Recent Sightings

  
Salt Lake County   [Recent Rare eBird Sightings]

Feb 2017

Matthew Pendleton (27 Feb 2017) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Horned Grebe. Small grebe, clear well defined cheek and cap. White spot on lore and good typical head shape. Also seen: Peregrine Falcon. 37 species total.

Jessica and Cory Stokes (26 Feb 2017) - [Salt Lake City, UT] - Bohemian Waxwing

Bryant Olsen (26 Feb 2017) - [City Creek Canyon] - Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Canyon Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Pine Siskin

Darren Hall (25 Feb 2017) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Ring-billed Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull Larus, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird

David Wheeler (24 Feb 2017) - [Saltair to 7200 W] - Northern Shrike

Joe Donaldson (24 Feb 2017) - [Holladay, UT] -  Hermit Thrush

Annette Gibert Hansen (20 Feb 2017) - [Lamb's Canyon] - Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Dark-eyed Junco

Neil Paprocki (18 Feb 2017) - [Duck Clubs] - Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Trumpeter/Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, California Gull, American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Vivian Schneggenburger (17 Feb 2017) - [Alta Ski Area] - Dusky Grouse

Neil Paprocki (12 Feb 2017) - [Lower Yellow Fork Canyon] - Golden Eagle, Long-eared Owl

Annette Gibert Hansen (12 Feb 2017) - [Yellow Fork Canyon] - Red-tailed Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Bewick's Wren, Townsend's Solitaire, Dark-eyed Junco

Kenny Frisch (2 Feb 2017) - [Holladay, UT] -  Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Michael Lester (2 Feb 2017) - [Sandy Urban Fishery) - Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin

Eric Huish (1 Feb 2017) - [Jordan River Parkway - 12600 S to Bangerter Hwy] - Eastern Bluebird (Continuing male and female.)
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Jan 2017

Darren Hall (31 Jan 2017) - [Lake Park] - African Collared-Dove. Cream-colored dove with much lighter primaries and tail than collared dove. Very good look at bird flying parallel to vehicle at close range for twenty seconds or so. Unmistakable

Matthew Pendleton (29 Jan 2017) - [Hidden Valley Park] - Golden Eagle, Bustit (Interior)

Jon Watkins (29 Jan 2017) - [Alta City] - White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West). White-face and breast, and dark eye, reddish wash on underside rump. Bold thick black head stripe. Saw clearly when it worked a power pole at far east end of final upper parking lot at Alta.

Michael Lester (29 Jan 2017) - [Big Cottonwood Park] - Hermit Thrush

Darren Hall (28 Jan 2017) - [Yellow Fork Canyon] - Wild Turkey, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Pygmy-Owl (Rocky Mts.), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), House Finch

Dennis Shirley (24 Jan 2017) - [Cottonwood Heights] - BLUE JAY. Continuing. Got good long look while perched in leafless aspen.

Darren Hall (20 Jan 2017) - [Liberty Park] - Mew Gull. Smaller sized gull with lightly speckled head and neck and all-yellow, narrower bill. Darker eye.

Michael Lester (20 Jan 2017) - [Riverton, UT] - Snow Goose, Cackling Goose.

Neldon Kuntz (17 Jan 2017) - [Crestwood Park] - Western Screech-Owl

Michael Lester (17 Jan 2017) - [Cottonwood Heights] - Red-naped Sapsucker. Adult male with what looks like minimal red on nape. No black border to throat.

Vivian Schneggenburger (16 Jan 2017) - [Alta Ski Area] - Dusky Grouse, Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Pine Siskin, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Bryant Olsen (14 Jan 2017) - [Jordan River Parkway] - Greater Scaup

Brett Weise (12 Jan 2017) - [Jordan River Parkway] - Virgnia Rail

Dennis Shirley (10 Jan 2017) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail , Common Goldeneye, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Raven, European Starling

Michael Lester (10 Jan 2017) - [Herriman, UT] - Juniper Titmouse, Bewick's Wren

Stacy Pierce (8 Jan 2017) - [Jordan River Parkway] - Cackling Goose, Barn Owl, Eastern Bluebird

Darren Hall (7 Jan 2017) - [Jordan River Parkway] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, California Quail, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Long-eared Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Bohemian Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Ian Batterman (7 Jan 2017) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Glaucous-winged Gull. Larger than Iceland and Thayer's Gulls. All grey-brown with same colored primaries, all black heavy beak & pink legs.
    -- Iceland Gull. Continuing.

Bryant Olsen (6 Jan 2017) - [Decker Lake] - Trumpeter Swan. Seen well at less than 100m in flight at eye level as they flew past the overpass, slammed on breaks and pulled over just in time to get a good look in the binos at them, looked purposefully at the lores, noticed no yellow and a very broad and curved black area where the bill meets the eye, that along with very large size and long concave bill made them Trumpeters, both adults.

Neil Paprocki (6 Jan 2017) - [Old Bingham Hwy] - Short-eared Owl. Being mobbed high in the air by 10 ravens, have never seen anything like it before. Work with this species and very familiar with them. Medium sized tan owl; barn owl would be much whiter. Dark carpal crescents. SEOW was slightly smaller than surrounding ravens. Slowly drifted north until out of view, being mobbed entire time.

Rachel LeBlanc (34 Jan 2017) - [Cottonwood Pl] - White-winged Dove. Continuing. Bird flew overhead showing the bold white band across midwing and white tips to all but central feathers of rounded tail, pale brown/gray overall. A great look through binos but too fast for picture.

Mike Hearell (3 Jan 2017) - {Lee Kay Ponds] - Bald Eagle, Ring-billed Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull

Rachel LeBlanc (3 Jan 2017) - [Butterfield Canyon] - LAPLAND LONGSPUR. Hanging out with Horned Larks and about the same size as them. Patterned face with dark streaks along flanks, short stubby bill.
     -- [Oquirrh Lake] - Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Common Raven, Horned Lark, Song Sparrow

Michael Lester (2 Jan 2017) - [Jordan River Parkway] - EASTERN BLUEBIRD (male and female). Continuing. Discovered by Bryant Olsen et al. On Yesterday's CBC.
     -- Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Great Horned Owl, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Matthew Pendleton (2 Jan 2017) - [Big Willow Canyon] - Canyon Wren, Pacific Wren

Lauri Taylor (1 Jan 2017) - [White Hills Estates, SLC] - California Quail, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie Pica, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch

Dec 2016

Von Welch (31 December 20160 - [Salt Lake City Cemetery] - Williamson's Sapsucker. Located off of Central Avenue Where The road is blocked by red poles.

Miles Brengle (30 December 20160 - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Clark's Nutcracker, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Andrew Davis (28 December 2016) -  [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red Crossbill

Phil Helsley (25 December 2016) - [Cottonwood Heights] - Varied Thrush. This bird showed up at the feeder and gave me a great Christmas Present.

Bryant Olsen (24 December 2016) - [Lake Park] - Greater White-fronted Goose. Continuing. Very interesting immature G. White-fronted Goose. Immediately stands out because of very dark brown color, as well as its apparent large size compared with the Canadas. I wonder if it may be a 'Tule' Goose? Will have to do some research.

Neil Paprocki (17 December 2016) - [Ruby Duck Club] - Ross's Goose. With flock of Canada Geese. Poor photos only showing that the goose is small and white. Short, stubby bill seen well while viewing through spotting scope.

Neil Paprocki (17 December 2016) - [Salt Lake CBC] - Canada Goose, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Mike Malmquist (17 December 2016) - [North Jordan River - SLC CBC] - BROWN THRASHER. On ground under thick Russian Olives on west side of Jordan River just east of soccer complex (around 2100 North), we got excellent looks from under 10 yards with binos, my son and I are very familiar with these birds from Minnesota and Wisconsin, he has two breeding pairs on property he lives on in Wisconsin. Crisp chocolate striping on white breast, very rusty red back and tail, long thrasher tail and bill, unmistakable.

Bryant Olsen (17 December 2016) - [City Creek Canyon] - Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Canyon Wren, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch

Matthew Pendleton (12 December 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Tundra Swan, Rough-legged Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Western Gull (Continuing), Iceland Gull (Continuing), Says' Phoebe, Northern Shrike

Darren Hall (9 December 2016) - [Jordan River Parkway - 2100 S to 2500 S] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Rachel LeBlanc (5 December 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling

Annette Gibert Hansen (4 December 2016) - [Lamb's Canyon] - Ruffed Grouse, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow

Nov 2016

Darren Hall (29 November 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Long-tailed Duck, American Tree Sparrow

Tim Avery (26 November 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Nathan Fisher (24 November 2016) - [Draper, UT] - Wilson's Snipe

Bryant Olsen (20 November 2016) [Little Dell Reservoir] - Surf Scoter

Daniel Sachse (20 November 2016) - [Neff's Canyon] - Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Dark-eyed Junco

Bryant Olsen (17 November 2016) - [Liberty Park] - Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, California Quail, Sandhill Crane, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, American Crow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Song Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Neil Paprocki (17 November 2016) - [Saltair & Marina] - Eared Grebe, California Gull, Common Raven, Rock Wren, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, House Finch. House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (14 November 2016) - [Alta Ski Area] - Northern Pygmy-Owl, Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Neil Paprocki (12 November 2016) - [Lookout Peak] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Diana Mix (9 November 2016) - [East Salt Lake city] - Barn Owl. I watched the crow which had attracted my attention in the first place for a while, and realized it was scolding some other bird, but was also keeping a safe distance from it, and keeping an eye on it. I found an angle that allowed me to see the "feathered object", and realized it was NOT a hawk. The crow flew off. I got binoculars. The heart-shaped face pattern was very noticeable, and distinctive. I confirmed it with my bird books. I had never seen a Barn Owl before! The owl returned to the same tree, but a slightly different branch on the next day, which is the reason for different dates on the photos. While I was looking at the owl, the owl was definitely looking at me!

