Recent Sightings

Duchesne County   [Recent Rare eBird Sightings]

Jun 2016

David Taylor (21 June 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Long-eared Owl

Nate Brown (21 June 2016) - [Mirror Lake Hwy] - Spotted Sandpiper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Grosbeak

Weston Smith (19 June 2016) - [Tabiona, UT] - 63 species total: -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Pinyon Jay, Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Brian Maxfield (15 June 2016) - [Bridgeland Wetlands] - Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Goldfinch

David Taylor (13 June 2016) - [Uinta Canyon Trailhead] - Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Saw-whet Owl, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Clark's Nutcracker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Western Tanager, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin
     -- [Uinta Campground] - Williamson's Sapsucker, Western Wood-Pewee, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Tree Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Chipping Sparrow

Brian Maxfield (11 June 2016) - [Fish Creek Trail] - American Three-toed Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush

Eric Peterson (7 June 2016) - [Moon Lake Area] - Red Crosbill

Neil Paprocki (4 June 2016) - [Murdock Mountain] - Black Rosy-Finch. Most I counted at one time. Actual number could have been as many as twice this. All on alpine talus slope of Murdock Mountain.
      -- Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Cassin's Finch

David Taylor (3 June 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - 23 species total:
     -- Mallard, California Quail, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Vesper Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

Brian Maxfield (2 June 2016) - [Hell's Canyon] - Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo (Western), House Wren, American Robin, Western Tanager

David Taylor (1 June 2016) - [Duchesne, UT] - American Bittern

May 2016

David Taylor (30 May 2016) - [Big Sandwash Sportsmen Access] - 20 species total:
      -- Gadwall, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Osprey, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Western Kingbird, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, American Robin, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak

Brian Maxfield (25 May 2016) - [Midview Reservoir - Boreham Lake] - Least Tern. Small tern. Black cap with white forehead. Sitting with two FOTE.

David Taylor (24 May 2016) - [Mile Post 94] - White-throated Swift, Black-throated Sparrow

Brian Maxfield (22 May 2016) - [Hayden Fields] - 18 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Barn Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole
     -- [Moons Ranch] - Golden Eagle, Loggerhead Shrike

Brian Maxfield (22 May 2016) - [Altonah, UT] - Barn Owl. Odd it was out in daylight. Flew by house in field just south.

Brian Maxfield (18 May 2016) - [Midview Reservoir - Boreham Lake] - 50 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal (American), Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warble, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, House Sparrow
     -- [Altonah] - Plumbeous Vireo, MacGillray's Warbler

David Taylor (13 May 2016) - [ Duchesne WTP] - 18 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal,  Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Western Kingbird, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brian Maxfield (5 May 2016) - [Altonah, UT] - Osprey

Apr 2016

David Taylor (30 April 2016) - [Big Sand Wash Sportsmen Access] - Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Willet, Caspian Tern, Savannah Sparrow

David Taylor (29 April 2016) - [Midview Reservoir - Boreham Lake] - 39 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, California Quail, Common Loon, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Brian Maxfield (27 April 2016) - [Cedarview Fields] - Bald Eagle

Brian Maxfield (25 April 2016) - [Pariette Bench] - 12 species total:
     -- Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow

David Wheeler (24 April 2016) - [Midview Reservoir - Boreham Lake] - 26 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, California Quail, Common Loon, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American Coot, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Lark Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird

Anonymous eBirder (24 April 2016) - [Strawberry Pinnacles] - 23 species total:
     --  Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler
     -- [Duchesne, UT area] - Canada Goose, California Quail, Chukar, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch

Jared Bigler (22 April 2016)- [Clay Basin Pond] - Mallard, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Raven

Brian Maxfield (18 April 2016) -  [Anthro Mountain] - Greater Sage-Grouse, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Horned Lark, Mountain Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Vesper Sparrow, Black Rosy-Finch

David Taylor (16 April 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Evening Grosbeak

Carl Lundblad (13 April 2016) - [Starvation Reservoir] - Common Loon

Neil Paprocki (2 April 2016) - [Strawberry Pinnacles] - 21 species:
     -- Common Merganser, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee

