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
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
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.
Pat Jividen (25 Apr 2013) - First Broad-tailed Hummingbird of the
year, at our cabin in Tabiona.
Pat Jividen (3 Dec 2012) -
Redpolls. I have about 11 birds coming to my cabin in Tabiona.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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,
American coot, Great blue heron, Black-crowned night heron,
White Pelican, Sandhill Crane,
Wilson's Snipe, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe,
Ring-billed gull, Northern
harrier, Red-tailed Hawk
Pat Jividen (5 March 2010) - Seen my first
Mountain Bluebirds in the Tabiona valley today.
Pat Jividen (21 Feb 2010) - On Thursday I saw about 300 [American]
Crows in the Tabiona valley.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 . . ."
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
Dennis Shirley (27 May 2004) - I spent today birding Duchesne and Uinta
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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).
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.
Eight BLACK SWIFTS were seen flying over Naturalist Basin on
Saturday, 08/12 (M&MSm).
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.).
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).
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.