Ian Batterman (9 November 2016) - [Big Mountain Pass] - Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, American Robin, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak

Darren Hall (7 November 2016) - [Decker Lake] - Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Black-billed Magpie, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Bryant Olsen (5 November 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull (American), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Common Raven, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged), Brewer's Blackbird

Oct 2016

Bryant Olsen (31 October 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Preserve] - Cackling Goose. Photo. Note, much shorter bill length, and much steeper angle to culmen, compared with CANG., also note steep forehead, much smaller size and darker breast. All of this, taken together, add up to a Cackler, probably a Richardson's/Taverner's intergrade.
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull (American), Short-eared Owl (Northern), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (31 October 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Great Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull (American), Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (continuing 1st cycle), American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged), House Finch

Zachary Loman (29 October 2016) - [Decker Lake] - Snowy Egret.

Michael Lester (28October 2016) - [City Creek Canyon] - Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Dipper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Song Sparrow

Jessica and Cory Stokes (19 October 2016) - [Cottonwood Heights, UT] - Great Horned Owl

Brett Wiese (19 October 2016) - [Jordan River Parkway - 10000 S to 160000 S] - Blue-winged Teal.

Bryant Olsen (16 October 2016) - [Decker Lake] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Ruddy Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), American Coot (Red-shielded), American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged), Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle

Keeli Marvel (15 October 2016) - [Salt Lake International Center] - Ferruginous Hawk. Fully feathered red legs, pale upper tail with rusty tips, large gape. Also a Western Tanager. 25 species total.

Anna Vickrey (9 October 2016) - [9th and F Avenue, SLC] - Northern Saw-whet Owl

Kenny Frisch (9 October 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Park] - Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler

Lauri Taylor (9 October 2016) - [Salt Lake City, UT] - Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Continuing. I have had one or two a day all month. Still working the flowers and feeders. Female. Tail is longer than the wingtips. Buffy orange flanks.

Neil Paprocki (8 October 20160 - [Grandeur Park HawkWatch] - Ferruginous Hawk. Flew in from the east at eye-level, very close. Heavily marked light-morph adult with rusting leggings. Flew SW where it circled with 2 RTHAs providing great comparison views. I did not have my camera with me today so no photos.
      -- Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-throated Swift, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, Spotted Towhee

Richard Laubach (8 Octoner 20160 - [Mount Olympus Trail] - Osprey, Golden Eagle, Steller's Jay, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire

Bryant Olsen (7 October 2016) - [Liberty Park] - Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cedar Waxwing

Kenny Frisch (6 October 2016) - [Olympus Hills Park] - Brewer's Sparrow. Mixed in with the Chipping Sparrows.

Neil Paprocki (5 October 20160 - [Grandeur Park HawkWatch] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Brewer's Blackbird, Pine Siskin

David Rymal (4 October 2016) - [Lee Creek] - American Avocet, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs

Vivian Schneggenburger (4 October 2016) - [Parley's Gulch & Tanner Park] - California Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Cassin's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Matthew Pendleton (4 October 2016) - [Salt Lake International Center] - Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow (American), House Wren (Northern), Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged), Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow

Pomera Fronce (3 October 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Park] - Rufous Hummingbird, Female or immature with buffy sides and tail and a reddish-orange central throat spot. Unable to find any of its own kind, this hummer was buzzing the goldfinches.
    -- Mallard, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch

Kathleen & Hal Robbins (3 Oct 2016) - [East Salt Lake] - California Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Wood-Pewee, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee

Jesse Watson (1 October 2016) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - Broad-winged Hawk. Banded black and white tail bands and dark trailing edge on wings.
     -- Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin

Bryant Olsen (1 October 2016) - [Galena-Soo'nkahni Relamation area] - 36 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern), Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot (Red-shielded), Killdeer, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow (American), Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Rachel LeBlanc (1 October 2016) - [Bells Canyon] - Canada Goose, Mallard, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Bushtit, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch 

Sep 2016

Davis Wheeler (30 September 2016) - Red Butte Canyon] - Swainson'sThrush

NeilPaprocki (27 September 2016) - [Grandeur Peak HawkWatch] - Chukar, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch

Anonymous eBirder (27 September 2016) - [Salt Lake City, UT] - Western Screech-Owl

Bryant Olsen (26 September 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot (Red-shielded), American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow,
Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Jay Langford (21 September 2016) - [Eclipse Mine] - Dusky Grouse, Northern Flicker, Peregrine Falcon, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco

Pomera Fronce (17September 2016) -  [Big Cottonwood Park] - Gray Catbird

Kenny Frisch (14 September 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Park] - CANADA WARBLER. Continuing. Seen this time in the area northeast of the pond.

Bryant Olsen (13 September 20160 - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Western Gull. Continuing juvy, photos. Big sooty dark gull, big bulbous tipped bill, short primary projection and prominent "skirt". Also note round head with eye in the center. Record submitted to the UBRC: https://www.utahbirds.org/RecCom/2016/2016_31.htm

Pat Lueders (12 September 2016) - [Sal tLake International Center] - Black-throated Gray Warbler. With Wilson's, black-throated warbler with no yellow.

Bryant Olsen (10 September 2016) -  [Jordan River, Regional Athletic Complex] - 58 species:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, California Quail, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, American Coot (Red-shielded), American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Barn Swallow (American), Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Brett Weise (7 September 2016) - [Jordan River Parkway 10000 to 106000 S] - Mallard, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Osprey, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Lark Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch House Sparrow

Neil Paprocki (6 September 20160 - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Vesper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Ian Batterman (4 September 2016) - [Decker Lake] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (3 September 2016) - [Galena-soo'nkahni Reclamation Area] - 59 species:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Mallard (Domestic type), California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora,  Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), American Kestrel, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren (Northern), Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Aug 2016

Rachel LeBlanc (30 August 2016) - [Yellow Fork Canyon] - Cooper's Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Gray Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo,
Warbling Vireo, Steller's Jay, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Lesser Goldfinch

Bryant Olsen (29 August 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve] - Clay-colored Sparrow. Really poor photo but in-between us realizing what it was and scrambling for a camera this bad photo was all we got, but it is diagnostic none the less. Very colorful and contrasty spizella. Gray nape visible between nape stripes ruling out Brewer's. No black line running through the lores also eliminating Chipping Sparrow. 60 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant,
Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Peregrine Falcon, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Tim Avery (26 August 2016) - [Salt Lake International Center] - American Redstart. Female in NW corner in 'The Pines.' 32 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Killdeer, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warble, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Western Tanager, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Jay Langford (26 August 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - American Three-toed Woodpecker

David  Wheeler (25 August 2016) - ["Living Room" Trail above Bonnevillle Shoreline Trail] - Chukar, Common Poorwill

Ian Batterman (23 August 2016) - [Decker Lake] - Herring Gull (American). Immature bird, probably transitioning into 2nd year plumage as it still had a dark eye. Larger size, larger bill, and pink legs key differing features from California Gulls.  35 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Baird's Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Jessica Stokes (20 August 2016) - [Red Butte Arboretum] - Yellow-breasted Chat. Good views of distinctive large, long-tailed warbler. Gray with yellow chest. White spectacles. Sulky.

William Matthews (19 August 2016) - [Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Williamson's Sapsucker, American Dipper

Ian Batterman (15 August 2016) - [Decker Lake] - Prairie Falcon, Western Kingbird

Bryant Olsen (14 August 2016) - [Jordan River-Regional Athletic Complex] - 43 species:
     -- Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Sora, American Coot (Red-shielded), Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper,
Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Cordilleran Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Song Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Joshua Lively (11 August 20160 - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Steller's Jay, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch

Bryant Olsen (5 August 2016) - [Liberty Park, SLC, UT] - Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Barn Swallow (American), Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Song Sparrow, Western Tanager, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Jul 2016

Wayne Munns (31 July 2016) - [Albion Basin CG area] - 47 species total:
     -- Golden Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Steller's Jay (Interior), Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Cliff Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Bushtit (Interior), Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (28 July 20160 - [I-80 -- MP104to MP113] - Snowy Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs

Nate Brown (21 July 2016) - [Holladay, UT] -  Band-tailed Pigeon. Seen on the telephone wire, know location

Dave Czaplak (18 July 2016) - [Utah Hidden Peak-Twin Peak ridge] - Black Rosy-Finch. Flew west along the ridge top giving fruity "chewf" calls. Fat long winged finches, fatter than Cassin's, longer notched tail than Red Crossbill. Blackish with paler flight feathers. Landed on snowfield near top of Twin Peaks.