Mar 2016

Leah Lewis (23 March 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Turkey Vulture

David Wheeler (21March 2016) - [Starvation Reservoir] - Tundra Swan

J & L Bryan (20 March 2016) - [Strawberry River Road] - Golden Eagle, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Black Rosy-Finch

Danny Nelson (13 March 29016) - [Lower Rock Creek Road] - 19 species total: -- Mallard, Bufflehead, Wild Turkey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

David Taylor (11 March 2016) - [Midway Reservoir- Boreham Lake] - 13 species total: 
    -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Ring-billed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird  -- [Duchesne WTP] - 24 species total: Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Lincoln's Sparrow

David Wheeler (5 March 2016) - [Uinta Basin] - Pinyon Jay, Mountain Bluebird

Neil Paprocki (3 March 2016) - [Duchesne WTP] - 19 species total:  -- Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling, Song Sparrow

Feb 2016

David Taylor (28 February 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Sandhill Crane, Say's Phoebe

George Webb (26 February 2016) - [Midview Reservoir - Lake Boreham] - 19 species total:
     -- Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye,
Common Merganser, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Mountain Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, House Finch

Neil Paprocki (21 February 2016) - [Duchesne WTP] - Trumpeter Swan. Possibly as many as 5 but only two for sure vocalizing. Deep honking sounds from a small group setting down in a field across the river. Photos not diagnostic by themselves, but the calls were.
     -- [West Duchesne River Pond] - 14 species total: Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Northern Flicker, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

David Taylor
(20 February 2016) - [Upalco Cemetery] - 11 species total:
      --  California Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Mountain Bluebird, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Red-winged Blackbird

Tory Mathis (11 February 2016) - [Bridgeland, UT] - Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Horned Lark, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow

Jan 2016

David Abbott (31 January 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Magpie,
European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Jim Spencer (24 January 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Brian Maxfield (8 January 2016) - [Duchesne Fields] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Mountain Bluebird, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow

David Taylor (8 January 2016) - [Roosevelt, UT] - Merlin. Sitting on top of a telephone pole plucking a small bird.

Brian Maxfield (5 January 2016) - [Altonah Fields] - 10 species total:
     -- Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
    -- [Nine mile Canyon] - Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Horned Lark

Brian Maxfield (4 January 2016) - [Big Sand Wash Reservoir] - Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Western Grebe, Northern Harrier, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Mountain Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

Dec 2015

Suzi Holt (17 December 2015) - [Duchesne WTP] - Tundra Swan, Bald Eagle.

Brian Maxfield (7 December 2015) - [Midview Reservoir-Boreham Lake] - 20 species total:
     --  Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird

Nov 2015

Brian Maxfield (23 November 2015) - [Big Sand Wash Reservoir] - 10 species total:  Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Western Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Mountain Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

David Taylor (12 November 2015) - [Duchesne WTP] - 10 species total:  Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, American Coot, Black-billed Magpie

Oct 2015

Jan Allen (23 October 2015) - [Starvation Reservoir] - Osprey: Large black and white bird, flying and gliding over water. M-shaped wings, pointy tips.

David Taylor (18 October 2015) - [Uinta Canyon Campground] - 6 species total:
     -- Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Evening Grosbeak

Matt Fischer ( 7 October 2015) - [Hwy 40] - Sandhill Crane, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, American Goldfinch

Sep 2015

Sherree Sheide (27 September 2015) - [Mirror Lake Why] - 11 species:  -- Osprey, Golden Eagle, Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Gray Jay, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin

Tory Mathis (10 September 2015) - [Lake canyon WMA] - 9 species total:   --  Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee

David Taylor
(7 September 2015) - [Starvation Reservoir] - 30 species total:   -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Northern Flicker, Pinyon Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bryant Olsen (2 September 2015) - [Mirror Lake Hwy] - 8 species total: Spotted Sandpiper, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow

Aug 2015

Tim Avery (23 August 2015) - [Duchesne Water Treatment Plant] - 23 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper,
Wilson's Phalarope, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Lark Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Sherree Sheide (9 August 2015) - [Mirror Lake Highway] - 12 species total:
    -- American Three-toed Woodpecker,  Northern Flicker, Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Pipit

May 2015

Neil Paprocki (31 May 2015) - Murdock Badin road] - 21 species total:
   --  Osprey, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Cassin's Finch

Nov 2014

Brian Maxfield (5 Nov 2014) - [Anthro Divide] - 7 species total:
   -- Greater Sage-Grouse, Golden Eagle, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Horned Lark,  American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Sep 2014

Mark Thal (1 Sep 2014) - [Cedar Ridge Academy Campus] - Great Horned Owl.

