Recent Sightings

  
Rich County   [Recent Rare Bird Sightings]

Feb 2017

Jeff and Bonnie Jorgensen (20 Feb 2017) - [Laketown, UT] - Trumpeter Swan. With lots of Canada Geese. Large white swans. Used scope to check bill. Clearly no yellow on bill and shape of black connecting to eye area indicative of Trumpeters.

Neil Paprocki (6 Feb 2017) - [Laketown - Big Creek Pond] - Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Common Merganser, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark
    -- [Garden City, UT] - Northern Goshawk, Townsend's Solitaire

Oct 2016

Neldon Kunz (13 October 2016) - [Bear Lake] - Common Loon, Northern Harrier, California Gull, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling

Sep 2016

Alex Hale (14 September 2016) - [Bear River Meadows] - Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Ferruginous Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Common Nighthawk, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

Aug 2016

Daniel Welsh (31 August 2016) - [Woodruff, UT] - Clark's Nutcracker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Orange-crowned Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Pine Siskin
     -- [UT Hwy 39] - Dusky Grouse. Large dark grouse standing alongside the highway.

Weston Smith (22 August 2016) - [Randolph, UT] - Northern Goshawk. Very large acc. (close to size of Red-tailed Hawks in area) not much detail other than silhouette and size. The bird flew straight over camp at tree top level (about hundred feet) calling with distinct goshawk call of immature. This is the same location I've seen them in past years and beleive they nest somewhere near this spot. 56 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, Baird's Sandpiper, 
Least Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, Rufous Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow  Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Vesper Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Scott Erickson (19 August 2016) - [Crawford Mountain Road] - Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Mourning Dove , Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling

Jared Davidson (14 Aug 2016) - [Garden City, UT] - Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Rock Wren, House Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Sage Thrasher. Sagebrush Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee

Jared Davidson (12 Aug 2016) - [Garden City, UT] - Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Brewer's Sparrow, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak

Neil Paprocki (1 August 2016) - [Swan Mountain] - 39 species total:
     -- Dusky Grouse, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Williamson's Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Rock Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin
     -- [Bear Lake - Southwest Shoreline] - Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Wild Turkey, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Kildeer, Marbled Godwit, Wilson's Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Common Grackle

Jul 2016

Neil Paprocki (31 July 2016) - [Swan Flat Rd] - Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl,Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Vesper Sparrow, Western Tanager

Carlos Sanchez (27 July 2016) - [Bear Lake Overlook Rest Area] -  Broad-tailed Hummingbird,
Rufous Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, American Kestrel

Bill Slater (21 July 2016) - [Garden City, UT] - Northern Harrier, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Cedar Waxwing, Brewer's Blackbird

Bryan Shirley (10 July 2016) - [Bear River Meadows] - Canvasback, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Tern, Great-horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird

Ann Matthews (9 July 2016) - [Deseret Ranch] - 73 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Willet, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl , Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Gray Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, House Wren, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, MacGillivray's Warbler, 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, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Cassin's Finch

Mike Fish (5 July 20160 - [Monte Cristo CG] -  Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Tree Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Cassin's Finch

Mike Hearell (2 July 2016) - [Big Spring Rd] - Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Tree Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, brewer's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Sherree Sheide (1 July 2016) - [Bear River Meadows] - 42 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, American Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot (Red-shielded), Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Willet, California Gull, Black Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Jun 2016

Weston Smith (28 June 2016) - [Randolph, UT] - Greater Sage-Grouse. I heard the Sage-Grouse were not that successful this year. I hope some hens have more the this one.  120 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, White-throated Swift, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Mike Hearell (25 June 2016) - [Big Springs Rd] - Flammulated Owl, Great Horned Owl, Common Poorwill

Dennis Shirley (24 June 2016) - [Monte Cristo area] - Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Williamson's Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Cassin's Finch

Bryant Olsen
(7 June 2016) - [Randolph BBS Route] - 82 species total:  --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier (American), Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet (Western), Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, House Wren (Northern), Marsh Wren, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lark Bunting

Neldon Kunz (2 June 2016) - [Monte Crosto Rd] - Mallard, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Song Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird

May 2016

Mike Hearell (29 May 2016) -[Monte Cristo CG] - Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush

George Mayfield (12 May 2016) - [south of Woodruff, UT] - 28 species total:
     --  Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Forster's Tern, Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Weston Smith (10 May 2016)- [Deseret Ranch] - 91 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Apr 2016

Daniel Sachse (30 April 2016) - [Deseret Ranch] - Ruffed Grouse, Common Loon, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, American Dipper, Townsend's Solitaire, Brewer's Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird

Daniel Sachse (16 April 2016) - [Deseret Ranch] - 31 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Greater Sage-Grouse, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet, California Gull, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Vesper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark

David Wheeler (2 April 2016) - [Crawford Mountain Rd] -  Trumpeter Swan, Short-eared Owl     
      -- [Randolph, UT] - Merlin
      -- [Hwy 89 - Garden City, UT] - Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, European Starling

Mar 2016

Andrew Durso (31 March 2016) - [Limber Pine Trail] - Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee

Henry Cadwalader (17 March 2016) - [Woodruff, UT] - Snow Goose

David Wheeler (12 March 2016) - [NE of Randolph, UT] - Short-eared Owl. Two apparently fighting low (near ground) while a third was flying higher, sometimes flapping as if in display flight. Saw them well.
       -- Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Mallard (Northern), Sandhill Crane, Horned Lark

Feb 2016

Jeff and Bonnie Jorgensen (15 February 2015) - [Pickleville, UT] - Wild Turkey, Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpie

Ed MacKerrow (12 February 2016) - [Woodruff, UT] - Rough-legged Hawk, Common Raven

Jan 2016

Andrew Durso (24 January 2016) - [Bear Lake, UT] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Townsend's Solitaire

Bryant Olsen (2 January 2016) - [Deseret Ranch] - 14 species total:
     -- Mallard (Northern), Green-winged Teal (American), Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl, Northern Flicker, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Hepburn's),
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Gray-crowned), House Sparrow

Dec 2015

Bret Mossman (10 December 2015) - Northern Shrike.

