most of the time the temperature was 7 degrees.  It did warm up to 10 before we left.  Just when I'm thinking the cold might have had an effect on the birds, I looked at last year's survey.  The average temperature last year was in the mid 30's and we only found 32 species.  This years species total was 35.  Go figure. [Hightlights]: ...Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck... Barrow's Goldeneye... Prairie Falcon...American Tree Sparrow...

Dec 2012

Tyler Grant (31 Dec 2012) - I'm in town for the holidays and did some birding. I was surprised to see a single Sharp-tailed Grouse eating rose hips on the side of Glover Lane on the way to the Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area today. I also saw an Ibis (probably white-faced). In the past few weeks I have seen a flock of Bohemian Waxwings 3 times in a tall tree near east Parrish Lane in Centerville.

Brad Stevenson (31 Dec 2012) - [Garr Ranch] - It's a great time of year to see Virginia Rails. They were fighting and chasing one another...odd behavior for this time of year!

Paul Higgins (29 Dec 2012) - Common Grackle, Garr Ranch, Antelope Island.

Mike Hearell (26 Dec 2012) - [Centerville] -  Long-eared Owl at intersection of Parrish Lane and 1250 W..

Bryant Olsen (24 Dec 2012) - This afternoon around 3pm, I saw an apparent 1st winter GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Bountiful pond.

Mike Hearell (22 Dec 2012) -  Birded small portions of Weber, Davis and Salt Lake Counties today with Taylor Abbott. We started around 9:15 am at Ogden Bay WMA in hopes of relocating ( and photographing ) the Swamp Sparrow. No such luck. Jensen Nature Park: Cinnamon Teal, Greater Egret; Bountiful Pond: 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Bryan Shirley (21 Dec 2012) - After I left Antelope Island I went by Bountiful Lake. I could see several hundred gulls on the ice when I pulled in ...  I finally found the White-throated Sparrow that others have reported. By now the gulls were coming back, so I went back and started going through them. Immediately I found the Glaucous Gull (also reported earlier). After a bit more scanning I found a 1st winter Mew Gull. I originally picked it out because it was noticeably smaller than the Ring-billed Gulls surrounding it.

Mike Haerell (20 Dec 2012) - Just leaving the south entrance to Ogden Bay WMA where I relocated the Swamp Sparrow. It really stands out in the sunlight compared with the other birds. I saw the photo take last Saturday during the Ogden CBC, so I knew it was here. It took 3 tries but...

Joel Beyer (16 Dec 2012) - Over 300 Least Sandpipers were along the south side of the Antelope Island Causeway this morning. Surf and White-winged Scoters were at the second bridge. The Common Grackle is still at Garr Ranch, as well as a Pacific Wren.
   -- A Merlin was seen along N. Main St. in Centerville. At Bountiful Lake we found a first winter Glaucous Gull and a female Red-breasted Merganser, along with the previously reported White-throated Sparrow.

Bryant Olsen (10 Dec 2012) - On todays GSL Audubon field trip to the ISSR and south shore of the Great Salt Lake, we found some good birds, including 3 late WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Marina, at the ISSR I briefly saw a distant flock of small passerines in flight ... the only thing I can think of that matches what I saw is SNOW BUNTINGS. Later, we looked in the area I saw them fly towards but found nothing. Also found a NORTHERN SHRIKE and 3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS out there. There were also a ton of raptors around, especially ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, but also a male PRAIRIE MERLIN, a PRAIRIE FALCON, and lots of N. HARRIERS.

Joel Beyer ( 9 Dec 2012) - Today on the Antelope Island causeway we found 2 Baird's Sandpipers near mile marker 5. Near the second bridge were a Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Barrow's Goldeneye, and 4 Long-tailed Ducks (1 male, 3 female). Several Bonaparte's Gulls were still around. A Bewick's Wren was at Ladyfinger Point, and several Am. Tree Sparrows were seen along the road to Garr Ranch...
   --A mixed flock of Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings were seen in Kaysville, and 2 pair of Hooded Mergansers were on the Kaysville Ponds.
   --At the main impoundment at Farmington Bay WMA was a Mute Swan and 4 female Red-breasted Mergansers. From atop Egg Island, we scoped the far marshes and were rewarded with 3 Long-billed Curlew, 2 Least Sandpipers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, and a Spotted Sandpiper.

Mark (7 Dec 2012) - Just walked out of the house go to Farmington Bay, and I heard loud trilling. 50+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the tree across the street with a smattering of CEDAR WAXWINGS. About 7th east and Center St in Kaysville. Awesome!

Stephanie Servoss
- 3 Dec 2012 - [Farmington] -  We have a beautiful, small owl in a hollow in our tree in the backyard. We believe from the picture we took and comparing it to the ones we found on the internet, it is a Western Screech Owl.

Cindy Sommerfield (3 Dec 2012) - Today's weather wasn't too bad for our survey. A few birds managed to withstand the wind. At the bridge closest to the island we had both a Surf and White-winged Scoter. The Harlequin Duck was also seen there by Glenda Cotter and Paul Higgins.

Nov 2012

Paul Lombardi (30 Nov 2012) - [Centerville] - I just notice a flock of Cedar Waxwings in a tree in my neighborhood and after a bit of searching found a single Bohemian WW with the group.

Jason St. Sauver (26 Nov 2012) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - Hello all - just a quick note on a nice Sunday trip of birding on Antelope Island. My friends Susan & Doug and I zipped out across the Causeway and birded the island from early morn til lunch and nabbed nearly 50 spp. on a cool, foggy and grey day. Some interesting highlights. Pacific Wren still at the ranch, chattering away - as well as Virginia Rails, California Quail, Pheasants and a Great Horned Owl.

Ron Walker (14 Nov 2012) - White-winged Scoter at Antelope Island Causeway.

Bryant Olsen (13 Nov 2012) - [Antelope Island] - I re-found the VARIED THRUSH reported by Norm Jensen yesterday at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island. It was in the Russian Olive trees directly above the spring on the north-east side, the ones near the red shed. It was very tame and cooperative. Also near the spring was a 'RED' FOX SPARROW, plus a VIRGINIA RAIL out in the open. Otherwise the ranch was actually pretty quiet; numbers of song birds are way down. Also had a lone flyover GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH on the trail to Frary peak, plus a CANYON WREN. At The bridge by the marina, the HARLEQUIN DUCK continues, along with 4 SURF SCOTER, and 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, plus the usual assortment of diving ducks and grebes. Lots of BONAPARTES GULLS still,and a couple FRANKLIN'S mixed in too. ...Down near the first "no swiming" bridge there were lots of peeps, including several DUNLINS and a BAIRD'S along with lots of LEAST and a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS. 3 late WILLETS too. TUNDRA SWANS flying low right over the causeway was an added bonus.

Norm Jenson (12 Nov 2012) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - VARIED THRUSH. Near pond feeding with spotted towhees.

Joel Beyer (12 Nov 20122) - Barn Owl today at Farmington Bay WMA. We found a COMMON REDPOLL late this afternoon along the edge of Glover Pond at Farmington Bay WMA. It was seen briefly with several American Goldfinches before they all flew off to the north.
   --Earlier today at the AI Causeway, in addition to the birds reported by others, were a Wilson's Phalarope, a Marbled Godwit, an American Golden Plover, 9 Black-bellied Plovers, a Baird's Sandpiper, 8 Willets, 30 White-faced Ibis and 2 Surf Scoters.
 
Ryan O'Donnell (11 Nov 2012) - [Antelope Island] - Yesterday's Bridgerland Audubon Society trip to Antelope Island. Highlights included a Harlequin Duck, 3 Surf Scoters, 500 Least Sandpipers, two Great Horned Owls, a Northern Goshawk, a Sage Sparrow (late), and a Brown-headed Cowbird (late).

Rich Young (9 Nov 2012) - A Trumpeter Swan at Antelope Island Causeway. It was cool to see a swan  between the bridge and the Marina.

David Wheeler (4 Nov 2012) - [Bountiful Pond] - I was able to relocate the Harris's Sparrow found by Stephanie this morning at about 9:30 .... It was actually just west of the little "orchard" (mowed) area south of the pond. There is a little canal bordering the western edge of the "orchard", and a dirt road on the western bank of that.

Norm Jensen (2 Nov 2012) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - We decided to go back to Lee Kay again this afternoon to scan the Wigeons for Eurasians, a bird we missed in the spring. We didn't locate any but can report that the Red-breasted Mergansers were still there and that we finally located the Hood Mergansers that were reported several days ago.

Cindy Sommerfeld (2 Nov 2012) -  Beautiful day for a November survey.  Fewer birds but enough to keep it interesting. Two Surf Scoters and the Harlequin Duck are still present on causeway. Today's species total was 50:...

Norm Jenson (1 Nov 2012) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - the Red-necked Grebe was at the east end of the west pond though we first saw it near the island with the pelicans. Of note inside the gate at the southwest corner of the loop were two Cattle Egrets. Also on the main west pond were what I believe we're Red-breasted Mergansers.

Oct 2012

Bryant Olsen (31 Oct 2012) - [Antelope Island] - Yes, I did see 3 female/immature SURF SCOTERS at the second bridge, along with the HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and an immature BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. Tons of BONAPARTE'S GULL at the 2nd bridge too, but couldn't find anything rare among them. Missed the Lesser Black-backed Gull and Dunlins. I was watching a bunch of peeps (LEAST and a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS) near the first bridge, when suddenly they all spooked, and Paul Higgins pulled up and pointed out a GREAT HORNED OWL on the side of the road.  ... Lots of TUNDRA SWANS in the mudflats north of the AIC..
   --At Jensen park there was a 'MYRTLE' YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER along with the usual gang of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES.
   --At Layton Park I found a TRUMPETER SWAN and a couple WOOD DUCKS...

Norm Jenson (31 Oct 2012) - [Antelope Island]  - ...The day started with a Great Horned Owl on the Causeway followed by a Red-breasted Merganser, and the Harlequin Duck who is quick becoming a regular feature of the Causeway. ....Other highlights included a a Bewick's Wren at the visitor center. It was a wonderful Halloween Day trip and not at all scary.

Joel Beyer (30 Oct 2012) - [Antelope Island] - There were 2 DUNLIN mixed in with the large flock of peeps, about mile marker 5, on the Antelope Island Causeway. The rest were mostly Least Sandpipers, with a few Pectoral, Western, and Baird's.

Joel Beyer (29 Oct 2012) - Adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL seen Sunday at 2nd bridge on the AI Causeway.

Bryant Olsen (25 Oct 2012) - I stopped by Jensen Park on the way out and saw 2 CATTLE EGRETS hanging out with the domestic geese and ducks on the north pond. They looked strange standing in the snow.

Norm Jenson (24 Oct 2012) - The HARLEQUIN DUCK continues at the second bridge the one nearest the island.  Saw an American Golden Plover at the 2.4 mile mark and a Lesser Black-backed Gull at about 2.5 miles both on the North side. ... Also a few Bonaparte Gulls mixed in with the Eared Grebes.

Mike Herrell (16 Oct 2012) - 5 Greater White-fronted Geese mixed in with approx 750 Canada's. Tilled under field SW corner of 1300 N 2000 W, Clinton.

Joel Beyer (14 Oct 2012) - We and the Sommerfelds saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker today on Antelope Island, in an area not accessible to the general public. Other than some flecks of red on the head, the bird was in complete juvenile plumage.

Joel Beyer (8 Oct 2012) - [Antelope Island] - Two birds found yesterday by the Sommerfields at Garr Ranch (Antelope Island SP) were seen again today.  The tan morph White-throated Sparrow was hanging about the brush pile, and eventually made it's way to the spring.  The red (Taiga) subspecies of Fox Sparrow was also found near the spring, along the north fence. A Merlin was seen along the road to the ranch.  On the Causeway were three Least and one Pectoral Sandpiper, a Herring Gull and a Horned Grebe.

Kathy Beyer (1 Oct 2012) -Since no one else reported, thought I'd mention that on Sunday morning a BLACKPOLL WRBLER was seen midstory in the trees near the spring. A visiting birder from New Hampshire found the bird, and a couple others saw it before it flew off.

Sep 2012

Kris Purdy (30 Sep 2012) -The Russian Olives that line the canal south of Bountiful Lake in Davis County were pretty birdy today, hosting both a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a male YELLOW-SHAFTED Northern Flicker, among about 40 species. The White-throated Sparrow was a tan-striped morph and it took a lot of waiting after the initial glimpses of the strong brace pattern and patterned nape, wide tan supercilium and robust look to the nape to confirm that the bird was a White-throated Sparrow...

Norm Jenson (28 Sep 2012) - [Garr Ranch, AIC] - BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER female. The bird is in the tall cottonwoods south of the ponds....We spotted this cool Peregrine Falcon as we were going back across the causeway...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Sep 2012) -  A first winter Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen at Garr Ranch (Antelope Island), in the trees behind the bathrooms. Also at the ranch was a Pacific Wren, and Nashville and Townsend's Warblers.
   --This afternoon we found 3 juvenile White-rumped Sandpipers in a large flock (500) of Western Sandpipers, at approx. mile marker 5 on the Causeway.

John Ruckdeschel (19 Sep 2012) - [Antelope Island Causeway and Garr Ranch] - Birded the Causeway and Garr's Ranch again today.  Massive decreases in gulls (all), grebes, and phalaropes (only 1 seen) from 2 weeks ago.  Leucistic grebe not present today.  Only swallows seen today were barn swallows.  Remainder unremarkable...   --[Causeway] - ...Horned Grebe,...Black-bellied Plover,...Red-necked Phalarope,...

Norm Jenson (17 Sep 2012) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - And to think I drove to Monte Cristo for this bird, a Williamson's Sapsucker, and then saw a second while lost in the mountains east of Springville, and all I needed to do was visit the southwest corner of the picnic area at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island.

Dave Hanscom (15 Sep 2012) - Today was one of those great migration moments on the island and causeway:...  -- female Redstart still at the ranch, but no Ovenbird to be found, despite lots of good eyes on the job   -- female CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at the spring, spotted by Kendall Watkins   -- Red-eyed Vireo at the first clump of Russian Olives south of the ranch, then Blue-headed Vireo near the spring, found by Bob Huntington  -- four owl species (Great-horned, Barn, Long-eared, Short-eared) reported by various people in the trees south of the ranch
   -- as reported by Norman earlier, a couple of American Golden Plovers near mile 5 on the causeway, seen on the way out at about 2:00 pm - couldn't find the Sabine's Gull, tho, or any Sanderlings

Dave Hanscom (14 Sep 2012) - [Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] - We saw a female AMERICAN REDSTART and an OVENBIRD at the spring pond at Garr Ranch, Antelope Island, this morning. They were seen repeatedly over a couple of hours. On the way in, I saw a juvenile SABINE'S GULL one or two tenths of a mile west of mile marker 2 on the causeway. There were scads of Pectoral sandpipers in the mud flats near the gate. I counted 40 with little effort, and I bet I could have found a lot more had I tried. Yes I am THAT lazy. Lovely to spend a morning birding with friends.

John Ruckdeschel  (10 Sep 2012) - [Antelope Island] - After the causeway birded the island itself. On the road to Garr Ranch about a mile from the marina I was scoping the mudflats when a small sparrow flew up and settled on top of a bush. It was a clear cut Clay-colored Sparrow. It had the black/brown streaked back and clear buff underparts. There was a central white streak on the crown, a brown cheek patch, white eye stripe and dark mustache line. At Garr Ranch at the north end of the old one story barn a Merlin flushed...

Cindy Sommerfeld (7 Sep 2012) - [Antelope Island] -  Today's Survey was fun. There were enough birds to keep it interesting. The causeway still has lots of shorebirds. We saw a group of Black-bellied Plovers with an American Golden-Plover mixed in. Also we found a group of nine Pectoral Sandpipers. At the ranch was the find of the day, a Blue-headed Vireo. This is the third year in a row that we've seen a Blue-headed Vireo out at Garr Ranch, about this time of year. Today's species total was 90...


Kris Purdy
(1 Sep 2012) - An Ash-throated Flycatcher was working the trees and scrub along the entrance road to Farmington Bay WMA in Davis County today at about 12:15, about 100 yards south of the maintenance buildings. The bird was an adult molting just about everywhere with odd lengths and colors of feathers that were either coming or going.

Aug 2012

Paul Higgins (31 Aug 2012) -  Common Nighthawk, Warbling Vireo--Antelope Island

Dave Hanscom (30 Aug 2012) - [Antelope Island]  --The ranch was relatively quiet, especially by the spring. Bob Huntington and I were able to find a nice flock of warblers at the first clump of Russian Olives south of the ranch house - Yellow, Nashville, McGilivray's, and Northern Waterthrush. Bob also got a Cassin's Vireo, but I missed it, and I flushed a Northern Mockingbird that he didn't see.

Bryant Olsen
(29 Aug 2012) - On today's GSL Audubon Field Trip to Farmington Bay and Antelope Island, myself, Ned Bixler, Pat Jividen and Mike Corrigan saw a PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER in non-breeding/juvenile plumage on the Antelope Island Causeway between mile marker 5 and 6,about 200 yards out on the south side. It was obviously a Pluvialis plover, with a thin bill and strong supercillium, and a very rich golden-rufus-brown color and a pale belly.
   --Other good birds seen on field trip included several flocks of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on the AIC, at Garr ranch were lots of warblers and flycatchers, including several NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and earlier at Farmington Bay, the best birds were numerous BLACK TERNS, and a couple COMMON TERNS, plus the other abundant expected species.

David Wheeler (26 Aug 2012) - [Farmington Bay] - There were at least three Stilt sandpipers in the first pond on the east side of the road near the north entrance to Farmington Bay WMA at 4:30 to 5pm yesterday [Friday]...

David Wheeler
(26 Aug 2012) - [Antelope Island] - On the Causeway, there were still some Marbled Godwits, Black-bellied plovers, and LB curlews, along with RN phalaropes and about five other species of shorebirds...
   --At Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, I learned the benefits of just sitting still in one spot. If it is a good spot, like the spring marsh, patience can be your friend. I saw 2 Nashville warblers, several Wilson's, one male Townsend's, a juvenile Common yellowthroat, one male Yellow warbler, several Orange-crowneds, one YB chat, several MacGillivray's, and three Vireos.

Cindy Sommerfeld (25 Aug 2012) -  Thanks to Deedee O'Brien for hosting today's field trip. About twenty-five people came to enjoy birding behind the gates at Farmington Bay. Our species count was 55. We were greeted by a Neotropic Cormorant sitting on one of the horizontal rods, at the Great Blue rookery. To our delight we saw many Black Terns in various stages of plumage, frequently dipping across the surface of the ponds. Our biggest surprise of the day was a lone Snow Goose. (A little out of season?) We lost count of all the Night-Herons that flew out of the trees lining the east side road. Also, we had a Barn Owl fly out of those trees. Most the shore birds we observed were seen on the east side pond just inside the main entrance. As Steve and I were leaving we decided to look at that pond one last time, Steve found two Stilt Sandpipers. Always fun to see...

Jeff Bilsky (19 Aug 2012) - [Antelope Island] - On a call from the bullpen by Carl, I led the Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip to Antelope Island today...The highlights I thought were the BURROWING OWL that was sitting on a sage about 15 feet off the road for great looks and a NASHVILLE and TOWNSEND'S WARBLER at the ranch - both of which also gave solid views...

Jul 2012

Cindy Sommerfeld (8 Jul 2012) -  July is never the birdiest month and today's survey supported that. We did see a Sharp-tailed Grouse run across the road on our way to the ranch. We also saw a Blue Grosbeak in a gated area. Nothing else too unexpected. Species count was 52: [some other highlights:]...Black-crowned Night-Heron,...Marbled Godwit,...Burrowing Owl, Long-eared Owl,...Grasshopper Sparrow,...

Carol Gwynne (24 Jul 2012)- There were hundreds of shorebirds at about mm 5.8 on the Antelope Island Causeway today at about 2 p.m.. In the groups that were close enough to scope, there were lots of Western Sandpipers, a few Wilson's Phalaropes, some Lesser Yellowlegs, a Black-bellied Plover, and a few Long-billed Dowitchers.

Jun 2012

Jason St Sauver (11 Jun 2012) - After a lovely loop around the rest of Fort Buenaventura, headed out to Antelope Is. Causeway was good - the usuals...but even better, was a Blue Grosbeak eating some of the old sunflower seeds in the grasslands on the road down to the ranch...Several singing Savannah, Grasshopper and Brewer's Sparrows along the road as well as Sage Thrashers.
   --Also - down at Garr Ranch there was a napping Common Nighthawk in plain sight. Sometimes they use same spots each day... The nighthawk was napping right there looking like an extra large tree-knot. There was also an Ash-throated Flycatcher above the picnic area at the ranch.

Cindy Sommerfeld (1 Jun 2012) - [Antelope Island] - It was a beautiful day to be out. Migration has started to slow. Best bird of the day had to be an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, singing in the trees above the ranch house at Garr Ranch. Today's species total was 69...

May 2012

Norm Jenson (30 May 2012) - We birded Farmington Bay today with the Salt Lake Audubon, thanks Bryant and Deedee, lots of great looks at good birds, nothing too unusual, though a couple of Blue-winged Teals are always a nice find...

Edson Leite (29 May 2012) - [Garr Ranch] - Beth and I spent most of the afternoon at Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island... [The park guy] mentioned he saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak earlier that morning, at the end of the spring near the cattails and russian olives. We were there looking for it for a just a couple of minutes when if flew out of the ground and to the tree in front of us allowing for great looks, it is a male looks pretty weak though. The female American Redstart was in the cottonwoods doing its rounds with a Wilson's Warbler.

Joel Beyer (27 May 2012) - An adult male Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen around the spring area today about noon

Pat Jividen (15 May 2012) - [Antelope Island] - Ned Bixler, Doug Mead and I had a great day at the causeway. We were there for 31/2 hours and hated to leave. Doug picked up 4 life birds and Pat 1.
We saw about seven Ruddy Turnstones at about mile marker 6 about 150 yards out but great looks width the scope...  -- [Buffalo Ranch Ponds] - We also stopped by here. Neotropic Cormorant, ... Black-crowned Night Heron, Franklin's Gull, Brewer's sparrow, a few ducks

Keeli Marvel (11 May 2012) - Ten Utah County Birders met this morning for a field trip to Antelope
Is. Causeway and Garr Ranch. Highlights of the trip included:  --Four or so AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER interspersed with the hundreds of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, a couple of SNOWY PLOVER and a couple of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, a few dozen peeps (most IDd as WESTERN SANDPIPERS) and several RED KNOTS all between miles 5 and 6 on the mud flats on the north side of the road.  --A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SAY'S PHOEBE, BARN OWL fledglings, and a WILSON'S WARBLER at Garr Ranch   --A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on the way to Garr Ranch

Cindy Sommerfeld (6 May 2012) - [Antelope Island] -... Paul Higgins accompanied Steve and I to try once again to complete our May Antelope Island Survey...The temperature and wind kept the bugs to a minimum.  --On the Causeway we were excited to find 26 Red Knots. --On the Island were were privileged to watch a Short-eared Owl chase a Red-tailed Hawk in an aeronautic battle. After a bit the Red-tail gave up. --On the road to the ranch we watched 5 Swainson's Hawks soaring together. They weren't in much of a hurry because we found them still lazily soaring together, on our way back from the ranch. --At Garr Ranch we found 2 Green-tailed Towees.
65 was today's species total...

Bryant Olsen (2 May 2012) - Yesterday I spent the night on Antelope Island, and saw many good birds on the way there and back. First stop was at Farmington Bay, where I saw my first YELLOW WARBLER of the year, plus 9 WOOD DUCKS, both along Farmington creek near the nature center,and 100's of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. "
   --Then on the AIC: First good bird was an apparent AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER (maybe the same one that's been around for awhile) mixed in with the hundreds of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS... Also on the AIC were several RED KNOTS, and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and later, 2 DUNLIN, and 20 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS (all 4 were lifers!). Also lots of MARBLED GODWITS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS,1 SANDERLING, and some WILSON'S PHALAROPE, plus at the first bridge 100 or so BONAPARTE'S GULLS....Near Bridger Bay campground I had a BURROWING OWL, and saw my foy SNOWY PLOVER on the beach (making it a 5 plover day!). In the morning a SHORT-EARDED OWL was flying around, making it a 5 owl trip including the BARN, GREAT HORNED, and LONG-EARED OWLS I saw elsewhere. In the morning the number of shorebirds on the causeway was way down from the day before, maybe the PEREGRINE FALCON hanging around has something to do with that (bad falcon!).
   --Stopped at Buffalo Ranches pond on the way home, and saw 1 NEOTROPIC CORMORANT plus a HORNED GREBE in breeding plumage and heard a SORA nearby....

Apr 2012

Craig Fosdick (30 Apr 2012) - On Saturday's eBird alert digest, there was a record of an Upland Sandpiper from Antelope Island.

Kris Purdy (26 Apr 2012) - Two DUNLINs were using the far grassy edge north of Antelope Island Causeway at about mile 6.1 this evening at around 6:15.    --A probable GLOSSY IBIS was foraging in the grass north of the causeway at about mile 6.4...

Bryant Olsen (25 Apr 2012) - Today was a phenomenal day of birding at the Great Salt Lake. We started off at Farmington Bay, where I gained 5 FOYs. WILSON'S SNIPE (doing display dive winnowing right above us),4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 GREATER SCAUP,30+ MARBLED GODWITS, ...: 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER,1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE ... many BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 80 WILSON'S PHALAROPES,2 LONG-EARED OWLS, plus GRASSHOPPER and LARK SPARROWS...

Kris Purdy (25 Apr 2012) - Eleven RED KNOTS were mixed with a flock of Black-bellied Plovers south of mile 6.4 at Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County this afternoon at about 3:30 pm...
   --The four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS continue south of the big bridge near the marina...

Norm Jenson (23 Apr 2012) - Antelope Island - road to Garr Ranch:  Lark Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow.