Aug 2014

Paul Higgins (10 Aug 2014) - [Tabiona] - White-breasted Nuthatch.

Mar 2014

Pat Jividen (8 Mar 2014) - Evening Grosbeaks. Just about hour ago I had about 50 of the birds at my feeder in Tabiona.

Oct 2013

Brian Maxfield (22 Oct 2013) - I just left Starvation Reservoir in Duchesne County and there were two RED-NECKED GREBES in Saleratus Bay on the very north end of the reservoir. They were both adult non-breeding plumage birds and stayed together but away from all the other birds.

Jul 2013

Eric Peterson (26 Jul 2013) - [Tabiona] - I have a friend that is working with me in the barn now and he is a birder. We both had the day off so we decided to make a day of it, and boy was it a good one. We started off by heading towards Tabiona, on the way we stopped along the way and found a Black-throated Grey Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch and a few others. Then it was off to meet the Rufous Hummers at Pat's house. His neighbor ended up getting Pat's this year. So we went over there and took tons of pictures of Black-chinned, Broad-tailed and of course Rufous Hummingbirds. Great shots and great views.

Brian Maxfield (9 Jul 2013) - I was up working on the Strawberry River near the Pinnacles area today and observed a male INDIGO BUNTING. I was along the dirt road watching a Golden Eagle nest (I was checking on a fledgling Golden Eagle that had been pushed from the nest) and could hear a commotion in the Box Elder tree next to me. The first bird I saw was a female Lazuli Bunting and then I saw a couple Yellow Warblers, a MacGillivray's Warbler, and an Orange-crowned Warbler all mobbing the Indigo Bunting. This continued for 10-15 minutes with the entire bunch hopping quickly about the trees and underbrush. I tried to get a photo of the bunting but they moved to quickly and the limbs were very thick. When the Chipping Sparrows also chimed in on the mobbing the bunting finally had enough and left the immediate area to some Pinyon trees.

Mark Thal (7 Jul 2013) - I went to eastern Utah this weekend and was given great looks at some awesome birds!  Started out at Ouray NWR on Friday evening and was greeted early (as always) by an AMERICAN BITTERN in flight north of the watchtower.  I heard quite a few Common Yellowthroats.  Also saw a Willow Flycatcher by the outlet into the Green River.  The best bird for me though was the male INDIGO BUNTING!!  The first male that I'd ever seen.  It was absolutely stunning.  I called a few times and he was flying close circles around me.  It was amazing. 
   --Then it was off to the Red Cloud Loop. Saturday morning I got up to an awesome array of birds camping by Hacking Lake.  Before heading off to the Leidy Peak trailhead I saw a DUSKY GROUSE.  It walked into our campsite like it wasn't there, and then acted like we just appeared out of nowhere and took off.  It was pretty funny.  Also had Mountain Chickadee, Warbling Vireo, Pine Siskin, Cassin's Finch, Junco, Chipping Sparrow, Swainson's Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, and a great, long look at an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER. At the trailhead I saw a Gray Jay and from there it was American Pipit central.  There were tons of them and they were chatty all day.  Had a couple BLACK ROSY-FINCH along the steep upper north ridge of the peak.  Then I made it to the summit of my first 12,000'+ mountain!  Hooray!! 
   --We decided to go off west of the peak and head around the north base.  About 500 yards off the peak we kicked up a male and female pair of WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN!!  A lifer and major target bird for the trip. .... On the way over the edge I saw another BLACK ROSY-FINCH. ...
   --We stopped at Ox Park to have some warm food and there I saw a male Pine Grosbeak, Pine Siskin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee, and Cassin's Finch.  My only strike out was this year's nemesis bird...Northern Pygmy Owl.  I'll get it sooner of later though. A great and successful weekend!