Jan Hansen (17 July 20160 - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - 33 species total:
      -- Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Calliope Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Violet-green Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West), Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brewer's Blackbird, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Jan Hansen (16 July 20160 - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Pintail,  Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, American Coot (Red-shielded), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 
Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Bryant Olsen (15 July 2016) - [ALTA - Sugarloaf to Devil's Castle ridge] - Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Clark's Nutcracker, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, American Pipit, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Black Rosy-Finch,
Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Bryan Shirley (12 July 2016) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon[ - Black Swift, White-throated Swift, Clark's Nutcracker, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow

Mike Hearell
(11 July 2016) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Black Swift. Flying up the canyon. Observed as it flew from the power plant area to the point .2 miles east of the gulch for approximately 30 seconds. Overall dark swift with absolutely no white present as I viewed in sunlight with dark background. All WTSW in the area had heads and flanks that glowed white in the sunlight. Wing beats didn't seem as "stiff" as those of the White-throated. Appeared to have a much "heavier" build than the WTSW too.
      -- Northern Pygmy-Owl, White-throated Swift, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, American Robin, Black-headed Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch

Brad Imhoff (9 July 2016) - [Big Mountain Pass] - Flammulated Owl, Common Poorwill

Jun 2016

Vivian Scheggenberger (27 June 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Preserve] - 52 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked), American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, 
Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Barn Owl (American), Burrowing Owl, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow (American), Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Jeff Maw (20 June 20160 - [Mountain Dell CG] - Flammulated Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Common Poorwill, Dusky Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee

Rachel LeBlanc (18 June 2016) - [Lamb's Canyon] - 27 species total: -- Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Green-tailed Towhee, Cassin's Finch

Bryant Olsen (18 June 2016) - [Galeena-Soo'nkahni Reclamation Area] - 50 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Short-eared Owl (Northern), Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Yellow-breasted Chat, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Rachel LeBlanc (1 June 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - American Three-toed Woodpecker. Visual and audible. A medium-sized black-and-white woodpecker, head black with a white mustache stripe and a thin white line behind eye, barred black and white flanks. Call note "pwik". Very slow and short drumming. Hanging out in conifers. 43 species total:
    -- Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Pygmy-Owl, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Steller's Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

May 2016

Sean Fitzgerald (31 May 2016) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Black Rosy-Finch. Dark finch w black on front of crown w contrasting gray on rear crown into nape. Dark mantle and breast w black beak. Feeding on exposed weeds on slope about halfway from parking area to devil's castle area.
      --  Western Screech-Owl.

Neldon Kunz (29 May 2016) - [Yellow Fork Canyon] - 19m species total:
      -- Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, House Wren, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting

Kelli Frame (28 May 2016) - [Salt Lake City] - Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Reported eating at feeders in Federal Heights, Salt Lake City, UT.

Bryant Olsen (28 May 2016) - [City Creek Canyon] - Pacific Wren. Audible-singing on territory near Pt.#10, territory also occupied last summer. Well documented local nesting species in this canyon
     -- Hammond's Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush,

Bryant Olsen (26 May 2016) - [City Creek Canyon] - 22 species total:
     -- Mallard (Northern), Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Kingbird,
Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo (Western), Black-capped Chickadee, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Chipping Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting

Matthew Pendleton (23 May 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Preserve] - 53 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal (American), Redhead, Common Goldeneye, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Black-crowned Night-Heron, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked), American Avocet, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Willet (Western), Long-billed Curlew, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl (American), Burrowing Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Deedee OBrien (22 May 2016) - [Holladay, UT] - Band-tailed Pigeon.

John Neill (16 May 2016) - [Neff's Canyon incl. Olympuscove] - Nashville Warbler. Gray-headed warbler with complete white eye ring and yellow throat and breast. Quick glance so not completely sure of ID.

Matthew Pendleton (16 May 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Horned Grebe.
      
-- Hooded Merganser:  One female and one juvenile male transitioning into adult plumage. White head feathers were half in making an interesting looking bird. Both seen together at very close range.

Kenny Frisch (16 May 2016) - [University of Utah Campus] - Bushtit. Maybe followed Red Butte Creek down from the foothills.

Tim Avery (15 May 2016) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Broad-winged Hawk. Observed flying in same view as a Red-tailed Hawk. This bird was noticeably smaller, with "broad-wings" giving it a stocky appearance. The birds was circling over the cliffs and disappeared out of view before I could grab my camera. We waited about 10 minutes hoping it would return without any luck. Although we didn't observe any "fine" details, the shape and size of the birds, as well as its flight style are consistent with the smaller buteo. The wings and shape weren't right for any accipiter, leaving BWHA as the best choice. This time of year also seems to be the spring height of migration for this species in Utah.

Tim Avery (15 May 2016) - [3200 West - SLC Airport] - Cattle Egret.

Neil Paprocki (14 May 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Greater Scaup. Possibly continuing. Seen at rest, flat top to head.

Matthew Pendleton (13 May 2016) - [Herriman Juniper Hills] - Grasshopper Sparrow. Nest at this location. Documented yearly the last few years. Seen and heard.
      -- Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow

Mike Malmquist (11 May 2016) - [Little Dell Reservoir] - 33 species total:
      --  Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Loon, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Kenny Frisch (9 May 2016) - [University of Utah Campus] - Clay-colored Sparrow. By greenhouse. Clean gray nape, white wingbars, strongly contrasting facial pattern and bold partially white supercilium. 30 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, California Quail, Double-crested Cormorant, Cooper's Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow (American), Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren (Northern), American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Vivian Schneggenburger (7 May 2016) - [Jordan River Regional Athletic Complex] - 63 species:
      -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-wing x Cinnamon Teal, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Western Wood-Pewee, 
Gray Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler (Northern), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, House Sparrow
      -- Bryant Olsen - Purple Martin

Neil Gilbert (5 May 2016)- [Sandy, UT] - Prairie Falcon

Connie Misket (4 May 2016) - [Red Butte Canyon] - Cassin's Vireo. Singing in a tree about 25 feet away. Group watched for 10 min through binos. Matched physical description in the guidebook exactly. One member of the group played a recording of its song and it was not only identical, but the bird repeated it back and flew over to a tree on the other side of us and back to his original tree, looking for the source. We just meant to identify it and felt bad for confusing it. Heard the song an hour or two later nearby.
     -- Osprey, Golden  Eagle, Lazuli Bunting

Ian Batterman (3 May 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - 18 species total:
     -- Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Grosbeak, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch,

Bryant Olsen (3 May 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 63 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Willet (Western), Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch

Yvonne Carter (2 May 2016) - [Alta, Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Feeding on ground within 10 feet of me--observed by several birders.

Apr 2016

Bryant Olsen (29 April 2016) - [Jordan River Regional Athletic Complex] - Black Phoebe. I was supersized to see this Phoebe still around, this time 1/2 mile north of original sighting. Perched on dead branches hanging over the river. All black flycatcher with an erect posture, white belly and black bill, slight crest. Seen on point #1 during BBS. 39 species:
    -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker (Rocky Mts.), Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (16 April 2016) - [Alta Ski Resort] -  White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, PIne Grosbreak

John Neill (15 April 2015) - [Ensign Peak] - Chukar, Dusky Grouse, Golden Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk

Matthew Pendleton (15 April 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canvasback, Snowy Egret, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbler, Wilson's Snipe, Franklin's Gull, Herring Gull, Forster's Tern, American Pipit, Savannah Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (6 April 2016) - [Salt Lake City Intl Airport Area] - Snow Goose

Bryant Olsen (12 April 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve] - 44 species total:
     -  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck (Ruddy), Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier (American), Swainson's Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked), American Avocet, Killdeer, Willet (Western), Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Snipe, California Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl (Northern), Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Bryant Olsen (8 April 2016) - [Little Dell Reservoir] - 18 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Black-billed Magpie, American Robin, Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored), Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Meadowlark, House Finch

Anonymous eBirder (7 April 2016) - [HWI Office, Sugarhouse, SLC] - Ferruginous Hawk

David Wheeler (6 April 2016) - [Salt Lake City Intl Airport Area] - Cattle Egret. Likely the same bird seen earlier to the south. Stubby yellow bill clearly visible. With orange cap & back breeding plumage. Relatively short legs for egret. Next to some cattle.

Anonymous eBirder (5 April 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 36 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Clark's Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Mar 2016

Neldon Kunz (29 March 2016) - [7200 West - I-80 to 1300S] - Greater Yellowlegs.

David Wheeler (25 March 2016) - [Rose Park Golf Course area] - Black Phoebe. FOY. Bird reported by Bryant (Thank you, Bryant). Hawking for insects over river north of the bridge near Rose Park Golf Course club house. Moved about quite a bit (very active), but stayed within a couple hundred feet of the bridge. Very vocal, calling incessantly. Northern because had no white bars/streaks in wings as those in south (esp. Andes).

Scott Bye (24 March 2016) - [Quail Hollow Trail] - American Dipper.

Mike Hearell (24 March 2016) - [I-80 Frontage Rd] - Snowy Plover.

Ian Batterman (19 March 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Greater Scaup. Rounded head with green sheen, wider bill, and more white on sides.

Matthew Pendleton (16 March 2016) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve] - 39 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan (Whistling), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked), Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier (American), Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Killdeer, California Gull, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Lauri Taylor (16 March 2016) - [Holladay, UT] - Band-tailed Pigeon. Continuing. All-over gray. White crescent on back of head, end of tail lighter gray.

Bryant Olsen (13 March 2016) - [Decker Lake] - 15 species total:   -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Double-crested Cormorant, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, California Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull

Evan Buechley (12 March 2016) - [Ensign  Peak] - Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Bushtit, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Spotted Towhee

Jay Langford
(12 March 2016) - [Sugarhouse, SLC] - Western Screech Owl

Lauri Taylor (11 March 20160 - [Lee Kay ponds] - Bonaparte's Gull, Northern Shrike

Ian Batterman (11 March 2016) - [Oquirrh Lake] - 17 species total.  -- Canada Goose, Muscovy Duck (Domestic type), Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Horned Lark, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Justin Barton
(7 March 2016) - [Jordan River Pkwy - 6100 S to 7800 S] - Yellow Warbler. I'm 100% confident in this ID. I knew it was going to come up rare / early (a solid two weeks before any reports of yellow warbler in Utah, and those reports were in southern Utah) so I took good long looks. All yellow warbler, slight greenish back, faint brown streaking down breast. No black on back / wings / head that would indicate Lesser / American goldfinch or Wilson's warbler. Observed for at least 5 minutes with the naked eye and binoculars from 15-30 feet away.