Suzi Holt (3 December 2015) - [Garden City, UT] - 10 Wild Turkeys.  -- [Bear Lake] - Common Goldeneye.

Nov 2015

Deborah Walling (29 November 2015) - [Hwy 16, Woodruff, UT] - Great Horned Owl, Prairie Falcon

Matt Gearheart (7 November 2015) - [Woodruff, UT] -  Rough-legged Hawk.

Oct 2015

Lauri Taylor (15 October 2015) - [Bear River Meadow] - 10 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Western Meadowlark

Andrew Durso (11 October 2015) - [Swan Mountain] - 10 species total:
     -- Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Sep 2015

Rita Caratello (22 September 2015) - [Limber Pine Trail]: Turkey Vulture, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed)

Andrew Durso (7 September 2015) - [Monte Cristo CG] - 15 species total:  -- Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Steller's Jay (Interior), Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill

Aug 2015

Daniel Henderson (12 August 2015) - [Monte Cristo CG] - Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch

Ed Huestis (11 August 2015) - [Monte Cristo] - 15 species total:
     --  Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Prairie Falcon, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, American Crow, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, American Pipit, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch

Jul 2015

Weston Smith (19 July 2015) - [Randolph] - 102 species:
    -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Willet, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Black Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, COMMON POORWILL, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Jun 2015

Taylor Abbott (24 June 2015) - [Bear River Meadows] - 47 species:
   -- Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, American Bittern, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Willet, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, American Pipit, Yellow Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Jessica Stokes (14 June 2015) - [Deseret Ranch] - Greater Sage Grouse.

Laurene Joseph (7 June 2015) - [Bear River Meadows] - 43 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, California Gull, BLACK TERN, Forster's Tern, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

May 2015

Martha Happ (31 May 2015) - [Bear River Meadows] - 43 species:
    -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Willet, Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch

Mike Hearell (30May 2015) - [Big Spring Road] - 22 species total:
    --  Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco Junco, Western Tanager

Billy Fennimore (29 May 2015) - [Deseret Ranch] - Burrowing Owl, Lewis's Woodpecker, Prairie Falcon, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Gray Catbird. 60 species total.

Billy Fennimore (28 May 2015) - [Deseret Ranch] - 57 species total:
    -- Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Ferruginous Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Wilson's Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Mar 2015

Billy Fennimore (14 Mar 2015) - [Deseret Ranch] - 34 species total:
   --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Northern Flicker, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Mountain Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Jan 2015

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

Dec 2014

Bryant Olsen (14 Dec 2014) - [Bear Lake - Rendezvous Beach SP] - Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Bald Eagle, Ring-billed Gull, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling

Billy Fennimore (10 Dec 2014) - [Deseret Ranch] -  Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup,
Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Western Grebe,
Great Blue Heron, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull,
Glaucous Gull, Common Raven

Jul 2014

Paul Higgins (4 Jul 2014) - Green-tailed Towhee. Monte Cristo Mountains.

Jun 2014

Paul Higgins (8 Jun 2014) - [Randolph, Bear River Wetlands] - Vesper Sparrow, American Bittern, Black Tern.

Paul Higgins (1 Jun 2014) - Yesterday, I took a trip over Monte Cristo Mountains and into Rich County. Monte Cristo Campground was very birdy, with some snow still on roadways. Curtis Creek had campers right where the Purple Martin's nest, I didn't stop. (Don't know if they have arrived yet.)
   --Near Woodruff, both Western and Eastern Kingbirds have arrived. A few Western Tanager's still around, waiting to head into the mountains. Farmers have turned irrigation water into the fields.
   --Near Randolph (Bear River Wetlands) water has been turned in and the fields are being flooded. Arrived around 11:00 am and still located 3 American Bitterns, a good time to look for bittern's because the cover has just started to grow. Now the water is turned in, it will develop very quickly. Some waterfowl: Redheads, Canvasback, Pintail, etc.
   --There appears to be a good (quite large) colony of breeding Black Terns, just beginning housekeeping. Go one mile North of Randolph, turn onto Crawford Mountain Road (going east) drive east until you cross a large concrete bridge. Continue east another 300 yards, or so, watching to the south. You'll see them. They were breeding not too far from the road. Watch all along the Crawford Mountain Road for bitterns. Watch especially close right along the road. I flushed one because I didn't see it standing right along the roadway. It you continue on Crawford Mountain Roadway into the Crawford Mountain Mountains it is a great place to bird. I love to bird the "wetlands".

Apr 2014

Clark Monson (18 Apr 2014) - I wanted to see some Great Horned Owls today so I left Provo this morning and made the long drive to one of my favorite places--Rich County. I usually find one or two pairs of Horned Owls each spring in the Woodruff/Randolph area, and today I was fortunate to locate four active nests. All were very close to the main highway. Along my route to Rich County I passed 12 pairs of nesting Ospreys. I could have seen more had I made a detour and driven along Rockport Reservoir, but having just returned from Tampa, Florida a few days ago I had no burning desire to see even more Ospreys. Ospreys are as plentiful as palm trees in Florida. The most exciting discovery of the day was an active Bald Eagle nest. I observed a different Bald Eagle nest in the same area last year that was slightly across the state line in Wyoming. The nest I saw today is well inside Rich County. A few miles away I watched three sexually immature Bald Eagles soaring in a thermal at a height of about 400 feet. Overall, it was a great day for raptor viewing.