Norm Jenson (20 Apr 2012) - [AIC] - 2 DUNLINS in breeding plumage 6 mile marker cavorting with Black-bellied Plovers. David Wheeler asked that we send in report.

Kris Purdy
(9 Apr 2012)- There was a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT on Egg Island north of Antelope Island in Davis County today, four scoters south of the big bridge near the marina including at least two WHITE-WINGED, and three BARROW’S GOLDENEYE there as well.

Mar 2012

Bryant Olsen (20 Mar 2012) - I saw 1 NEOTROPIC CORMORANT adult at Buffalo Ranches pond near Farmington Bay today around 2pm. Small size,white corners on gape apparent. Highlights included thousands of TREE SWALLOW west of egg island,and I did pick out a couple VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS (my favorite)... As I was leaving, I heard a bird in flight coming in, and looked up to see a cormorant. My first impression was that it was rather small, and when it landed I saw the white in the gape, making it a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT! As I was looking at the cormorant, a HORNED GREBE in breeding plumage popped up right in front of it, nice...

Kenny Frisch (17 Mar 2012) - [Farmington Bay] - The ponds on the east side of the entrance road held a lot of waterfowl, among them about 9 Cinnamon Teal. Shorebirds included 7 American Avocets which was the first time I've ever seen them in their gorgeous breeding plumage and some Killdeer. Up on hill which is the end of the road now provided viewing of large flocks over over 100 American White Pelicans and over 100 Tree Swallows. Flying with the Tree Swallows I found 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow but there were probably more mixed in that I missed..

Cindy Sommerfeld (9 Mar 2012) - It felt like spring as we started across the Causeway this morning. That feeling was reinforced when Steve spotted a LONG-BILLED CURLEW just a few hundred yards west of the pay station. (on the south side)  I heard SANDHILL CRANES and many flocks of PELICANS took turns soaring over the Island. The Causeway and the Island were pretty birdie. But Garr Ranch was silent.

Mia McPherson (2 Mar 2012) -  Long-tailed Duck on the AI Causeway. Second bridge, north side of antelope causeway, 1 mile marker, 10 minutes ago.

Feb 2012

Paul Lombard (17 Feb 2012) - A pair of Wood Ducks were seen about noon today on the first pond on the left going into the Bay [Farmington Bay]. Finally, the numbers of bald eagles are increasing there. Good birding to everyone.

Norm Jenson (14 Fb 2012) - [AIC] - White-winged Scoter. Second bridge, the one nearest the island, south side of the road. Also a Double-crested Cormorant  reported by Shyloh and others at the Jensen Nature Park [Syracuse].

Bryant Olsen (13 Feb 2012) - After reading the reports of Mew Gull and G. White-fronted Goose at Farmington Bay, I twitched, and found myself there this morning. I struck out on both birds, but I did see some interesting things, including 3 soaring AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, at the 4 way, and 12 WHITE-FACED IBIS and 2 GREAT EGRETS near the were the road turns sharply to the west.

Kris Purdy (10 Feb 2012) - I  went to Farmington Bay yesterday and beheld Gimpy, the Western Gull, amid the many Ring-billed, California and Herring Gulls, but I had to look at something...

Dave Hanscom (8 Feb 2012) - After reading reports sent in last week by Bryant and Jeff, I decided to make the rounds in Davis County yesterday morning. Here are highlights:
   - Farmington Bay - The Barn Owl was in his box by the heron rookery, and a big flock of Night Herons was still hanging out west of the first bridge.
   - Kaysville Ponds - ... The Hooded Mergansers were back on the lower pond, along with a big flock of Canada Geese that included several Cackling Geese. The white bird on the upper pond turned out to be what I think is a Snow Goose, although I couldn't see any black on the wings, and it was quite large.
   - Gentile Street - My usual route to the island these days is to go through Layton and out Gentile Street to see if I can find any unusual sparrows. No luck on that yesterday, but a Cowbird was a new one for me this year. Woopie!
   - AIC - The bay south of the causeway is starting to melt, so there are quite a few ducks there now. The only interesting ones I saw were at the last bridge, where a Horned Grebe, Redheads, and Common Goldeneyes were hanging out.
   - AIC - As I was leaving the island, I stopped to see what a couple of photographers were so intently watching and photographing. Turned out to be a Prairie Falcon perched on one of the cement structures along the south side of the road...

Jan 2012

Bryant Olsen (25 Jan 2012) - We found some interesting birds on today's Great salt Lake Audubon field trip to Farmington bay. Started of with the BARN OWL in the nest box at the Heron rookery. Then on egg island we found a PRAIRIE MERLIN. In a rose bush near the base of egg island we found a group of sparrows that included a few AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and one SAVANNAH SPARROW... we saw the PRAIRIE FALCON had come back to roost on the heron rookery. I swung by Lee Kay ponds on the way home, and not a single gull was on the ponds, just a few loners flying around, but I did see 7 HOODED MERGANSERS, a new county bird for me.

Jerry Liguori (25 Jan 2012) - Crazy thing....saw a Turkey Vulture today at Antelope Island. Pretty odd for January.

Kenny Frisch (24 Jan 2012) - Today I birded in the evening at Farmington Bay...there was a flock of 264 Tundra Swans which called the whole time there providing a nice background noise to my evening. Around 5:45 pm, I had views of 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Barn Owl hunting, with the Barn Owl giving me my first good looks at this species (instead of seeing one flying in front of my car's headlights) .

Clay and Cliftia Johnson (15 Jan 2012) - We drove the Antelope Island causeway and over to the ranch entrance early Saturday morning, and again late Saturday afternoon...Gulls were conspicuously sparse, but we did see, near the beginning of the causeway in the morning, what I think was a Glaucous gull (I didn’t really get a good look, and are more gullible than gull expert); and in the afternoon on the north side near the beginning of the causeway, a MEW GULL.

David Wheeler
(4 Jan 2012) - Today I drove out over lunch and did a quick scan of the gulls on the south pond, where everyone has been reporting a variety of winter gulls of late.  I saw 2 immature Glaucous gulls, 1 adult Lesser black-backed gull, and 2 Great egrets amongst them.  I met Carl there and I think he said he saw that small, pink-legged, dark-mantled mystery gull that people can't seem to key out.  It was nice to have someone to share the view. 

David Wheeler (3 Jan 2012) - As Bryant mentioned, many of the winter gulls reported by Norman earlier were still at Farmington Bay on the 1st, including at least one WESTERN GULL, many HERRING GULLS, some THAYER'S GULLS, and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Norm Jenson (3 Jan 2010) - Glaucous Gull. Farmington Bay WMA.

Dec 2011

Kris Purdy (31 Dec 2011) - My Antelope Island CBC team enjoyed an adult HARRIS’S SPARROW on 4000W. in Syracuse, Davis County, a few car lengths south of the intersection with Antelope Drive...

Bryant Olsen (28 Dec 2011) - Todays GSL Audubon field trip to Farmington Bay turned up some good birds. First was a GREAT EGRET at the pond to the left of where the road turns right. At the second bridge was an adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, then one to the end of the west dike,where a large flock of gulls were feeding about 100 yards or so to the south.. First good gull among them was a 3rd winter immature WESTERN GULL, then an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL turned up, and there were several possible adult THAYER'S GULLS, based on the dark eye. Then we went on to Jensen Park in Syracuse, where we found 27 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, but no cackling geese, then on to the AIC, which was deader than I have never seen it although 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at the 2nd bridge, plus many Kestrels everywhere. Back at Farmington Bay as I was leaving I heard the woow of TUNDRA SWANS, and saw at least 100 in flight over unit 1 to the south,..

Kris Purdy (26 Dec 2011) - I birded in Syracuse and unincorporated Davis County today in the slice of the Antelope Island CBC circle that falls on the mainland. ...A CACKLING GOOSE and at least one CINNAMON TEAL at Jensen Nature Park in Syracuse off Bluff Road. The Cackler was small and stubby with a steep forehead and a cute look, and while I don’t think it was a minima subspecies, I’m not quite sure which one it was until I do some follow-up study...A Prairie Falcon on the cell phone tower at the Syracuse Equestrian Park. A Great Horned Owl in the rafters of an open hay storage facility on the west side of 4000W. just south of Antelope Drive...

Lauire Letz (9 Dec 2011) - [Bountiful] Much to my amazement and delight, a Peregrine Falcon made 5 passes over my house, trying to get under a piece of tar paper we have hanging down on our unfinished entryway....

Bryant Olsen (6 Dec 2011) - ...I went to Ogden Bay WFMA, where I saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE, then Howard Slough WFMA,...

Paul Higgins (5 Dec 2011) - Snowy Owl reported by Earl Nelson on the Antelope Island Causeway.

Kris Purdy (4 Dec 2011) - There were fourteen Hooded Mergansers at Kaysville Ponds this afternoon around 2; looked like an even split between drakes and hens...

Bryant Olsen (3 Dec 2011) - Took a quick trip to the AIC (Antelope Island Causeway) this morning in the bitter cold wind....at the 1st bridge. 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and a SURF SCOTER at 2nd bridge. 1 BONAPARTE'S GULL...

Cindy Sommerfeld (2 Dec 2011) - December Antelope Island Survey - We had 49 Species. Last year we only had 34. We did have one surprise, a Least Sandpiper, hanging out with a group of Killdeer. Seen: [highlights]  Ross's Goose...Tundra Swan...Surf Scoter...Horned Grebe...Virginia Rail...American Avocet...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl...Horned Lark, Rock Wren..., American Tree Sparrow...

Nov 2011

Bryant Olsen (30 Nov 2011) - Today's GSL Audubon field trip to Farmington Bay ended up with 35 species. Highlight for me were a few brief glimpses of a VIRGINA'S RAIL on the end of the west dike at the "T" intersection area, plus some AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS near the eagle trees. Also lots of late WF IBIS still around, I think we saw something like 30. 3 BALD EAGLE were a clue winter is coming though.
   -- After the Bay I headed up to the AIC and Garr ranch on Antelope Island...On the island,1 NORTHERN SHRIKE on the way to Garr ranch was nice, also 2 PRAIRIE FALCONS. The little lost immature ROSS'S GOOSE was still hanging out with the domestic fowl at the ranch...

Paul Higgins
(26 Nov2011) - EJ Raynor found a Common Redpoll at Garr Ranch on Friday 11/25.

Robert Mortensen (25 Nov 2011) - There is a Ross's Goose just outside the Garr Ranch chicken coop.

Paul Barrus (24 Nov 2011) - Took my kids to Antelope Island yesterday... The 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were still there at the first bridge. ... There was 1 BLACK SCOTER at the Marina Bridge on the south side and the 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were also there about 2pm. There was a lone HORNED GREBE in the Marina with some Eared Grebe, which is always a treat to see.

Kris Purdy (23 Nov 2011) - Paul Higgins just called (9:15 a.m., Wednesday) with a report of 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in a flock of Canadas in a cornfield near the intersection of Hill Field Road and 3100 West, Davis County. I think that would mean use I-15 exit 331 for Hill Field Road. A dozen GWFG at one location in Northern Utah is a pretty good number!

Ryan O'Donnell (19 Nov 2011) - Drove the Antelope Island Causeway. The three HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue at the first, "No Swimming," bridge. The best bird of the day, in my opinion, was a RED PHALAROPE at the same location.

Norman Jenson (7 Nov 2011) - A Long-billed Curlew on the Causeway.

Joel Beyer (6 Nov 2011) - Late this afternoon Kathy and I found a juvenile HUDSONIAN GODWIT at Farmington Bay WMA. It was located along the west dike, about 100 yards south of the 'owl' (2nd) bridge, in the large pond to the west...

Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld (4 Nov 2011) [Antelope Island] ...On the island we were happy to find the Bewick's Wren we haven't seen for months. And first sighting for this winter we saw a Northern Shrike and a Rough-legged Hawk. Along the Causeway we counted 14 Surf Scoters. Just one male, in full breeding plumage, beautiful bird. Also, we had a flyby Long-tailed Duck.

Norman Jenson
(4 Nov 2011) - When we left this morning to go birding Gail said, "Antelope Island again." "It's my favorite spot to bird." I said, "it's always good and sometimes great."  ... We first checked at the first No swimming bridge and found the male Harlequin Duck...we saw three Surf Scoters total as well as the two White-winged Scoters. The Black Scoter was the frosting on the cake...

Oct 2011

Bryant Olsen (26 Oct 2011) - Today's Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip to Farminton Bay and Antelope Island was nice, despite the cold wind...On the AIC we found the 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at the first bridge, and got good looks at the moulting male. Then about half way between the first and second bridge on the south were 4 SURF SCOTERS! ...It was very challenging sorting through the thousands of RUDDY DUCKS and LESSER SCAUPS on the south side looking for scoters ...  Also we got good looks at an immature PRAIRIE FALCON in a tif with a NORTHERN HARRIER at Ladyfinger. On the way back from the ranch I did see my first of season ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK too, an immature, hovering over the road, and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.

Joel Beyer (23 Oct 2011)  - 2 SURF SCOTERS were at the second bridge (south side) on the Antelope Island Causeway. Both Harlequin Ducks were at the No Fishing bridge, and a couple of Horned Grebes were also seen.

Joel Beyer (10 Oct 2011) - Around noon today at Garr Ranch (Antelope Island State Park) we found a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. It was foraging with a Warbling Vireo, and moved from the edge of the woods to the pond before disappearing...One Stilt Sandpiper and a few Long-billed Dowitchers were still present on the Causeway early this morning, until a Peregrine Falcon swooped in and sent them to the far reaches of the marshes...

Edson Leite (9 Oct 2011) - No luck on the Phalarope, but on my way out from Antelope Island I spotted some Stilt Sandpipers on the north side of the causeway about mile marker 5.5

Cindy Sommerfeld (7 Oct 2011) - Continuing Harlequin Duck and Varied Thrush. RED PHALAROPE on Causeway. (between mm 1 and 2. 1st winter White-throated Sparrow at Garr ranch.

Jason St. Sauver (3 Oct 2011) - Took a trip out across the Antelope Is Causeway today - and to Garr Ranch. Harlequin female - still in same spot. Varied Thrush - still enjoying the shade and fresh waters at Garr Ranch. Also found a nice Northern Waterthrush enjoying the spring as well...

Joel Beyer (2 Oct 2011) - In spite of Tim's dire warning of the Harlequin Duck's imminent demise, it continued today in blissful ignorance at the No Fishing bridge. (It brings back memories of the female Harlequin that often hung out at the same spot during the winters of 1993 thru 1997.) A Horned Grebe was also seen at the bridge.
   --Garr Ranch was alive with migrants, including a Varied Thrush and a Red-eyed Vireo. Other migrants were Townsend's, Nashville, Orange-crowned and MacGillivray's Warblers, Warbling and Cassin's Vireos, House Wren, Gray Catbird, two Turkey Vultures (sitting on the fence in the SE corner), Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a flock of at least 50 Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warblers.

Stephen T Carlisle (1 Oct 2011) - The Harlequin Duck was still at the first bridge, on the same rock, on the Antelope Island Causeway this morning and at 12:00...

Sep 2011

Kris Purdy (30 Sep 2011) - If you visit Antelope Island Causeway and get bored looking at the Harlequin Duck at the No Swimming bridge, look for Horned Grebes. There was one amid the Eared Grebes swimming in the channel near the rock the Harlequin favors; it’s about 50-75 feet north of the bridge.

Bryant Olsen (28 Sep 2011) - Today (09-28-11) on our Great Salt Lake Audubon monthly field trip to Farmington Bay and Antelope Island, My self and Norman and Gail Jensen found a female/juvenile HARLEQUIN DUCK at the first "no swimming" bridge.  Other good birds seen on Antelope Island were 30 SANDERLINGS on the causeway near mile post 3, plus a lots and lots of RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER at Garr ranch...

Paul Higgins (18 Sep 2011) - Pacific Wren, Antelope Island, Garr Ranch.  "Skulky little guy." Blue-headed Vireo (East of the Spring).

Steve Coleman (17 Sep 2011) - I went out to Antelope Island today on the Causeway nothing out of the ordinary.... On the way to the Ranch there was a large group at least 100 American White Pelicans sitting out on the lake. At the Ranch there were a lot of Wilson's Warblers, I saw one Nashville Warbler, two American Redstarts, a male and female, several Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and small Flycatchers.

Bryan Shirley (16 Sep 2011) - This afternoon on the causeway there were a bazillion Red-necked Phalarope. Maybe more like 10-20k...but who's counting? Also 27 SANDERLING about mile post 4.

David Wheeler (9 Sep 2011) - Mojo and I went to Antelope Island. There were few passerine migrants overall, but Garr Ranch was crawling with TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (I'd estimate 15-20), with three Wilson's Warblers, one MacGillivray's, and one CASSIN's VIREO (no Plumbeous, oddly). There were 10,000s of both Franklin's gulls and Red-necked phalaropes along the causeway and island beaches, along with one Long-billed curlew, three WILLETS and one BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (that I noted, anyway...), and a few distant Least sandpipers.

Norm Jenson (5 Sep 2011) - Gail and I birded Antelope Island this morning... Garr Ranch continues to be pretty dead, though better than the last time we we're there, here's todays list: ...Virginia Rail... AMERICAN REDSTART...

Aug 2011

Joel Beyer (23 Aug 2011) - Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park was extremely quite today,
with a total of 20 species, and maybe 100 birds in all. Fortunately, this included a female American Redstart and a Least Flycatcher. Both were seen at the spring pond....

Oliver Hansen (16 Aug 2011) - Saturday morning at about 8:30 am, several Utah Co. and Salt Lake Co. birders met at the Antelope Island entrance gate for what turned out to be a beautiful summer morning field trip... Nothing out of the ordinary, although several people were able to see some Red-necked Phalaropes for the first time... We then spent about 45 minutes near a few miles down the road to Garr ranch and got some great looks at Grasshopper Sparrows and a few Blue Grosbeaks...

Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Aug 2011) - [Antelope Island] - The causeway was craziness. Birds everywhere, thousands of birds. Not a great variety in species, but lots to count. One fun note, we counted 26 Grasshopper Sparrows. That's the largest number of Grasshopper Sparrows we've ever recorded.

Jul 2011

Tony Jones (19 Jul 2011) - To my astonishment, after a three week hiatus, the DICKCISSEL began to call again behind my house. I heard him and then looked over my fence and sure enough he was there. Then all of a sudden he flew and along his side was another bird, same shape and wing shape and color. I think he actually found a mate! I am not positive that it was another but sure looked like it. Maybe he was tending to a nest the past three weeks of disappearance.

Paul Higgins (19 Jul 2011) - Last Sunday morning was outstanding for juvenile Grasshopper Sparrows. Several were testing out their lungs from the top of brush and the log fence around the spring, near the Mulberries. (1/2 mile north of the ranch).

Joel Beyer (3 Jul 2011) - We saw a probable WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER today at the Buffalo Ranch pond in Farmington (Davis Co.).  I only say probable because we never saw it sitting.  However, it flew around us 3 times, and the white rump was unmistakable, as were the dark legs, white supercilium, long wings and dark streaking on the upper breast.  It was a little larger than the Barn Swallows also circling above, and it had a sharp high-pitched call note.  It flew up from the marshy/watery area north of the pond, and returned to the same area (out of sight before and after). 

Robert Mortensen (1 Jul 2011) - Zeke Watkins spent all day in Farmington with a few other birders stopping in. He says the DICKCISSEL was sighted at 12:45pm, but he only heard it. He hung out there until just minutes ago when he heard it singing then saw it fly to the neighbors roof.

Jun 2011

Bryant Olsen (29 Jun 2011) - Here is the checklists of today's Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip to Farmington Bay. We started off looking for the Dickcissel, but he wasn't singing at around 8:00 and we couldn't locate him, so we headed over for a short walk out to the nearby Buffalo Ranch pond, were the best birds were a WILSON'S SNIPE, CASPIAN and FORSTER'S TERNS, and a good look at a COMMON YELLOWTROAT. Then, everyone still had the DICKCISSEL on their mind,so we headed back, and just as we pulled up we could hear him singing, and found him shortly thereafter. Then we went over to the road behind the church and found both the male and female BLUE GROSBEAKS. Sometimes perseverance pays off. Then off to the GSL Nature Center, and went for a short walk, and found a couple EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and heard a VIRGINIA'S RAIL and a SORA call nearby. Later we found a GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE and 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL...

Bryant Olsen (27 Jun 2011) - This morning(07-27-11) at around 7:00am I found the male DICKCISSEL singing in the weed field in west Farmington. Thank you Tony for reporting it.  ... Then I headed out to Farmington Bay and spent some time. Best birds there were Coot chicks, weird but cute, EASTERN KINGBIRDS and a WOOD DUCK hen.

Tony Jones (26 Jun 2011) - I was hearing an odd bird outside my window here in West Farmington. It is a DICKCISSEL. ... I kept searching for the bird and finally found him. He has been calling for the last three days. I could not locate him until today. I played a tape once and he flew right in and I got some photos. The location is 817 North Fox Hunter Drive, Farmington. | Sight Record |

Sarah Knutie (16 Jun 2011) - The following were seen at Farmington Bay the past few days:
   -- 2 juv. Great Horned Owls, Long-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Curlews, Caspian Terns (breeding pair)

Sarah Knutie (10 Jun 2011) - About a week ago I saw a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Farmington Bay. It was in the last willow bush (west side of road) just before you are forced to turn right from the entrance road...

Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Jun 2011) - [Antelope Island] - The more unusual species included an adult male LARK BUNTING, a pair of BLUE GROSBEAKS, and a WHIMBREL. The Lark Bunting and the Blue Grosbeaks were located half way to the ranch near the east side group of Russian Olive trees...

May 2011

Glen Barlow (26 May 2011) - I often pass the Haight's Creek Irrigation Pond on 200 North in East Kaysville on a daily basis.  Today, I was curious about an unknown bird that I have seen for several day.  Sure enough it was a male Common Loon in breeding plumage.  It usually stays near the dam in the western part of the pond.  LOVELY BIRD!

Norm Jenson (24 May 2011) - Eastern Kingbird - Antelope Island Causeway.

Bill  Fennimore (19 May 2011)- Ann Matthews who works for me has an INDIGO BUNTING coming to her backyard in Clearfield.  She lives at 144 North 1300 West, Clearfield and said birders are welcome...

Kristen Purdy (15 May 2011) - A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was at Buffalo Ranches Pond in Farmington, Davis County, this afternoon at about 1 pm. This could quite possibly be the same bird that Norm Jensen reported at Glover Ponds on April 28 and David Wheeler reported on March 25, assuming the bird has found the ponds nice places to stay...

David Wheeler (15 May 2011) - POMARINE JAEGER. On Antelope Island Causeway mile marker 6 @ 3:30 pm on Sunday, 5/15. Adult light phase, long streamers. Fabulous.

Kristen Purdy
(9 May 2011) - Pomera Fronce and I enjoyed two VAUX’S SWIFTS at Kaysville Ponds in Davis County this afternoon...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (8 May 2011) - This morning on the Antelope Island causeway we saw 12 Whimbrels (mm 6), 7 Semipalmated Plovers, and approx. 150 Black-bellied Plovers. Along the road to Garr Ranch we saw and heard a total of 9 Grasshopper Sparrows. At Farmington Bay WMA a GLOSSY IBIS was along the entrance road. From atop Egg Island, we scoped a flock of over 300 godwits and found a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT.

Carol Gwynne (7 May 2011) - There were about 60 Long-billed Dowitchers at Farmington Bay this afternoon.... The ponds at Glover Lane were very quiet; most of the birds were at the Buffalo Ranches pond. There were several FOY Black-crowned Night Herons and a female Red-breasted Merganser at Buffalo Ranches.

Cindy Sommerfeld (2 May 2011) - Yesterday we enjoyed the beautiful weather for our count. There were some pleasant surprises. The first was 180 Black-bellied Plovers, on the Causeway . They were on the south side just past mile marker 6. We walked a squishy sinky two hundred yards to get a little better look. Among them we found an American Golden-Plover and a Red Knot. In the same area, closer to the road were Snowy Plovers and a Semi-Palmated Plover. Also along the Causeway we saw Sanderlings and Long-billed Dowitchers.

Apr 2011

Norman Jenson (28 April 2011) - [Glover Pond] - NEOTROPIC CORMORANT.

Jack Binch (25 April 2011) - Bob Huntington just called to report three Red Knots between mile marker 5 and 6, but close to 5. They were on both sides of the road and quite a ways out. You would need a scope.

Kris Purdy (24 April 2011) - Horned Grebes at Buffalo Ranch Pond, northwest of Glover Pond in Davis County.

Stephen T Carlisle (23 April 2011) - Farmington Bay and Glover Pond - Blue-winged Teal (1-Glove Pond), Red-breasted Merganser (1-Glover Pond), Long-billed Curlew (3), Caspian Tern (1), lots of Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows plus some Barns,...

Bryant Olsen (19 Apr 2011) - Today I had an itch to get out, so I headed up to Farmington Bay, and saw lots of FOY's, including several flocks of WHITE-FACED IBIS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, WESTERN GREBE. Also tons of swallows, including VIOLET-GREEN, TREE, BARN and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED. Then I had a single RICHARDSON'S CACKLING GOOSE mixed in with several dozen CANADA GEESE in the fields just north of the nature center. Also I had 3 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES...

Weston Smith (11 April 2011) - I went to Jensen Nature Park (west end of Gentile Street in Davis County) today. There was a lone Snow Goose (I believe it is the same one that spent the winter there with a Ross's Goose. Today there was no Ross's Goose though.) Also of interest were three Red-breasted Mergansers one drake and two hens...

Kris Purdy (7 Apr 2011) - The male EURASIAN WIGEON that has been seen many times at Glover Pond at Farmington Bay WMA, Davis County, since Bill Fenimore reported it on March 14 was grazing south of Egg Island this afternoon at about 2:00 p.m...