May 2013

Steve Carr (30 May 2013) - Pat Jividen observed several Western Tanagers and a Rose- breasted Grosbeak at his cabin on Tabby Mountain, this morning, May 30.

Apr 2013

Pat Jividen (25 Apr 2013) - First Broad-tailed Hummingbird of the year, at our cabin in Tabiona.

Dec 2012

Pat Jividen (3 Dec 2012) - Common Redpolls. I have about 11 birds coming to my cabin in Tabiona.

Aug 2012

Bryant Olsen (31 Aug 2012) -  On Monday 7-30-12, I saw 3 BLACK SWIFTS at Little Deer Creek Falls along the north fork of the Duchesne River in the Uinta mountains. On Tuesday 7-31-12, I saw a warbler near the Ruth Lake trailhead off the mirror lake highway that keyed out in the field as a non-breeding "EASTERN" PALM WARBLER...

Bryant Olsen (8 Aug 2012) - The GSLA Field Trip looking for White-tailed Ptarmigan on the north slope of the Uintas was unsuccessful in finding our targets species, despite an extensive search of the Tundra near Mt. Baldy. That could be due in part because we weren't the only ones looking for them that day up there, as a PRAIRIE FALCON was patrolling the area, never the less it was a worth while trip, and we did find some cool birds, including a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK that gave us great looks, 2 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS, 3 PINE GROSBEAKS, 9 GRAY JAYS (when it rains it pours), 5 CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS, and RED CROSSBILLS. But the highlight for me was hearing the male trill call of a BOREAL OWL at 1am. We had been playing their calls around the campfire at the East Fork Of Black's Fork campground, but got no response, then after I had gone to bed but wasn't sleeping well, when plain as day I heard the male trill call very close, instantly I jumped to my feet and put on some clothes and sandals, and went out and looked for and played for it, with no response, till I got a chill and had to go back to bed. Never the less I am certain of what I heard.

Jul 2012

Jeff Cooper (31 Jul 2012) - Eric Peterson and I ventured out from American Fork/Pleasant Grove yesterday...   --Among species seen: Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Green-tailed Towhee, and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Steve Carr (18 Jul 2012) - I have been to Costa Rica and Ecuador and have seen upwards of 12-15 different species at once around a set of feeders. But for sheer numbers of birds at one time, Pat Jividen's 6 feeders at his cabin on Tabby Mountain, elevation 6900 feet, overlooking the town of Tabiona, Duchesne County, during Rufous Hummer migration time, can't be beat. On July 17 at any given instant we saw--
   --10-12 pairs of Rufous Hummers, 4-5 pairs of Black-chinned, 3-4 pairs of Broad-tailed, and at least one pair of Calliope. Then, of course, when some birds get full of sugar-water and go to rest up on a tree branch their places are immediately taken over by new sets of hummers. I would guess that there are upwards of 100 individuals, including 20+ adult male Rufous.
   --Then, to add to the hummer frenzy - there were-- 3 pair of Black-headed Grosbeaks, 5 pair of Cassin's Finches, 3 Spotted Towhees, 4 Mourning Doves, 2 Scrub-Jays, 2 Evening Grosbeaks, one White-breasted Nuthatch, and 10 Pine Siskins, along with fly (soar)-over Ravens and 2 Turkey Vultures, many Tree and Rough-winged Swallows.

Jun 2012

David Wheeler (18 Jun 2012) - I took the lads up to the Uintas for our annual Father's Day All-Guy Campout...On Sunday, I was pleased that the lads agreed to climb Bald Mountain... En route, I saw BLACK ROSY-FINCHES (from the top), many Mountain goats, and PIPITS diving in display flights. The most unexpected thing we saw was a BALD EAGLE rising up from the Mirror Lake side and then floating off on the winds far above. It almost looked staged, and one felt as if a brass band should be playing...