Mar 2014

Doug Mead (21 Mar 2014) - Ned and I and new birder from Tremonton banged out another 3 counties yesterday bringing our total to 16. ...Rich County was a bugger. We drove within a mile of the Wyoming line before hitting 31 total. The wind was howling and Bear Lake had nothing on it at all. Best birds were 3 Tundra Swans and 2 Trumpeter Swans at Deseret Ranch and lots and lots of Sandhill Cranes.

Jul 2013

Jeff Cooper (7 Jul 2013) - Seven birders on a field trip with Mark Stackhouse. Around 3:30 pm Saturday we found a GLOSSY IBIS mixed with about ten White-faced Ibises on Crawford Mountain Road near Randolph, UT.

Mark Stackhouse (3 Jul 2013) - [Monte Cristo] - We had a great trip to the Uintas last Saturday, even though the crowds escaping the heat were large, and the bird activity a bit muted, both with the heat and the many people in the mountains. We didn't see any real rarities, but had excellent views of many good species, and decent photo ops for a number of them. We managed a list of 70 species - not too bad for a slow day in the mountains. The bird list [highlights]:... American Three-toed Woodpecker...Bobolink...Black Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak... Red Crossbil...

Jun 2013

Bryant Olsen (11 Jun 2013) - At Monte Cristo Campground I got 1 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER,1 WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER, and CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS, plus an inter-grade PINK-SIDED X GRAY-HEADED JUNCO. At Curtis creek turn off I found a lone female PURPLE MARTIN, then I dropped down to Bear River meadows north of Randolf, and despite some earlier concerns of it being dried up, I found the place well watered and flooded as usual for this time of year, and saw several BLACK TERNS flying around, but no Bitterns or Lark Buntings. Nothing noteworthy at Deseret Ranch.

Paul Higgins
(3 Jun 2013) - Black Terns and Lark Buntings--Bear River Wetlands, Rich County, Utah.

Aug 2012

Kris Purdy (25 Aug 2012) - [Randolph, UT] - Six members of Wasatch Audubon birded Randolph-area birding spots in Rich County today. Highlights included:
   --A Dusky Grouse crossing the road as we traveled over the Monte Cristo Range
   --Many Turkey Vultures still at roost in the center of Randolph when we arrived at around 10:00 a.m.
   --Common Nighthawks roosting on branches in the town park’s trees at 10:00 and during a second stop in the afternoon, and a couple more flying over Crawford Mountain Road for a total of six for the day
   --A small flurry of Yellow Warblers and a MacGillivray’s in the town park treetops
   --Four American Bitterns in channels or along the Bear River off Crawford Mountain Road; additional good looks at many Black-crowned Night-herons and eclipse-plumage ducks
   --Lone Black Tern of the day in the stiff winds over Little Creek Reservoir west of town, along with additional duck species
   --Additional highlights from a Thursday scouting trip included another American Bittern on Crawford Mountain Road (making this a five-bittern week for me; bragging here); a Prairie Falcon over the marsh; Baird’s and Least Sandpipers, probably present today but far away; a Great Horned Owl in the Randolph town park, four female-type Broad-tailed Hummingbirds working a couple small patches of Bull Thistles on Home Ranch Road on Deseret Ranch, and the Honey Badger near Little Creek Reservoir.
   --Total species count for today’s trip was 52:...

Jul 2012

Mark Stackhouse (17 Jul 2012) - [Deseret Ranch, UT] - A few weeks ago I pointed out that birding is weird. I have to say it again. On Thursday, we found 135 species, and yesterday we also found 135 species - the second time this summer that we've had the same number of species on back-to-back trips. This time, even though the total number of species was the same, we had 14 species different from Thursday's trip. It was another great day of birding on the ranch. The complete bird list for the day is below: [highlights:]...Swainson's Hawk,... Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs,... Marbled Godwit,...Common Nighthawk,...Clark's Nutcracker,...Northern Mockingbird,...Cedar Waxwing,...Common Yellowthroat,...

Mark Stackhouse (13 Jul 2012)- [Deseret Ranch, UT] - Wow! What a day we had at Deseret Ranch yesterday. 135 species of birds. Watching the delight of Norman Jenson getting his 300th Utah bird. Baby White Pelicans (how many birders have seen a baby pelican in Utah?). A Rubber Boa. Lots of mammals, of course. It was a day of Utah birding the likes of which one can only find on Deseret Ranch. Tomorrow will be my last ranch trip of this year. The full bird list is below. [highlights:]
   --...Blue-winged Teal,... Greater Sage-Grouse, Dusky Grouse,...Sandhill Crane,...Black Tern, ...Burrowing Owl...Purple Martin,...

Jun 2012

Mark Stackhouse (30 Jun 2012) [Deseret Ranch] ...Highlights of yesterday's trip include great looks at a Common Tern, including side-by-side comparison with Forster's Tern (it was a four tern-species day), a female Common Merganser with 16 babies - near the upper limit for clutch size (17 is the maximum reported)..., a nest full of about-to-fledge Prairie Falcons and two proud (and protective) parents. Early shorebird migration in full swing, with the Semipalmated Plover continuing from last week, a bevy of Marbled Godwits, and the Greater Yellowlegs gone, but a Lesser Yellowlegs in its place, and a fabulous run of songbirds, including a Golden-crowned Kinglet who insisted on showing us how he got that name...