Norman Jenson (16 April 2011) - Snowy Egret at Farmington Bay today.

J. K. Peterson (2 Apr 2011) -  Saw what I believe was a male GARGANEY DUCK on the ponds at the Farmington Bay this morning. It was milling about with several widgeons and a pair of Cinnamon Teal.

Paul Higgins (3 Apr 2011) - Long-eared Owl today. Antelope Island. Thanks Steve & Cindy.

Mar 2011

David Wheeler (25 Mar 2011) - NEOTROPIC CORMORANT --lovely adult at end of Glover lane pond portion of Farmington WMA.  Also there was the male EURASIAN WIGEON, but along a small sleugh a few hundred yards directly south of the ponds.

Stephen T. Carlisle (19 Mar 2011) - Like a lot of other folks, went this morning to search out the Eurasian Wigeon at Glover Ponds. After many years of "it was just here", I was not disappointed. The bird was still there as described by others. Watched it for over an hour. ... A Life bird for me! ...Lots of other ducks at Glover Ponds and Farmington Bay. Tundra Swans still at Farmington Bay. Found four Wood Ducks on the canal north of the road, as it emerges from the reeds, before you get to Egg Island. ... Saw a total of 43 species.

Bryant Olsen (15 Mar 2011) - I spent last night on Antelope Island, nothing rare or unusual seen, but it was nice to get out again and I did see a few FOY birds, including MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, A. W. PELICANS, and a SAVANNAH SPARROW, but perhaps the highlights were the owls, LONG-EARED OWL (heard only), 2 BARN OWLS.

Bill Fennimore (13 Mar 2011) - There is a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. It was resting on a small finger of land that runs directly north of the Great Blue Heron rookery at the Great Salt Lake Nature Center...

Dave Hanscom (11 Mar 2011) - Today I had an hour to kill and decided to head for Mueller Park above Bountiful to try (for the umteenth time) to scare up a Golden-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper. One for two ain't bad. The Kinglets were near the second switchback (the first that goes to the left as you climb) on the trail that ascends south from the road just outside the gate.

Stephanie Greenwood (10 Mar 2011) - This morning I heard a loud thud on my window.  I jumped out of bed, knowing that a confused bird was likely the culprit.  To my surprise, I looked down on the deck below the window, and a very small owl was sitting there, confused.  I believe that it was a Northern Pygmy Owl (aka Rocky Mountain Pygmy Owl).  I snapped a picture with my iPhone.

Ryan P. O'Donnell (1 Mar 2011) - This afternoon I found an out-of-season LEAST SANDPIPER at the Logan Fish Hatchery (aka Logan Fisheries Experiment Station), just north of the Logan Landfill on 200N at about 1600W in Logan, Cache County. The earliest record of Least Sandpiper for Cache County in eBird is from mid-April, and they can be fairly common here by May. They are also the most likely peep to be found elsewhere in Utah in winter.

Feb 2011

Joel and Kathy Beyer (27 Feb 2011) - This morning the Snow Bunting was still on the Antelope Island Causeway, south side, at approx. mile marker 2. At Farmington Bay WMA a Least Sandpiper was feeding with a flock of Killdeer, and two groups of American Avocets (50 birds total) flew over.

Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld
 (26 Feb 2011) - Today was a good day at Farmington Bay. We saw an American Bittern. The Bittern's location was next to the west parking lot at the end of the road. The Bittern was standing at the water's edge just behind a sign that read "Boat Launching Area, No Parking." Near the lookout hill, (Goose Egg Island?), Steve saw a flock of birds land on the west face of the hill. We drove on top of the overlook, and looked down the hillside. It was a flock of 30 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches. Among them was one Black Rosy-Finch. What a great find. We watched them for about half an hour. Then they took flight and headed east toward the foothills.

Jeff Bilsky (27 Feb 2011) - Tim Avery and I located a Snow Bunting in a group of Horned Larks near mm2 on the Antelope island causeway this morning...

David Wheeler (22 Feb 2011) - Yesterday at Farmington Bay WMA, on the large ("main") pond east of the dike road, there was an immaturish Trumpeter Swan, all off by itself, possibly pouting....The swan had a ginormous (per Wheeler, 1992[c]) bill, ginormer than the Tundra swans on the pond, with a convexesque bill, noticeably and notably convexer than the Tundras, and the little black peninsula of tissue connecting the eye to ginormous bill was very short and thick, in a Trumpetous manner clearly distinct from the Tundras...

David Wheeler (2 Feb 2011) - By mid day there were several hundred gulls, including a Western adult, a Thayer's adult, and the regular stuff.

Tim Avery (2 Feb 2011) - Farmington Bay yesterday including Iceland Gull, Western Gull with Mew Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Glaucous Gull.

Jan 2011

David Wheeler (22 Jan 2011) - Yesterday evening Mojo & I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Watkins (again) in the evening at Farmington Bay, walking the dike heading eastward from the "dead end" at the SW corner of the great pond. On the way in I saw a 2nd-year WESTERN GULL towering over all the other gulls, including the Herring Gulls in the middle of the pond. At the southern inflow described in the previous e-mail by Cameron Cox, there was an adult MEW GULL, another gull I am confident but not certain was an immature Mew, a bird I believe was a second 2nd-year WESTERN, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED gull adult, and lots of Herring Gulls, Ring-billeds, and California Gulls. Barbara, who had spent a long time there before Mojo & I arrived, also saw THAYERS, plus some distant TRUMPETER SWAN(S) --which I could only confirm as "distant swans, not of the Mute variety". We also saw a pair of dark ibisis (presumably White-faced) flying ....

Jerry Liguori (12 Jan 2011) - Northern Shrike at Farmington Bay about a mile into the drive.

Carl Ingwell (11 Jan 2011) - Cliff Weisse just called me and reported a 2nd Winter Western Gull at the Bountiful landfill.

Jack Binch (9 Jan 2011) - ...I went to the end of Glovers Lane and found a flock of Horned Larks that was easily in the thousands. Talk about frustration. ..... I drove down the little dirt road by the radar dome and sat and watched for a couple of hours. I saw a female type Longspur, but could never get a long enough look to decide if it was a McCown's or Chestnut-collared.

Jeff Bilsky (8 Jan 2011 -  [Antelope Island] - Snow Buntings 6 just past mm2 on north side. There is another Ross's Goose with a first yr Snow Goose at Jensen Nature Park near Antelope Island.

Jeff Bilsky (8 Jan 2011) - Just saw and photographed a Northern Mockingbird near the Bountiful Landfill just north of the 500 South exit off of Legacy Pkwy. It was in the trees east of the lake where all the gulls are sitting on the ice.

Robert Mortensen (6 Jan 2011) - Just had a Western Screech Owl hooting away in my large pine tree. 400 W block on 3200 S Bountiful. ... I also has four Cassin Finches in the same tree on New Year's day.

Jack Binch (3 Jan 2011) - A Glaucous Gull at the marina bridge on AIC, and Barn Owls at Farmington Bay.

Stephen T. Carlisle (3 Jan 2011) - - visited Bues Park and Jensen Nature Preserve for the first time.
   -- Bues Park (BP) in Ogden with 25 Wood Ducks in an area of open water just 50 x 30 feet. Be careful at Bues Park. The ice is thick in the parking lot and on the walkways. I have the bruised body to prove it, though I did save my binoculars.
   --Kaysville Ponds (KP) with 7 Hooded Mergansers, two Common Goldeneye and a lone Northern Pintail.

   --
Jensen Nature Preserve (JNP) in Syracuse with the Snow Goose and Ross's Goose still there. Also, saw Cinnamon Teal and lots of Great-tailed Grackles.

Norman Jensen (2 Jan 2011) - Snow Goose and Ross's Goose at Jensen Nature Preserve, Syracuse. As reported by others earlier there is quite a nice group of birds at this hotspot. Grackles, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shovelers, Canada Geese, American Coots, Common and Barrow's Golden-eyes, Mallards, Pied-billed Grebes are the ones I remember.

Cindy Sommerfeld
(1 Jan 2011) - [AIC] Here's the species list: [highlights]
   - ... Virginia Rail... Burrowing Owl... Loggerhead Shrike , Northern Shrike...Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush..., American Tree Sparrow...

Laurie Stout-Letz (2 Jan 2011) - My first bird was a Red-Tailed Hawk. He flew by while I was eating breakfast  Saturday morning. This morning at breakfast, a pair of COOPER'S HAWKS landed  briefly in my neighbor's tree. Probably looking for the many quail that roost  in the pine across the street in  Bountiful, just above Orchard Drive and  3300 South.

Dec 2010

Steve Coleman (31 Dec 2010) - [Bues Park] Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers at Kaysville Pond.

Carol Gwynne (29 Dec 2010) - I did a Davis County loop, hoping to get some good birds before the storm rolls in. Things were pretty quiet. The frost was incredibly gorgeous this morning, though. There was one female Long-tailed Duck at the bridge closest to the island on the AIC, Hooded Mergansers on the Kaysville pond, (north pond), and the Ross's Goose that Joel and Kathy reported at the Jensen Nature Park in Syracuse. The ponds at Glover Lane were frozen. Raptors have been sparse at the end of Glover Lane this winter. There was a lonely kestrel, but no Rough-legged Hawks. They used to hang out there all the time.

Paul Higgins (24 Dec 2010) - I located three separate Burrowing Owls spending the holidays on Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah.

Jerry Liguori (5 Dec 2010) - There is a White-faced Ibis at the end of the diked road at Farmington Bay refuge. It has a broken/injured leg but is feeding near the parking lot.

Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Dec 2010) - This morning Steve and I, along with Paul Higgins, did our December Antelope Island Bird Survey.  It was quite a challenge.  Because of the fog we were only able to see about fifty yards in any direction.  It was a bit of a handicap.  Last year our December survey (without fog)  produced 35 species.  This year our species count was 34.  Not bad considering the conditions. The bird of the day had to be a Snowy Plover Paul pointed out on the causeway. here's the list:
   - Northern Shoveler, Common Goldeneye, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull. Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark , Brewer's Blackbird, American Goldfinch.

Nov 2010

Jeff Bilsky (27 Nov 2010) - [AIC] There are now at least 9 Long-tailed Ducks at the bridge closest to the island. Also lots of Bonaparte's Gulls and other gulls continue. A pair of Redheads and a Barrow's Goldeneye also are adding some variety to the other swarms. ... At the ranch I located 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Cooper's Hawk, a handful of Hermit Thrushes, Juncos, American Goldfinches, audible Virginia Rail, an American Kestrel, etc etc, and a stunning Prairie Falcon.

Robert Williams (22 Nov 2010 - I went out to island today I found the two LONG TAILED DUCKS and about 2 dozen Bonaparte's Gulls at the bridge , on my way out of the park I found 3 Snow Buntings and a Glacous-winged gull between mile marker 3 and 4.

Kristin Purdy (21 Nov 2010) - Cindy Sommerfeld just called (12:30 pm, Sunday) with the news that Steve has picked out a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE from the seething mass of gulls at the big bridge near the marina at Antelope Island Causeway.

Dean DiTomasso (14 Nov 2010) - [AIC] - I saw an adult male LONG-TAILED DUCK from the second bridge flying over the causeway heading south.

Joel Beyer (11 Nov 2010) - Today, on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.), the BLACK SCOTER was at the second bridge. No Surf Scoters were seen. Near mile marker 4 (north side), two DUNLIN were with a large group of Killdeer and Least Sandpipers. At Fielding Garr Ranch, the VARIED THRUSH was found in the trees along the south fence line. A second VARIED THRUSH was in a copse of trees about 1/3 mile south of the ranch, along with a Cooper's Hawk and a coyote. The only other bird of note at the ranch was a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Also of interest, two Northern Shrikes (one juvenile, one adult), a Rough-legged Hawk and a Prairie Falcon were seen along the road to Garr Ranch, and the two Bewick's Wrens showed nicely at Ladyfinger Point.

Jolene Hatch (11 Nov 2910) - Rough-legged Hawk was perched very calmly and majestically on one of the park signs 100 yards west of the entrance station to Antelope Island.

Norman Jenson (6 Nov 2010) - A Varied Thrush spotted on today's Audubon sponsored trip to Antelope Island.  Thanks goes to Jeff Bliskey for spotting this gem. 

Carl Ingwell (6 Nov 2010) - This morning I led a GSLA trip to Antelope Island.  Bird life was pretty slow on the causeway and the island, but we did see some neat birds.  On the causeway we saw one Surf Scoter, one Horned Grebe & three Bonaparte's Gulls.  On the island we saw a Bewicks Wren, Loggerhead Shrike, a Perigrine Falcon & one Prarie Falcon.  At the ranch, there was a Varied thrush, Cedar Waxwings & an Orange-crowned Warbler. 

Dennis Shirley (2 Nov 2010) - On Monday late afternoon both a SURF and BLACK SCOTER were seen a along the Antelope Island Causeway on the south side of the last bridge near mile post 1. They were mixed in with several hundred Ruddy Ducks, Eared Grebes and a few Lesser Scaup. The surf had been reported earlier at this location

Oct 2010

Jack Binch (31 Oct 2010) - AIC and Garr Ranch -  We met Paul Higgins at the ranch and were wondering if a Varied Thrush would show up this year, and Paul promptly spotted one. There were some Hermit Thrushes and one or two Swainson's Thrushes. Several Ruby Crowned Kinglets, a Merlin, California Quail, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a good BS session ....

Jack Binch (30 Oct 2010) - [AIC] - There was a juvenile Surf Scoter at the marina bridge on the south side.

Jeff Bilsky (24 Oct 2010) - [AIC] - The number of Dowitchers on the north side of the causeway past mm 5 is a sight to see. Guessing a thousand? Most I've ever seen.

David Wheeler (23 Oct 2010) - ... drove out to Antelope Island.  Really, there was almost nothing unusual to see by way of birds, but I had a long look at a Merlin from about 15-20 feet away on a boulder, and then a juvenile SABINE'S GULL at about mile marker 2.5 on the south side, water's edge.  ..  I saw the gull at 2:30.

Jeff Bilsky (9 Oct 2010) - There is a Flammulated Owl in the southeast corner of garr ranch perched in a russian olive. I am referring to the russian olives bordering the east fence out south of the spring pond. He is fast asleep. I made a deal with him that id tell people where he is as long as they respected his space so please honor that request if you go for a look. If you count 3 trees down from the fence corner you should find it. Thanks!

Stephen Dinsmore (3 Oct 2010) -  I am visiting Utah for a couple of days to attend the Wildlife Society meeting in Snowbird. I thought I would pass along a few sightings from the last 2 days that may be of interest because I am not a member of Utah Birds. 1 October: At AIC I saw 2 juv American Golden-Plovers, 1 juv Red Phalarope, and 4 (1 ad, 3 juv) Sabine's Gulls...

Kristin Purdy (3 Oct 2010) - ...yesterday. I ran into a birder on the causeway who had photographed a female or juvenile Evening Grosbeak at Garr Ranch. He showed me his image on his camera screen. Funny bird for the ranch.

Sep 2010

Paul Higgins (26 Sep 2010) -  Saw-Whet Owl in the Russian Olives South of the spring at Fielding Garr Ranch. 

Richard Coomber (26 Sep 2010) - Late morning and early afternoon today the visiting Ornitholdays tour saw an adult Sabine's and three juveniles at the bridge just before the island on the northern side. Also two pect sands in the vegetation by the first water after the pay station, also on the north side and one Hudsonian Godwit further on as well as Willets and Black-bellied Plovers.

Cindy Sommerfeld (25 Sep 2010) - About 4:00 this afternoon, Steve and I found four Sabine's Gulls on Antelope Island Causeway. Three juveniles and one adult, still in breeding. They were located on the north side of the bridge closest to the island.

Jessica Stokes (26 Sep 2019) - Sabine's Gull. Still near bridge nearest to island. 1 adult. 3 juv. 9:40 am Sunday.

Jeffrey Saffle (23 Sep 2010) - Message: My wife and I birded Antelope Island and the causeway today with Susan's sister and her husband from Massachusetts. Best bird was a Sabine's Gull located between the marina and the west bridge...

Jeff Bilsky (18 Sep 2010) - Steve and cindy sommerfeld called to report a Neotropic Cormorant at gloverponds by farmington bay.

Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld (12 Sep 2010) - Today we did our Antelope Island Bird Survey... Our count today was 98...  [Here are some highlights]: Sharp-tailed Grouse, Great Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Long-eared Owl, Hermit Thrush, Townsend's Warbler...

Stephen Carlile (11 Sep 2010) -  I visited Antelope Island today - the Causeway and Garr Ranch... Highlights were: On the Causeway...Peregrine Falcons eating the peeps, Pectoral Sandpipers and the Ruddy Turnstone is still there... Garr Ranch - White-winged Dove (Jack has the pictures), Barn Owl, lots of flycatchers, Townsends Solitaire and seven warblers if I count the Yellow-rumped Warbler and Nashville Warbler that Jack saw but I didn't...

Jeff Bilsky (6 Sep 2010) - The ruddy turnstone continues by the no swimming bridge on the ai causeway. At present it is on the north side just west of the bridge about 50 ft from the road. Awesome.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (5 Sep 2010) -  We found a female American Redstart at Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island today. It was foraging quite actively through the trees near the spring. The Causeway had high numbers of Pectoral Sandpipers (~30) and Semipalmated Plovers (~20). Also found one Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Robert Williams (4 Sep 2010) - today my brother and went out to the island we did not find anything irregular on the causeway but did find several warblers at the ranch two were note worthy, Black and white Warbler (first seen along the far right of the ranch in the trees along the fence line below the large picnic area then it flew over to the lower left corner where the spring drains into the reeds, it was seen here by two others i missed out on their names but they found it before my brother and i wandered over there.) Northern Waterthrush (found in the trees through the gate and below the swamp/reeds on the little trail that leads to the viewing platform)

Aug 2010

Joel and Kathy Beyer (30 Aug 2010) - On Sunday, after seeing 72 species at Antelope Island, we made a big day of it and ended with 110 species for Davis County. Highlights were the Blackpoll Warbler at Garr Ranch, the Whimbrel on the causeway, and 3 Solitary Sandpipers in Farmington. One was at the large pond left of the entrance road in Farmington Bay WMA, the other two were seen on Glover Lane, east of FBWMA, in a farmer's field alongside an irrigation channel.

Jack Binch (29 Aug 2010) -  There is (at least today) a Blackpoll Warbler at the Garr Ranch. It was first spotted near the spring house, then in the cottonwoods a little south of the bird feeder and then back by the spring pond...  Life bird for me and Bob MacDougal, and a Utah bird for the Sommerfelds, Dave Hanscom, Mark Mossing, the Beyers, and a couple of others I did not get the names of.

Jeff Bilsky (28 Aug 2010) - [Whimbrel]  Between mm 2 and 3 on the south side of the causeway. Observed for the past 20 minutes or so, flew once but not far, heard flight call. Digi binoc photos to come.

Carl Ingwell (18 Aug 2010) -  [Anteoope Island] ...At the ranch, I saw 1 DUSKY FLYCATCHER, 4 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Black-Chinned Hummingbird, and 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at the spring behind the ranch...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (8 Aug 2010) - This afternoon we found 2 breeding plumage Ruddy Turnstones on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). They were on the north side at mile marker 4.9, with a large flock of Black-bellied Plovers.

Kathy and Steve Sommerfeld (1 Aug 2010) - Jeff Bilsky joined Steve and I for our August Antelope Island Survey.  We were on the Causeway by 6:30 am.  There was a lot of activity.  Tens of thousands of  Red-necked Phalarope, Wilson's Phalarope, and American Avocets. We enjoyed watching a juvenile Peregrine Falcon hunting without much success. Out at the ranch there were many Warbling Vireos and three Cordilleran Flycatchers.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (1 Aug 2010) - This Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. we found a female RUFF on the Antelope Island Causeway.  It was at mile marker 5.4, on the north side, where the grassy pond begins.  It was in company with several Wilson's Phalaropes and a few Black-necked Stilts (who chased it away whenever it came near). 

Jul 2010

David Wheeler (18 July 2010) - On Friday (16th) I traveled to Farmington Bay WMA where I saw a lone PECTORAL SANDPIPER along with some peeps in the large pond east of the entrance road.

May 2010

Kris Purdy (19 May 2010) - I heard a report of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at a feeder in Kaysville, Davis County. The bird came in once tonight and the homeowners are anxiously awaiting an encore showing.
      A male BOBOLINK was singing his heart out in a Russian olive east of the wetland at Garr Ranch, Antelope Island State Park, Davis County, today. Also Grasshopper Sparrows were singing along the road to the Ranch  ....(.2 miles south of mile marker 4).

Dave Wheeler (17 May 2010) - Garr Ranch -  ... the NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was still present at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island as of mid-day yesterday.  It was often lurking about the back side of the spring pond in the cattails.  Seven warblers in all, with MacGILLIVRAY'S & WILSON'S coming through in strength.The INDIGO BUNTING I saw was a male just molting into its breeding plumage... HERMIT THRUSHES were EVERYWHERE, with at least one SWAINSON'S THRUSH mixed in with the lot. ...There was at least one EASTERN KINGBIRD present, both in the little orchard by the parking area and the distant trees in the large field to the south of the ranch.

Tim Avery (16 May 20910) - 150+ Red Knots at AIC. Right before the first bridge. Along with 1500 Black-bellied Plover.

Dave Hanscom
(11 May 2010) - Went back to the causeway this morning with Steve Carr and Pat Jividen ... lots of birds mixed in with the Black-bellies around mile marker 4, including at least 25 Red Knots, a few Semi-Palmated Plovers, a couple of Black Terns, one Forster's Tern, a Peregrine Falcon, a Marbled Godwit, a bunch of Dowitchers, a couple of Avocets, a flock of 20 or so Western Kingbirds flying along the causeway, and one Purdy Krisbird in her little red SUV...

Jeff Bilsky (9 May 2010) - ...Garr Ranch: Northern Waterthrushes (2), couldn't find the B&W but did see a probable INDIGO BUNTING in a thicket along the South fence of the ranch...

Robert Williams (9 May 2010) - [Antelope Island Causeway] ... I did find several good things about 5 sanderlings 1 dunlin maybe 10 red knots semipalmated sandpipers, least sandpipers, and of most note was the mountain plovers... also was able to get some poor looks at the grass hopper sparrows i heard maybe 3-4 individuals and saw one.

Jack Binch (8 May 2010) - ...Bob Huntington and I went out to Antelope Island ... On the way out to Garr Ranch we saw a singing Grasshopper Sparrow, maybe a mile or so before the ranch...First good sighting was a pair of Bullock's Orioles, then a lone male Western Tanager. While watching that I spotted a BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER and while we were watching that Bob spotted a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH... We drove east to mile post 4 and stopped to look through the Black-bellied Plovers. There were about a thousand of them and right away we started picking out RED KNOTS, about twenty of them. .... I potted a strange bird that turned out being a RUDDY TURNSTONE. Back and forth through the plovers and we turned up three DUNLINS...

Weston Smith (6 May 2010) - The Neotropic Cormorants that Kris mentioned in previous note were seen at Clinton Pond in Clinton, UT. There was one adult and one juvenile plumage birds seen with five Double-crested Cormorants...

Terry Sadler (2 May 2010) - There were 4 Dunlin on the rock jetty on the north side of the Antelope Island Causeway this morning...

Joel Beyer (2 May 2010) - Today we found one Short-billed Dowitcher with a group of 50 or so Long-billed Dowitchers at Farmington Bay WMA. They were located in the large pond on the left of the entrance road. Also there was the continuing Blue-winged Teal...

Apr 2010

Kristin Purdy (18 April 2010) - I saw my first Black-bellied Plover of the year on Antelope Island's causeway in Davis County late this afternoon.

Joel Beyer (18 April 2010) - Apparently Neotropic Cormorant is no longer a rarity!  Late this afternoon a single Neotropic Cormorant was found by Steve and Cindy Sommerfield at Farmington Bay WMA.   It was in the pond on the left along the entrance road. .... Also in this pond was a male Blue-winged Teal, and a Caspian Tern was at the main impoundment.

Bryant Olsen (13 Aoril 2010) - [Kaysville Ponds] - Went to Antelope Island yesterday. On the way up at Kaysville Ponds, from the freeway at 70mph, I saw 2 CASPIAN TERNS, so I had go check them out. Also saw my FOY SWAINSON'S HAWK, some GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES and the other usual birds there.

Cindy Sommerfeld (4 April 2010) - Paul Higgins joined Steve and myself for our April survey today.  It was great to see several Long-billed Curlews, Sandhill Cranes, and Sage Thrashers.  We were fortunate to come across two of last years Sharp-tailed Grouse transplants.  Also, on Ladyfinger we did see a Sage Sparrow. Thanks to Joel and Kathy Beyer for the call about the Eastern Phoebe ..  When we left the bird, at about 7:45 pm,  the Phoebe was on the east side of the Visitor's Center.  The Eastern Phoebe was also seen by Paul Higgins and Jeff Bilsky.

Bryant Olsen (4 April 2010) - After doing a little fishing [in Croyden, Morgan County. UT], I headed to Farmington Bay were I saw some first of the year birds for me, including: lots of large flocks of TREE SWALLOWS,EARED GREBES,CLARK'S GREBES, A.AVOCETS, L.B.CURLEWS (heard), and large numbers of M.BLUEBIRDS, plus 3 R.B. MERGANSERS.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (4 April 2010) - Late this afternoon we found an Eastern Phoebe at Antelope Island (Davis Co.).  It was located north of the Y intersection at the island end of the causeway...

David Wheeler (2 April 2010) - [Antelope Island Causeway] In the field just before the Causeway and again in a section of the causeway not far beyond the gate, what can only be described as turquoise swarms of Mountain bluebirds ... The island itself provided lovely views of Burrowing owls, Sage thrashers, and a chicken-tame Chukar (there's an oxymoron).