Lauri Taylor (7 March 2016) - [3200 West, Salt Lake City] - Prairie Falcon.

Elliott Casper (3 March 2016) - [Thunder Ridge] - Bohemian Waxwing. 6 Bohemian waxwings observed. Elevation around 11,000 feet. White and yellow edging on wings visible. They were perched on a small stunted spruce tree.
       -- Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Kendall Watkins (2 March 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 39 species:   -- Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous Gull, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Feb 2016

Matthew Pendleton (29 February 2016) - [Inland Sea Shoreline Reserve] - 37 species total:
      -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan (Whistling), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, California Gull, Barn Owl (American), Burrowing Owl, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch

Ian Batterman (26 February 2016) [Lee Kay Ponds] - Snow Goose, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser

Daniel Sachse (26 February 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Barrow's Goldeneye, Thayer's Gull

Bryant Olsen (22 February 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 34 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan (Whistling, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (18 February 2016) - [2100 S to 3300 S., Jordan River Parkway] - 12 species total:
     -- Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, American Coot, Peregrine Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, House Finch

Bryant Olsen (16 February 2016) - [Nibley Park CG, UT] - Wood Duck

Joshua Rose (16 February 2016) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Northern Pygmy-Owl, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend's Solitaire

Bryant Olsen (14 February 2016) - [Galena Reclamation Area, Riverton, UT] - 35 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's), American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren,  Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Pamela Carson
(13 February 2016) - [Edison St., SLC, UT] - Ferruginous Hawk.

Neldon Kunz (12 February 2016) - [Liberty Park, SLC, UT] - Red-naped Sapsucker, Cedar Waxwing

Bryant Olsen (11 February 2016) -  [Liberty Park, SLC, UT] - Evening Grosbeak.

Dennis Shirley (9 February 20-16) - [Salt Lake International Center] - Ross's Goose, Hooded Merganser

Norm Jenson (8 February 2016) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Northern Goshawk.

Dennis Shirley (4 February 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Glaucous-winged Gull. Was 1st year bird. First noted on ice edge, where it towered over accompanied CAGU and RBGUs. It was uniformly light brownish -gray plumage, no black in back, wing tips or tail. Had large all black bill, no pink, yellow or flesh colored base. Later observed floating on water and flying. Again noted size, light coloration, and bandless tail. Saw same or similar recorded bird at Farmington Bay WMA a few days earlier. Am familiar with species - do sea bird surveys on Western Aleutian Islands for USFWS. Used window mounted scope at 200 yards. No photos were taken. 19 species total:
     -- Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, American Kestrel, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Dennis Shirley (4 February 20-16) - [Salt Lake International Center] - Mew Gull. Adult. Possibly continuing bird. Slightly smaller than accompanied RBGU. Dark eye, yellow-green legs, narrow "chicken-like "bill, with no black ring, only an indistinct smug near tip. Slightly darker back than RBGU. Darker head and neck streaking than RBGU. Smooth more rounded head. Distance - 40ft. Used window mounted scope.

Jonathan Wilkinson (3 February 20160 - [9th Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT] - Harris's Sparrow

Brett Wiese (1 February 2016) - [14600 S., Jordan River Parkway] - 16 species:
     --  Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mallard (Domestic type), Green-winged Teal,
California Quail, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Northern Flicker,
Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow,
Red-winged Blackbird

Jan 2016

Carl Bullock (31 January 2016) - [Bear Trap Fork] - DUSKY GROUSE, Hairy Woodpecker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Michael Lester (30 January 2016) - [Red Butte Canyon] - Northern Saw-whet Owl. Autumn Amici located while doing field work...

Tim Avery (29 January 2016) - [ Lee Kay Ponds] - 22 species total:
     -- Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye,
Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Peregrine Falcon, Common Raven, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Mark Patterson (26 January 2016) - [University of Utah Campus] - Great Horned Owl. In pine tree being mobbed by two Ravens and one Magpie. Flew and landed on beam on West side of Stadium where the two Ravens, and now Six Magpies continued to harass the owl.

Bryant Olsen (25 January 2016) - [Liberty Park, SLC] - 29 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull,  Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West), Brown Creeper, American Robin, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Song Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (23 January 2016) - [City Creek Canyon, SLC] -  Mallard (Northern), Chukar, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Jonathan Barth (19 January  2016) - [Mill Creek Canyon] - Ruffed Grouse. Sighted while snowshoeing along there Bowman Fork Trail while returning from White Fir Pass.

Bryant Olsen (19 January 2016) - [200 S to 2100 S, Jordan River Parkway] - Cackling Goose, Greater Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye.

Matthew Pendleton (19 January 2016) - [3200 West, SLC Airport] - Brown-headed Cowbird. Black bodies brown heads. Cowbird bill shape, not blackbird...

Martha Happ (15 January 2016) - [Sandy, UT] - Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Western Screech-Owl

Edson Leite (15 January 2016) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Glaucous-winged Gull. 1st year, plain gull, large, primaries same color as body, pale legs

Suzi Holt (15 January 2016) - [Jordan River Bend] - BROWN THRASHER. (Continuing).

Matthew Pendleton (15 January 2016) - [Alta Feeder] - BROWN-CAPPED ROSY FINCH. Blizzard today but good for lots of rosy-finches. Best viewing was from inside. I have a little experience with this bird having seen last years bird a couple of times. Indistinct cap blending with gray on the back of the head. Dark nape. Good looks on two different occasions right in front of the window. 11 species total:
     --  Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Pine Siskin

David Wheeler (13 January 2016) - [Lake Park, West Valley City, UT] - Say's Phoebe. One individual with salmon wash to dark breast flying here and there between various roofs and low trees around the golf course clubhouse. Got good looks. It even made some tentative squeaky noises in the key of Say's, as well the Say's bob "dance" with it's tail.

Brett Weise (13 January 2016) - [Jordan River Parkway -- 2100 S to 2500 S] - Barrow's Goldeneye

Bryant Olsen (12 January 2016) - [Big Bend, West Jordan, UT] - 23 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Common Goldeneye, California Quail, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Prairie Falcon, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, European Starling , American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch

Neil Paprocki (12 January 2016) - Forest Dale GC, Sugarhouse, UT] - Cackling Goose. Possibly a Richardson's. Smaller than surrounding Canada Geese, with short, stubby bill.

Rachel LeBlanc (10 January 20160 - [Herriman, UT] - Great Horned Owl

Bryant Olsen (9 January 2016) - [3200 West, SLC] - 18 species total:
     --  Tundra Swan, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow

Neil Paprocki (9 January 2016) - [Red Butte Canyon] - 13 species total:
     --  Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, House Finch

Bryant Olsen (2 January 2016) - [Galena Reclamation Area] - 42 species total:
    --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Barn Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin, Black-billed Magpie,
Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, , Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Yellow-rumped, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Dec 2015

Neil Paprocki (30 December 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 20 species:
    -- Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch

Vivan Schneggenburger (29 December 2015) - [West Valley City] - 22 species total:
     -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, American Coot, California Gull, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, House Finch

Neldon Kunz (29 December 2015) - [Jordan River Big Bend] - BROWN THRASHER, American Tree Sparrow. 15 species total.  (Thrasher located and reported by Bryant Olsen.)

Pomera Fronce (25 December 2015) - [Cottonwood West] - Cedar Waxwing.

Sherree Sheide (24 December 2015) - [Jordan River Parkway - 10000 to 1600 S] - 31 species.
      -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sharp-shinned Hawk, 
American Coot, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (24 December 2015) - [Liberty Park] - Orange-crowned Warbler. First saw a small greenish bird in shrubs near the ground, thought it must be a LEGO, but once I got a good look at it I noted it had the short thin bill of a warbler. Note no wing bars in photo. 30 species:  -- Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West), Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling

Matthew Pendleton (23 December 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. Seen with California's. I couldn't find any Herring or Ring-billed Gulls. Maybe it was a bit late in the day because there weren't a lot of gulls and all the water there was open. No photo because I didn't have a card in the camera. The bird was close and gave me very good looks. The good light yet overcast sky made viewing very easy. Compared to the California's the size seamed to be what I would expect from a Herring or other bigger gull. It had a large thick black bill and was overall fairly pale. The wing shade was pale and matched exactly the shade of the back of the bird. The ID seemed more quick and obvious than some other GW Gulls that took a little more work. Maybe because of the individual or maybe do to lighting and proximity.

Neldon Kunz (22 December 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 17 species total:  -- Gadwall, Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, California Gull, American Kestrel, Common Raven, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch

Angie Branch (19 December 2015)- [Jordan River Parkway] - Harris's Sparrow. First Winter, multiple observers over 15 minutes. Hanging with a flock of White-crowned Dparrows in the space between the footpath and the Trax rail. We made sure all 11 observers had good looks.

Matthew Pendleton (19 December 2015 - CBC) - [SLC Airport to International Center] -
     --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Nov 2015

Bryan Meyer (19 November 2015) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Northern Pygmy Owl. 
Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee,  Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Bryant Olsen (19 November 2015) - [Liberty Park, SLC] -  21 species total:  Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), California Quail, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Song Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow 
    --  [Lee Kay Ponds] - Barrow's Goldeneye. 31 species total.

Rachel LeBlanc (19  November 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Park] - 22 species total:  Canada Goose, Mallard, California Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's),
Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch

Neil Paprocki (19 November 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 30 species:  Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant (Continuing), Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (18 November 2015) - [Intermountain Medical Center, Murray] - Peregrine Falcon

Jessica Stokes (15 November 2015) - [Brentwood Circle] - Golden-crowned Kinglet

Bryant Olsen (13 November 2015) - [Liberty park, SLC] - Lazuli Bunting (continuing). Bohemian Waxwing. Audible, heard their unique decending rattle a few times, much harsher and longer than a CEDW, in a flyover flock with CEDW.