Mark Stackhouse (25 Jun 2012) - Birding on Deseret Ranch was excellent this weekend, in spite of the very dry conditions...Some of the surprises were a Semipalmated Plover and a Greater Yellowlegs, that seemed out-of-season (but are they early, or late?), and a pair of adult Bald Eagles. We had good luck with grouse, with great views of both Greater Sage-Grouse and Dusky Grouse...

David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - Juvenile GREAT HORNED OWL on a tiny snag in the middle of a tiny pond at Deseret Ranch, with a big mom on the shore.

Bryant Olsen (14 Jun 2012) - On the way home [from the Uintahs] I swung by the meadows near Randolph and had an AMERICAN BITTERN 30 feet off the road out in the middle of a pasture in plain view, plus the usual swarm of BLACK TERNS upset I was near their nests and hovering just feet overhead. Then over Monte Cristo, where I saw a female PURPLE MARTIN over Kris's pink polka dot ribbon at Curtis Creek Road...

May 2012

Norm Jenson (21 May 2012) - Wow Lark Buntings two days in a row. Yesterday on Antelope Island with Tim and Jeff during the a marathon and today at Deseret Ranch with Bill Fenimore. Also a Long-eared Owl on a nest..

Jan 2012

Pat Jividen (18 Jan 2012) - Steve Carr, Ned Bixler, Doug Mead, and Pat Jividen all wendt to Rich county looking for the owl. No luck. We did see a few good birds: [highlights] Snow Buntings...Trumpeter Swan 12, ...Rough-legged Hawk 25,... We had a 10 plus hour day.

Dennis Shirley (17 Jan 2012) - Brown-headed Bald Eagle.

Jack Binch (15 Jan 2012) - I sent most of the day driving around Round Valley in Rich County looking for the Snowy Owl. No luck, and Dennis Shirley had been there for two days without seeing it. Best birds were a dozen or so Trumpeter Swans, Common Mergansers, several Bald Eagles, a couple of Golden Eagles, and a Northern Shrike.

Nov 2011

Craig Fosdick (28 Nov 2011) - While driving back from Wyoming today I saw a female Merlin (Prairie subspecies) trying to catch a large passerine near the intersection of UT-16 and US 30 in Rich County. Also present were a Rough-legged Hawk and an adult Bald Eagle.
 

Oct 2011

Kris Purdy (22 Oct 2011) - I visited Monte Cristo Campground in Rich County today and was surprised at how birdy the place was.... Mixed flocks of RED CROSSBILLS and Pine Siskins plied the spruce cone crop at the tippy-top of the skyscraping mature spruces for the two hours I was there. ... A regular strong tapping let me to a snag where an adult male AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was pounding on what looked like his favorite tree, due to the extent of the holes in the trunk from the ground to the top.

Jul 2011

Bryant Olsen (19 Jul 2011) - Yesterdays Great Salt Lake Audubon Rich County field trip turned out pretty good,with 87 species. Highlights included a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Deseret Ranch, 2 roosting COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in Randolf, BLACK TERNS, a WILSON'S SNIPE  and 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS in the Bear River Meadows area, a cow Moose with her new calf on the way to Monte Cristo, PURPLE MARTINS off Curtis Creek road. And RED CROSSBILLS at Monte Cristo campground.

Kris Purdy (10 Jul 2011) - I spent some time this morning at Monte Cristo Campground on SR-39 in Rich County, mile 47.8. How nice that the first bird I heard as I stepped out of the truck was a RED CROSSBILL kip-kipping from atop a tall fir at the Group 2 picnic area. ... Heard a Hairy, a Northern Flicker, and a drumming sapsucker of indeterminate species. I also got a poor look at a woodpecker bounding up the dark side of a trunk. The birds were singing up a storm in the campground with the most vocal species being Warbling Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Other regulars like Western Wood-pewee, Pine Siskin, Hermit Thrush, and Mountain Chickadee were also active.

Norm Jensen
(5 Jul 2011) - a Purple Martin at the Curtis Creek Road, Monte Cristo Campground.

Jun 2011

Jack Binch (26 Jun 2011) - Off to Rich County on Saturday specifically to find a bittern. I was not disappointed. I arrived at 7:30 AM after taking the Monte Cristo road that Kris noted was open. Right off the bat I flushed an American Bittern next to the road. I then continued back and forth until just before noon. I counted eighteen individual sightings. I am sure some were duplicates, but what fun. ....Also seen were lots of Black and Forester's Terns, Mountain Bluebird, Western and Eastern Kingbirds, Vesper Sparrow, Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, Red-winged-, Yellow-headed-, and Brewer's Blackbirds, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, one Great Blue Heron, and a Common Nighthawk.

Kris Purdy
(14 Jun 2011) - Jack Rensel and I visited Rich County today from just northwest of Evanston, WY to Randolph. We drove the main road to Deseret Ranch, walked around the spring and then out the north entrance, and then birded along Crawford Mountain Road about a mile and a half north of Randolph off SR-16. Highlights:
   -- Multiple Golden Eagles soaring over sage at Deseret... An American White Pelican at the pond at the ranch struggling with a fish that must have been 18 inches long. Several Common Nighthawks over Woodruff... Black and Forster’s Terns along Crawford Mountain Road posing cooperatively on posts just 20 feet away. A pumping American Bittern out in the marsh, but invisible to us. Western Tanagers in the marsh seeming way out of place. Many Canvasbacks, likely breeders in that location ... Lovely, lovely day to be out in green, green Rich County.