Mar 2010

Jeff Bilsky (29 March 2010) - [Antelope Island and Ranch] - Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrikes, Sage Thrasher, flyover American White Pelicans. [Farmington Bay] - Tree Swallows  and American Avocets. [Mueller Park] (up the road and east to pump house) - Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, Mtn Chickadees, Pine Siskins, Stellar's Jays, flyover Red-tailed Hawks  and Cooper's Hawks.

Kristin Purdy (29 March 2010) - A Davis County sighting; Richard Pontius saw a Long-billed Curlew on Antelope Island yesterday.

Jeff Bilsky (15 March 2010) - Upon further review with Colby Neuman, we believe this is actually a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER that I saw at AI yesterday (note the thick coloration on the neck).

Jeff Bilsky (14 March 2010) - Birded the AI Causeway followed by the Layton Marsh area leading up to the GSL Shoreland Preserve. Causeway Highlights: 14 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at the entrance pond ....  SANDHILL CRANES. What I believe to be a WESTERN SANDPIPER near MM3. - Layton Marsh Highlights: Massive flock of AMERICAN CROWS, .... at least 90 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS

Mark Mossing (12 March 2010) - [Antelope Island] - BURROWING OWL seen at ground box just southwest of visitors’ center. Spent the morning birding with Valarie Stewart. Highlight of the trip to AI was the Burrowing Owl. ... Species: Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Northern Flicker, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow ...

Cindy Sommerfeld (7 March 2010) - [Antelope Island State Park] -  ... Here's the [partial] results of our Antelope Island Bird Survey today: Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon, Virginia Rail, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Long-eared Owl, Northern Flicker, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow

Feb 2010

Paul Higgins (28 Feb 2010) - Bewick's Wren, Ladyfinger Point, Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah.

David Wheeler (25 Feb 2019) - Farmington Bay WMAGLAUCOUS GULL(s)  &  LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS still there.  Interestingly, California Gulls have now replaced Ring-billeds as the by-far most common species of gull.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of Common Mergansers there, plus the Clarke's Grebe reported earlier. Just outside the refuge, the PRAIRIE FALCON was eating, perching, then hunting again in the field below the power lines.
 
Kaysville Ponds:  One male HOODED MERGANSER still there. Large number of Great-tailed Grackles swarming about the place.

Bryant Olsen  (23 Feb 2010) -  [Near Hooper, UT] CACKLING GEESE, mixed in with 100's of Canada Geese in corn stubble (north of Antelope island causeway 5 miles or so). At Ogden Bay WFMA I saw ... BALD EAGLES, over 100 in dead willows along a 1/2 mile stretch of the Weber River (south run). At Kaysville Ponds I saw 24 HOODED MERGANSERS, plus 5 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. Lots of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES too. At Farmington Bay I saw 3 SNOW GEESE at the end of Glovers Lane, and had a fly over GLACOUS GULL, out at the end of the road on the refuge. Saw only 40 or so TUNDRA SWANS, all at Farmington Bay, also at the end of the road.

Deedee O'Brien (21 Feb 2010) - Counted 40 [American] crows behind-the-gates at Farmington Bay yesterday.

Jeff Blisky (21 Feb 2010) - Dave Hanscom and  bothI drove South towards the GSL Shoreline Preserve winding my way through the fields. ... We came across massive numbers of AMERICAN CROWS. ... just West of the GSL Shoreline Preserve. Some Bald Eagles on fence posts. ... Also, in the same general area, I found a large mixed flock of Starlings, BREWER'S, Red-winged, and YELLOW-HEADED (counted 10) Blackbirds.

Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld (20 Feb 2010) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - Steve and I stopped by Farmington Bay earlier today. Not much there. The gulls seemed to have dispersed. One interesting find was a Tree Swallow flying near the first turn.

David Wheeler ( 17 Feb 2010) - [Farmington Bay WMA] -  As well as the usual gulls (by far mostly Ring-billeds, plus Californias and Herrings), I saw two immature GLAUCOUS GULLS. ... There was a lovely Prairie Falcon just north of the refuge on the paved road (Glover Lane) near the refuge entrance road.

Joel and Kathy Beyer ( 14 Feb 2010) - [Farmington Bay WMA] On the main impoundment we found an adult Western Gull, a second winter Iceland Gull (last year's first winter bird?), and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. On the southeast pond (end of road) was an adult Glaucous Gull. Many Herring and a few Thayers Gulls were also about.

Matt Mills (13 Feb 2010) -  [Farmington Bay WMA] - We saw about 30 Bald Eagles and the following gulls: LESSER BLACK BACKED - 2 apparent ad. at the first bridge. GLAUCOUS GULL - 1 first winter. where the main road meets the east dike in the corner where all the Herring Gulls are feeding on carp. THAYERS - 1 ad with the Glaucous Gull. Also at Farmington Bay was a Rough-legged Hawk and a small number of Common Mergansers.

Carl Ingwell (7 Feb  2010) - [Farmington Bay WMA] Jeff Bilsky, Steve and Cindy Sommerfield and I had 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 2 Thayers Gulls, 2 Glacous Gulls, Herring Gulls, California Gulls and Ring Billed Gulls at Farmington Bay today between 1 and 4 PM.

Joel and Kathy Beyer ( 7 Feb  2010) - This afternoon we spotted a White-fronted Goose and a Cackling Goose in a large flock (~300) of Canada Geese on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). The geese were between MM 5 and 6, north side.

David Wheeler (5 Feb 2010) - [Farmington Bay WMA] - 1st/2nd year GLAUCOUS GULL a few hundred feet past the second bridge, out in the "channels" in the impoundment east of the road.  2) Adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL quite a ways out in the same impoundment...(not far south of the 2nd bridge). 3) Three adult WESTERN GULLS, way out in the SE quadrant of the impoundment. 4) 1st winter THAYER'S GULL, in the southwest portion of the impoundment.

Edson Leite (1  Feb 2010) - [Farmington Bay WMA] Looking for the Mew Gull no luck with that. But I did spot a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the second bridge and a Western Gull about 100 yds past the second bridge on the far edge of the open water.
 

Jan 2010

Joel and Kathy Beyer (2 Jan 2010) - Late this afternoon we managed to spot both a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Mew Gull, amongst the 3000 or so gulls at Farmington Bay WMA. Both were adults (maybe the LBBG was the same one we saw earlier at Decker Lake? It looked the same.)

Nov 2009

Tim Avery (8 Nov 2009) - [Lesser Black-backed Gull] I would say this is indeed a different gull. Twice it flew by yesterday while we were watching the swarm of Bonaparte's at the last bridge--looking not nearly as developed as the previous LBBG that has been around.

Kris Purdy (8 Nov 2009) - In addition to the other celebrity gulls (including the SABINE'S) already reported on Antelope Island's Causeway today, another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was in the same place where Jack Binch found one on October 24. The location is just west of the weather station on the north side of the causeway, and within a half mile or so (east of) of the big bridge near the marina...

Jack Binch (7 Nov 2009) - I just talked with Bob Huntington and he saw the Black-legged Kittiwake about 4:00 this afternoon. I saw it yesterday between 3:15 and 3:30, so maybe the afternoon is the time to be there.

Tim Avery (7 Nov 2009) - [Little Gull]  At the last bridge. Its an adult! (second message): A juvenile Sabine's Gull spotted by Larene Wyss has joined the Bonaparte's Gulls and the Little Gull at the last bridge along the Antelope Island Causeway.

Joel Beyer (4 Nov 2009) - This afternoon we found a first winter White-winged Scoter on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). It was on the south side of the marina bridge (the one closest to the island), and was with a Surf Scoter and several Lesser Scaup.

Oct 2009

Tim Avery (26Oct 2009) - Birded Antelope Island Causeway this morning. The LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was near the weather station as previously reported. A single SURF SCOTER was on the east side of the bridge near the marina. There were 1,000's of Shoveler and Scaup so more scoters could have been mixed in.  Between MM 3-4 were 3 scatter flocks of Black-bellied Plovers. One group of 6 had 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (thought I had missed them for the year) mixed in.

Jack Binch (23 Oct 2009) - [sent pictures of a Lesser Black-backed Gull];  Jeff Bilsky wrote the next day: "The Lesser Black Backed Gull that Jack Binch spotted yesterday continues today at the AnteIope Island Causeway. I was able to get eyes on it today. It was on the North side of the causeway maybe a 1/2 mile shy of the last bridge with some other Gulls...

Tim Avery (18 Oct 2009) - Stopped at the ponds at the end of Glover Lane today. About 700-1000 Long-billed Dowitchers were present along with at least 3 possible Short-billed Dowitchers, including one that posed for photos. There were also around 10 Stilt Sandpipers, 25 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 American Avocet and a Killdeer.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (4 Oct 2009) - A probable Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen at Garr Ranch (Antelope Island) this afternoon (2 pm) at the spring pond. I only was able to view the bird for a few seconds. It had a large rounded head, eyering (round, not almond), greenish-yellow back, yellow below (including throat), dark wings with contrasting wingbars, short tail, very compact looking. It gave a sharp pyew call before it flew off. We were unable to find it again before the rains came.

Jeff Bilsky (3 Oct2009) - At the ponds at the end of Glover Lane near Farmington Bay this morning around 11 am there were over 150 Dowitchers and 2 Stilt Sandpipers. Also in great numbers were both Yellowlegs.

Aug 2009

Kristin Purdy (29 Aug 2009) - Jack Binch, Paul Higgins and I saw a WHIMBREL at Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County this morning at about 7:30. The bird was on the north side at the east edge of the surface water around mile 5.2.

Tim Avery (29 Aug 2009) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island]  There was a Red-eyed Vireo in the south portion of the picnic area this morning.

Tim Avery (28 Aug 2009) - Steve Sommerfeld just called me and reported finding an UPLAND SANDPIPER north of MM5 about 40 yards out on the mudflats along the Antelope Island Causeway. He said it was about due north of where the large stump is in the mud on the south side of the causeway.

Carol Gwynn (16 Aug 2009) - There was a Whimbrel on the Antelope Island Causeway Saturday at about mm 3 on the north side. I was hoping the storm would bring in waves of shorebirds, but not so.  There were 4 Burrowing Owls at MM 6...  At Glover Ponds, a Black Tern flew over. Glover Ponds had been taken over by White-faced Ibis; there were lots in the ponds and more in the field to the north.

Jeff Bilsky (9 Aug 2009) - I located a NASHVILLE WARBLER this evening at Antelope Island's Garr Ranch hanging out over by the spring pond....

May 2009

Tim Avery  (3 May 2009) - This morning (05/04) Jeff Bilsky, Sam and I went out to the causeway to scour through the shorebirds, but too also see what migrants were coming through at Garr Ranch... The most intersting sighting was a bird that caught my attention as it jumped through the grass and ran until jumping and flying into another patch of grass. I immediately thouhht of a Baird's Sparrow and told Bilsky where to be looking. The bird was in the field just south of the large patch of trees at the ranch, near the brush pile.

Apr 2009

Carol Gwynn  (18 Apr 2009) - Willets and Franklin's Gulls were the new birds of the year for me along the Antelope Island Causeway today.

Mar 2009

David Jensen (25 Mar 2009) - Despite snow, rain, wind, (some nice dry periods, but with COLD wind), the Audubon group today saw 38 species at Farmington Bay. No Blue-winged Teal, but the Eurasian Wigeon (very uncooperative as it fussed around on a grass island just inside the main entrance of the refuge in the first big pond on the left). A Clarke's Grebe in the largest pond beyond the gate just past Egg Island. And two Sand Hill Cranes doing their ritual dancing - always cool. 30+ other species.

Les Talbot (21 Mar 2009) - I led a Wasatch Audubon Trip to Antelope Island today. The Varied Thrush is still at Garr Ranch. This was a lifer for me. We saw two Burrowing Owl, one at the bottom of the hill going up to Buffalo Point. The other one was at mile marker 6 (going east) on the south side of the causeway.

Carl Ingwell (17 Mar 2009) - I birded Mueller Park today. Found 3 Golden Crowned Kinglets, 1 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, 3 White-Winged Crossbill (2 of them flew to the ground and fed no more than 5 feet away from my feet. I found it odd that they were feeding on the ground & so close to me!), Steller's Jay, Pine Siskin, Dark-Eyed Junco, Black-Capped Chickadee, American Robin & Northern Flicker.

Jeff Bilsky (15 Mar 2009) - Carl Ingwell and I headed to Farmington Bay this morning to track down the Eurasian Wigeon along with several other birders who were there. Thanks to Pomera for her great find and telling everyone about it.

Joel Beyer (15 Mar 2009) - The Varied Thrush is still at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, and we saw the Winter Wren at Mueller Park in Bountiful.

Pomera Fronce (14 Mar 2009) - I found a male Eurasian Wigeon at Farmington Bay today (Saturday) around 1:00. He was in the company of some American Wigeons in the wet area between Goose Egg Island and the new visitors center.

Jeff Bilsky (13 Mar 2009) - Took an evening hike up Mueller Park to see what I could find. Birds weren't plentiful but I got the best look I've ever had at a Winter Wren and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK. I was surprised and pleased to locate both.

Joel Beyer (8 Mar 2009) - Mueller Park in Bountiful was busy with birds this morning. In the pine trees just up the canyon from the caretaker's trailer/second parking lot we found 10-12 White-winged Crossbills, RB Nuthatches, Brown Creeper, GC Kinglets, Pine Siskins, and Mountain and BC Chickadees. At Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, the Varied Thrush is still hanging around.

Feb 2009

Paul Higgins (22  Feb 2009) - Iceland Gull--Farmigton, FWMA .[see note for 7 Feb below]  (photos)

Dave Hanscom(15 Feb 2009) - ...It was really cold up here, so I decided to head for lower elevations and went to Antelope Island in search of wrens at Ladyfinger Point. Once again I struck out, but as luck would have it, a flock of American Tree Sparrows cruised through while I was there. Nice year bird!

Also, the Varied Thrush was still at the ranch, and the two Long-tailed Ducks were at the bridge near the island. I couldn't find a rail, but a couple of Loggerhead Shrikes were hanging out along the road to the ranch.

Jeff Bilsky (8 Feb 2009) - Today was a great day of birding - as predicted. I woke up thinking I'd go
to Farmington Bay for Gulls but I never actually made it there....Next stop - Antelope Island. My initial run through the causeway didn't reveal too much; there was a MERLIN right outside the entrance gate and a whole bunch of PHEASANTS in the marsh just inside. I zipped over to the ranch where I immediately saw the VARIED THRUSH. Also a very cooperative VIRGINIA RAIL as well as a nice looking HERMIT THRUSH. A lone female CALIFORNIA QUAIL made for my first island record of this species. The GREAT HORNED OWLS hung out in the barn. 
I was next going to head to Farmington Bay, but couldn't make it past the AI causeway. This time, I found a LONG TAILED DUCK at the same bridge it usually is seen. A PRAIRIE FALCON on one of the light posts gave me the best look I've ever had at this species. Then, as I was heading back to the exit, I saw that the fields to the North were packed with CANADA GEESE and a good number of TUNDRA SWANS. Amongst the geese, I found a lone SNOW GOOSE and what I am confident was at least one CACKLING GOOSE. There were so many Canada Geese and more kept showing up but there was one tiny one I studied for like 20 minutes and I believe it was a Cackler. There was one crazy looking hybrid that showed up - I believe it was a CANADA/GREATER WHITE FRONTED mix - a poor digibinoc photo is on the link I listed above.

Cindy Sommerfeld ( 7 Feb 2009) - Around 3:30 this afternoon Steve and I traveled to Farmington Bay . It turned out to be an eight Gull Day. We drove to the furthest gate south and walked south through the gate and to the first bridge. On the east side there is a crack in the ice and lots of gulls. We found:  Mew Gull (juvenile), Ring-billed Gulls (lots), California Gulls (lots), Herring Gulls (lots), Thayer's Gulls (2 adult and several juvenile), Glaucous Gulls (1 adult and 2 juvenile), Western Gull (we call lit "Tim's Gull"), and what we feel was an Iceland Gull

Jan 2009

Joel and Kathy Beyer (31 Jan 2009) -  This afternoon at Farmington Bay WMA (Davis Co.) we found an adult Mew Gull near the second bridge on the west dike road. Also in this area were a dozen Least Sandpipers, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs and several American Avocets. The Mew Gull was species #101 seen by us this January in Davis County.

Paul Higgins (25 Jan 2009) - The very beautiful female Varied Thrush is still at Fielding Garr Ranch, south of the spring.

Carol Gwynn (10 Jan 2009) - I birded the Antelope Island Causeway, and nearly all of the rarities had gone elsewhere. The 3 Long-tailed Ducks were still at the bridge closest to the island on the north side. A passing Peregrine got the hundreds of Shovelers all excited. ...

Jeff Bilsky (6 Jan 2009) - Just spoke to Carl Ingwell who had a flock of 7 Snow Buntings on the Antelope Island causeway just past MM2. There were also two Lapland Longspurs in a flock of Horned Larks near the entrance gate. Good birding.

Brian Currie (3 Jan 2009) - I birded AIC from about 12:45 to 4:15 today. ...Ruff (between mm 2 and 3)... Snow Buntings (2 - between mm 1 and 2, about 3/10s of a mile from mm 2 going towards mm 1) ...Long-tailed Duck (drake and hen at the bridge)....

Stephen T Carlile (3 Jan 2009) - Made a quick trip to Antelope Island today to see if I could get the Varied Thrush. A lifer for me as was the Ruff last week. Didn't get there until 2:00, so I had to hustle. The road to Garr Ranch was snow packed, but safe at a reasonable speed. It was cold but beautiful. After about 45 minutes at Garr Ranch found the Varied Thrush on the southern edge of the "woodlot". I found the Varied Thrush by first seeing a "surprise" Hermit Thrush and then noticing movement on the ground below. There was the Varied Thrush pecking at something. One thing can lead to another. Once found the Varied Thrush was very cooperative. Also saw a very noisy and visible Virginia Rail at the east end of the spring. (I need to get a camera.) On the way back found a Northern Shrike. Saw the Ruff both coming and going, in the same area already noted by Deedee. This is the fourth time seeing the Ruff for me and every time it has been in the same general area, mixed in with Killdeer; so check out the Killdeer. Today's Ruff siting was 4.6 miles west of the AI Causeway entrance fee station.

Tom Fletcher (1 Jan 2009) - I went to Antelope Island today to see the Ruff (and Varied Thrush). In addition to these great birds and many more, there was a Northern Shrike (a juvenile, I believe) on the east side of the road not far from Garr Ranch. I hope that one of the folks that was there for the count saw it also.

Dec 2008

Edson Leite (31 Dec 2008) - I took Beth and her family out today to get them new lifers. Our first stop was the city cemetery. Picked up the Pigmy Nuthatches around 330 n 900 e. At AIC the Ruffs were on the south side around mm 3.25 with western and least sandpiper, sanderling, killdeer. Garr ranch varied and hermit thrush.

Bob Bond (30 Dec 2008) - Yesterday afternoon we found a female Varied Thrush in the trees south of the spring at the Garr Ranch on Antelope Island. To my knowledge this is at least the second sighting of a Varied Thrush on the island.

Tim Avery (28 Dec 2008) - Thanks to Jack Binch for the email yesterday about the Ruff! Carl Ingwell and I ran up to the causeway this morning and right at MM4 there were 2 RUFF sitting on the north side of the causeway. Both birds decided to fly right as we got there, one headed east, while the other too the west. Over the next 2 hours we searched without any luck re finding the birds. Paul Higgins arrived during that time frame and found 4 Snow Bunting and shortly after a Lapland Longspur near MM2 on the north side of the causeway as well. Carl and also noted 3 Long-tailed Ducks at the bridge, as well as a bunch of Common Goldeneye, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers. 8 or 9 Bald Eagle were seen, as well as several Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harrier and several hundred Horned Larks... Around 10:30am we ran into the Sommerfeld's and finally back near the 1st bridge, was Pomera Fronce and Kent Lewis who had just located one of the RUFF again. I called Paul who made his way down and we all got fantastic looks at the bird.

Jack Binch (27 Dec 2008) - ... I drove to Antelope Island Causeway. I saw a Ruff at milepost 4 on the north side and what appears to be another on the north side just south of the rusty culverts. A couple of Least Sandpipers near mile 4 and three Snow Buntings between the culverts and the weather station on the north side. A whole bunch of shovelers at the marina bridge and some goldeneyes and one female Long-tailed Duck.

Nov 2008

Joel and Kathy Beyer (30 Nov 2008) - A few birds of note from today's outing...  Antelope Is. causeway (Davis Co.): Black Scoter (female), Long-tailed Duck (female) -- both at second bridge.

Kris Purdy (25 Nov 2008) - Today, I heard a report of another Dunlin. Members of Wasatch Audubon saw and photographed one on Antelope Island's causeway in Davis County on Saturday. The bird was with a group of Killdeer north of mile markers 1-2.

My husband and I visited Farmington Bay WMA in Davis County this afternoon. ...Best birds in regards to level of rarity included several Greater Scaup. I swept through literally hundreds of Lesser Scaup before finding any Greaters, they were neither easy to find nor numerous today. I saw five or six. A male CINNAMON TEAL brightened everything up in his fresh spicy plumage, one WESTERN GREBE looked lonely without compatriots, and four Horned Grebes swam along the edges of the raft near the south end of the ducks (not far from the southwest end of the dike).

Eric Huish (15 Nov 2008) - Lu Gidding led 4 carloads of Utah County Birders on a field trip today. ...On the Antelope Island Causeway we saw the previously reported Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at the last bridge before the island.. We also saw a White-winged Scoter. It flew past on the North side of the causeway then a few minutes later flew in and landed near the bridge on the South side. The field trip ended here. It was a great field trip with lifers for some in the group.  Matt, Stephanie and I headed on to Garr Ranch where the best birds were a Merlin and a Great Horned Owl. On our way back across the causeway we stopped at the bridge again (4:15 p.m.) This time there was one of each scoter species. The White-winged on the South and the Black and a Surf Scoter next to each other right next to shore on the North side of the causeway.

Kris Purdy (14 Nov 2008) - John Bellmon, Keith Evans, Jack Rensel and I had a great day birding Jensen Nature Park in west Layton and Antelope Island State Park in Davis County today. ...Surf Scoter - One female on the north side of the big bridge near the marina. Doug Roberts was blessed with three there. Black Scoter - The first sighting was a right-place-at-the-right-time sighting. We had left the bridge and continued west when a duck flying low over the water from the northwest and landing on the north side of the bridge caught our attention. It screamed to be checked, and turned into the female Black Scoter. She only stayed there, diving, for a few minutes, and then took off east and then south over the causeway. On the way home, we found her again south of mm 1. Long-tailed Duck - A female in the morning south of the big bridge, and a male there in the afternoon.

Carl Ingwell (13 Nov 2008) - This morning I birded Antelope Island for a couple hours. Watched the Surf Scoter for about 30 min. She was my first Scoter of the year. Both the Scoter and Long-tailed Duck had moved to the North side of the bridge.

Joel Beyer (12 Nov 2008) - A female Surf Scoter was seen on the north side of the second bridge on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). A male Long-tailed Duck was on the south side of the bridge.

Kris Purdy (9 Nov 2008) - Paul Higgins just called (10:00 AM, Sunday) to report that he and Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld are enjoying a male Long-tailed Duck at the big bridge near the marina at Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County. The duck is wearing his eye-catching winter plumage with the elongated central retrices. Maybe there's still time for folks to get out for a look before the front hits.

Oct 2008

Kristin Purdy (27 Oct 2008) - A juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose was at Kaysville Ponds in Davis County today. The bird is keeping with the Canada Geese there and wants nothing to do with the domestic Graylags and Barnyard Geese that are omnipresent at this location.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (12 Oct 2008) - Sunday at the Antelope Island Causeway Kathy and I found a female Surf Scoter, a juvenile Sabine's Gull and a Horned Grebe, all just west of the second bridge. Highlights of Garr Ranch were a Golden-crowned Kinglet, a "Myrtle" Warbler and a Red-naped Sapsucker.

Carl Ingwell (11 Oct 2008) -  Antelope Island Causway: Northern Shoveler, Canada Goose, Eared Grebe, American Kestrel, American Avocet, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull (10 or so before the first bridge. Seem late), Ring-Billed Gull, California Gull, Sabine's Gull (near 2nd bridge), Common Raven, Starling, American Pipit (100's along causway), Western Meadowlark.

Sep 2008

Hal & Kathleen Robins  (29 Sep 2008) - We spent several hours on Antelope Island on Sunday, September 28th. We began birding on the causeway around 10:30 a.m. Many of the birds we observed at that time were relatively close to the road on the north side.... The following birds were observed: Causeway: ...Wimbrel ...Horned Grebe ...Dunlin ? (Flock of several hundred birds flying in a wave formation flashing a beautiful white shimmering pattern of wings)

Steve Coleman (22 Sep 2008) - Friday I was doing a cub scout class at Farmington Bay and we saw a Jaeger chasing gulls on the unit 1 pond. I'm not sure if it was a Parasitic or Pomarine Jaeger, but I'm pretty sure it was a Jaeger. For anyone headed out that way I hope someone else sees it and can better ID it.

Ben Palmer (10 Sep 2008) - I ran out to Antelope Island this morning. The numbers of warblers and flycatchers at Garr Ranch is still amazing. I probably saw at least 10Wilson's Warblers and at least a dozen flycatchers. Other birds seen include a Cassin's Vireo, Western Tanagers, and a brief look at an American Redstart.

Stephen T Carlile (6 Sep 2008) - Went to Antelope Island today.  While at Garr Ranch I ran into Lynn Christiansen. We birded together for a while and she saw much the same as I did. Highlights (at least for me) were female American Redstart, Calliope Hummingbird, Cassin's Vireo, the Utah "empids" and some other flycatchers, and all four peeps in the same beach patrol.