Bryant Olsen (11 November 2015) - [Mount Olivet Cemetery] -  White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West). Continuing, white face and cinnamon undertail coverts noted.

Vivian Schneggenburger  (8 November 2015) - [Killyons Canyon] - Ruffed Grouse, Golden Eagle.

Bryant Olsen (3 November 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Glaucous-winged Gull. 1st cycle. Very large gull, bigger than all the HERG, with a massive black bill, uniform pale buffy brown, including the primaries and tertial. Tertial solid, not checkered, eliminating any possibility of hybridization with HERG, and much to pale to be a hybrid GWGU X WEGU. Herring gull, Thayer's Gull, Peregrine Falcon.

Oct 2015

Matthew Pendleton (30 October 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Neotropic Cormorant.

Bryant Olsen (29 October 2015) - [Alta] - Northern Pygmy Owl.

Matthew Pendleton (26 October 2015) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Preserve] - 52 species total: [highlights:]... Snow Goose,... Tundra Swan,... Red-breasted Merganser,... Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora,... Prairie Falcon, Loggerhead Shrike, ... American Pipit, ...

Vivian Schneggenburger (25 October 2015) - [Parley's Gulch - Tanner Park] - Hermit Thrush.

Joshua Horns (25 October 2015) - [Red Butte Canyon] - White-throated Sparrow.

Milt Moody (25 October 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Wood Duck. 25 species total.

Bryant Olsen (24 October 2015) - [City Creek] - Pacific Wren.

Matthew Pendleton (23 October 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 52 species total: [highlights:]...  Canvasback,... Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs,... American Pipit,... Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow,...

John Neil (22 October 2015) - [Liberty Park] - White-breasted Nuthatch: All white breast and face. White around eye, black cap, and blue-gray back. Foraged head first down tree. Cooper's Hawk,  Brown Creeper. 21 species total.

Matthew Pendleton (20 October 2015) - [Farmington Bay, Salt Lake side] - Virginia Rail, Least Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe. 22 species total.

Matthew Williams (19 October 2015) - [Salt Lake City] - Ferruginous Hawk.

Matthew Pendleton (14 October 2015) - [Liberty Park] - GREEN HERON. Juvenile, green back and crown. Rusty streaky neck and chest. Seen fishing from the big island. 15 species total.
     -- [Pendltown] - Western Screech Owl.

Bryant Olsen (12 October 2015) - [Alta] - Golden-crowned Sparrow. Immature, mixed with Oregon Juncos. 18 species total.

Simon Harvey (8 October 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Williamson's Sapsucker. Adult male flew over parking lot. White rump and wing parches seen clearly.

Daniel Sachse (8 October 2015) - [Salt Lake International Center] - Red-breasted Sapsucker: All red head (nape and throat - dark rich red color extending down toward breast - white wing patch - white rump - belly yellow - white spotting on the back -white mustache stripe noticeable - black and white barring on tail outer most feathers. It was seen on the southeast side on Charles Lindbergh. 15 species total.

Bryant Olsen (7 October 2015)- [Neff's Canyon] - 18 species total: [highlights:]...  Peregrine Falcon, Steller's Jay,...Townsend's Solitaire... Black-throated Gray Warbler,...

Matthew Pendleton
(6 October 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Cattle Egret.

Vivian Schneggenburger (5 October 2015) - [Parleys Historic Park] - 28 species total:
     --  Canada Goose, California Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, Common Poorwill, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted), Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Cassin's Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, House Sparrow

Bryant Olsen (4 October 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 46 species total: [highlights:]... Osprey,... Herring Gull,... American Pipit,... Savannah Sparrow,...

Bryant Olsen (3 October 2015) - [Galena Reclamation Site] - 37species total: [highlights:]... Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk,... Virginia Rail,... Warbling Vireo,... American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat,... Lincoln's Sparrow,...

Neil Paprocki (1 October 2015) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - 17 species total:
    -- Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Rock Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Finch

Sep 2015

Kendall Watkins (28 September 2015) - [Alta] - Dusky Grouse. One seen at very close range at the top of the Mt. Wolverine.18 species total:
     -- Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Rock Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Bryant Olsen (28 September 2015) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve] - Stilt Sandpiper, Sabine's Gull, Vermillion Flycatcher (female), American Pipit, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow. 55 species total.

Bryant Olsen (26 September 2015)- [City Creek Canyon] - RUFFED GROUSE, Cooper's Hawk, Brown Creeper, PACIFIC WREN. 16 species total.

Brett Weise (23 September 2015) - [Hidden Valley Park, Sandy]:  Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Dark-eyed Junco

Nate Brown (22 September 2015) - [Salt Lake International Center] - Gray Flycatcher.

Matthew Pendelton (22 September 2015) - [Grandeur Peak, Mount Olympus] - Bewick's Wren. Saw and photographed one very close to here about the same time last year. Very bold supercillium and an active tail about as long as the body. Seen long and we ll as it worked the shrubs around me.
14 species total:
     -- Chukar, Red-tailed Hawk, White-throated Swift, Northern Flicker, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Grosbeak, American Goldfinch

Rachel LeBlanc (21 September 2015) - [Lower Yellow Fork Canyon] - 20 species total:
     --  Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker,
Northern Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Bushtit, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Lincoln's Sparrow

Pomera Fronce (21 September 2015) - [Big Cottonwood park] - Olive-sided Flycatcher. 13 species total.

Bryant Olsen (20 September 2015) - [Salt Lake International Center] - LEAST FLYCATCHER. 38 species total.

Daniel Sachse (19 September 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Northern Goshawk, Golden-crowned Kinglet. 24 species total.

Vivian Schneggenburger  (19 September 2015) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle. 23 species total..

Matthew Pendleton (18 September 2015) - [Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve] - 33 species total:
    -- Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark

Daniel Sachse (18 September 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds. Common Tern. 46 species total.

Matthew Pendleton (18 September 2015) - [Salt Lake International Center] - 24 species total:
    --  Canada Goose, Mallard, Mallard (Domestic type), American White Pelican, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Neil Paprocki (16 Septembr 2015) - [7200 West, SLC] - Lesser Black-backed Gull. Yellow eye and bill, slate grey mantle, long black wing tips with little white. Similar in size to numerous surrounding California Gulls. Larger than surrounding Ring-billed Gulls.

Bryant Olsen (16 September 2015) - [Salt Lake Airport and west] - 31 species total:  -- Swan Goose (Domestic type), Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard (Northern), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail ,Green-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Avocet, Killdeer, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch

Vivian Schneggenburger (15 September 2015) - [Parleys Historic Nature Park, Millcreek] - 17 species total:   -- California Quail, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Dusky Flycatcher, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

Bryant Olsen (14 September 2015)- [ALTA] - 21 species total:   --  Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

John Neill (13 Septmber 2015) - [Killion's Canyon Trail] - 11 species total:  -- Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Plumbeous Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager

Bryant Olsen
(9 September 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 34 species total:  --  Canada Goose, Mallard (Northern), Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet (Western), Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Vesper Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, House Sparrow

Mike Wallace (7 September 2015) - [East Millcreek] - I did briefly see one Hummer (Broad-tail or Rufous, didn't get close enough look) this morning at our home feeders. Heard one Hummer again mid-day when I also saw about 5 Am. Crows flying west along the south side of Mill Creek here at about 2500 East. We have one good sized covey of Calif. Quail resident in the area. I see them around our neighborhood. ...Heard Western Screech Owls again last night as they presumably hunted in the local woods. Of course, lots of Chickadees, Sparrows and Finches, Mourning Doves which are all fairly common residents here. There are 1 or 2 Eurasian Collared Doves here. Golden Eagles reported by my brother-in-law yesterday in the SLC Avenues, Virginia St. / Federal Heights area. He reports these as having been nesting and resident this and past summers. He sees them from time to time over and near his home in the Aves.

Aug 2015

Michael Lester (29 August 2015) - [7200 West, SLC] - Pectoral Sandpiper. (2). At least 1 a juv. Slightly early. Brown on top with white braces. White belly with dense brown streaking extending from throat down to belly, ending in a peak. Initially hiding in tall vegetation at edge of water, but then came into view and started feeding in water.

Bryant Olsen (29 August 2015) - [City Creek Canyon] - 25 species:
    --  Mallard, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Merlin, Western Wood-Pewee, Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay (Woodhouse's), Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Virginia's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

Ian Batterman (28 August 2015) - [Decker Lake] - 29 species:
     -- Graylag Goose (Domestic type), Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-billed Magpie, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, European Starling, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch

Nicole Koeltzow (23 August 2015) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - 21 species total:
    -- Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

Kenny Frisch (11 August 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 24 species total:
     --
Canada Goose, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Franklin's Gull, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Magpie, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Lauri Taylor
(5 August 2015)- [Little Dell Reservoir] - 16 species:
    -- Ring-necked Duck, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, Lark Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Pomera Fronce (5 August 2015) - [Mountain Dell Recreation Area] - 30 species total:
     --  Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

Jul 2015

Nate Brown (29 July 2015)- [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Black Swift, White-throated Swift, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow

Larry Zirlin (28 July 2015) - [Spruce Campground, Wasatch NF]  - 13 species total:
    -- Wild Turkey, Turkey Vulture, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed)

Bryant Olsen (27 July 2015) - [Alta] - I've just finished up my field season of BBS at Atla, here are some highlights:
   -- At least 4 male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS on territory during the month of June up Grizzly Gulch.
    -- Many BLACK ROSY-FINCHES in the alpine ridge line between Sugarloaf and Devil's Castle peaks, including watching a food delivery to a nest in a crack on a cliff.
    -- An AMERICAN PIPIT also along the same alpine ridge line. Very few summer records for them in the alpine of SL county
    -- Many RED CROSSBILLS. There seems to be a good crop of Spruce cones ripening up this summer, and the Crossbills have moved in to take advantage of them. One morning I'm fairly certain I heard a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL mixed in with a flock of Reds
    -- On my last BBS, I had a great look at an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK
    -- Although they were a little late in arriving in good numbers this year, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS have now moved in and taken over the flower fields, as well as the hummingbird feeders I put up.