Bryant Olsen (14 Jun 2012) - Monday I headed up to the High Uintas and spent 2 night near Butterfly Lake...I did see some good birds, including 3 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS, lots of PINE GROSBEAKS, loads on BLACK ROSY-FINCHES near Hayden peak, plus CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS at Mirror Lake...

Norm Jenson (14 Jun 2012) -Yep we blew our gas budget and went back to the Uintas today, our time was not wasted. We picked up the Gray Jay and Pine Grosbeak we missed yesterday. We went straight to Washington Lake.... We heard the Three-toed Woodpeckers we'd found the day before...The Ruby-crowned Kinglets were trying to compete with the Clark's Nutcrackers who were making a racket...

David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - GRAY JAYS at Mirror Lake Campground (the road is open across the top)

David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER along the Mirror Lake Highway, Kamas side.

Apr 2012

Ron Walker (24 Apr 2012) - I had the opportunity to attend a family wedding in Roosevelt, Utah (Duchesne County) last week end. I built in a couple of extra days and visited some of the local birding locations while I was there. I spent time at Pelican Lake and the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. I saw Cinnamon Teal, Meadow Larks, Coots (of course), Yellow-headed Blackbird, Double Crested Cormorants, Bitterns, White Pelicans, Wild Turkeys, Canada Geese, Blue Herons, and lots of birds at the ONWR which I could hear but couldn’t see and didn’t know enough to identify them. But the highlight of my trip (outside of the family wedding) were the Turkey Vultures which come to visit Roosevelt and roost in a couple of pine trees in the middle of a residential area. The vultures arrive each year (for about the last 5 years) in April. They stay until about the first of June then leave. ...I counted 16 of them in the trees when I was there. In the evening they return about an hour before sunset. I asked my brother why they picked 2 pine trees in the middle of Roosevelt to call home. He said, “‘cause it’s only a half block from the mortuary”. – argh!

Feb 2012

Brian Maxfield (18 Feb 2012) - [Rock Creek] - Today I took a quick trip up Rock Creek in the Uinta Mountains. I noticed a large Engelmann Spruce that had a dead top but nothing else until something moved. All the branches were full of Bohenian Waxwings, 174 in total. I picked through every one of them looking for a Cedar Waxwing, of all things. None. After watching them for a time I continued up the canyon and was surprised to find another larger (241) flock of Bohemian Waxwings. This lively bunch was perched in aspen trees and Engelmann spruce but were also feeding on berries in Rocky Mountain juniper and common juniper.
   --A bit farther up the canyon I stopped to look at a single bird sitting in an aspen and was a bit surprised to see a female Red Crossbill. A male appeared out of the thicket soon after. A bit farther up the canyon I found three additional Red Crossbill (two male, one female). This small group was sitting on the road.

Dec 2011

Brian Maxfield (5 Dec 2011) - Today I stumbled upon a BOREAL OWL while out working. I was completely surprised to see a small owl sitting in a pinyon tree along a small road I had just been on minutes before. It was right next to the road and gave me some great looks. I was able to get the video camera out and get a bit of footage. I found in on the Skitzy Wildlife Management Area southwest of Duchesne. Skitzy is pretty remote and is mostly pinyon-juniper with openings created by chaining. The owl was in a small patch of trees left in the middle of a chained area.

Nov 2011

Brian Maxfield (18 Nov 2011) - Today I located a PACIFIC LOON at Starvation Reservoir. It was located in the northern end of the reservoir in the Saleratus Bay. There was also one Common Loon nearby. There were two HORNED GREBES in the same bay as well.

Aug 2011

Bryant Olsen (16 Aug 2011) - [Uinta Mountains] - Today's Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip to the Uinta Mountains was something of a success in that most of our target species were found, including BLACK ROSY FINCHES (2 fledglings being fed by an adult on Murdock Mountain, the peak due south of Bald Mountain on Bald Mountain pass, GRAY JAYS, CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS, PINE GROSBEAK and a probable TREE-TOED WOODPECKER (brief look at a fly over)...

Alona Huffaker (4 Aug 2011) - Bonnie, Leila and I watched some Three-toed Woodpeckers at the  trailhead at Mirror Lake for awhile today.  They were down off the hill from the trailhead  parking lot, about half the way along  the distance of the parking lot...