Larry Tripp (1 Sep 2008) - Today birding at Lytle Ranch was to say the least amazing. First of all there were a lot of western migrants. The most interesting bird was what appeared to be a Eastern Wood-Pewee. The field marks fit Eastern but there is overlap. But after watching the bird for awhile I made an Eastern call and the bird flew right over to where I was and looked at me. It didn't call at that point but later it did make a call several times that is consistent with Eastern in migration. There were also a lot of Western's there to compare it with. The other nice bird was a Green female type Painted Bunting in the orchard mixed in with Laz Buntings and numerous Spizella Sparrows.  I saw 10 different Warbler species the best being a Northern Parula that was one of the first birds I saw in the parking area.

Kristin Purdy (1 Sep 2008) - ...at Garr Ranch today...If studying non-singing empids not on territory is your dream birding experience, you shoulda been there! The celebrity bird of the day was a Northern Waterthrush that used the spring channel from the spring house all the way down to the phragmites, and the trees south of the fallen cottonwoods. This bird chipped a lot and it was much louder than any other species. Other goodies at the ranch today included: ...Calliope Hummingbird... and Cassin's Vireo...

Aug 2008

Joel and Kathy Beyer (31 Aug 2008) - Farmington Bay WMA had some nice birds late this afternoon, seen shortly before the cold front arrived. We saw a basic plumaged Red-necked Grebe along the west dike, about halfway between the second bridge and the end of the road. A Brant was observed flying across the large pond located southeast of the end of the west dike. It landed out of sight behind the Pelicans on the far eastern shore. Also seen along the dike road were large numbers of Black Terns and a Common Tern. A Solitary Sandpiper was at the shallow pond just inside the entrance gate, and a Sage Thrasher was seen near the refuge buildings. Shortly after sunrise this morning, we saw a Great Egret and an American Bittern from the observation tower at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve (Layton). Over 100 Sandhill Cranes flew by the tower during the hour we were there.T he migration at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island was fairly slow. Notable birds were Nashville Warbler, Gray Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, and Calliope Hummingbird (2 or 3).

Tim Avery (20 Aug 2008) - At Farmington Bay WMA the pond at the first major bend to the west was all but dried up and covered with shorebirds. Highlights included Solitary Sandpiper, several Spotted Sandpiper, numerous Killdeer, several Stilts and Avocets, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope and 2 foraging VIRGINIA RAIL. On the main resting pond there was a single Common Tern, as well as a lone Forster's Tern, around 14 BLACK TERN, and several Clark's and several hundred Western Grebe.

Jack Binch (17 Aug 2008) - ...[Garr] ranch did not have a lot either. A lone Northern Waterthrush, Wilson's Warblers, Western Tanagers, Lazuli Buntings, Warbling Vireos, and a couple of empids. I did not spend a lot of time there, but it seems to be a bit early for warbler migration.

Stephen T Carlile (2 Aug 2008) - Went to Antelope Island again this morning. Met up with Steven and Cindy Sommerfeld and later with Lynn Christiansen. The big find of the day was by Lynn who found the Ruddy Turnstone reported last week. Thank you Lynn. This is a Utah bird for me. It was about .10 of a mile east of Mile marker 1, on the South side of the causeway and still in very "crisp" plumage. The bird moved back and forth along the causeway in the same general area while were there.

Jul 2008

Kristin Purdy (27 Jul 2008) - Thanks to Crystal Carpenter for reporting the Ruddy Turnstone at Antelope Island Causeway yesterday. ...Jack Binch and I watched the turnstone for 20-30 minutes on the north side at the big bridge near the marina. The turnstone was easy to miss and easy to lose because of the rocky shoreline in that area. The bird was not flighty, but hopped among the rocks along the waterline and frequently dropped out of sight. Fortunately, he was also fond of playing king of the rock and often stood on high points at water's edge. Several times, he flew away from the shore in a wide loop, low to the water, and returned to the shoreline farther east or west. He's still in strong rust, black and white plumage. I couldn't see any sign of the post-nuptial molt yet and his median coverts are faded enough almost to call them blonde rather than ruddy.

Crystal Carpenter (26 Jul 2008) - There was a lone Ruddy Turnstone on the causeway this morning. My camera is horrible for taking photos, so I didn't. It was just east of the jetty with the metal drum heading toward Fremont Island on the north side of the causeway. It was feeding on mud bank not the rocky bank.

Jeff Bilsky (26 Jul 20088) - My advice would be for anyone with a good scope to head out to AI. It was quite active today. Red-Necked Phalaropes as far as the eye can see. Also had a group of 20+ Marbled Godwits, a Whimbrel and several Curlews. On the island had a nice look at a Grasshopper Sparrow and some of the other usuals ...

Ben Palmer (18 Jul 2008) - I ran out to Antelope Island today... I was very surprised to see a couple Whimbrels on the North side of the causeway, near milepost 3. The birds were right on the waters edge, so it made for great viewing. I also saw a Long-billed Curlew near there. On my way back, about 2:30, I saw a Whimbrel and Long-billed Curlew together on the South side of the road, near mile post 2. It was great to see the two birds side-by-side, the curlew looked huge next to the Whimbrel, and it was fun to be able to compare their field-marks.

Stephen Carlile (8 Jul 2008) - I went to Antelope Island this morning in hopes of getting a Grasshopper Sparrow, as I haven't seen one yet this year. I wasn't disappointed and saw two.

Jun 2008

Pomera Fronce (1 June 2008) Ben Palmer, Kent Lewis and I observed a handsome breeding male Blackpoll Warbler at Garr Ranch today (Sunday) from 11:05 to 11:35. I hope most of you will know what I mean when I say the bird was working the line of russian olive trees just south and east of the spring house. Particularly, he was foraging in the tree at the southeast corner and the tree directly to the west.  The bird was very intently working the upper branches of the trees and would occasionally sally out to catch insects. He was still there when we left at 11:35. ...Also near the spring house was a female American Redstart.

May 2008

Paul Higgins (29 May 2008) - Lark Bunting -- Antelope Island --Just past the Friary Peak trailhead turnoff on road to Fielding Garr Ranch. West side of road.

Joel Beyer (19 May 2008) - Kathy and I did a big day in Davis County on Sunday. We totalled 128 species, the most notable being 2 Vaux's Swifts flying north in thevicinity of the Bountiful LDS temple. Other nice sightings were 2 American Bitterns and a displaying Wilson's Snipe at the GSL Shorelands Preserve in Layton; Grasshopper Sparrow on Antelope Island; Willow Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Lincoln's Sparrow and Gray Catbird at Garr Ranch; another Am. Bittern and a Snow Goose at Farmington Bay WMA...

Jack Binch (10 May 2008) - Bob Huntington called me and said to come up to [Garr] ranch that a lot of warblers were in the area. We saw several Northern Waterthrushes...On the causeway at about mile post four on the south side, there were thousands of Black-bellied Plovers, peeps, and quite a few Red Knots. We had three knots in one view of a spotting scope at one time. This is the first time I have ever seen Red Knots within binocular range.

Michael Wienholt (9 May 2008) - Calgary birder Jerry Pilny, who is traveling to Tucson, called this evening from Flagstaff to ask me to report a "Louisiana Waterthrush at Fielding Garr Ranch at 16:00 on 5/7/08, 30 meters downhill from the house near a mud puddle surrounded by large trees."

Edson Leite (4 May 2008) - Beth and I birded Antelope Island today.  On the south side of the cause way mm 5 there were 100+ Black-bellied Plovers, 4 American Golden Plovers, a few Western Sandpiper, and a few Sanderlings. A lone Dunlin was hanging out with the Plovers. ...At Garr Ranch ...Winter Wren.

Paul Higgins (4 May 2008) - Northern Waterthrush--Fielding Garr Ranch

Carol Gwynn (3 May 2008) -One of the Red Knots reported earlier in the week was still on the Antelope Island Causeway this morning. It was just before mm 5 on the north side of the causeway. A good landmark is the toppled over, bleached out tree trunk on the south side of the causeway. The Red Knot was loosely associated with a group of several dozen Black-bellied Plovers...

Apr 2008

Joel and Kathy Beyer (28 Apr 2008) - The plan was to do a big day in Davis County... Highlights, in no particular order: Causeway -- Red Knot (6), Dunlin, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope, Baird's Sandpiper ... Farmington Bay WMA -- Solitary Sandpiper (3), Blue-winged Teal, Horned Grebe, Semipalmated Plover...

Stephen Carlile (28 Apr 2008) - Spent the day doing some much needed unwinding and birded Antelope Island/Causeway/Garr Ranch and Farmington Bay.... Highlights:  ... Two Dunlin still on the Causeway's rocky "spit", as reported by Merrill Webb. The birds were crowded in with several hundred if not a thousand Western Sandpipers (no Sanderlings though). The Dunlin is a new Utah bird for me!... The female Long-tailed Duck is still at the Causeway's "big" bridge. Was very active and seemed healthy... One Solitary Sandpiper at Farmington Bay, as reported earlier on the ponds as you enter...

Steve Coleman (28 Apr 2008) - I hosted at the Nature Center at Farmington Bay Saturday morning the whole area was very active ...Great Egret on the east pond as you enter the Nature Center, Blue-winged Teal on the big pond east of the Nature Center ...I was able to see the Solitary Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper where Deedee spotted them.

Deedee O'Brien (23 Apr 2008) - I birded the Causeway in the cold wind and spitting rain this morning. Was rewarded with good close sightings of 3 plovers - Semi-palmated, Snowy, and Black-bellied (4 of 5 were in breeding plumage). Willets, CA Gulls, and Eared Grebes were numerous. A surprise find was a female Long-tailed Duck near the island. She didn't look too perky. I suspect she won't make it to her breeding grounds.

Milt Moody (23 Apr 2008) - Antelope Island Causeway Merrill Webb just called to tell me he had found 3 Dunlin in a flock of about 150 Sanderlings at the outcropping between mile post 1 and 2 along the Antelope Island Causeway.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (20 Apr 2008) - This morning we saw a Whimbrel in the field just east of the Antelope Island Causeway entrance station. ... A breeding plumaged Horned Grebe was on the Glover Ponds (at the end of Glover Lane in Farmington)...

David Jensen (12 Apr 2008) - At Farmington Bay best sighting was of the Cackling Goose (minima) first seen late last month. The goose was in the pond at the very west end of Glover Lane, swimming with the ducks and a few Canada Geese. I would have thought it would have been halfway to Alaska by now.

Mar 2008

Steve Coleman (31 Mar 2008) - In case any are still looking for the wigeon, I spent the morning at Farmington Bay Nature Center Saturday and after looking at hundreds of Wigeons, I did see the Eurasian Wigeon on the playa between Goose Egg Island and the Nature Center. He was pursuing a hen quite actively, not sure if she was a Eurasian or an American Wigeon hen.

Joel Beyer (30 Mar 2008) - The "minima" [Cackling Goose] was with a couple dozen of Canadas in the field just east of the Nature Center [Farmington Bay] yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. It was one of the 19 new birds we saw, which put our total birds seen in Davis County this March at 110.

David Jensen (26 Mar 2008) - Loads of ducks today at Farmington Bay on the monthly last-Wednesday-of-the-month trip. Other birds as well. We looked quite thoroughly for the Eurasian Wigeon but came up wanting on that one. Best sighting: just after turning south to take the little road to the nature center buildings we stopped to look at the birds in the pond to the west, just before the center. Paddling around between a couple of "standard" Canada Geese was a minima Cackling Goose. Perfect sighting: tiny bill, steep forehead, very small overall size (nice to have the Canadas right there for comparison), dark breast, AND it had the added bonus of having a very narrow but easily seen white neck ring. The cackler flew off with the Canadas and landed in a field east of the pond.

Jeff Langford (23 Mar 2008) -  at Farmington Bay Sunday afternoon. ... had a pair of Tree Swallows (first of season), Sandhill Cranes, all of the usual ducks, including the Eurasian Wigeon in the east pond, and an estimated 1,000 American White Pelicans.

Joel Beyer (23 Mar 2008) - This afternoon we found an Eurasian Wigeon in the pond northeast of the Antelope Island Causeway entrance station. At Farmington Bay WMA, the previously reported Eurasian Wigeon is still on the pond along the east side of the entrance road.

Cindy Sommerfeld (15 Mar 2008) - Steve and I spent the morning on Antelope Island. Nothing unusual. ...On the way home we stopped at Farmington. At Glover Lane ponds we saw our first of the year Avocets. Also near by a Ross's Goose and Snow Goose were grazing. From the look out hill, in Farmington Bay, Steve found a Eurasian Wigeon. It was on the pond North of the look out. Possibly the same bird as last year?

Dave Allen (4 Mar 2008) - Me and Mike Johnson birded Antelope Island on Monday. Best birds were 4 Long-tailed Duck on the causeway at the big bridge and 1 Northern Shrike. The Shrike was at the small dirt pull off just below the bistro. It was working the north side of the hill down where the sage brush started. It made a couple of passes in that sage brush area.

Joel Beyer (1 Mar 2008) - In Davis Co. this morning, a "minima" Cackling Goose was at the Kaysville Ponds. A 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull was at Farmington Bay WMA. And the accommodating and rather wet Red-shouldered Hawk was on Park Lane in Farmington about 3:00 this afternoon.

Jack Binch (1 Mar 2008) - The Red-shouldered Hawk was at the previously reported spot on Park Lane this afternoon. I half-heartedly looked for it a couple of times, but today had a good look at it.

Feb 2008

Tim Avery (27 Feb 2008) - I spent most of yesterday around Farmington and Farmington Bay WMA...I counted 144 eagles around Farmington during the day, and also tallied ...the Red-shouldered Hawk (rounding out the raptors) which was seen about noon in the previously mentioned location at Park Lane. ...The gull scene at FBWMA was happening, with 7 species seen: 1 ad. Western Gull, 2 juv. & a 2nd year Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 ad. Mew Gull, 1 ad. Glaucous Gull, 3 - 1st winter Thayer's Gulls, and numerous California, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls rounding out the mix.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (24 Feb 2008) - We found 2 Bewick's Swans (the Eurasian subspecies of Tundra) a tFarmington Bay WMA late this afternoon. They were seen together with a large group of Tundra Swans in the pond east of the entrance road, at the point where the road turns west. One was an adult, the other was a juvenile. At the first bridge on the west dike road were 3 second-winter Glaucous Gulls, and a first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull was near the second bridge. Barn and Short-eared Owls were also out and about as usual. And the Red-shouldered Hawk was still present at Park Lane in Farmington (this morning, afternoon and evening).

Tim Avery (22 Feb 2008) - Ben Palmer sent me some pictures this morning to confirm the ID of a finch he photographed along the road to Garr Ranch on Antelope Island. The bird in the pictures was a Common Redpoll as he had thought ...  Ben said, "The flock was hanging out just over the crest of the hill before the road drops down to head around the island." I believe this is just after you get on the road and are driving east across the hill side with all the rocks. As you come around the corner here, the road "drops down" and continues south. I would guess that it is hanging around with the flock of goldfinches so locating the flock is probably the best bet for looking for this bird.

MarJean Muhlestein (19 Feb 2008) - I went looking for the Red-shouldered Hawk juv., and just West of I-15 exit entering onto Park Ln., spotted the Hawk. I decided since it had been seen in the morning hours, and not in the afternoon hours, that it must roost there. So I went at 5:30 pm and immediately saw it resting in the snag of a dead tree. There is a pile of rubbish surrounding the snag. The pheasant pens are just North of several trees, and it was hunting that field.

Joel and Kathy (18 Feb 2008) - The Bald Eagle spectacle continued today at Farmington Bay WMA. We counted over 150 Bald Eagles, with at least 50 in the vicinity of the second bridge on the dike road. Also seen at this location was the adult Western Gull, a second-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull, an adult Glaucous Gull, a couple of first-winter Thayer's Gulls, and over 100 Herring Gulls. And what better ending to a day of birding than seeing 7 Short-eared Owls and 5 Barn Owls hunting along the dike road.

Tony Jones (13 Feb 2008) - I left home this morning about 8:15 am. As I drove over the bridge at Park lane in Farmington, I saw a raptor in a tree. This is the same spot that the Summerfields saw the Red-shouldered Hawk on Sunday. ...Park Lane is off the Highway 89 exit near Lagoon. From the highway exit, turn west and the bird is on the North side in a tree near a fenced area that looks like it has pheasant in it.

Bryan Shirley (11 Feb 2008) - After reading that the Sommerfelds survived Farmington Bay on Sunday I thought I might be able to handle it on a weekday. ...At first I couldn't find the Western Gull, but did locate a Juv Glaucous Gull (also at the 1st bridge). Then I found a suspicious looking Juv Herring Gull and thought if I watched it long enough I could turn it in to something else. After about 10 minutes it actually worked - the Western Gull walked into my scope! The Herring Gull was still there, so technically I didn't use my magical powers to change him into a rare bird, but close...

Cindy Sommerfeld (10 Feb 2008) - Today Steve and I birded Antelope Island until early afternoon.... On our way home we decided to stop at Farmington Bay. As we exited I-15 (exit 325 I think) and turned right toward Davis Co. Fairgrounds we spotted a raptor. The hawk was on the west side of the road in a tree near the pheasant cages. It was a Red-shouldered Hawk! We watched it for several minutes. It was very skittish and flew around a lot. Just as it found a place to settle a FERRUGINOUS HAWK flew in and chased it off. We last saw it flying south east over the Fairgrounds. We did try to relocate it without any luck....We ventured on to Farmington Bay...We did find the Western Gull and the Mew Gull that Jerry mentioned seeing on Friday. Also at least one adult Thayer's Gull.

Jerry Lig (9 Feb 2008) - Went birding yesterday with a few friends at Farmington Bay, birds of note: Adult Mew Gull (right off the first bridge) Adult Western Gull (right off the first bridge)(2) Least Sandpipers (end of the dike road) Greater Yellowlegs (end of the dike road)(2) Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks (near entrance to the refuge, east on Glover lane) a bunch of Barn Owls several Short-eared Owls(150 or so) Bald Eagles.

Kris Purdy (6 Feb 2008) - Paul Higgins just called (11:00 a.m. Wednesday) to report seeing a Lapland Longspur and a Snow Bunting in a flock of Horned Larks on Antelope Island Causeway, Davis County, at about mile 2.5.

Jan 2008

Doug Roberts (29 Jan 2008) - I saw two female Long-tailed Ducks at Antelope Island today (Tuesday, 29 January), at the causeway, west culvert.

Joel and Kathy (27 Jan 2008) - An adult Western Gull and Trumpeter Swan were at Farmington Bay WMA this afternoon, The Western Gull was on the west dike at the first bridge, along with over 100 Herring Gulls and 18 Bald Eagles. The gulls were busy finding fish in the small section of open water, and the eagles were just as busy taking the fish away. Quite entertaining! The Trumpeter Swan was in the southwest pond at the end of the west dike road, hanging out with pintails and shovelers. At mile marker 2 on the Antelope Island Causeway, a Lapland Longspur was found in a flock of 30 Horned Larks. Also, 7 Long-tailed Ducks (3 male,4 female) were at the second bridge.

Doug Roberts (8 Jan 2008) - At the causeway at Antelope Island, Utah, today, Jan 8, I believe I saw a Glaucous Gull. It was the largest gull in the water, and it had pinkish bill with black tip. It was mostly white-ish.

Dec 2007

Kris Purdy (31 Dec 2007) - Paul Higgins just called (11:00 am, Monday) with a report of a Great Egret at Farmington Bay WMA in Davis County. The bird is just west of the parking lot at the end of the west dike where Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld found the Western Gull last March. The egret was enjoying fishing success with Great Blue Herons and Paul got some great images, which he'll post in a couple days when his computer is functional again.

Edson Leite (31 Dec 2007) - I took my girlfriend's family birdwatching for the first time today. We went to Antelope Island they had a blast. We had a Goshawk on the road to the Ranch, a couple porcupines on the trees, and Sharpie on the way to the ranch as well. At the first bridge we had 7 Long-tailed Ducks.

Stephen Carlile (28 Dec 2007) - With the week off from work I decided to go on the monthly Audubon Farmington Bay trip today. ...The highlights were a Northern Shrike (in the last cluster of small trees east of Egg Island on the north side of the road)...

Tim Avery (21 Dec 2007) - [Chestnut-collared Longspur] Thanks to Bryan for the phone call this afternoon. I was able to get a hold of the Sommerfeld's and make our way up. As Bryan mentioned, the bad news was the bird was gone. We spent about 1.5-2 hours searching in the area where the bird was seen without locating the bird. We decided to head towards Glover's Lane as the bird was last seen flying out to the NW around Egg Island. So along with the Sommerfeld's, Paul Higgins, and Larene Wyss, we headed that way. We drove to the turnaround at the north end of the ponds and headed back south along the pond at Glover's Lane, when the bird literally flew up right in front of the car, over the top and behind us. Thankfully it was an overly cooperative bird and we were all able to watch it until it was dark. Pat Jividen showed up a few minutes afterwards and was able to see the bird as well. The bird let us approach and view it from within 20 feet. When it did fly it called a couple times giving a 3 note rattle...

Bryan Shirley (21 Dec 2007) - Santa came early this year and delivered a Chestnut-collared Longspur to Farmington Bay today. I found it about 2 PM on the road about 100 yards south of the gate at Egg Island.... It looks like a male in transition plumage. Closer to winter, but it still has a mostly black belly. It also has a bit of chestnut color mixed with the black on the breast. Sibly doesn't show that, but the National Geographic guide shows breeding males with either black or with chestnut breasts. At first I didn't notice it, but at close range it does have a few chestnut-tinged feathers in the collar as well...

Jeff Bilsky (10 Dec 2007) - In preparation for the CBC, I birded the Bountiful area over the weekend. Saturday I found a large flock of Bohemian Waxwings with the occasional CEDAR WAXWING mixed in right near the Cemetery. Also spotted a Merlin in a tree. Sunday went again with Carl Ingwell and spotted a large flock of RED CROSSBILLS amongst other expected species.

Nov 2007

Bill Fenimore (28 Nov 2007) - I took three BYU students and their professor out birding on the Antelope Island Causeway this afternoon. ...The Long-tailed Ducks were on the south side at the last bridge before the marina. We also found a Mew Gull on the north side, before reaching the second bridge. It was with two Ring-billed and a Bonaparte's Gull.

Kris Purdy (27 Nov 2007) - The Bohemian Waxwings continue in the Fruit Heights neighborhood, Davis County, that Franklin Clawson described on November 18. ... About 25 Hooded Mergansers are at Kaysville Ponds. Most are female-type birds, although at least three of the female-type birds are first-year males with yellowish eyes and black bills. I saw about five adult males...

Carol Gwynn (24 Nov 2007) - Two Snow Buntings remained at the first bridge, north side, on the Antelope Island Causeway at about 3 p.m. today, along with American pipits. Numerous Long-tailed Ducks were still at the second bridge, and yes, not one, but TWO separate groups of folks came by in the hour I was by the 2nd bridge, to toss boulders into the water and scatter all of the birds. Good grief. Numerous hooded mergansers were still at the Kaysville Ponds today.

Paul Higgins (23 Nov 2007) - I was out on the AI Causeway, earlier today, and located four (4) more Snow Buntings on the first bridge with the NO SWIMMING signs.

Tim Avery - This morning (11/20) I hit the causeway expecting a good movement of birds with overnight NW winds. I was pleased with the number of gulls along the entire length of the north side of the causeway. The majority of the birds were Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls, but a few Herring and California were mixed in. The best bird of the morning was a 2nd year Mew Gull at the first bridge. ...At the last bridge were an astounding 18!!!! yes, 18 Long-tailed Ducks, including 7 adult males with tail plumes. 2 White-winged Scoter, and the Black Scoter were also swimming around.

Kris Purdy (16 Nov 2007) - Paul Higgins called me at about 12:40 pm to report a Snow Bunting at Antelope Island Causeway, Davis County. Paul was photographing the scoters and Long-tailed Ducks at the big bridge near the marina and he became aware of a lone bird foraging in the rocks where rocks and weeds meet at the northeast side of the bridge. He was able to capture a couple images at a long distance.

Joel and Kathy (11 Nov 2007) - This afternoon we found a male Eurasian Wigeon at Farmington Bay WMA (Davis Co.). It was in the Unit 1 pond (the "rest area"), in the midst of several thousand other ducks, about three tenths of a mile south of the dike road gate.

Tim Avery (6 Nov 2007) - Headed up to the causeway this morning to try and photograph the scoters, as well as to look through the Bonaparte's Gulls again... Below is a list of the highlights: Location: Antelope Island Causeway Observation date: 11/6/07Number of species: 36 ROSS'S GOOSE 1 (between MM3-4 on north side with Canada Geese) Cinnamon Teal 1, Greater Scaup 2 (flyby at the last bridge) Lesser Scaup 10, Surf Scoter 1 (at the last bridge) White-winged Scoter 1 (at the last bridge), Long-tailed Duck 2 (at the last bridge), Bufflehead 4, Common Goldeneye 15, BALD EAGLE 1 (adult flyover at MM4), Prairie Falcon 1, Bonaparte's Gull 80, Herring Gull 2, Sabine's Gull 1 (with the BOGU flock)...

Tim Avery (4 Nov 2007) - This morning I headed up to the causeway to try and pick up the White-winged Scoter reported yesterday by the Sommerfelds, et all. Arriving at the last bridge, the flock of Bonaparte's Gulls was stunning! On the south/east side of the causeway were two scoters and a Long-tailed Duck together, however the Scoter's did not include the White-winged. The previously reported Surf Scoter was present as well as a juvenile type Black Scoter!... at least 11 Long-tailed Duck at the causeway today! The juvenile Sabine's Gull Was still present. It wasn't with the flock when I arrived, but, flew in while I was taking pictures...