May 2011

Jeff Cooper (30 May 2011) - I was able to spend Saturday on Deseret Ranch with a few intrepid Utah birders... before the end of a GREAT day on the ranch we broke the 100 mark for species identified. Two WHIMBRELS among a flock of WHITE-FACED IBIS (in the same field we watched a Badger, Coyote and an immature GOLDEN EAGLE that stooped and attempted to take a White-tailed Prairie Dog but failed), GREATER SCAUP; BOBOLINK (life bird for me) that flushed along with a small group of sparrows and warblers and gave great views; BLACK TERN (life bird for me);  GREAT HORNED OWL; LEWIS'S WOODPECKER; FERRUGINOUS HAWK; SAGE SPARROW; PRAIRIE FALC

Dec 2010

Dean Tomaso ( 5 Dec 2010) - I saw a group of 11 SNOW BUNTINGS on State Highway 30 about 1 mile east of Sage Creek Junction.

Jul 2010

Mark Stackhouse (17 July 2010) - [Deseret Ranch] - Yesterday's trip to Deseret Ranch was excellent - we found 134 species for the day, including excellent looks at a Short-billed Dowitcher. The shorebirds are coming in strongly now.

Tim Gorman (3 Jul 3 2010) - Yesterday, there was an American Bittern sneaking thru the grass just across the highway from where Francis Lane meets SR 16, 2 miles southeast of Woodruff Utah.

Jun 2010

Paul Higgins (5 Jun 2010) - I've had some requests for the location of the Bitterns in Rich County, I apologize for not including them in my post. I found all of the bitterns and Black Terns yesterday, in the Bear River Wetlands...

David Wheeler (5 Jun 2010) - ...Highlights: ...  AMERICAN 3-TOED WOODPECKER male at Monte Cristo Campground, flying from northwest-most loop across highway & drumming.
     BLACK TERNS are back in the flooded fields/marshes south of Woodruff at last. They can be seen from the highway at the "big kink" with a bit of patience.

Paul Higgins (1 June 210) - Savannah Sparrow, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah. Seen May 31, 2010.

May 2010

Bill Fennimore (18 May 2010) - [Deseret Ranch - Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trip]. Our total for the day was 111 species, a new record for the Bird Festival bus trips on Deseret Ranch.  Our previous best was 106 species last year.  The highlight birds were NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK

Aug 2009

Paul Higgins (10 Aug 2009) - Weird--I found Sage Grouse high in the aspens and Dusky Grouse low along meandering streams in sage covered draws. Monte Cristo, Rich County, Utah. August 10, 2009.

May 2009

Mark Stackhouse (23 May 2009) - While birding Deseret Ranch yesterday (May 23) with Helen Wheelock of New York, we saw a male MAGNOLIA WARBLER. It was in the brush along a stream just south of the ranch office (Home Ranch, Rich Co.). I have some photos of the bird that I'm sending to be posted on the Utah Birds website.

Mark Stackhouse (28 May 2009) - Subject: Red-eyed Vireo . . . this evening in the trees around the main pond at Home Ranch; Deseret Ranch, Rich County.

Mark Stackhouse (31 May 2009) - Yesterday, May 30, 2009, we saw a male Eurasian Wigeon and two breeding plumaged White-rumped Sandpipers at Blue Grass Pond on the
north side of the ranch, near Woodruff, Utah. There also was a Least Flycatcher at Home Ranch, in the very southernmost group of trees, across from the hunter check station.

SALT LAKE COUNTY

Joyce Morgan (2 May 2009) - I'm the one who reported the Painted Bunting at my front yard feeder  I just wanted to let people know that the colorful little guy is still using my feeders.  I have seen him several times today (Saturday, May 2)... While I have been reading the discussion on whether or not he was a caged bird who escaped or a true adventurer who flew all the way here on his own, I think everyone agrees that it is a thrill to see such a gorgeous, free-flying bird in Utah.

Chris Mason (5 May 2009) - There has been a Harris's Sparrow (adult breeding) present at my feeder for the last 3+ weeks.? Is this bird common in Utah during spring migration? (Photos)

David McCoy (25 May 2009) - Location: Donner Park on Kennedy Drive east of the Hogle Zoo at the upper end of the park in the dense oaks. The song I had never heard caught my attention and after much watching and waiting saw a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, my first.

Dec 2008

Tim Gorman (27 Dec 2008) - 17 individuals spent a beautiful day afield on Sunday, December 14 participating in the Evanston Wyoming/Utah Christmas Bird Count. 51 species were found and total bird count was 3,542, both numbers being much higher than average. Highlights were a Vesper Sparrow, 9 Common Redpolls, 25 Pied-billed Grebes and 322 Greater Sage-Grouse. Noticeably absent were Downy Woodpeckers, Townsend Solitaire and owls. The count center is where Rt 89 crosses the Wyoming/Utah border between Evanston Wyoming and Woodruff Utah. The Bear River runs down the middle of the count circle. The river and portions of the Woodruff Narrows Reservoir and Neponset Reservoir were open.