Dec 2010

Diane Penttila (17 Dec 2010) - [Ouray National Wildlife Refuge] - General Waterbird Survey. We've warmed up just in time for our Christmas Bird Count tomorrow. The river is open and has pulled in a few birds. The following birds were seen within the survey route:
   - Canada geese 142, Mallard 301, Common merganser 5,  Sandhill crane 21,  Northern harrier 1, Red-tailed hawk, 2 Bald eagle 1.

Diane Penttila (3 Dec 2010) - The following birds were seen within the survey route: Canada Geese 1,000, Common Goldeneye, Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk. American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon

Nov 2010

Diane Penttila ( 2 Nov 2010) - [Ouray National Wildlife Refuge] -General Waterbird Survey. The following birds were seen within the survey route: Canada Geese, Snow goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Wood duck, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked duck, Lesser scaup, Ruddy duck, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, American coot, Great blue heron, Black-crowned night heron, American White Pelican, Sandhill Crane, Wilson's Snipe, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Ring-billed gull, Northern harrier, Red-tailed Hawk

Mar 2010

Pat Jividen (5 March 2010) - Seen my first Mountain Bluebirds in the Tabiona valley today. 

Feb 2010

Pat Jividen (21 Feb 2010) - On Thursday I saw about 300 [American] Crows in the Tabiona valley.

Feb 2009

Brian Maxfield (13 Feb 2009) - I found a beautiful male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER today. It was on Big Sand Wash Reservoir in Duchesne County. This area is northeast of Duchesne. This small reservoir has some of the only open water for miles...

Dec 2007

Brian Maxfield (7 Dec 2007) - I have observed two large flocks of rosy-fnches over the past couple of days. The largest was in Indian Canyon (south of Duchesne) and number around 100 birds. It was a mixture of Black Rosy-finches and Gray-crowned Rosy-finches. They were feeding on roads cuts near the national forest boundary sign along the highway.

Brian Maxfield (2 Dec 2007) - Apparently, the Snow Buntings know we received snow in the Uintah Basin. I observed a small flock of snow buntings in a snowy field in Boneta. This is my first snow bunting for the area and an added bonus to see several at one time.

Nov 2007

Brian Maxfield  (7 Nov 2007) - ... this past week in the Uintah Basin. ... a Boreal Owl that was delivered to me that was picked up along a highway. The area it was found was near the junction of U208 and US 35. This is just east of Tabiona. The area is along the Duchesne River. The main habitats are pinyon-juniper, pastures, and narrow-leaf cottonwood riparian bottoms. The owl was an adult bird in apparently good condition. Unfortunately, the owl passed away from head injuries. This is the second Boreal Owl I have received that was hit by a car in atypical habitat. The other owl was a delivered to me a couple of years ago and that owl survived.

Aug 2007

Craig Fosdick (16 Aug 2007) - I just completed a 3˝ day camping trip to Mirror Lake and the Uintas.... The White-throated Sparrow (presumably the same one reported in early August) is still present at MIRROR LAKE CG, although it is very inconspicuous. I saw the bird on 8/15 directly across the road (the road through the campground) from my campsite (#72). This is the only time I saw it, despite the fact that this location was only about 30 meters from my campsite, and when I was not hiking, I was watching birds at my campsite. ...I found Three-toed Woodpecker at both MIRROR LAKE CG and TRIAL LAKE CG. At Mirror Lake CG, I had a group of three birds: one adult male, and two recently-fledged juveniles (one female, one male). This family group was at my campsite (#72) on 8/14, when they spent 20 minutes (~9 AM) foraging on a broken-off Subalpine Fir that is apparently infested with Mountain Pine Beetle larvae. This fir, which is about 11–12 m north of the concrete fire ring in the campsite, was also visited by the male on 8/13 , also ~9 AM.