Carol Gwynn (3 Nov 2007) - The Antelope Island Causeway was way too much fun today. ...I ran into Sommerfelds at the bridge closest to the island, and they were enjoying the Bonaparte's Gulls and scanning for oddities. Steve was on a juvenile Sabine's Gull. Very nice. ... Steve located a Surf Scoter, and a few minutes later, Paul (eagle eyes) spotted a male Long-Tailed Duck in flight that put down a ways out on the south side of the bridge. Not long after, Steve spotted a White-winged Scoter which landed close to the Surf Scoter, then took off heading northeast...

Oct 2007

Tim Avery (24 Oct 2007) - Today I headed out to the causeway and Garr Ranch....A juvenile Sabine's Gull flew over the causeway headed northeast near MM3,continuing the great fall for this species in Utah. And the flock of birds where the Beyer's reported a Ruff a few nights back was in the same place, with everything previously reported, minus the Ruff. There was a single Pectoral Sandpiper with them, as well as a Dunlin. And at the first bridge (between MM4-5), on the north side of the causeway was a flock of 95 plovers. And surprisingly, there were 13 American Golden-Plover mixed in with the birds. ...At the ranch things were pretty calm. ...As I walked on the north side of the fence along the spring, I could hear several Golden-crowned Kinglets. As I followed one to the ground about 20 feet ahead I spotted a very rufous melospiza sparrow, and getting my binocs on it was greeted with great looks at a Swamp Sparrow ...The bird was probably directly north of where Kris Purdy saw a sparrow last week that struck her as "swampish", but she didn't get great looks at the bird....

Joel and Kathy (21 Oct 2007) - This evening Kathy and I found a juvenile Ruff on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). We initially saw the bird at 6 p.m., in a large mixed flock of peeps, including about 40 Killdeer, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 4-5 Least Sandpipers, 3 Baird's Sandpipers and a Western Sandpiper. The group was at mile marker 3.5 on the south side, spread out on the mud 30 yards out. We observed the bird for 15-20 minutes through the scope, and were able to eliminate all other possibilities, in particular Buff-breasted Sandpiper. The bird was a very close match to the one in Sibley. At 6:20 all the birds took flight, heading east along the causeway. They split into two groups, landing amongst the rocks at approx. mile markers 4.5 and 5. Before we had a chance to thoroughly search through both groups, they again all took flight and headed north over the causeway. At that point it was getting too dim (6:30 p.m.) to follow them any further.

Kris (19 Oct 2007) - I visited Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park in Davis County today to watch for a mysterious sparrow that I saw briefly and poorly at the east end of the spring on Tuesday. In an hour and a half of watching, I didn't hear or see a sparrow, but I did see a Northern Saw-whet Owl in the willow windfall in the northern-most spring channel, the one that channels water from the spring house. The bird perched on a horizontal branch, relatively exposed, and tried to ignore the juncos that came to chip at him occasionally. Paul Higgins arrived at about the same time to look for the male Varied Thrush again and photographed the owl...

Kris (16 Oct 2007) - John Bellmon, Keith Evans, Jack Rensel and I saw a male Varied Thrush at Garr Ranch, Antelope Island State Park, Davis County, today. We saw the bird in several places around the east end of the spring; he responded to brief playbacks of the Varied Thrush call twice (our attempt to get him to pop out of thick phragmites). We got prolonged good looks at him later when he foraged in the open in the grass between the fence north of the spring and the horse corrals. ...All other species were relatively common except for the Cassin's Vireo John and I saw in the trees north of the bathrooms. And I thought the last one I saw two weeks ago was a little late for the season! I also saw one Golden-crowned Kinglet near the spring.

Mark Stackhouse (14 Oct 2007) - A few persistent birders (the Beyers, the Sommerfelds, David Wheeler and myself) got good looks of the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at the Antelope Island Causeway this afternoon. The bird was seen briefly on the south side of the first bridge at about 1 pm, then it flew off, and was well seen at about 3:30 in the same location, before flying off to the south. The bird seems to be moving between the large puddle south of the bridge and the lake shore about 1/4 mile due south of that point, where a large mass of birds could be seen. It returned to the causeway site at least twice, so being patient at that spot may be the best strategy. The Beyers said they saw the same bird earlier in the day (exact time?) east of the bridge at about mm 6 on the south side, so it might be worth checking there as well. There was a Pectoral Sandpiper there this afternoon. In the relatively poor light of the afternoon the bird was not initially very obvious, but on the second viewing moved to a better light angle, and all the definitive field marks could be easily seen. The bird is about the same size and shape as a Pectoral Sandpiper, but has a buffy/rusty wash on the breast instead of heavy streaks, is generally warmer brown/slightly rusty on the back, has a prominent white eyebrow, and a dark cap that looks very rusty in good light. The wingtips and tail are long and attenuated, giving the bird a long and tapered look, somewhat like a Baird's, but the legs are obviously pale, as in Pectoral, and not black as in Baird's. The head pattern (white eyebrow and dark cap) is stronger than in either Baird's or Pectoral. I finally got a new bird in Utah this year (#384) - thanks for the great find Tim! Some other birds seen along the causeway included: ...American Golden-Plover (about 6-10)...Short-billed Dowitcher...

Tim Avery (13 Oct 2007) - This afternoon at 12:30 I was working my way west along the causeway and was several hundred yards east of the first bridge when a flock of Dowitchers flew by with what looked like a Pectoral Sandpiper in tow...I soon found that there were two Pectoral Sandpiper with the flock as well as a single Dunlin. ...I started to pack up when a flock of12 BONAPARTE'S GULL came flying over the causeway from the south, landing on the tip of the mud flat jutting out from the causeway. As I followed the birds to land in my binocs, I caught another Pectoral in the corner and to my shock a very bright sandpiper that looked to be a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. I set my scope down again, and took a quick look. Dark rufous cap, pale and contrasting supercillium, buffy orange wash over the breast, and a lot of rufous in the wings. Definitely not a Pec...the birds took flight as the jets from Hill passed over (as they did most of the afternoon). I opted to follow the birds, which had bunched up with the dowitchers, and other pecs. They headed west about 100 yards then veered south over the causeway. I followed them for a couple hundred yards till I lost sight of them in the rain....The Sharp-tailed never reappeared, but a number of other good shorebirds were seen: 11 American Golden Plover (conservative estimate - all juv's)250 Black-bellied Plover15 PECTORAL SANDPIPER (again conservative - 1 flock of 9 birds) ...1500 Long-billed Dowitcher... 2 Short-billed Dowitcher...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (8 Oct 2007) - Some of the birds we saw today... AI Causeway: 3 Pectoral Sandpipers; 2 Willets; 5 Marbled Godwits; many Least, Western and Baird's Sandpipers; 30+ Black-bellied Plovers; 3 American Golden Plovers; 500+ Red-necked Phalaropes; thousands of Dowitchers; 4Sanderlings; 5 Sandhill Cranes; lots of Pipits. - Garr Ranch: juvenile Northern Goshawk, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, 2 Townsend's Warblers, 20+ YR Warblers, 2 Dusky Flycatchers, 3 Red-naped Sapsuckers, 2 Townsend's Solitaires, 20 Flickers, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 30+ Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Swainson's Thrush, and at least 100 Hermit Thrushes. Farmington Bay WMA: 38 species, including an adult Sabine's Gull, 2 Common Terns, 20 Lesser and 10 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Wilson's Snipe, and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers.

Sep 2007

Carol Gwynn (29 Sep 2007) - I thought today's horrific weather might ground some good birds along the Antelope Island Causeway...Along the Causeway, I ran into a British birding tour group. They had staked out 3 Sabine's Gulls between MM 3 and 4, and their leader had seen two additional ones earlier. I got to see the 3 juveniles. That was pretty cool to see 3 in the same binocular view.

Dave Hanscom (27 Sep 2007) - The monthly Great Salt Lake Audubon Farmington Bay trip took place yesterday. We did see a Common Tern sunning itself on a nest box in the pond at the end of Glover Lane.

(26 Sep 2007) - Arnold Smith and I (Aaron Smith) saw a Blue-headed Vireo at Garr Ranch yesterday at about 1530 in the afternoon. It was mixed in with several Cassin's Vireo's. We also identified what we believe to be a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was mixed in with 2 adult male Red-naped Sapsuckers. The Red-naped Sapsuckers both tended to hang together and did not like the Yellow-bellied. They would chase after it any time it would get close to them. The Yellow-bellied also appeared to be an adult male. We located the sapsuckers in the trees just East of the spring house. However, they were seen throughout the trees below the ranch house. The Vireo's were in the same location.

Mark Stackhouse (24 Sep 2007) - I finally made it out to Farmington Bay today to take a look at the jaeger. ...the bird was close to the road in the SW corner of the rest area (main impoundment on the left), where it stayed for some time before making a lengthy flight over the water, trending NE, until I lost it in the distance on the far side (E) of the impoundment...Also there while I was there were Eric Huish (who initially found it), Tuula Rose and Ned Bixler, all from Utah County. I looked with great interest at the photos that Tim took of the bird last week, and had formed an idea as to what the bird is, but wanted to reserve final judgment until I had a chance to see the bird itself. I've found the best way to identify jaegers is by shape and flight style, something that's hard to see in photos. ...What I saw at Farmington Bay today confirms what I thought from Tim's photos. I'm confident that this is a Parasitic Jaeger, and not a Pomarine Jaeger. The bird I saw today was too slight of build, with wings too long and narrow to be a Pomarine. ... I was really hoping for a Pomarine. I've never seen a Pomarine in Utah, but this is my fifth Utah Parasitic Jaeger.

Tim Avery (23 Sep 2007) - This afternoon around 12:45 pm at the first bridge (and no swimming sign) as I was starting to conduct a lakewatch, 3 Red Phalarope came skimming along the surface of the lake about 100 yards north of the causeway. The birds all appeared to be in basic plumage with clean gray back and boldly marked black and white wings. The birds flew past and to the northwest along the shoreline. I called Kris Purdy, who happened to be about 1/4 mile west of me and let her know what had just flown past. She joined me, as well as the Sommerfeld's and shortly after that the Beyer's. We stayed in the area for a couple hours watching the 1,000's of birds flying back and forth to the north of the causeway. Unfortunately, the phalarope were not seen. In all, I only saw 1Wilson's Phalarope and 2 Red-necked Phalarope while looking.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Sep 2007) - A juvenile Golden-crowned Sparrow was seen at Garr Ranch (Antelope Island) this morning about 11:30. It was with a flock of White-crowned Sparrows in the large brush pile southeast of the ranch house. 2 Winter Wrens (we saw them together) are hanging about the large downed trees at the pond. Hermit Thrushes were everywhere. There were still thousands of peeps (Baird's and Western) along the Causeway, and at least 1 American Golden Plover amongst the Black-bellied. At Farmington Bay WMA this afternoon, the Pomarine(?) Jaeger was still present, but was mostly frequenting the far east side of Unit 1 (the rest pond).

Kathy and Joel (22 Sep 2007) - We made our way to Farmington Bay WMA this morning about 9 am, and eventually found the Jaeger resting on the water east of the dike, about 200 yards south of the second bridge where it was reported previously. We had excellent looks (thanks to some cloud cover) as it chased a Forster's Tern around, and it then headed southeast. We refound it later sitting in Unit 2, and again it took off to chase some Black Terns, before disappearing for good. From all we could see, this was a juvenile Pomarine Jaeger, not a Parasitic. Two Common Terns were in the pond at the west end of Glover Lane (Farmington). This afternoon the north side of the Antelope Island Causeway was alive with birds bulking up during the storm. A couple thousand each Western and Baird's Sandpipers, a Dunlin, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 Red Knots, 7 Marbled Godwits, 3 Snowy Plovers, 8 Black-bellied Plovers, 3 Wilson's Phalaropes, a Red-necked Phalarope, 6 Sanderlings, 5 Long-billed Curlews (south side) and lots and lots and lots of Avocets. No Sabine's Gull today.

Tim Avery (21 Sep 2007) - I just received a call from Kris Purdy at 11:04am to let me know that the juvenile presumed Pomarine Jaeger was still present at Farmington Bay WMA this morning. Kris, Dave Hanscom and Pomera Fronce all observed the bird from the2nd bridge (the air boat launch parking lot with the 2 Owl decoys) reporting that it was acting in a similar fashion to yesterday. Typically the bird was 200+ yards east of the west dike on the edge of the massive waterfowl and coot flock. Kris noted that the best way to look was to scan along the edge of the flock looking for a dark "gull-like" bird.

Tim Avery (19 Sep 2007) - Just as with last Friday the wind had pushed 100's of gulls up to the south side of the causeway, and in almost the same locale as Friday a juvenile Sabine's Gull was hanging out. At Garr Ranch migration had slowed from previous trips, but a Least Flycatcher made up for the lack of birds.

Tim Avery (19 Sep 2007) - I received a call from Steve Sommerfeld at about 7:55 this evening reporting that he had seen a probable Jaeger species east of the main north-south road at Farmington Bay WMA. This is the large rest area that currently is covered in waterfowl and coots.

Kris Purdy (17 Sep 2007) - Tim Avery just called (1:05 pm, Monday) to report a juvenile Black-and-white Warbler at Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park, Davis County. Tim reported the bird is moving between the ranch house and the spring house and has been both on the ground and as high as 35 feet.

Kathy and Joel (16 Sep 2007) - This afternoon we found two Sabine's Gulls on the AI Causeway, both on the north side around MM4. One was a juvenile, the other a first summer. At Garr Ranch we saw an adult White-throated Sparrow, the white-striped form. It was along the stream behind the springhouse.

Joel and Kathy (15 Sep 2007) - After striking out on the Winter Wren at Garr Ranch this morning, we tried again late this afternoon and were rewarded. We saw the Winter Wren at 5:45, moving about the large downed tree just south of the pond. We also saw several Cassin's Vireos, a Red-eyed Vireo, female Williamson's Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker and a Townsend's Warbler.

Tim Avery (14 Sep 2007) - At about 2:30pm as I continued east, about 40 yards east of MM4 on the north side of the causeway was an adult Whimbrel. ... As I was taking off the small lens I heard the QUIQUIQUIQUIQUIQUI call as the bird took off flying back west along the north side of the road. I watched it till the heat waves on the road made it impossible. ...There was a lot of bird movement at Garr Ranch. And even after being at the ranch an hour I was still finding new birds. A Winter Wren (possibly the same bird although it hasn't been seen in over a week) and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were present, as well as an out of place Black-capped Chickadee.

Kristin Purdy (14 Sep 2007) - Tim Avery called me at about 2:10 pm to report a juvenile Sabine's Gull at Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County. Tim first saw the bird on the north side at the rocky spit that points toward Fremont Island at about mile 1.8; the bird has continued to work its way east and now is on the south side about 100 yards east of the weather pole with the anemometer on top.

Joel and Kathy (12 Sep 2007) - We took advantage of the open interior gates at Farmington Bay WMA this evening (thanks Steve!) and spotted a Common Moorhen about midway along the south side of Unit 2. Also saw a perched Great Horned Owl at the southeast corner of Unit 2. A very nice sunset as well!

Tim Avery (11 Sep 2007) - I received a phone call just a bit ago from Kris Purdy, that John Bellmon, Keith Evans and I believe Jack Rensel had located a Magnolia Warbler 20 yards (or so) east of the Spring House. I suppose this would be along the "creek" that flows down to the fence line. No further details were provided, except that the bird was in fall plumage.

Tim Avery (9 Sep 2007) - I received a phone call this morning from the Sommerfeld's, that Joel and Kathy Beyer had found a Black-and-white Warbler at Garr Ranch near the Spring House.  I drove up and we were able to relocate the bird on the large log that is down across the pond. This was at around 11:45am.

Stephen Carlile (8 Sep 2007) - Garr Ranch:  Northern Waterthrush in the third pond/seep about 1/2 mile south of the ranch. Watch out for the buffalo and their "leavings".

Kristin Purdy (4 Sep 2007) - Arnold Smith just called me (6:00 pm, Tuesday) to report a Clay-colored Sparrow on Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County. Arnold, Keith Evans, and John Bellmon stayed on the island for the remainder of the afternoon and found the bird on the way home at the No Swimming bridge at about mile 4.8. The bird was on the south side and perched on sunflowers on the southwest side of the bridge, then flew to the southeast side and perched on a green shrub there. Two Brewer's Sparrows were also present.

Kristin Purdy (4 Sep 2007) - The Blue-headed Vireo dragnet that spread across Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park... we did not see the bird.  We did, however, see many Warbling Vireos, the Red-eyed Vireo in the Russian Olive at the southeast corner of the south pasture and John saw a Cassin's Vireo. ... Dennis also saw a Winter Wren in the brush beyond the Red-eyed Vireo's tree after the remainder of the party had left.

Joel and Kathy (3 Sep 2007) - This morning at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island (Davis Co.) we saw a striking Blue-headed Vireo in the trees behind the spring house. A first-year and an adult Cassin's Vireo were also seen by the stream. Red-eyed Vireo was a no-show. (By the way, last week we and Jack saw an adult RE Vireo, not the young bird seen yesterday). A Least Flycatcher was observed a couple of times in the area of the horseshoe pits.

Kris Purdy (2 Sep 2007) - I spoke with Arnold Smith tonight, who told me he and Aaron saw an immature Red-eyed Vireo at Garr Ranch Saturday. This may be the bird that Jack Binch reported at the spring. Arnold said he and Aaron saw the bird "all over the place", including in the line of Russian Olives by the fence that the buffaloes have pushed down, in the Russian Olives in the south pasture and in the Chinese Elms over the picnic area.

Aug 2007

Jack Binch (27 Aug 2007) - Red-eyed Vireo ...I spent Sunday morning sitting near the bog at Garr Ranch. The vireo was in the trees just east of the spring pond.

Tim Avery (20 Aug 2007 ) - I spent a good chunk of the day at Garr Ranch (10:00am - 2:00pm) ...After about an hour and a half birding I stumbled upon a Blue-headed Vireo near the same location as mentioned by Merrill Webb and Glenn Barlow on Saturday.  I followed the bird for a couple minutes, and only saw it once more about an hour later in the same area. The only other Vireo present was a CASSIN'S VIREO in the tree to the southeast of the pond. The other interesting bird was this empid, which looks like a 1st year Least Flycatcher.

Edson Leite (20 Aug 2007) - At Antelope Island about 50 western sandpipers close to shore on the south side of mm 5.
At the ranch Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Yellow, Nashville, Wilson's, Townsend's Warblers. The female Indigo bunting made a very brief appearance on the mud by the spring.

Glenn B. Barlow (18 Aug 2007) - ...We then went to Garr Ranch... the big sighting by Merrill was a Blue-headed Vireo. Unfortunately I could not hear him calling me. Nevertheless, the bird was seen south of the spring house along the fence-line just past the gate that leads to the spring area. When Merrill saw it he said to himself, "a blue vireo."  He said the white spectacles were obvious against a steel-blue head color. He also saw the white throat. However, he did not get a good look at the side and flanks to see how yellow, or what color they might be.

Tim Avery (17 Aug 2007) - At Garr Ranch there was a hummingbird show. I spent about 90 minutes watching the 2 feeders on the porch of the old ranch house, and at times there were nearly 30 Hummingbirds flocking to the feeders. ... 4 species were seen in the time including: 20+ Rufous Hummingbird, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbird (adult females), 4 Broad-tailed Hummingbird (1 or 2 adult males, 1 adult F, 1+ juveniles), 2 Calliope Hummingbird (2 juveniles).

Joel and Kathy (13 Aug 2007) - This morning at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island we saw 2 Northern Waterthrushes and a first-year Tennessee Warbler. The Northern Waterthrushes were along the stream behind the spring house, and the juvenile Tennessee Warbler was working the bushes just behind the spring house. The only other warbler seen was MacGillivray's.

Mark Stackhouse (11 Aug 2007) - Another British birder and I found a few good birds at Garr Ranch (Antelope Island) ...At Garr Ranch, songbird migrants are appearing. This morning we saw a Townsend's Warbler, two Nashville Warblers and a female Indigo Bunting. The warblers were also present on last Thursday morning. There are lots of hummingbirds at the feeders, and plenty of more common migrants, such as Macgillivray's and Wilson's Warblers.

Tim Avery (8 Aug 2007) - This morning there was a Whimbrel near the 1st bridge at AIC, and a Solitary Sandpiper inside the gate on the east side of the road at Farmington Bay.

Jul 2007

Tim Avery (21 Jul 2007) - This evening I saw a very strange large Caladris sandpiper along the causeway between MM 4 and 5. Initially I thought it was just a pale Baird's Sandpiper but once in the scope, the base of the bill appeared pinkish-orange. Then when the bird took off I was stunned to see the white rumps as I snapped a few more shots:... The bird appeared to be a White-rumped Sandpiper, but this date and location would seem highly unlikely... At the same time I can't figure out what else it may be. ...Also in the same area were 3 Pectoral Sandpiper...

Nate Nye (2 Jul 2007) - This morning, my dad and I drove out to Antelope Island to do some birding together. We saw plenty of all the expected species, including probably close to 100,000 Wilson's Phalaropes along the causeway (incredible sight). Easily the most unexpected bird of the morning was a pair of Grasshopper Sparrows seen at about 9:30 AM along the road slightly north of Garr Ranch (at the site there was a brown road marker with a "9" on it). They were quite cooperative--we watched them from about 25 ft. away in excellent lighting for a couple of minutes before they flew off into the fields and began singing their "trip, trip, tip-tzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" song. We could see well their buffy, unstreaked breast, yellow lores, wide dark stripe on either side of the pale central crown stripe (seen from above), and intricately patterned scapulars and tertials. And if the great views weren't enough to confirm the ID, their distinctive insectlike song was a complete giveaway.

Jun 2007

[email protected] (3 Jun 2007) - There was a 1st Spring (according to Sibley's) Summer Tanager in the trees behind the restroom at Garr Ranch Sunday morning around 8:30 or 9:00 am.

May 2007

Kathy and Joel (6 May 2007) - This morning on our way to Antelope Island, we spotted a Purple Martin sitting on the wires at 1700 So. 3000 W. in Syracuse. Along the Causeway, all the birds reported from Saturday were present, with the addition of a Ruddy Turnstone and several Long-billed Dowitchers (both about MM 5.5). All the shorebirds (except a few Western Sandpipers and Sanderlings) were gone by early afternoon. Grasshopper Sparrows and a Peregrine Falcon were seen along the road to Garr Ranch. Birds at the Ranch included Willow Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Say's Phoebe, Western Wood Pewee, Cooper's Hawk, Green-tailed Towhee,Townsend's Solitaire, Lincoln's Sparrow, and a single Yellow Warbler. This afternoon at the Kaysville Ponds we saw 6 Common Grackles. They were in the trees just south of the Botanical Center.

Tim Avery (5 May 2007) -  Colby and I... drove up to Antelope Island... We moved on between MM 5 and 3 where shorebirds were abundant: ...Sanderling - 1000: ...Semipalmated Sandpiper - 40 (This was an unusually high concentration for this species in Utah) ...Dunlin - 2: ...At Garr Ranch we found 2 Northern Waterthrush. 1 was near the fence where the spring flows into the cattails and the other was in the understory of the first pond to the south of the ranch. After spending more time going through the shorebirds we headed to Glover Lane where there were a number of Forster's Terns that were very accommodating for the camera: And one bird that now makes sense was what was likely a Common Tern. Colby and I were following a bird that was floating along and appeared to have a grayish colored body and wings. It's didn;t really dawn on me at the time that the bird seemed like a Common Tern, but after looking at the pictures I am fairly certain the bird was a Common:

Brenda Kidman (4 May 2007) - Well, we have never had a Eurasian Collared-Dove before, that we know of, but we had one today. This has been quite the week for our backyard birds...We had our first Common Grackle of the season today. The activity is full bore in South Weber.

Stephen Carlile (4 May 2007) - Spent a cold wet day at Antelope Island... On the causeway the Black-bellied Plovers and Sanderlings are still there... Some excitement for me. Saw a Lifer! A singing, male Grasshopper Sparrow 2.1 miles north of Garr Ranch, 40 feet on the east side of the road. Had great looks with the binoculars and scope. The bird would throw his head back, open its bill wide and let out (in my opinion) a most wimpy bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Dave Hanscom (2 May 2007) - Yesterday I got out to AI... I also got a couple of special bonus birds. At the ranch, along the west fence between the grass and marsh areas, a Northern Waterthrush was feeding in the wet area near the south end of the fence. It was a brief look, before he headed into the reeds, but my first sighting at the ranch.

Apr 2007

Tim Avery (30 Apr 2007) - The shorebirding at AIC is still hot! This morning around 11:15 I spotted a flock of 10 Red Knots between MM 5 and 6 about 350 yards to the north of the causeway. The birds appeared for the most part to be in full breeding plumage. I am not sure of the timing of the molt, and if it is odd, as I have never seen this species in the spring. Nearby were 2 Black-bellied Plovers which helped for size and shape comparison.

Edson Leite (29 Apr 2007) - I went to Antelope Island this morning ...At the Island a lot of very vocal Chuckars, two Grasshopper Sparrows at 3.5 and 1.5 miles before Garr Ranch.

Tim Avery (22 Apr 2007) - A huge thanks goes out to Joel and Kathy Beyer whom I ran into at Farmington Bay this afternoon and alerted me that Joel had seen a Hudsonian Godwit. He told me that the bird had flown off with a flock of about 20 Marbled Godwits (unfortunately before Kathy could get a look at the bird) and headed westerly towards Egg Island, where they were scoping numerous godwits in the pond about 350 yards west of the island. I sat and scoped the area for sometime hoping that if the bird were there it would fly and show its tell-tale.... well tail... and more importantly its wing pattern. I was there from about 3:20 till 4:10 when the Beyer's decided to take off. I opted to stay a little longer in hopes that something would fly. A Peregrine had come by once sending a lot of birds in the air, and as luck would have it, the bird made a pass directly over the ponds where about 60 Godwits were resting/feeding. Everything on the pond took to the air and after looking for about 15 seconds I caught a glimpse of a very dark looking godwit with a flock of about 15 Marbled. The birds flew directly east at egg island before banking to the north, about 150 yards out, giving me fantastic looks and a chance to snap off several shots as they passed, before banking back to the west and coming to land on the ponds to the west after the commotion was over.