Kris Purdy  (27 July 2015) - [Albion Basin, Alta]...Favorite bird of Wednesday’s trip was a singing male russet Pine Grosbeak at the tippy-top of a spruce or fir; when he swooped to half the height and landed again on conifer branches in shady woodland dappled with sunlight, I saw him beautifully, rosily, satisfyingly; a rosy bloom landed upon forest green needled branches...

Brian Sullivan (13 July 2015) - [Simpson Avenue, SLC] - Western Screech Owl

Bryant Olsen (9 July 2015) - [Alta-Albion Basin] - 32 species total: [highlights]:  ... Red-naped Sapsucker,... Clark's Nutcracker,... Brown Creeper, Rock Wren,... Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, ... Pine Grosbeak,... Red Crossbill, ...

Bryant Olsen (4 July 2015) - [City Creek Canyon] - PACIFIC WREN. 2 heard singing along the creek. Both new territories, making a total of 5 possible territories in the canyon this summer. 1 seen briefly, tiny rufous short tailed wren. Well documented local nesting species. 33 species total:  [highlights]:  Wild Turkey, Cooper's Hawk,... Belted Kingfisher,... Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, ... Pacific Wren, ... Swainson's Thrush, ... Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored),... Lincoln's Sparrow,...

Carl Lundblad (3 July 2015) - [Mount Haven, Big cottonwood Canyon] - Northern Goshawk. Massive buteo-like accipiter rocketing through the forest. I saw a large mostly gray raptor with bold supetcillium. Later I heard the distinctive low 'Kee-kee-kee' call of ad adult goshawk. 22 species.

Bryant Olsen (2 July 2015) - [Alta] - 24 species total:  ]highlights]:  COMMON POORWILL,... Calliope Hummingbird,... Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, ... House Wren,... Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, ... MacGillivray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, ... Lincoln's Sparrow, ...
   -- [Grizzly Gulch, Alta] -  33 species total:  [highlights]:...DUSKY GROUSE, ...Rufous Hummingbird, American Three-toed Woodpecker, ... Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, ... Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker,... Rock Wren, ... Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Green-tailed Towhee, ... Brewer's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored), Lincoln's Sparrow,...

Ian Batterman (2 July 2015) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - BLACK SWIFT. Flying high up across road, but low enough to see without binoculars. When spotted in binoculars, clear difference between it and other swifts. Tail held square, but saw notch as it turned; flight was slower and more deliberate, less frantic than White-throated Swifts; also wings were more sickle-shaped and held back. Also White-throated Swifts.

Jun 2015

Matthew Pendleton (30 June 2015) - [Taylorsville] - Common Grackles. I saw a post on ubird that there were nesting Common Grackles at this location and that they have been nesting here for years. I heard there distinct calls first and a few minutes later I saw 2 flying around and behind the homes in the area. One flew across the street in front of me.

Bryant Olsen (24 June 2015) - [Holladay] - Band-tailed Pigeon.

Bryant Olsen (22 June 2015) - [City Creek Canyon] - 26 species total:  [highlights]:..Sharp-shinned Hawk,... Belted Kingfisher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher,... Pacific Wren,... Swainson's Thrush,...Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler,... Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored),...

Kenny Frisch (21 June 2015) - [Coalpit Waterfall Viewpoint, Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Black Swifts. At least 2 individuals flying around. More nighthawk like flight than nearby WTSW and VGSW with long broad wings and broad tail. Showed no white when flying in front of cliffs.

Rachel LeBlanc (21 June 2015) - [Lower Yellowfok Canyon] - 35 species total:  [highlights]:..Cooper's Hawk,... Dusky Flycatcher,... House Wren...Hermit Thrush...Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler,... Black-throated Gray Warbler,...

David Hollie (17 June 2015) - [Little Dell Reservoir] - Common Loon, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, House Wren, Green-tailed Towhee. 22 species total.

Jay Langford (10 June 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - 21 species total:  [highlights]:.. WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER,... Dusky Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Townsend's Solitaire, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush,... MacGillivray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee,... Western Tanager,...

Bryant Olsen (4 June 2015) - [Red Butte Canyon] - 21 species total:  [highlights]:.. Cooper's Hawk,...Blue-gray Gnatcatcher... MacGillivray's Warbler,... Western Tanager,...

Tim Avery (2 June 2015) - [Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Northern Goshawk. Large broad-winged accipiter soaring over the aspen on the northwest side of the lake. At a distance the notable features visible were a light-colored body and underwings, and obvious thick white-bands on a wide tail. 17 species total:   [highlights]:..Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk,... Western Wood-Pewee... Fox Sparrow... Western Tanager
 
  -- [Millcreek Canyon] -  22 species total:  [highlights]:.. Flammulated Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Common Poorwill,...Cordilleran Flycatcher,...Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush,... MacGillivray's Warbler,...Green-tailed Towhee,...

Bryant Olsen (1 June 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 34 species total:  [highlights]:...Neotropic Cormorant,... Black-crowned Night-Heron,... COMMON TERN,...

May 2015

Laurene Joseph (31 May 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - Ruffed Grouse, Hermit Thrust, Green-tailed Towhee. 20 species total.

Jared Davidson (31 May 2015)- [Alta/Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Gray Catbird.

Bryant Olsen (30 May 2015) - [Big Bend West Jordan] - 36 species total: [highlights]: ...Belted Kingfisher... Blue-gray Gnatcatcher...Gray Catbird... Yellow-breasted Chat... Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting,...Evening Grosbeak...

Laurene Joseph (30 May 2015) - [Mountain Dell CG] - 24 species: [highlights]: ...Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk..., Red-naped Sapsucker...Swainson's Thrush... Cedar Waxwing...Chipping Sparrow, Western Tanager...Cassin's Finch...

Bryant Olsen (30 May 2015) - [Thundermountain Falls, Little Cottonwood Canyon] - Black Swift. At least 2 all Black Swifts flying around well lit in the sunlight above Coalpits Gulch, wing beats and tail length/shape consistent with BLSW as well.

Bryant Olsen (25 May 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Black Tern. 41 species total.

Maria Carolina Roa (18 May 2015) - [Jordan River Parkway] - Cassin's Vireo. Faster-paced song than a Plumbeous Vireo; heard and seen. Yellow tinge in belly and flanks. Previously reported along the Jordan River during migration. 25 species total.

Bryant Olsen (16 May 2015) - [City Creek Canyon] - Mallard (Northern), Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Hammond's Flycatcher

Tim Avery (13 May 2015) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon/Alta] - 14 species total:
    -- Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend's Solitaire, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (Mountain), Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), Black Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Bryant Olsen (10 May 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 46 species total: [highlights]:...Neotropic Cormorant...Lesser Yellowlegs...Lark Sparrow...

SAN JUAN  COUNTY

Neil Callister (30 May 2015) - [Kane Creek Canyon] - 12 species total:
     --  Olive-sided Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Indigo Bunting

Apr 2015

Lori Taylor (29 April 2015)- [big Cottonwood Canyon] - Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Birds are still hanging in great numbers at the Alta feeders. A mix of two sub-species: Coastal/Hepburns with entirely gray head and Interior with gray cap.

John Taylor (11 April 2015) - [Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon] -
   -- American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Cassin's Finch

Matthew Pendelton (1 Apr 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Glaucous Gull. 45 species total:
   --  Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Ring-billed Gull,
California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Sparrow

Mar 2015

Tim Avery (14 Mar 205) -  [Big Cottonwood Park] - 19 species total: Cedar Waxwings, Evening Grosbeaks.

Bryant Olsen (13 Mar 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - 51 species total:
   -- Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard (Northern), Mallard (Domestic type), Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Coot, American Avocet, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, American Robin, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow

Steve Gooch (12 Mar 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Park] - Mandarin Duck

Bryant Olsen (15 Mar 2015) -  [SLC Airport] - This morning I saw 4 species of Geese in the fields north of the SLC Airport, first a flock of 8 SNOW GEESE with 1 little ROSS'S mixed in by the Bald Eagle nest, then later I found 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE mixed in with many Canadas in fields just west of the Jordan River by the South Davis sewer treatment plant. Now I just need to find a Cackler by the end of the day to have 5 geese in one day. Good Birding.

Eric Peterson (10 Mar 20145) - I toured a friend from Dallas today and took her up to the mountain to try and catch some of our great mountain birds. We started by going up Big Cottonwood Canyon. We stopped at a turnout with a walk over bridge and got some great looks at some American Dippers. We then headed up to Brighton and stopped by Silver Lake. I could hear Pine Grosbeaks but couldn't find them. We drove around the loop and the last house in the loop had a feeder out with lots of Pine Grosbeaks. I counted 6 at one time. There were also Mountain Chickadees and RB Nuthatches. We then headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta Town Feeders. The Rosy Finches stayed up in the trees while we were there but we found both Gray Crowned sub-species and a Black. There were also 5 Clark's Nutcrackers on the suet feeders. That is where all your food is going Bryant. We then stopped by Cottonwood Regional Park to see if we could find the Mandarin Duck. He was there front and center. I think Rich and crew need to let him know he is not a Mallard, because he was courting a female Mallard. He was very accommodating. We then walked straight back and ran into the Harlen's Hawk. He was most accommodating and we were able to get some great looks of him perched in the lone tree in the field. Other than it being scary warm it was a great day.