Jul 2008

Kristin Purdy (13 Jul 2008) - I ... went birding in the Monte Cristo Range in Rich and Cache Counties. It was lovely. Wildflowers haven't yet reached their peak and a breeze kept the air comfortable all day. I spent a lot of time watching two species of woodpeckers in Monte Cristo Campground (mile 47.7 of SR-39) or nearby and just absorbed everything else that was moving or singing. Here's the list: ...Williamson's Sapsucker (likely the same pair as last year...)... American Three-toed Woodpecker (nest cavity at campsite #11)... Purple Martin (overhead at Curtis Creek Road, mile 48.8 of SR-39)...

Jun 2008

Kristin Purdy (29 Jun 2008) - Today, I came across another Purple Martin colony south of the Monte Cristo Highway (SR-39) at about milepost 52 in Rich County. I observed long enough to locate four nest cavities and saw males delivering green aspen leaves to the nest holes.

Mark Stackhouse (26 Jun 2008) - This evening, at about 8 pm, I saw a single Vaux's Swift flying over Main Street in Randolph from the city park to over the LDS church, disappearing behind the church to the NW. I was unable to relocate it by the time I got to the other side of the church, but it could easily still be in the area.

Kristin Purdy (14 Jun 2008) - Wasatch Audubon headed north and east this morning to bird Bear River Meadows northeast of Randolph in Rich County ... The highlights: Despite significant snow in deep rotting drifts and no apparent buds yet on the aspens in the Monte Cristo area along SR-39, we saw a good number of mountain species. We stopped at mile 48.8 at the intersection with Curtis Creek Road to look for Purple Martins and saw decent numbers of them, along with a nest cavity along Curtis Creek Road that I've never seen occupied in the past three years. This brings to six the number of Purple Martin nest cavities around that intersection that the birds have occupied this year, 2007 or 2006. We couldn't check all of them for occupancy this year due to the snow...

Dec 2007

Craig Fosdick (9 Dec 2007) - Mo Correll, Ryan O' Donnell, Stephanie Cobbold, and myself took a rather long drive from Logan to Birch Creek Reservoir in hopes of just maybe finding some Rosy-finches still hanging around. Not so much with the Rosy-finches. ..Birds of interest-about 13 or so Rough-legged Hawks, most in the Bear River floodplain along UT 16 between Randolph and Woodruff. Woodruff had 10+ Eurasian-Collared Doves; we saw one more in Randolph. We also had 8+ Bald Eagles (3 in Randolph, 1 in Woodruff, and 4+ along UT 99) and 4 Goldens. A Northern Shrike was also along UT 99 west of Woodruff.

Nov 2007

Adam Kozlowski - Clint Brunson, our Walk-in-Access Coordinator here with the UDWR in Ogden, came upon this great flock of Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches last Friday (November 30th). They were gathered in the gravel parking lot of Birch Creek Reservoir (west of Woodruff on S.R. 39) in Rich County. Clint estimates there was about 100 birds. The photos clearly show both the Interior/Gray-Crowned and Coastal/Hepburn's/Gray-Cheeked subspecies. Typical of these high latitude/elevation species they are relatively easy to approach closely.

Jul 2007

Kris Purdy (11 Jul 20007) - At least one White-winged Crossbill flew over Monte Cristo Campground in Rich County yesterday morning, calling in flight. Twice in the recent past I believed White-wings were at Monte Cristo, but the call or view was so brief that I couldn't conclusively rule out other species. I chose not to report the possibility. Yesterday's calling sequence was definitive even though I didn't see the bird. What's wrong with those darn crossbills--why can't they perch sedately at eye level for me?!? We need spruces around here that produce cones at a height of 5' 3" instead of at 60 feet. ...It took about an hour of listening to get a sign from a Three-toed Woodpecker; finally one drummed a total of four times and sat patiently on a snag while I watched her. It was the adult female. She was on the slope downhill from campsite 18 on Loop C. That's the first place I saw the male on June 21 and I've seen both adults in that area a couple times. Then she disappeared while I was distracted by an adult male Williamson's Sapsucker feeding a juvenile female.

Jun 2007

Mark Stackhouse (17 Jun 2007) - Some of the folks on our trip to Deseret Ranch asked that I send in a report of what we found...We had all seven Utah swallows, including Purple Martins in two locations, and a great show by both male and female Williamson's Sapsuckers. A Common Tern added to the real "common" species to produce a four-tern day ...The oddest sightings were out-of-season shorebirds, including two Long-billed Dowitchers that continue to be present since at least two weeks ago, and a juvenile (already heading south?) plumaged Stilt Sandpiper.

Mark Stackhouse (5 June 2007) - David Wheeler and I did a "Big Day" on Deseret Ranch on Sunday. ...We found 155 species on the ranch Sunday - 139 species seen and 16 heard only. I had all 155, David missed a calling Downy Woodpecker, so had 154. We set a new record for the ranch, for June in Utah, and new county Big Day records for Rich (106 species) and Morgan (87 species) Counties. We also had 46 species in Summit County (not a record). ...The rarest species seen was a trio of White-rumped Sandpipers at Bluegrass Pond - the second record for that species on the ranch....We saw some uncommon Utah birds, such as Blue-winged Teal, Greater Scaup (quite a few of these), five species of owls, including Northern Pygmy-Owl (see photo), Purple Martin, and Common Grackle (first confirmed nesting on the ranch). See the entire list below.