Tim Avery (22 Apr 2007) - This afternoon between 12:00 and 2:00pm I observed 9 Dunlin along the Antelope Island Causeway. All the birds were at magical mile marker 6 to the north of the causeway. There was one flock of 8 birds that stayed pretty much together about 350 yards to the north. There was a lone bird that was also keeping company with a mixed flock of Sanderling, Western and Least Sandpiper.

Tim Avery (22 Apr 2007) - Colby Neuman and I ventured out onto the causeway last night between 5 and 8 pm to look for some shorebirds. We had ...1 - Semipalmated Sandpiper (Brief look at the bird, which flew before Colby was able to get a good look at it)

Tim Avery (16 Apr 2007) - This morning, around 9:50 am while scanning through a several flocks of Black-bellied Plover that numbered around 400 (the highest count I have had in Utah), I had 3 American Golden-Plover come in and land just 50 yards away from me between MM 5 and 6 on the north side of the causeway. It was awesome being able to see adults in breeding plumage within 20 feet of numerous Black-bellied in all stages of molt. ... .7 Miles past the Frairy Peak parking area (to the south) were 2 singing Grasshopper Sparrows to the east of the road.

Tim Avery (9 Apr 2007) - This afternoon at 3:15 I observed an adult male Eurasian Wigeon from Egg Island at Farmington Bay WMA. The bird was in the pond just to the north of Egg Island and was associating with 4 American Wigeon. ...A few late waterfowl species were hanging around, including 2 Greater Scaup at Farmington Bay WMA on the pond to the west of the first right turn. Several Bufflehead and Lesser Scaup were also still present.

Tim Avery (1 Apr 2007) - This morning the Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip was graced with 3 Long-tailed Ducks on the north side of the causeway where the road curves. 2 females and 1 male bird were seen about 150 yards out with a mixed flock of Goldeneye and Lesser Scaup.

Mar 2007

Tim Avery (3 Mar 2007) - Today a gaggle of birders were stomping around the main parking area at Farmington Bay hoping for looks at any of a number of rare gulls reported in the last week.  The 3rd winter Western Gull made an appearance just after noon, at one point it was just 80 feet away in great lighting for all that were present to see. Two more times it made passes in flight less than 25 feet away. Not to be outdone about a half an hour later an adult Glaucous Gull passed overhead and Tony Jones picked up on it alerting everyone to the "ghost" gliding overhead. Completely white from underneath against the blue sky it was surely a sight to see! Keeping us busy while we waited for these great gulls, were 3, yes count em' 3 Thayer's Gulls, including 2 adult birds and 1 very cooperative 1st winter bird.

Tim Avery (3 Mar 2007) - Mr. Slager and myself headed up to Willard Bay to take a look around. We lucked out seeing both the Harris's Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow at the feeder mentioned in previous posts.

Feb 2007

Tim Avery (26 Feb 2007) - At 11:54 am I received a phone call form Kris Purdy who is at Farmington Bay right now, watching what she believes is an adult Iceland Gull. The bird was seen from the main parking area looking south-southwest into Turpin unit (towards Kennecott basically). She says the bird was on the ice about 250 yards out almost on the edge of the cattails and fragmites. This area is directly south of the canal heading north where the Western Gull was reported by the Sommerfield's and Beyer's yesterday. Kris reports that the Western Gull,  2nd winter Glaucous Gull and a Thayer's were present as well.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (25 Feb 2007) - After seeing the rare bird alert we ran (drove) up to Farmington Bay WMA late this afternoon, and found the Western Gull in the canal as described. We had to wait an hour for it to join the many Herring and
other gulls feeding on the carp, but when it did show up it was immediately noticeable since it was the only large dark-backed gull there. This was a much nicer look than at Lee Kay Ponds, as the Western Gull was amongst 30 or so other gulls, rather than the hundreds at Lee Kay, and we had the sun behind us!

Tim Avery (17 Feb 2007) - This afternoon, Dave Slager and I observed 2 female Long-tailed Duck at the bridge near the marina at Antelope Island. The birds were on the southside of the bridge in the now quite large pool of open water. Along the road to Garr Ranch we observed a lone Northern Shrike just south the Frairy Peak turnoff, on the east side of the road.

Edson Leite (11 Feb 2007) - Beth, her mom and I went to Farmington Bay today to look at the Bald Eagles. We saw 67 Bald Eagles, a juvenile Glaucous Gull, and an adult Glaucous-winged gull at the first bridge. The Lesser Black-backed Gull was further out.

Tim Avery (10 Feb 2007) - So after getting home form Willard Bay and checking my email, I had no choice but to run back up to Farmington Bay to look for the Trumpeter Swans reported to birdtalk by Silvia Gray.  I got the scope on it and was pleased to see and adult Trumpeter (from what I could see) feeding just a few yards from a couple Tundra Swans, for a nice comparison. ...As I continued to scour the birds I had a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull fly through my scope and land on the edge of the ice about 300 yards out. About a minute later I caught a very dark mantled gull coming in and landing just feet away from the Glaucous. It was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull!!!

Sylvia Gray (10 Feb 2007) - at Farmington Bay we observed many Tundra Swans and a pair of Trumpeter Swans, one of whom was sporting a green neck-band. Rich Hansen, the manager at F.Bay said it was banded in 2002 at West Yellowstone. Pretty cool.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (4 Feb 2007) - This afternoon at Farmington Bay WMA we saw an adult female Snow Bunting in a large flock of Horned Larks. They were along the west side of the west dike road. In amongst the Tundra Swans, ducks and gulls on the main pond was a first winter Glaucous Gull.

Jan 2007

Joel Beyer (21 Jan 2007) - Kathy and I observed an adult Mew Gull at Farmington Bay WMA this afternoon, about 3:00 pm. It was at the open water on the north side of the first bridge on the western dike road, in company with 8 Herring, 2 California and a Ring-billed Gull, and several Great Blue Herons. After a few minutes, everything flew and then settled again, with the exception of the Mew Gull, which was last seen flying out of sight to the northeast.  We also saw 13 Great-tailed Grackles in Centerville, just off I-15, in the IHOP parking lot.

Tim Avery (14 Jan 2007) - This morning Colby Neuman and I observed 2 female Long-tailed Ducks at the last bridge at AIC. Also present was 1 female Barrow's Goldeneye.

Joel and Kathy (1 Jan 2007) - We hit a goose trifecta plus one at the Oakridge Country Club (golf course) in Kaysville. Besides a couple hundred Canada Geese, there was a Cackling Goose, a blue-phase Snow Goose, and a Greater White-fronted Goose. A Belted Kingfisher rattled back and forth several times. All were seen from Shepard Lane, which is reached by continuing south on the road from the Kaysville Ponds.

Kris Purdy (1 Jan 2007) - The Antelope Island CBC was great fun today and the count included some great birds... Within our sector the first three highlight birds were all Northern lights--Northern   Goshawk, Northern Mockingbird and Northern Shrike. The goshawk was an adult hunting along the Russian Olives east of the road and south of the turnoff to Frary Peak. The mockingbird and the shrike were south of the ranch in a restricted area open to us only because we were doing the CBC. ...We dilly-dallied across the causeway in the twilight and saw the waterfowl at the big bridge including the Surf Scoter Tim reported and a female Barrow's Goldeneye among the Commons and the Buffleheads.

Dec 2006

Jack Binch (31 Dec 2006) - On Antelope Island Causeway between mile 1.2 and 1.7, I saw some Snow Buntings. First were three on the south side at about the 50 MPH sign. They were loosely associated with some American Pipits. I say loosely because they were 75 to 100 feet away from them, but flew when the flock of pipits flew... I saw two at 1.7 on the north side in the heavy weeds then two on the rocks at 1.2. I saw these two again a little later in about the same location. I am not sure if any of the pairs were the first ones I saw or not. Time was about 3 PM to 4 PM.

Tim Avery (23 Dec 2006) - I hit the Bountiful Landfill this afternoon and spent about and hour and a half picking through the gulls. I was surprised at the apparent lack of any Glacuous-type gulls, but pleasantly surprised at the number of Thayer's Gulls. In all I believe there were 7 THGU, including 6 adults and 1 first winter bird. After hitting the dump I ran over to Farmington Bay and ran into the Summerfeld's as they were leaving. They told me they had seen a Greater Scaup, Great Egret and Red-breasted Merganser. All three birds were pretty easy to find. ...The scaup and egret were at the 2nd bridge where the boats launch in the canal.

Jack Binch (23 Dec 2006) - One the causeway today I saw: ...Barrow's Goldeneye... Marina Bridge - Horned Grebe - Surf Scoter...

Kristin Purdy (15 Dec 2006) - I think I hit a motherlode of sparrows in South Weber, Davis County this morning while scouting my sector for tomorrow's Ogden Christmas Bird Count. The goodies included a Harris's Sparrow, a White-throated Sparrow (tan-striped) and three American Tree Sparrows. Many White-crowned were present of course, but I was also impressed by the number of Song Sparrows in a small area--perhaps 6-8. Too bad the predominant species was the House Sparrow; they did make sifting through the other birds difficult. ...The area is an undeveloped subdivision under the BIG powerline that cuts across South Weber from the golf ball radar on Hill Air Force Base on the south side to exit 85 of I-84 on the north side.

Ned Bixler (3 Dec 2006) - Today next to the cause way at Antelope Island were the following: two Long-tailed Ducks, two White-winged Scoters, one Surf Scoter, and numerous Least Sandpipers, and one Marbled Godwit.

birds2bikes (3 Dec 2006) - We decided to go to AI for the scooters and oldsquaw that was seen there earlier. We arrived around 8:00 am. It was frigidly cold but well worth the visit. We saw a Pectoral Sandpiper with some least sandpipers. Observed 4 gulls species; a Bonaparte's gull, Thayer's gulls, as well as the California and yellow billed gulls. We also observed three Surf Scoters and two White-winged Scooters around the marina (and in the marina). The female Oldsquaw was at the bridge as reported earlier with the common golden eyes, buffleheads, and ruddy ducks. We also went to the ranch. It was pretty quite, but our efforts were rewarded with a Northern Shrike harassing the local flickers...

Glenn Barlow (2 Dec 2006) - ...went to the [Antelope Island] causeway... At the bridge closest to the island there were Common Goldeneye present on both sides. On the south side, with a small flock, was a female Surf Scoter.

Nov 2006

Joel and Kathy Beyer (26 Nov 2006) - ...we stopped at the Antelope Island Causeway, and found a female Long-tailed Duck on the south side of the last bridge (the one nearest the island). It was with many Grebes, both Eared and Horned. There were 5 Surf Scoters on the north side of this same bridge.

Brian Currie (20 Nov 2006) - I birded AIC (Antelope Island Causeway) this afternoon from 1245-2:45. I drove right to (well, the way a birder drives "right to" anything : ) ) the bridge closest to the island. My main purpose was to see what, if anything had come in recently. The two White-winged Scoters were still present, but there seemed to be a third one. Within some time they somewhat acclimated to me and swam within 15-20 feet of me. It turns out there are two White-winged Scoters and one Surf Scoter... Generally the Surf was hanging out with the WW, but there were some times when it swam by itself. They were there the entire time. The Surf was less intimidated by me then were the WWs. Other species that were seen: Horned Grebe (3 near mile marker two on south side)...

Bob Parsons (17 Nov 2006) - ... I saw 3 Common Redpolls at the Bountiful Temple this morning. They are feeding on berries that fill the dozens of trees (10-15 feet high--but I don't know their name) planted in large pots in the upper parking lot. I also heard them in the bushes just north of the parking lot. If anyone is interested, the best time might be early morning as they were frightened off when some loud vehicles came through the parking lot about 9:00 a.m.

Kimberly Roush (12 Nov 2006) - I have photos of a winter plumage phalarope. Waiting for identification verification from Ella Sorenson on Tuesday. It is either a red or red-necked. I am leaning toward Red Phalarope. It was spotted @ 3:45 Saturday on Antelope Island Causeway, north side. Slowly swimming then walking on shore, then swimming and getting on shore  repeatedly, working its way east. It then flew north east. I watched it, photographed it, sketched and painted it for almost 2 hours.

Kris Purdy (9 Nov 2006) - Paul Higgins called me at about 2:15 to report a female White-winged Scoter at Antelope Island Causeway. The bird is north of the causeway by about 200 yards at the big bridge nearest the marina.

Glenn B. Barlow (3 Nov 2006) - After leaving Morgan, Paul led the group to AIC, to try for a possible Black-legged Kittywake, feeding with the Bonaparte Gulls on the north side of the last bridge, closest to the island. The kittiwake did not materialize/could not be located, but Merrill was able to spot a different looking gull, which later was determined to be a Mew Gull, but not before consulting several field guides and studying Paul’s photos.

Oct 2006

Tim Avery (26 Oct 2006) - This morning I birded the causeway as well as Kaysville Ponds. At AIC were an unusually high concentration of Horned Grebe, near the marina. I counted 21 in all, which seems to be high count? Can anyone recall having numbers like this in the past?

Tim Avery (22 Oct 2006) - This afternoon Colby Neuman and I found an adult female Surf Scoter along the Antelope Island Causeway on the south/east side of the road directly across from the marina. The bird was originally seen in this little bay, but slowly moved out to the east on the water. Also of note in the same general area were 2 Horned Grebes with a flock of around 10 Eared Grebe.

(17 Oct 2006) - Matt Burton reported seeing a Roseate Spoonbill northwest of the Turpin boat parking lot at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. Efforts to confirm the sighting are underway. The bird has not yet to be relocated.

Sep 2006

Kristin Purdy (22 Sep 2006) - Sifting through about a thousand Eared Grebes along Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County put me in good stead to have two Horned Grebes jump out at me by the time I got to the island. The were at the end of the causeway across from the marina on the south side, swimming with a small group of Eared Grebes. All the grebes had a tiny bit more molting to do to be completely in winter plumage. - I also saw three Pectoral Sandpipers foraging with a flock of Least, Western, Baird's Sandpipers and Killdeer at mm 6, north side.

Kristin Purdy (19 Sep 2006) - I birded Howard Slough WMA in Davis County today and saw a peck of Pectoral Sandpipers. Well, maybe not a peck--maybe a pack. They played pickleweed peek-a-boo with me for about 45 minutes while I peeped at them and picked out 16 Pectorals. Then a Northern Harrier flushed everything and about double the number of Pectorals I thought were there flushed out of the pickleweed.

Kathy and Joel Beyer - We found a flock of 8 Pectoral Sandpipers this afternoon (9/17) on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). They were foraging together about 100 yards north of the causeway near mile marker 6. Also in this area, but much closer to the causeway, was a single juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher, in company with many Killdeer. We made a positive ID based on the flight call.

Stephen Carlile - The Salt Lake Birders Saturday, 16 Sep 2006, field trip included the Antelope Island Causeway and Gar Ranch. Lots of species seen (83), but some of important highlights.- 1. The Black-and-white Warbler is still there east of the spring house. - 2. A male American Redstart seen, also east of the spring house. - 3. All six "Utah possible" Empidonax flycatchers were seen, with great views for identity comparison. - 4. Two Long-eared owls see in the Russian Olives south of the ranch picnic area. - 5. The Pacific Golden Plover was still there, a little west of Mile Marker 5 on the north side. - 6. Sanderlings were seen on the north side of the causeway, west of Mile Marker 5 (sorry I didn't keep better notes as to a more precise location).

Edson Leite (16 Sep 2006) - Today while trying to relocate the PGP, around 4pm a Parasitic Jaeger flew by on the north side of the causeway around mm 5 going west, making every gull all the way to mm 3 take to the air. I spent 2 hours trying to relocate it unsuccessfully. No pictures it was a brief fly by.

Kris Purdy (15 Sep 2006) - A juvenile Sabine's Gull was on the north side of the causeway this morning around 9:30 just east of the No Swimming bridge. The bird was about 150 yards out and was standing alone. A terrific clap of thunder scared the daylights out of both me and the gull. The bird took flight heading west revealing its dramatic wing pattern. I looked for that gull for the next 4 hours and never saw it again. Hmmph. - I heard a report of the Pacific Golden-Plover at mm 5 around 9 am this morning; I saw the bird one reflective marker west of mm 5 at about 1:15. Both sightings were on the north side along the border between weeds and mudflat.

Rick Fridell - ...Other highlights included: Garr Ranch, Antelope Island SP, Davis Co., 9/6 with Jack Rensel and Keith Evans: White-winged Dove, Least Flycatcher, Winter Wren, American Redstart (female/first fall).

Joel and Kathy Beyer (3 Sep 2006) - This afternoon we observed a juvenile Dunlin on the south side of the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.), at approx. mile marker 2.7. It was with several Baird's Sandpipers, which it looks very similar to, with the addition of black marking on the belly... The possible Pacific Golden-Plover was still at mile marker 5, north side, hanging out in the line of grassy clumps at the edge of the mudflats. Garr Ranch was fairly quiet, the most notable birds being Cassin's Vireo and Calliope Hummingbird.

Kristin Purdy (2 Sep 2006) - I just got a call (1 pm, Saturday) from Susan Saffle, who is at mile marker 5 on Antelope Island Causeway. Susan and a group of birders have been studying a bird they believe is a Pacific Golden-Plover on the north side of the causeway. All interested parties are invited to join them. Also watching the plover are Buck and Cindy Russell, Letitia Lussier, Carol Gwynn, and Kathy Roach.

Aug 2006

Bryan Dixon (29 Aug 2006) - Jean and I believe we may have seen a Pacific Golden-Plover on the north side of the Antelope Island Causeway 1/4 mile east of milepost 3 on Sunday, August 27. We observed the bird from 75-100' through a Kowa scope. It had a definite golden coloration throughout the body - not gray - and its wingtips protruded just barely beyond its tail. Back feathers had golden, not white edges, though the greater coverts appeared to have some white edges. Possible it was a golden-colored Black-bellied Plover, as it looked as though it was molting out of a black coloration on its belly. Undertail coverts were decidedly not black. We've never seen Pacific Golden-Plovers before and have little experience with Black-bellied, so we're unsure how much variation there is in golden color or wingtip length.

Colby Neuman (26 Aug 2006) - My dad and I then headed to Antelope Island for the afternoon. ...We did find a juvenile Sanderling mixed in with a flock of peeps on the north side of the causeway. I counted at least 39 Black-bellied Ploveers scattered along the causeway as well. I forgot to look at the milemarker, but we also found an American Golden-Plover in winter plumage along the north side (somewhere near the bend). We then headed to Garr Ranch where highlights were at least 2 Townsend's Warblers (1 male & 1 female) and a Cassin's Vireo.

Jack Binch (20 Aug 2006) - There have been a couple of reports of Townsend's Warblers, so I spent the morning at Garr Ranch with the hopes of getting a photo. Not to be. However, There were some good birds. Pretty much in the order seen: Warbling Vireo, American Redstart (female), MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Nashville Warbler, Lazuli Bunting (male and female), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Tanager (male and female), Cordilleran Flycatcher, Western Wood Peewee and other flycatchers I could not identify, Plumbeous Vireo, and last but not least a White-winged Dove. It did not fly in while I was sitting there, so it must have been in the tree for a couple of hours before the sun hit it and I saw some movement. This is the farthest north I have seen one.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (6 Aug 2006) - We also saw the 2 Ruddy Turnstones and the Whimbrel on the AIC where Jack Binch reported them. In addition, there was a Dunlin in basic plumage at the "No Swimming" bridge, north side, about 1:00 p.m. We watched it for 10 minutes before it flew west. We could not relocate it then or when we came back an hour later.

Jack Binch (6 Aug 2006) - Next to AIC. The Ruddy Turnstone was right at the "no swimming bridge". The Whimbrel was on the north side at about mile 2.1. I also found another turnstone on the south side at about mile 1.8. When I left I checked on the way back, the one was still at the afore mentioned bridge.

Cheryl Peterson  (4 Aug 2006) - Today around 1:30 pm. Stephanie and I saw a Ruddy Turnstone and a Semi-palmated Plover on the AI causeway at the first bridge where the no swimming signs are. After dropping Steph off in Logan, I went out to the BRMBR and saw an American Bittern and a Black Tern. I stopped at the causeway again this evening, but did not relocate either bird. These birds sure made the trip worth it.

Jul 2006

Steve Coleman (26 Jul 2006) - I was fortunate to tag along with Bob Huntington and the Great Salt Lake Audubon Folks today as they toured Glover Ponds and Farmington Bay. Two birds of note, the Semipalmated Sandpiper that Kris Purdy reported was still there sitting on the mud flat amid the Killdeer. Inside Farmington Bay on the east side pond as you make the first turn headed west there was a 2nd year Sabine's Gull.

Kristin Purdy (25 Jul 20060 - This morning I visited Glover Ponds at the west end of Glover Lane in Davis County and saw a lone peep, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, on a dried mudflat/playa area just east of the ponds and south of Glover Lane. I hadn't yet made the turn at the west end of the road (about 75 feet further west) and I was scoping slightly southwest in the direction of the heron trees.

Kris Purdy (24 Jul 2006) - Paul Higgins observed a Whimbrel at Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County this morning at about 7:45. The bird was about 300 yards west of the weather station on the north side.

May 2006

Jack Binch (14 May 2006) - I went out birding yesterday...to Garr Ranch where I found several warblers that have already been posted and another Northern Waterthrush in the bog east of the spring pond.

Carol Gwynn (13 May 2006) - Several birds reported earlier in the week on the Antelope Island Causeway were still present on Saturday morning. These include 2 Red Knots, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snowy Plover, hundreds of Black-bellied Plovers (I searched in vain for an American Golden), and huge numbers of peeps, including Western and Least Sandpipers. As before, the birds were concentrated north of MM6.

Joel and Kathy (7 May 2006) - We visited the Antelope Island Causeway this evening and saw most of the birds reported by Kris (including the Ruddy Turnstone and 4 Dunlins), with the addition of 4 Red Knots that were with one of the many large flocks of Black-bellied Plovers at mile marker 6.

Kristin Purdy (7 May 2006) - I saw a Ruddy Turnstone at about 3 pm today north of mile marker 6 of Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County. The bird was very distant at perhaps 300-400 yards. Several unmistakable field marks were still visible...The stop at mm 6 was my second of the day. This morning the location produced hundreds of Black-bellied Plovers on both sides of the causeway, Snowy and Semi-palmated Plovers, Killdeer, American Avocets, Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Sanderlings, four Dunlins, dowitchers, two Red-necked Phalaropes and lots of noisy Forster's Terns. The peeps were far enough away that I was too lazy to ID them and the dowitchers couldn't be separated to species. That's my story, anyway, and I'm sticking to it.

Apr 2006

Carol Davis (30 Apr 2006) - On the way to Antelope Island early this morning I drove slowly with the windows down to listen for birds. I wasn't disappointed because the air was full of song: Brewer's Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Horned Larks, and Meadowlarks. I have never heard so many Grasshopper Sparrows and it was fun to watch them singing from the tops of the bushes because they're usually so hard to find.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Apr 2006) - This afternoon we found a Black-and-White Warbler at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island (Davis Co.). It was working the trunks and bare branches of the tall cottonwoods behind the Springhouse. In the picnic area we saw a "Myrtle" race Yellow-rumped Warbler amongst the many "Audubon's" Warblers, and a Common Grackle.

Tim Avery (21 Apr 2006) - [Antelope Island Causeway] It looks like Mile Marker 6 is still holding onto some of that fall shorebird magic. About 200 yards west of the mile marker, 2 American Golden Plover were about 200 yards north of the causeway, in full breeding plumage, quite a spectacular sight. Directly out from the marker were 11 Black-bellied Plover actively moving to the east as they fed. And yet again just like in the fall a large number of Snowy and Semipalmated Plover were running back and forth all over the place. All these birds are about 200 - 300 yards north of the causeway and require a scope for adequate viewing.

Bob MacDougall (15 Apr 2006) - Bob Huntington and I found five Dunlins at about mile marker six, approximately 200 yards north of the Antelope Island Causeway road this morning.

Glenn Barlow (2 Apr 2006) - Went to AI on Saturday...The best bird of the day was a Horned Grebe in bright breeding plumage, which was swimming on the south side of the island, near the bridge closest to the island. We met Keith Evans, Jack Rensel and friend, who told us about it. Got great looks, as it swam very close to shore with a small group (5) of Eared Grebe.

Kathy and Joel Beyer (2 Apr 2006) - Today at about 4 p.m. we saw a male Eurasian Wigeon at Farmington Bay.  It was in the pond northwest of the elevated lookout parking area (where the Blue-winged Teal was seen last week--but not today).

Mar 2006

MarJean Muhlestein - My sisters, LaNita Larsen and Amy Owen, called me on Tues. 3/28 and reported seeing a Blue-winged Teal at Farmington Bay. I was able to go out there and spot it as well on 3/30, Thursday. It was my first sighting of one at Farmington Bay. I had seen one back in 1985, but not at the Bay, and was thrilled to be able to sight another.

Feb 2006

Tim Avery (15 Feb 2006) - Experts, have examined pictures of the gulls I photographed this morning and agree that one of them is a 2nd cycle Glaucous-winged Gull. This bird was at the same location as the Glaucous Gull. At Farmington Bay WMA head south along the main dike from Egg Island. After you pass the first flow under the road and the large airboat lot, you will come upon the 2nd flow and Airboat Launch. Both Gulls were on the river here feasting on the dead carp. YUM!

Kristin Purdy (14 Feb 2006) - I spent some time sniffing garbage fumes at Bountiful Landfill in Davis County today. I only saw an adult Thayer's Gull and many Herring Gulls in addition to the usuals.

Steve Coleman (13 Feb 2006) - During Eagle Day Saturday there was a Glaucous Gull flying with a large group of other gulls. This was my first time to see one in flight and I was impressed with how white it was it almost looked angelic. The bird was sighted at the first flow on the main dike road, later I saw it sitting in the water on the west side of the road in the same area.