Feb 2015

Brett Hellstrom (26 Feb 2015) - [Silver Fork] - American Three-toed Woodpecker

Richard Young (25 Feb 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Regional Park, Holladay] - Striking Male Mandarin Duck

Norm Jenson (18 Feb 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Snow Goose continues

Kathleen and Hal Robins (13 Feb 2013) - [Robins garden, East Millcreek] - Western Screech Owl

Suzi Holt (12 Feb 2015) - [Downtown Salt Lake City] - I had heard the Perigrine Falcons had returned to the nest box a couple of days ago, so while on my daughter's field trip to the State Capitol I had my eyes open and looking at the box as we stopped at the stoplight going to and from the Capital well on the way.  It paid off :)
   -- Peregrine Falcon (2)

Bryant Olsen (4 Feb 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Tundra Swan, Lesser-Black-backed Gull. 33 species seen.

Bryant Olsen (2 Feb 2015)- [Redwood Trailhead Park] - 18 species.
    -- Canada Goose, Mallard, Mallard (Domestic type), Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Bufflehead,
Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser (hybrid), American Coot, California Gull, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), American Kestrel, Merlin (Taiga), Black-capped Chickadee,
European Starling, House Finch

Bryant Olsen (1 Feb 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Today on our GSLA Field Trip, we found an immature GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Lee Kay, on the large west pond. But what was more amazing was the number of CACKLING GEESE there,20+, and looking through the photos the majority appear to have been Taverner's, with a few Minima. After the field trip, I swung by Redwood Trailhead on the Jordan River and re-found the hybrid drake COMMON GOLDENEYE X HOODED MERGANSER. There were many BARROW'S and COMMON GOLDENEYE,as well as a drake HOODED MERGANSER for nice comparisons. Very cool duck. Also, early in the morning in Sugarhouse I had a flyover flock of Canada Geese, with one little ROSS'S GOOSE in-tow. With all these waterfowl moving, you'd think it was spring or something, and it certainly felt like it today.

Jan 2015

Billy Fennimore (27 Jan 2015) - [Alta Police Station] - Downy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Black Rosy-Finch, BROWN-CAPPED ROSY FINCH, Pine Grosbeak

Kenny Frisch (27 Jan 2015) - [Redwood Trailhead Park] - Barrow's Goldeneye. 17 species total.

Matthew Pendleton (22 Jan 2015) - [Big Cottonwood Canyon] - 9 species total:
   -- Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker (2 females seen together), Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Grosbeak

Kendall Watkins (17 Jan 2015) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Laughing Gull - after searching along 7200 W, found it isolated on the edge of the ice in west pond (just west of the entrance gate)... we watched it with several others for 45 minutes.19 species total:
   -- Cackling Goose (flyover in a flock of Canadas), ..., Hooded Merganser,... LAUGHING GULL,  Ring-billed Gull, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid),...

Norm Jenson (10 Jan 20115) - [Sandy] - 11 species total:
   -- Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Western Scrub-Jay (Woodhouse's), Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Lesser Goldfinch

Jared Davidson (9 Jan 2015) - [Jordan River Parkway - Inlet Park to Pioneer Crossing] - 19 species seen:  -- ... Great Egret, Cooper's Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk... Belted Kingfisher (heard only), Downy Woodpecker,...

Dec 2014

Kendall Watkins (21 Dec 2014) - Yesterday our CBC group had a single Ross's Goose on the Target Pond in Lake Park. It was hanging out with Canada Geese on the grass west of the pond right next to the roundabout. We also counted 18 Cackling Geese throughout Lake Park.

Kendall Watkins (14 Dec 2014) - My dad and I, along with Billy Fenimore and two others saw the Brown-capped Rosy-Finch today at the Alta Town Office feeders. Also saw close to 10 Black Rosy-Finch and many Gray-crowned of both the "interior"and "Hepburn's" races. 18+ (!) Pine Grosbeaks, several Clark's Nutcrackers, and both Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees were also seen at the feeders.

Kendall Watkins (13 Dec 2014) - Snow Goose with a few Canada's near my house on 13400 S and 2700 W in Riverton...Lee Kay -- 1 Thayer's Gull, single Lesser Black-backed adult...

Bryant Olsen (8 Dec 2014) - [Alta, Utah] -   "Today I was up at Alta doing our monthly survey of the Ski Area, but had to drop off some seed donations at the Town Office. In the morning, there was a large mixed flock of Rosy-finches at our feeders, around 30 or so, but one of them caught my eye as being very dull. I had to get up the mountain so couldn't spend much time there to check it out like I wanted. Up in the ski area, the highlight was a male Dusky Grouse eating needles, thats right eating spruce, not fir, needles."  Also seen: Steller's Jay... Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee... White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West), Brown Creeper, Pine Grosbeak  in the top of a spruce ..."I saw my odd Rosy-finch again. It had black in the cap from the forehead to the nape, so the gray was limited to a narrow supercilium behind the eye, and even there it was very dull, all of this made this bird look very much like a Brown-capped Rosy-Finch!...

Norman Jenson (10 Dec 2014) [Lee Kay Ponds] - Lots of gulls including herring and Thayers. The Great Egret that has been there the last two weeks is still present Our favorite was the arrival of some hooded mergansers our first of the fall

Joe (2 Dec 2014) - Had an Blue Jay visit us in Emigration Canyon yesterday.

Nov 2014

Norm Jensen (19 Nov 2014) - [Decker Lake] -  Glaucous-winged Gull

Mike Lester ( 8 Nov 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Canada Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret

Bryant Olsen
(3 Nov 2014)- [Lee Kay Ponds] - 43 species total:
   -- Canada Goose, Graylag Goose, Canada Goose (hybrid), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard,
Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (American), Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck,
Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Red-tailed Hawk (Western), American Coot, Greater Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL

Oct 2014

John Neill (31 Oct 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] -  37 species seen:
  -- Two Greater White-fronted Goose. Flushed from a group of about 80 Canada geese, which stayed on the water. Both were adults with white patch at base of orangish bill, 'speckled' bellies, orange feet, and broad, white band on tail similar to Canada geese....

Bryant Olsen (21 Oct 2014) - There is a BLUE JAY in SLC, at 943 E. Princeton Avenue (near 9th and 9th). It was first seen this afternoon around 1pm, I got the call and was there around 4, it took about 15 minutes, but it came in and gave great looks...

Logan Smith (10 Oct 204)- [Jordan River Parkway, 4500S] - 15 species seen:... Prairie Falcon...

Jay Langford (10 Oct 2014) - [Bonneville Shoreline Trail] - Two Peregrine Falcons.

Rich Young (9 Oct 2014) - Deborah Drain is to be given credit for ‘flagging’ the presence of the special Harlan’s Red-Tailed Hawk again at Big Cottonwood Park in recent days.

Bryant Olsen (3 Oct 2014) - [Jordan River Trail] - This evening around 6:30pm I found an apparent MEXICAN DUCK drake mixed in with some regular Mallards along the Jordan River. Mexican Ducks are currently consider a sub-species of Mallard by the AOU, but DNA testing has shown they are closer to the Mottle and Black Ducks than they are to Mallards and the IOC recognizes them as a distinct species. This Drake showed no signs of being a hybrid, as in the tail was brown with very limited white feather edging, compared to the white outer tail feathers of a Mallard, and had no curl in the tail. It was not a regular Mallard in eclipse. There are only 2 or 3 good records of pure Mexican Ducks in Utah, and they are rare anywhere away from the Mexican border in the USA. Get there by walking north along the JR from 33rd S., then when you see a large transformer station across the river, the Duck was in the river on muddy banks just south of the Transformer station, where the river make a bend to the east.

Sep 2014

Mike Hearell (9 Sep 2014) - Salt Lake County Migrants: at 8000 W just north of HWY 201 has a large mixed bag of empids currently. Gray, Willow, Dusky, Olive-sided, Hammond's, Cordilleran, Western Wood-pewee have all been seen in the 20 minutes I've been here. Also, there are quite a few warblers bouncing around. They are all bouncing around the north end of the Russian Olives just past the very well behaved cat.

Norm Jenson
(8 Sep 2014) - Nashville Warbler at the Tim Avery Nashville Olive Tree, at Salt Lake International Center on south side of Amelia Earhart Drive opposite the Budweiser loading dock entrance and just west of the north pond. 

Aug 2014

Norm Jenson (29 Aug 2014) - Just had a Solitary Sandpiper on the I-15 frontage rd just east of 7200 W ponds on the north side of road with a couple of killdeers and avocets.

Eric Peterson (28 Aug 2014) - [Red Butte Gardens, SLC] -  I have been over photographing Hummingbirds at Red Butte on my lunch. I have been mainly in the Fragrance garden which is just north after you walk out the main doors at the top. Today for the first time I saw four species of Hummingbirds there. They are all immature birds but they are all there. Today was the first day I have seen a Broad-tailed there since the spring. Also there was a immature Nashville Warbler along with an immature Wilson's Warbler on the path to the Rose Garden.

Rich Young (26 Aug 20124) - Today as I was photographing some of the new Fall arrivals at Big Cottonwood Regional Park, I happened onto an Ash-throated Flycatcher! Not the “Big Find” like the Tennessee Warbler I documented there this time last year; but I was surprised and impressed with it, having never seen one before… Cool Bird!