Jul 2007

Mark Stackhouse - On Saturday morning, 20 July, I saw and heard a (presumably a male) White-throated Sparrow singing on the south side of the trailhead parking area. It was acting very territorial and responded vigorously to a recorded song. I don't know how frequently White-throated Sparrow is recorded for summer in Utah but I though it odd. It was especially odd to hear the clear tones of "Old Sam Peabody Peabody Peabody" coming from the forest in the Uintas. Well, it wasn't exactly the classic phraseology, he jazzed it up a bit, more like "Old Sam Peabody ooo body body ooo body . . ."

Jul 2006

Kris Purdy (4 Jul 2006) - Yesterday I heard a report of an American Three-toed Woodpecker on the Highline Trail at Mirror Lake in the Uintas, Duchesne County. Brete Griffin and other birders attending the National Wildlife Federation Family Conference birded the trail and found an adult three-toed working several trees along the trail just 100 meters from the trailhead.

Jan 2006

Milt Moody - Boreal Owl in Duchesne Co. - A sight record -- with a couple of nice pictures-- for a Boreal Owl , seen on 24-25 January, was sent in [to the records committee] by Brian Maxfield.

Sep 2005

Tim Avery (25 Sep 2005) - This weekend I spent some time in the Whiterocks River area, and at Chepeta Lake. The most notable sightings were 2 separate American Three-toed Woodpecker. The first was seen while hiking up an old logging trail in an area that had a large patch of dead trees on a north facing slope...The area is accessible from FR 117... about 3-4 miles from where the pavement ends on the road up from Whiterocks. There is a gate to the left and up this road about 3/4 of a mile is where this bird was. The second ATTW was seen flying across FR 110...where the West Fork of the Whiterocks River flows under the road...

Jul 2005

Jack Binch (1 Jul 2005) - Bob Huntington and I tried Mirror Lake again. This time we were able to drive around the lake. We found an American Three-toed Woodpecker in the area of  the "saguaro" snag. It was on the snag once drumming.

Nov 2004

Brian Maxfield (9 Nov 2004) - On 11-5 I saw 7 Tundra Swans, 1 Snow Goose, 7 Cackling Geese mixed among a couple hundred Canada Geese. On 11-8 I saw 15 Hooded Mergansers on the Duchesne sewage ponds. Eight of them were males in beautiful breeding plumage. There were also Greater and Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, and the ever-present Mallard. Also of note was a single Bonaparte's Gull in winter plumage. It was flying around the ponds while I was there.

Aug 2004

Steve Carr (8 Aug 2004) - On Friday, at about 5:30 p.m., several birders on their way to Leidy Peak to search for the White-tailed Ptarmigan observed a flock of about 10 Eurasian Collared Doves in the Roosevelt Cemetery.

Jul 2004

Casey Lance (7 July 2004) - In Duchesne, Utah, there is a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves, living somewhere near Indian Canyon Highway and 300 South. They are very easy to find, and I see them often. They are almost always on the power lines...

May 2004

Dennis Shirley (27 May 2004) - I spent today birding Duchesne and Uinta counties. Of note were the following sightings: ...Eurasian Collared-Dove - Duchesne City...Ross's Goose - I know it's hard to believe, but what can I say. I had it verified by USFWS.

Dec 2003

KC Childs (13 Dec 2003) - Eric Huish and myself went out to Duchesne County to do some birdwatching. ...Some highlights included two Eurasian Collard Doves on the east end of Duchesne City. They were located near the flag and wigwam on the east end of town.

Aug 2003

Joel Beyer (17 Aug 2003) - We birded the Mirror Lake area (Uintahs) this afternoon. Three Gray Jays were seen at Bonny Lake, which is reached via the Highline Trail from Mirror Lake. Most of the usual birds were seen along this trail, including Three-toed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

July 2003

Dana Green - (27 July 2003) My family went camping in the Uintas...
We saw some very nice birds. Pine Grosbeaks were in the meadows around almost all lakes and campgrounds we visited. I saw a Gray Jay on the Highland Trail at Mirror Lake about 9am Saturday. Also on this trail between 8 and 11 I notable sightings were two different sightings of female Williamsons, a male half submerged in a pond taking a bath from a rock, Brown Creepers, Golden Crowned Kinglets, and a White Winged Crossbill.  There was a large flock of Black Rosy Finches on the saddle of Mt. Baldy as we climbed up about 7:15 this morning.