Glenn Barlow (12 Feb 2006) - Yesterday afternoon, ...Merrell Webb...and I ventured to Antelope Island...On our journey to Garr Ranch we spotted some sparrows flying back and forth across the road...we were able to identify them as American Tree Sparrows... further west in the distance was a larger bird, which we were able to identify as a juvenile Northern Shrike. At the parking area near the north-western tip of the island, west of the visitors’ center, we found another Northern Shrike. It was just south of the parking lot. It was an adult. We had very close looks at this bird. We even noticed that it regurgitated something. Very lovely bird, with all the field guide features of a Northern Shrike.

Kathy and Joel Beyer (4 Feb 2006) - On Antelope Island, we saw the Burrowing Owl at the Mountain View trailhead, just as described by Kristin Purdy. We also saw a second Burrowing Owl, about 30 yards north of the first owl, in a grouping of large rocks. We found a Northern Shrike on Gentile Street in Layton, midway between the radio towers and the pig farm, but on the north side of the road. At the Bountiful Landfill were several Herring Gulls, a second-year Glaucous Gull, and a probable Glaucous-winged x Herring Gull. Farmington Bay WMA served up both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, a couple dozen Bald Eagles and a juvenile Thayer's Gull.

Jan 2006

Joel and Kathy (22 Jan 2006) - At Farmington Bay WMA, no Glaucous-winged Gull, but we were rewarded with a Great Egret.

Bryan Shirley (21 Jan 2006) - Today at Farmington Bay I saw 1 adult Glaucous-winged Gull. It was in the rest pond about straight out from where the boat launch is.

Kris Purdy (9 Jan 2006) - Several birders met at Bountiful Landfill in Davis County today ...In addition to the usual California, Ring-billed, and Herring, we also saw Thayer's, Glaucous, and a possible Glaucous-winged x Herring...

Tim Avery (6 Jan 2006) - This morning I met up with Sylvia Gray at the Bountiful Landfill. The best bird was a Glaucous-winged Gull which I saw for about 6 seconds, before it flew with the other 10,000 gulls on garbage mountain. We did however get good looks at several adult Thayer's Gull in flight, as well as a 2nd winter bird 15 feet from my car. Herring, Ring-billed and California were as always, "plentiful". At the entrance to the dump a Great-tailed Grackle graced us as it flew by, then into the distance.  In the trees at the corner of 1600 North and 1100 West (right before you get to the dump), were 5 Common Grackle...

Dec 2005

Tim Avery (19 Dec 2005) - I spent the morning at the Bountiful Landfill, and found one juvenile Glaucous Gull amongst the 1,000's of California, Ring-billed and Herring. The Lesser Black-backed Gull was still on the pond to the north of the dump as well...

Jack Binch (16 Dec 2005) - Bob Huntington and I went out this morning...We started out at AIC, and found three of the Long-tailed Ducks at the bridge by the marina. We also saw a Glaucous Gull and two Herring Gulls on the south side of the bridge. ...We had talked about going to the Bountiful Landfill for a couple of weeks,  and Colby's report this morning made sure we went this time. We found a Glaucous Gull right off as well as a Thayers. Lots of Herring Gulls...On the west side hill was an adult Glaucous-winged Gull. It gave us both good looks over several minutes, and we both were on it when it flew and got a good look at its wing tips. Not only a new year bird, but also a Utah life bird for me...

Colby Neuman (15 Dec 2005) - I met up with Tim Avery at the Bountiful Landfill this afternoon. Because the owner wanted us to stay out of the way, we watched the gulls from the road that runs along the fenceline. Notable gulls included an adult
'white-winged' gull (probably a Glaucous Gull even though it didn't seem that large) that I only saw for a couple of seconds before it flew behind a hill, and a 4th year Lesser Black-backed Gull resting with the thousands of gulls on the pond to the north. Notably lacking were Thayer's Gulls...

Tim Avery - (15 Dec 2005) - I spent the morning at Antelope Island...There were 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 of which were males. ...Along the road to Garr Ranch I saw a Northern Shrike, near the road to the Frary Peak Trailhead...

Tim Avery - (11 Dec 2005) - I headed out to AIC this morning to see what was stirring. ICE... Lots and lots of ice, and also 6 Long-tailed Ducks! I know I have seen as many as 3 but I think this is may be a single day high # for Utah? Any thoughts? There was 1 male bird, that lacked tail plumes, as well as at least 2 winter plumaged females, another female that was fairly dark in coloration, and 2 juvenile birds. All birds could be seen within 150 feet of the last bridge. At one point there were 4 together in the small pond that has been created by the ice on the southside of the bridge, as well as one directly beneath the bridge. Also swimming nearby was a female Black Scoter. There were also quite a few female Barrow's Goldeneye, as well as at least 3 males. Paul Higgins told me he saw a Burrowing Owl as well as a Northern Shrike near the beginning of the road out to the Ranch...I stopped by Kaysville Ponds at first light, but all but a 75' x 75' patch of water was frozen over. On that was a Cinnamon Teal, Barrow's Goldeneye, 2 Ring-necked Duck, and about 600 Mallards and other waterfowl.  Just off the freeway from exit 331 in Kaysville, just to the northwest of the intersection of 200 North and 400 west, several hundred Canada Geese were converging on a field to chow down, and mixed in to my surprise were 2 Ross's Geese...

Tim Avery - (9 Dec 2005) - I received an email from a friend telling me there are now 3 Long-tailed Ducks along the causeway, 2 females and 1 first year male! Just thought I would pass the word along.

Tim Avery - (4 Dec 2005) - A White-throated Sparrow was seen Sunday around 11:30 am at Garr Ranch, in the brush pile in the middle of the open field. Paul Higgins and I both saw the bird as it jumped out of the brush then flew into a Russian Olive. Paul also found and photographed a RED Fox Sparrow the day before, we were unable to find this bird, but there were several other Fox Sparrow around.

Nov 2005

Tim Avery (22 Nov 2005) - I spent the day along the Great Salt Lake and saw some great birds. Long-tailed Duck - same bird Brian Currie discovered earlier in the week, near the bridge at AIC. 2 Black Scoter - first south of the last bridge, but on my return, north of the same area at AIC. Barrow's Goldeneye - 1 female bird about 150 yards east of the last bridge at AIC. Black-bellied Plover - on the rock jetty where the causeway curves southwest at AIC...Thayer's Gull - At least a half a dozen juvenile birds at the Bountiful Landfill, as well as 2 adults...American Tree Sparrow - along the road to Garr Ranch

Brian Currie (19 Nov 2005) - ...I was on the AIC from about 3:00-4:45... Just east of the west bridge I saw a bird with some white on the cheek and from that distance thought I had relocated the scoter. No, it was a Long-tailed Duck, female, full winter plumage. And she was hanging out with the three female Black Scoters. She kept quite close to them for the 30 minutes I observed her. They were on the SOUTH side starting just west of mile marker 1 almost to the bridge (she/they were feeding in that about 4/10ths of a mile stretch).

Tim Avery (16 Nov 2005) - The Great Salt Lake Audubon Hot Spots field trip today, featuring 7 GSLA folks and myself, was able to relocate the female Black Scoter at AIC on the south (or West) side of the Causeway 1/2 mile north of the Marina. The bird was missed on the first pass by but spotted on the way back out. Other good finds included 2 Rough-legged Hawks, American Tree Sparrow's, 1 Hooded Merganser, and a plethora of other ducks at Farmington Bay

Tim Avery (13 Nov 2005) - ...noted the following birds at Farmington Bay today: Common Grackle - in the trees at the Learning Center by the sheds. It was calling, and stood out...Hooded Merganser - all the way out in Crystal Unit a male and female were seen flying over...TUNDRA SWAN - about 12 flying over the Crystal Unit around noon...

Kris Purdy (11 Nov 2005) - I just got a call (3:30 pm Friday) from Jack Binch out at Antelope Island Causeway. He's watching two female Black Scoters on the south side of the causeway between the big bridge closest to the marina and the chain link fence just a bit further west. Great find, Jack!

Tim Avery (10 Nov 2005) - With well over 100,000 ducks on the resting pond at Farmington Bay there are bound to be some good birds mixed in. At least 3 Adult Male Greater Scaup were observed about 50 yards out where the airboat lunch with the 2 Owl decoys are. There very well could have been females and more birds mixed in but there was just too much to look at...Also seen was a Merlin flying to the north from the 3 or 4 dead trees on the north edge of the rest unit...

Bob Huntington (4 Nov 2005) - I went out to Antelope Island Causeway this afternoon... Between the west bridge and the marina, on the south side, was a surf scoter. It was close to the shore, easy to see with the binos.

Oct 2005

Joel & Kathy Beyer (30 Oct 2005) - We found the White-throated Sparrow at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island this afternoon. It was feeding on the ground with several juncos along the fenceline behind the ranch house. Along the road to the ranch we saw a Peregrine Falcon and a Northern Shrike. On the south side of the Causeway there were 250-300 Bonaparte's Gulls and 4 Horned Grebes, as well as large numbers of Lesser Scaups, Shovelers and Eared Grebes. Besides Avocets, the only shorebirds left were a single Willet, a Long-billed Curlew and a Greater Yellowlegs.

Eric Huish (11 Oct 2005) - Milt, Tuula, KC and I also spent some time on the Antelope Island Causeway this afternoon and could not find a phalarope of any flavor. But we were able to find some interesting birds at Garr Ranch . The wooded area at the ranch was full of Hermit Thrushes and Robins. Milt found a White-throated Sparrow along the edge of the water behind the wash house and KC found a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Northern Shrike. The shrike was at the pond south of the ranch...

Carol Davis (10 Oct 2005) - I Went to Antelope Island today to celebrate Columbus Day...near the Marina and memorial I saw two Red...Phalaropes and I took some pictures...

Kristin Purdy (4 Oct 2005) - Two juvenile Sabine's Gulls were swimming on the north side of Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County this morning near the rocky spit that stretches toward Fremont Island at about mile 1.8.  These two birds seemed to be sticking together...other species along the causeway...a Horned Grebe in a raft of Eared Grebes on the south side near the big bridge and all the expected shorebirds.  Many Black-bellied Plovers and even two American Golden-Plovers were still present near mile marker 5.

Kristin Purdy (2 Oct 2005) - Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County is hosting yet another juvenile Sabine's Gull. Has this been a Sabine's season, or what? This Sabine's Gull was on the north side of the causeway at approximately mile 4.1 at around 5:45 pm. Paul Higgins joined me at the spot and took a few photos...I also saw two Horned Grebes with a flock of Eared Grebes south of the big bridge near the marina. The Horned Grebes have fully adopted their winter plumage.

Sep 2005

Kris Purdy (27 Sep 2005) - Both shorebirding and ranch birding were good at Antelope Island State Park in Davis County today. Neil Ellman of New Jersey and I enjoyed good views of an American Golden-Plover at approximately mile 4.6, north side of the causeway, at around 4 pm...The ranch hosted decent migrant activity as well, including a Red-naped Sapsucker; Cassin's and Warbling Vireos; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Hermit Thrushes; Orange-crowned, Townsend's, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Steve Carr (22 Sep 2005) - This morning...Pomera and I ventured out to the [Antelope Island] causeway... The Wandering Tattler was still present at the west bridge, north side, west edge of the inlet. A Horned Grebe was close to shore about the same area.  Just east of the weather station between MP's 1-2, we observed a Whimbrel, adult Long-billed Curlew and immature Curlew, all right together...

Aaron Smith reports seeing an adult breeding plumaged Sabine's Gull today (Sept. 13) on the Antelope Island Causeway. Last seen flying near where the lake enters the Boat Harbor.

Pomera Fronce (13 Sep 2005) - Tuesday at Antelope Island, Kent Lewis and I found a Red Knot. He was staying very close to the shore on the north side of the causeway, but ranged from mm 3 to mm 5 during the time we observed him (12:30 - 1:30). We also relocated the Ruddy Turnstone in roughly the same area as previously reported by Kris (although much closer to shore) and an American Golden Plover just east of the first bridge on the north side.

J & K Beyer (12 Sep 2005) - This evening around 7:00 the Wandering Tattler was still at the bridge closest to the island... There was a humongous flock of peeps on the south side of the causeway about mile marker 4, only about 20-30 yards from the shore. It was mostly Western and Baird Sandpipers, except for the Curlew Sandpiper in the midst of the rabble. Presumably it's the same bird we found 4 weeks ago, and that has been seen sporadically since.

Kris Purdy (12 Sep 2005) - I saw an adult male Ruddy Turnstone still in breeding plumage at Antelope Island Causeway this morning at the 'No Swimming' bridge just west of mm 5. The bird was on the north side of the causeway, east side of the channel, approximately 150-200 yards out....I watched the turnstone for perhaps 1 1/2 hours or so and then finally dragged myself away to search for Pomera's Wandering Tattler. I found the tattler on the south side of the bridge closest to the marina. It was standing on just about the closest possible rock to the bridge on the east side of the channel.

Kris Purdy - (11 Sep 2005) - I just got off the phone with Pomera Fronce, who found a Wandering Tattler on Antelope Island Causeway. Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld, Tim Avery, and Colby Neuman are also on the scene. The bird is at the big bridge closest to the marina, north side of the causeway.

Aug 2005

Tim Avery (29 Aug 2005) - This morning at Garr Ranch, Letitia Lussier spotted a Northern Waterthrush. Kathy Roach and myself were also present and got great looks at the bird. As I was following the first bird to take a picture a second Waterthrush flew down in front of me. Great birds for fall migration...

Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld (28 Aug 2005) - Today about 12:30 until 1:00 the Curlew Sandpiper was in the same area Steve Carr reported it. Was observed by Larene Wyss, Ed Leite and Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld. We were able to get within 50 yards and saw it's white rump patch as it flew.

Tim Avery (26 Aug 2005) - I just received a call form Glenn Barlow, letting me know that Keith Evans and John Belmon relocated the Curlew Sandpiper just past the first bridge (out form the entrance, not from the island) on the south side of the causeway. This is about a mile further form the entrance than the bird was previously reported. The bird was in the rocks in this area...

Lu Giddings (15 Aug 2005) - Dennis and Bryan Shirley and I just returned from the Antelope Island Causeway. ... A Whimbrel was seen near the weather station close to MM1 on the north side of the causeway. And a Ruddy Turnstone - the same bird last seen a week ago? - was observed in roughly the same place, also on the north side of the causeway...

Joel Beyer (14 Aug 2005) - About 7:30 this evening Kathy and I found a Curlew Sandpiper along the Antelope Island Causeway. It was on the north side, a little more than .4 (four-tenths) mile west of the entrance station, where the water first begins. It was in winter (non-breeding) plumage, and was with a large flock of peeps, mainly Western and Baird's Sandpipers. With a plain gray body, long black legs and decurved bill, the bird really stood out in the scope. At 20-25 yards away, it wasn't quite so noticable in binoculars. We saw at least one, probably two, American Golden Plovers, on the north side about mm 5, amongst many Black-bellied Plovers. The Whimbrel was on the south side, about a quarter mile west of mm 1...

Pomera Fronce (14 Aug 2005) - Add a juvenile Sabine's Gull to the mix of birds at Antelope Island presently. Roberta and I first saw it between mile markers 2 and 3 on the north side of the causeway not 25 feet from the water's edge. Its scaly brown back made it easily recognizable from the Franklin's Gulls it was keeping company with....

Tim Avery (11 Aug 2005) - I birded along the causeway this morning, was able to relocate the juvenile Whimbrel around MM 2. ...Between MM 4-6 on the north side of the causeway: 2 American Golden-Plover (1/2 between MM 5-6)...4 Red Knot ...2 Semipalmated Sandpiper (probably more)...

Steve Coleman (6 Aug 2005) - I went to Antelope Island to find the Ruddy Turnstone but was unsuccessful, it was none the less a fantastic day of birding which yielded...two Whimbrels. The Whimbrels were between mile markers 3 and 4 about a 1/4 mile between the antenna and speed limit sign on the south side of the causeway...

Dennis Williams (5 Aug 2005) - ...at about 3:45 p.m. today I saw a male Ruddy  Turnstone on the south side of the [Antelope Island] causeway between the island and the bridge.  The bird was next to the shore along with some gulls, stilts, and willets, so it could clearly be seen with binoculars as it was only about 60 feet away. I was able to view it as well through my telescope. The plumage was very distinct...

Tim Avery (4 Aug 2005) - After hitting Bear River I ran down to Antelope Island... The sheer number of birds now is the most I have seen on the causeway.  Between MM 5 - 6 was where all the activity was happening. A lone Juvenile Red Phalarope was in a mixed flock of Red-necked and Wilson's Phalarope just 50 yards to the south of the Causeway. The birds were about 250 yards form MM 5.  About 300 yards from MM 6 on the north side of the Causeway were: 34+ Snowy Plover, 5 Semipalmated Plover, 8 Red Knot, 5,000+ peeps...On the south side of the Causeway where about 100 yards further west was a feeding frenzy of peeps just 25 meters off the causway. There was 1 Pectoral Sandpiper feeding in the rocks along with: 75 Western Sandpiper, 21 Least Sandpiper, 11 Bairds Sandpiper, 26 Sanderling...and a Peregrine Falcon flying over, twice caused 1,000's of shorebirds to take to flight, creating a cloud of birds flying around...

Jun 2005

Tim Avery (1 June 2005) - Headed out to Antelope Island...this morning....At Garr Ranch, were: Long-eared Owl... Grasshopper Sparrow - 3 miles north of the ranch on the west side of the road singing...

May 2005

Steve Coleman (31 May 2005) - Yesterday (Monday) morning my son, his girlfriend and I went over to Farmington Bay for a bird walk...The most exciting bird sighted was a Green Heron, it flew over once and I thought that's what I saw and about 2 minutes later it flew over again pretty low and confirmed it. This bird was sighted near the wooded area where the foot bridge crosses Farmington Creek. This is west and a little north of the office. The only access is to walk.

Dave Hanscom (17 May 2005) - ...a trip to Antelope Island...we found at the ranch... looking at a group of grosbeaks, mostly black-headed, and among them was a gorgeous male Rose-breasted Grosbeak!! We saw him several times during the next couple of hours, mostly in the Russian olives along the fence line that extends to the east from the ranch house. He also flew north and sat on one of the fences out in the open, but most of the time he stayed in the trees.

Jack Binch (15 May 2005) - ...On Antelope Island 150 yards south of the last gate before Garr Ranch a male Lark Bunting. It was at the road and then west on the sidehill...

Dave Rintoul (12 May 2005) - ...headed out to Antelope Island this morning...Most unexpected bird was a single Eurasian Collared-dove, consorting with a Mourning Dove, near the solar panels north of the restrooms...

Mark Stackhouse (11 May 2005) - ...Some of the more unusual birds we saw were: ...Black-bellied Plover - ... Antelope Island Causeway ...Red Knot - Antelope Island Causeway...

Joel D Beyer (11 May 2005) - For those who might be looking for Northern Waterthrush at Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, there are not one but two birds. One is frequenting the usual boggy area east of the ranch house, while the other is hanging out in the marshy area at the south end of the fence line, under the russian olive trees....Grasshopper Sparrows were singing along the road to the ranch, about 2 miles out from the ranch...And at Farmington Bay WMA, a Solitary Sandpiper has been hanging out for the last week at the first ponds as you enter from Glover Lane...

Kris Purdy (8 May 2005) - Yesterday around 5:00 pm, I counted 314 Black-bellied Plovers far south of Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County between mile 5 and 6. Finding and watching this long line of birds was not an endeavor for either eyeball or binoculars birding. A scope is necessary. The plovers were easily 4 to 500 yards out; perhaps farther...

Cheryl Peterson (7 May 2005) - Today while birding Antelope ... (the Northern Waterthrush was a lifer) as well as a Black-and-white Warbler, Cassin's Vireo...

Lu Giddings (6 May 2005) - The Northern Waterthrush was still at Garr Ranch this morning. It was singing when I arrived shortly after 10 a.m. but stopped after a few minutes...And finally, a lone Dunlin was seen in the company of roughly 100 sanderlings (and also a few western sandpipers) in the rusty culvert area on the north side of the causeway between MM 1 & 2 at about 12:30 p.m.

Carol Gwynn (5 May 2005) - ...we got lots of good birds on Antelope Island today. Highlights were a barn owl, long-eared owls, Northern Waterthrush, yellow warblers, western kingbirds, black-headed grosbeak, green-tailed towhee, numerous shrikes, hermit thrush, lark sparrows, and chukars.. The waterthrush was in the boggy area behind the ranch house at Garr Ranch.

Dave Rintoul (3 May 2005) - My younger daughter and I went to Antelope Island this afternoon, and have a couple of interesting observations to report...Long-tailed Duck, female molting into alternate plumage, just north and east of the last bridge on the causeway before you get to the island/marina...At least two long-eared owlets could be seen in the nest at Garr Ranch.

Pomera Fronce (1 May 2005) - We saw many of the good birds posted from Antelope Island over the weekend. Here are a few more from Sunday to add to the mix: Cinnamon Teal, Semipalmated Plover, Swainson's Hawk, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush and Grasshopper Sparrow.

Apr 2005

Jack Binch  (30 April 2005) - On the causeway we found a single Dunlin mixed with the Sanderlings and Western Sandpipers near the bridge close to the marina. It was on the north side.  At Garr Ranch we found two Virginia's Warblers, a Northern Waterthrush and a Cordilleran Flycatcher...

 Joel and Kathy (28 April 2005) - This Wednesday evening on the Antelope Island Causeway there were 3 Red Knots, in breeding plumage. They were on the north side, on the mudflats between mile markers 4 and 5. They were with some 30 Black-bellied Plovers, as well as Sanderlings and Western and Least Sandpipers. Also one Snowy Plover.

Doug Schonewald - While passing through Utah my wife and I birded the Antelope Island area 4/24. We were able to locate and observe a single Hudsonian Godwit that was associating with 6 Marbled Godwit along the causeway. The bird was located approximately halfway down the causeway on the south side, and was observed a close range for approximately 10 minutes.

Jolene Hatch (19 April 2005) - Yesterday's storm brought in a lot of birds along the Antelope Island
Causeway...Whimbrels...Sanderlings...

Edson Leite (17 April 2005) - I went to Antelope Island today. The peeps are back most were found at the pipes around mm 2. Sanderlings, western, least, semipalmated and baird's sandpipers, willets, marbled godwits, longbilled dowitchers, franklin's gull, no black-bellied plovers. At the ranch hermit thrushes, sharp-shinned hawk and Long-eared Owl.

John F. Cavitt - (12 April 2005) - Just returned from Antelope Island and found 4-5 Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage foraging along the Causeway. They were working the south side of the causeway between mile marker 4-5.

Mar 2005

Deedee O'Brien (8 Mar 2005) - Crossing the lonely causeway at 3:40 pm yesterday I finally saw a flotilla of apparent Goldeneyes...But, to my surprise and delight, passing by the group were a pair of Long-tailed Ducks, male and female in winter plumage... I watched them until they disappeared into the bright reflection of sunlight.

Tim Avery (8 Mar 2005) - I birded Antelope Island today. The first bird to spark my interest was at the metal culverts between MM 1 and MM 2....I was surprised to see an Adult Sanderling (nonbreeding plumage) picking about the rocks. As I was watching this bird, I suddenly noticed there were 2 Least Sandpiper's sitting less than 3 feet away. I could watch both species in the scope, great for a size comparison.

Tim Avery (7 Mar 2005) - ...The best sighting was Peregrine Falcon hanging out across the road from the ponds at the end of Glover's Lane. It flew back towards the Farmington Bay entrance and was last seen on a power pole about 1/4 mile from the entrance.

Jack Binch (5 Mar 2005) - I went to Garr Ranch to see if I could find the owl that Carol reported. I found a Long-eared Owl in one of the Russian Olives...On the causeway at the rusty culverts were a couple of Least Sandpipers and a dozen or so Eared Grebes at the bridge.

Feb 2005

Cliff Weisse (6 Feb 2005) - I visited Bountiful Landfill yesterday (Saturday) and there were lots of Herring Gulls, probably more the 150 individuals. I only saw one adult Thayer's [Gull] which I thought was odd. There was one second winter and several first winter Thayer's, one adult and one first or second winter (probably 2nd) Glaucous [Gull]...

Jan 2005

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Jan 2005) - Yesterday at the Bountiful landfill, we saw many Herring and Thayer's Gulls, a first-winter Glaucous Gull and a first-winter Glaucous-winged/Herring hybrid.

Leslie Loeffel - Today, Jan. 15, an immature Harris's Sparrow was at the feeder at the Antelope Island Visitor's Center at about 3:30 PM. The volunteer on duty said an immature bird was being seen about a month ago but hadn't been seen lately. Well, it's back, or its cousin is also quite lost and has found its way to Utah.

Tim Avery (9 Jan 2005) - I birded Farmington Bay, Kaysville Ponds, and Antelope Island today...Cinnamon Teal (male in bright plumage) at Kaysville Ponds...17 Hooded Mergansers at Kaysville Ponds...20+ flock of American Tree Sparrows near the split off to Frary Trailhead on the AIC...Merlin on AIC near split off to head ot Garr Ranch...3 Short-eared Owls about 2 miles form Garr Ranch along the road...3 Male 2 Female Greater Scaup at Farmington Bay with a large raft of Ruddy Duck, Redhead, Lesser Scaup and Coots.

Tim Avery (3 Jan 2005) - Today Ken Behrens from Pennsylvania, and I birded the Great Salt Lake from Antelope Island South to the Bountiful Landfill. Quite a day filled with really good birds! First at the landfill: 1st Winter Lesser Black-backed Gull on the pond to the north of the dump - Adult Glaucous-winged Gull flew from the trash pile to the same pond...At Antelope Island we found one Juvenile Harris's Sparrow at the feeder at the visitor center, along with several American Tree Sparrows...  

   

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