Dec 2006

Joseph (20 Dec 2006) - Since a year ago when I heard that Eurasian Collared-Doves are immigrating to Utah I have been scoping out every dove that I see in hopes of finding one with a banded neck.  But alas, they have all been mourning doves...Then today I saw a couple doves sitting in a  tree, and just knew that they had to be Eurasians...So I asked the driver to go back. And sure enough, there were a dozen Eurasian Collared-Doves sitting in cottonwood trees, just across the street slightly north west of the motel in Randolf Utah. And then... 20 miles away in Evanston Wyoming,  just north of the County Road bridge over the Bear River were another two dozen Eurasian Collared-Doves.

Jul 2006

Kristin Purdy (9 Jul 2006) - I birded Monte Cristo Range in Rich County today...First, the Williamson's Sapsuckers... found two. I returned to the site of one of last year's nest cavities to determine where the birds were nesting this year... The birds are nesting in the same aspen snag as last year, about 20 feet lower and on the south side of the tree this time instead of on the east side. The nest cavity is about 25 feet high and much more secluded than last year's cavity. The tree's location is .2 miles north of Monte Cristo Campground next to a gravel pit... Finally, the Purple Martins. I found two males perching on the top branch of an aspen near the intersection of SR-39 and Curtis Creek Road, east of the highway and 250-300 yards out in a field...

David Wheeler (6 Jul 2006) - I spent the last two days on Deseret Ranch (private property, alas), west/southwest of Randolph, participating in a multi-state Purple Martin study. We found a couple of active nests. Currently the adults are taking turns flying in and out of the nests, located in Flicker holes in aspens, with food.

May 2006

Glenn B. Barlow (19 May 2006) - Today at about 6:00 a.m. at the Davis County Fairpark seven hardy birders met with Mark Stackhouse, our leader, to enjoy a day or birding Northern Utah. Our goal was to see as many birds as possible, before returning to the Fairpark after nightfall. ... The Bird of the Day was undoubtedly the White-rumped Sandpiper, we all saw at Blue Grass Pond! This was a LIFE BIRD for all, except Mark. Also seen keeping company with the White-rumped, were a Semipalmated, Western, and Least Sandpipers. Fortunately we were able to share these sightings with the birders in Bill Fenimore’s Deseret Ranch tour group. Also present at the pond were Sanderling, Long-billed Dowitcher, Marbled Godwit and a flock of over 300 Red-necked Phalarope. .. At the ponds near the headquarters building we had the pleasure of seeing a Northern Waterthrush and a few warblers. On the north side of the residential area, in the tangle of bushes, we were greeted with a very fortunate sighting of a male American Redstart in bright breeding plumage! ... At the large Neponset Reservoir we saw a pair of Greater Scaup diving near the dam, two Great Egret, and a Bonaparte’s Gull. Unfortunately we were not able to find the Pacific Loon previously seen by Bill Fenimore’s group.

Jul 2005

Brian Currie (9 Jul 2005) - Acting quickly on Kris Purdy's Monte Cristo post I ventured up there today. Sure enough, the Willamson's Sapsuckers were busy feeding there young. ...While in that area I also saw one Clark's Nutcracker and two Purple Martins. Both were fly overs and though the Purple Martins' size was obvious, they were nice enough to call out for me to confirm it.

Kristin Purdy (8 Jul 2005) - I saw three very busy Williamson's Sapsuckers at two separate nest cavities in the Monte Cristo area in Rich County today. I marked both trees and the route to them, so reply for specific directions if you're interested in seeking out these birds.

Aug 2004

John Richards (10 Aug 2004) - On July 31st I was driving along the exit road at Deseret land and Livestock, near the Wahsatch entrance, and spoted a Lark Bunting. first on the road and then flyling with a female along the sagebrush and perching on the sagebrush...

Jul 2004

Carol Davis (5 July 2004) - We went up by Randolph last Friday and were surprised to see not just one lark bunting but many Lark Buntings flying across the highway to the sage to retrieve bundles of insects for the kiddies...

Jun 2004

Pomera M. Fronce (15 June 2004) - I set out to find a Lark Bunting today, but I didn't find one. I found maybe 30. The largest concentration of them was on the Deseret Ranch Road, but I did continue to see them all along the road between Woodruff and Randolph.  More Lark Buntings were at Bear River Meadows along with Black Terns, American Bittern, Eastern Kingbirds, Blue-winged Teal, Common Yellowthroat, Canvasbacks, Franklin's Gulls, Wilson's Phalaropes and Black-crowned Night Heron (to name a few).

Cal Robbins - On June 14 I was birding in southern Rich county. When I arrived at Sage creek junction. on a whim I turned north instead of south towards Randolph. About a mile up this road and just before it turned to gravel I saw a thrasher on a power line. I had seen a couple of sage thrashers earlier and I almost passed this one up. I did stop and examined this bird and it turned out to be a Bendire's Thrasher. I know this is significantly north of it excepted range but this bird was larger than the sage, lacked any distinguishable wing bars and had much less prominent breast markings. I do not have any reservation about the identification. I would like to know if others have marked this bird in northern Utah

Mark Stackhouse (10 June 2004) - Lest you think that the spring migration and the chance for any rarities is over, consider what we found on a private tour of Deseret Ranch today. At the "Big House"," a nice migrant trap in Rich County, we had Red-eyed Vireo, Least Flycatcher (both new for the ranch), Yellow-billed Cuckoo and American Redstart, along with many of the more usual birds....