August 2002

Bruce Mast (Oakland, CA) - A recent backpacking trip into the High Uintah Wilderness Area (Aug 6-9) yielded some excellent birds, including Northern Goshawk (adult and juvenile), White-tailed Ptarmigan (hen and fledgling), Black Rosy-finches, Three-toed Woodpecker, Blue Grouse, and Golden Eagle. My wife and I also saw a moose cow and calf. Our route took us up the Uintas river and then up Krebs creek to the Chain Lakes. Spectacular country, even without the birds.

July 2002

"Sharp"  (Sun, 7 Jul 2002)  I spent the holiday out at Moon Lake in the Uintas.  We set up a hummingbird feeder in our camp.  We had as many as 25 hummingbirds at the feeder at a time.  Included in this were at least 6 male Rufous Hummingbirds and 1 male Calliope Hummingbird.  They definitely kept things lively.  We also saw many other species of birds.  Some of the birds identified were Stellars Jay, Chipping Sparrow, Flicker, Junco, Chickadee, and Western Tanager.

November 2000

Flocks of both GRAY-CROWNED and BLACK ROSY-FINCHES were seen along the access road to the Yellowstone River on Wednesday, 11/08 (BM). The Yellowstone River is on the south slope of the Uintas, east of Moon Lake and north of Duchesne.

A flock of 30-40 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES was seen in the road cuts along US 191 between Duchesne and Price on Tuesday, 11/07 (KP). They were south of the summit, about 2 miles south of the turnoff to the Avintaquin CG.

About 20 SNOW GEESE were seen on a pond in Fruitland, along US 40 east of Strawberry Reservoir, on Wednesday, 11/08 (BM).

September  2000

A female WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN, along with three chicks, was seen along the northeast shoreline of Blue Lake on Saturday, 09/02 (DW). Blue Lake is located in Naturalist Basin in the Uinta Mountains, about 5 miles along the Highline Trail from SR 150.

August 2000

Eight BLACK SWIFTS were seen flying over Naturalist Basin on Saturday, 08/12 (M&MSm).

July 2000

A breeding-plumaged male CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR was seen just east of Naturalist Basin in the Uinta Mountains on Sunday, 07/09 (BO). The bird was seen on a small, tundra-covered plateau just north of Rocky Sea Pass. Rocky Sea Pass is about 1 mile east of Naturalist Basin along the Highline Trail, and about 6 miles east of the trailhead on SR 150 near Butterfly Lake.

A WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN was also seen on the tundra-covered plateau north of Rocky Sea Pass in the Uinta Mountains on Sunday, 07/09 (BO).

A pair of THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS was seen nesting along the shore of Mirror Lake on Sunday, 07/09 (MS,m.obs.). The nest was located about 100 ft. from the shore near the northeast corner of the lake.

A female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen at the east end of the Mirror Lake CG on Tuesday, 06/27 (C&CP,MS).

On Starvation Reservoir, 6 COMMON LOONS were seen on Saturday, 06/24 (EH,DS,m.obs.).

July 1999

A MOUNTAIN PLOVER was seen southwest of Myton on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW). To get to the place where the bird was seen, take 5550 West (the Nine Mile Canyon/Sandwash Boat Ramp road) south from US 40 for 6.1 miles to the Monument Butte Road, go west for about 4 miles to oil well number 44-33B. The bird was about 150 yards southwest of this well.

Two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS were seen along US 40 west of Myton on Saturday, 07/03, one at about mile 103.3 and the other near mile 105 (MS,DW).

A PINE GROSBEAK was seen along the Mirror Lake Highway, at the turnoff to the Mirror Lake CG, on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW).

May 1999

A breeding-plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on the sewage lagoons at Duchesne on Sunday, 05/23 (B&GB). It was seen again on Tuesday, 05/25 (MS,DW). Both times, the bird was on the second pond from the eastern side of the sewage lagoon complex, which is located on the north side of US 40 on the east edge of town. There are only two accepted records of Red-necked Grebe in Utah prior to this sighting.


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