Mark Stackhouse (9 June 2004) - As far as Lark Buntings are concerned, I have to agree with Bob Bond that this appears to be an exceptional year for them in Utah. I think that Deseret Ranch is the most regular location in Utah for Lark Buntings, and the numbers vary greatly from year to year. Usually there are at least a few, rarely there are none seen in a year, and sometimes they're surprisingly abundant. ...I just did a BBS yesterday, and I'm sure that I counted over 50 Lark Buntings, and the survey I did isn't the one which usually has the most buntings.  ...On last Saturday's day trip to the ranch, one of the trip highlights (aside from the mama bear and her cub that we watched foraging in the aspens) was the large number of Lark Buntings. We probably saw over 100 all through the eastern part of the ranch. ...In addition to all the usual suspects, we saw ...a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage, and a Greater Scaup.

Bob Bond (8 June 2004) - The scattered reports of Lark Buntings may not portray the extent of the incursion this year by this bird. On our breeding bird survey done on wednesday, June 2 at Randolph we counted over 30 individuals and between stops saw an additional 20 to 30 birds. We saw 2 separate flocks of over 20 birds each, mixed males and females. Although we have seen this species on perhaps 30-40 % of our BBS at Randolph over the years, we have never seen anything approaching these numbers.

May 2004

Dana Green (31 May 2004) - I saw 2 males and a female Lark Buntings yesterday about 2pm between Randolf and Woodruff in Rich Co. To get there go .7 mi south of the Brigerland Tech College. There is a dirt road on the east side of the highway. It has a circular metal mail box and a dead end sign at the entrance. The birds were in the field to the north of this dirt road. This field starts out in Sage and then goes to cultivated field. The birds were mostly along the edge between the types of plants. If you get as far as the scary two track wood bridge, you have gone to far.

Mark Stackhouse (20 May 2004) - ... Yesterday, May 19, I saw female Golden-winged Warbler in the housing complex at Deseret Ranch at about 3:15 to 3:45 pm....

Mar 2004

Merrill Webb - On Tuesday March 9th... there were 9 Trumpeter Swans just west of Lake Town near Bear Lake.

May 2001

   Mark Stackhouse - ... we had a male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER on Saturday, May 25, and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH on Monday, May 27. The waterthrush is very likely the same bird we first saw (and photographed) two weeks ago, but hadn't seen since.
    Sharon Andrus - (Thu, 23 May 2002)  A singing male Bobolink was seen on the Meadowville-Roundvalley road
just south of Meadowville and about 1/8 to 1/4 mile south of the Rocking W Bar Ranch gate (east side of road).  The Gray Catbird was seen in the willows (east side of road) just south of where the bobolink was seen.

November 2001

A BROWN THRASHER was seen at a cabin just west of Garden City on Sunday, 11/18 (JB). It was seen about 2.5 miles east of the town.

September 2000

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported on Monday, 09/18 from along the Bear River, just southeast of Randolph (PU).

August 2000

Along Crawford Mountain Road, which heads east from SR 16 about 1.5 miles north of Randolph, several BLACK TERNS and 7 EASTERN KINGBIRDS were seen on Monday, 07/31 (JVM).

July 2000

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT was seen at Deseret Ranch on Friday, 07/07 (MS,DW,m.obs.). Deseret Ranch is private property, and birders can only visit on organized tours. This is the second record of Bar-tailed Godwit in Utah.

June 2000

A breeding-plumage STILT SANDPIPER was seen in a flooded field southeast of Woodruff on Saturday, 06/03 (DW, m.obs.). To get to where the bird was seen, take SR 16 south from Woodruff for about 2 miles until a canal crosses the road. At this point, take the gravel road to the east. The bird was seen about 100 yds. down this road.

Large numbers of LARK BUNTINGS are being seen in several parts of Utah, especially in Rich County. On a Breeding Bird Survey on Deseret Ranch on Wednesday, 06/14, over 40 Lark Buntings were recorded (MS).

May 2000

A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was seen in the trees by the guest house at Deseret Ranch on Friday, 05/19 (C&MM,MS,DW). Deseret Ranch is private property, and birding is allowed only on organized tours.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at the ponds by the guest house at Deseret Ranch on Sunday, 05/14 (MS,DW). Efforts to relocated the bird on 05/15 were unsuccessful. Deseret Ranch is private property, and birding is allowed only on organized tours. This is the first record of Louisiana Waterthrush in Utah.

Two LARK BUNTINGS were seen on Tuesday, 05/16, along Crawford Mountain Rd. north of Randolph (BW). Crawford Mountain Rd. goes east from SR 16 about 1.5 miles north of town.

Other good birds seen at Deseret Ranch included a SOLITARY SANDPIPER on Thursday, 05/11, and an EASTERN KINGBIRD and a COMMON GRACKLE on Monday, 05/15 (MS,DW).

August 1999

A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in the top of a tree just south of the Home Town Drive-In in Garden City on Tuesday, 08/10 (JC,KF,MH,MS,KU,JV).

About 20 BOBOLINKS were seen in Round Valley, south of Bear Lake, on Wednesday, 08/04 (SA). The birds were along the road into Round Valley from Laketown, near the "T" intersection.

June 1999

Four male BOBOLINKS were seen in the fields east of the road, just south of the town of Meadowville, on Monday, 06/07 (C&SA). Meadowville is located just SW of Bear Lake.

Seven EASTERN KINGBIRDS were seen in a field about 1/2 mile south of Woodruff on Saturday, 06/05 (MS, m.ob.).

May 1999

A VAUX'S SWIFT was seen at the housing area at Deseret Ranch, south of Woodruff, on Sunday, 05/02 (MS).

Several COMMON GRACKLES were seen coming to a feeder at the Bear Lake Realty office in Garden City on Sunday, 05/02 (MS).

   

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