Lyn Christiansen (3 Aug 2014) - I have seen a Northern Bobwhite in my yard at the east end of 10th Avenue in Salt Lake. I saw it yesterday afternoon and again this morning with a flock of California quail. It was near a thick hedge and took cover there so I was not able to get a photo.

Jul 2014

Norm Jenson (17 Jul 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Stilt Sandpiper. The bird was still there at 7:30 pm tonight. It is still in the location Shyloh reported. Also a juvenile Sabine's Gull.

Rich Young
(15 Jul 2014) - Whether I’m walking at Crestwood Park, Big Cottonwood Park, or the Jordan River Parkway, I’m encountering fledging Black-headed Grosbeaks! They’re often on the gravel paths, in the shade, foraging, and tolerating close encounters by people who ignore them.

Rich Young (11 Jul 2014) - Mill Race Pond in Taylorsville has been a lonely place these past days! However, the absent Forster’s Tern showed up again! Just in time for me to take the challenge: “Do Something Different (photographic) in a World that is satisfied with good enough!”

Norm Jenson (9 Jul 2014) - [Red Butte Gardens] - Red-eyed Vireo. I heard revi when I arrived but couldn't locate shortly after that Rachel arrived and we got some brief looks as well as hearing it both sing and it's yack call. Best was when it swooped down attacking a bbma driving it away . Kudos to Matt for his great picture, something I was unable to manage, and for the GPS coordinates that confirmed the exact location.

Jun 2014

Rich Young (19 Jun 2014) - Yesterday and today, the sights and sounds of adult Bullock’s Orioles has been remarkable as they work to keep track of their young. The area I’ve encountered them ranges from 50th to 54th South, adjacent to the Jordan River on the Murray/Jordan River Parkway.

Norm Jenson (9 Jun 2014) - [Butterfield Canyon]- Northern Pygmy Owl.

Rich Young (5 Jun 2014) - The backwater pond adjacent to the Murray School District’s “Kennecott Nature Center Classroom” (approx 50th south) has been teeming with Spotted Sandpipers in recent days.

Norm Jenson (3 Jun 2014) - [Little Dell Reservoir] - A Gray Catbird. How cool is that?

May 2014

Joel Beyer (31 May 2014) - [Sandy, UT] - Thanks to Gail and Norm Jenson for finding and sharing the ORCHARD ORIOLE in their yard this evening. This wonderful bird was #400 for Kathy's Utah list.

Lksand11104 (28 May 2014) - Male Western Tanager Jordan River Parkway trail this morning south of 10600S.

Norm Jenson (25 May 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Lark Sparrow.

Norm Jenson (15 May 2014) - [Sandy Utah] - Backyard birds: Yummy, and totally unexpected a brand new yard bird, a Hermit Thrush, and if that wasn't enough a Yellow Warbler stopped by only the second time I've had that in the yard.

Matthew Wallace (12 MaY 2012) - I've seen a couple BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDs at my feeder and in the trees this evening. FOY.

Carolina Roa (12 May 2014) - [UofU] - Heard a Chipping Sparrow in the lawn north of the Library where the bank and student store are.

Josh Taylor (10 May 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - There's a breeding male EURASIAN WIGEON in the main pond in the back part of Lee Kay (behind the gates).

Apr 2014

Carol Gwynne (29 Apr 2014) - White-winged Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser pairs, Caspian Terns, Western Grebe, Spotted Sandpiper all at north end of Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak. Windy, windy there.

Keeli Marvel (28 Apr 2014) - This afternoon I ran out to Oquirrh Lake for an hour and found 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-necked Phalarope, and the continuing White-winged Scoter and 40+ Caspian Terns... I was there a large group of American White Pelicans (50+) flew over up high heading north and a Peregrine Falcon buzzed by also heading north...

Pomera Fronce (21 Apr 2014) - WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in Salt Lake County, East side of Oquirrh Lake at Daybreak near the intersection of Oquirrh Lake Road and Dorena Lane.

Rich Young (21 Apr 2014) - Neotropic Cormorant, Ospreys on Easter Sunday, Sandy Pond.

Carolina Roa (20 Apr 2014) - Bryant Olsen called just now saying he saw a Swamp Sparrow around 8:15 am on the Jordan River Parkway south of the Redwood Trailhead, on the same pond where Tom Fletcher reported the Solitary Sandpipers, which are still present. It's in the cattails on the west side of the pond...

Tom Fletcher (19 Apr 2014) - There is currently a lot of shorebird activity on the Jordan River
Parkway, just south of the Redwood Trailhead Park (2320 S). There are mudflats where the ponds in the fields are drying. Today I saw 3 Solitary Sandpipers (being not so solitary), 2 Least Sandpipers, a Greater Yellowlegs... Also, two Caspian Terns and two Franklin Gulls with pink bellies were there...

Nicki Nixon (19 Apr 2014) -  BLUE JAY in City Creek Canyon, "in a wooded area with both deciduous and coniferous trees."

Matthew Wallace (16 Apr 2014) - I am confirming the hummingbird I've been hearing since Sunday is a BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD...

Joshua Taylor (11 Apr 2014) - HARRIS'S SPARROW, Mountain Dell Reservoir...Also had a couple of FOX SPARROWS. After not seeing one at the reservoir as I had hoped, I had my FOY OSPREY fly over my head as I walked into work in Cottonwood Heights afterward.

Brenton Reynor (10 Apr 2014) - I visited Sandy Pond this evening to see if the Horned Grebe reported earlier was still present. I missed the grebe but was able to see 2 Osprey as well as a Caspian Tern flying over the pond.

Rich Young (9 Apr 2014) - For several days now, a HORNED GREBE  in transitioning Breeding Plumage, has been residing on Sandy Pond.

Carol Gwynne (8 Apr 2014) - Yesterday evening, I was taking a walk at Red Butte Gardens, just south of the U. of U. Things were pretty dead, bird wise, but not plant wise. Suddenly there was a huge racket. About a dozen BB Magpies, plus a Scrub Jay and a Steller's Jay congregated In a group of trees and started swooping around. After a minute, I saw a long, banded tail, and realized that a hawk was on the scene, and the neighbors weren't happy. The COOPER'S HAWK  flew out to another tree, and was dive bombed by the corvids. This time his head was visible, and a magpie flew right at his head, driving him out of that tree and away from the 'hood. No peaceful spring evening for that hawk.

Deedee Obrien (1 Apr 2014) - Two Band-tailed Pigeons have been in backyard for about an hour. You are welcome to come over if you are in the neighborhood. 4527 South. 2995 East. 1st showed up last Thursday the 27th but haven't seen them since then until today.

Mar 2014

Matthew Wallace (28 Mar 2014) - [East Millcreek] - Here in East Millcreek the California Quail are making their annual spring return. I've seen them now for only a few days, a group of about 10.

Joel Beyer (23 Mar 2014) - Lee Kay Ponds had a nice assortment of species (~30) this morning. The Greater Scaup and Ross' Geese were still there, along with a flock of Tree Swallows, a Neotropic Cormorant, a Short-billed Dowitcher, and an unexpected first winter ICELAND GULL that made a brief appearance near the gazebo before flying off.

Bryant Olsen (17 Mar 2014) - Swung over to Lee Kay ponds this evening. Lots of continuing waterfowl, nothing terribly exciting, but I did see a big flock of mixed Green-winged and Cinnamon Teal. Large flock of around 30 Avocets too. I looked for the Grackle among the Blackbirds, no luck. All the large flocks of California Gull had already headed off to roost for the night, but I was surprised to still find good gull action of the east pond, mostly Herring Gulls. I quickly found the continuing dark "Olympic" Gull that's been there for awhile now, and the 3rd cycle GLAUCOUS GULL.

Norm Jenson (14 Mar 2014) - A Ruby-crowned Kinglet continues to visit my Sandy backyard.

Bryant Olsen (8 Mar 2014) - This morning I found the continuing adult white-striped morph WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Big Cottonwood Park in Holladay. It was in the southeast corner of the park, near the parking lot behind the senior center. Also there was 1 nearly pure white American Robin mixed in with the hundreds of regular Robins there...

Matthew Wallace (7 Mar 2014) - [East Millcreek] -  I've just seen a group of say 10 Cedar Waxwings near our house, eating berries off of a tree. One has red tips on each wing, others do not. All have light rump as opposed to darker Bohemian Waxwing.

Richard Young (3 Mar 2014) - My earlier post announcing the arrival of Hooded Mergansers at Mehraban Wetlands in Draper, UT. met with great success, with scores of birders taking advantage of the heads-up...

Stephen T (3 Mar 2014) - Lots on the move. Yesterday, Saturday, I say a formation of over 200 White Pelicans flying north over 5600 W. and 4700 S., West Valley City.

Feb 2014

Norm Jenson (23 Feb 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Two Ross's Geese at Lee Kay near the Gazebo, though they flew just as I was leaving and I didn't see where they went.

Norm Jenson (20 Feb 2014) - I was pointing out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet to Gail this morning, rather I was pointing to where it had been, when a flock of Cedar Waxwings visited. We had 13 species in the backyard at one time, where usually we only have 6 or 7. What a great morning.

Norm Jenson (15 Feb 2014) - Glaucous Gull at Lee Kay Ponds. Pullout west of the gazebo.

Rich Young (14 Feb 2014) - I’ve just gotten around to posting a backlog of birds from my Salt Lake valley stomping grounds, the Jordan River corridor, Big Cottonwood park, and especially some accommodating 1st Spring male Common Mergansers (Willow Pond, Murray) that provided spectacular (to me) fishing results!

Steven T (12 Feb 2014) - The SLC Peregrine Falcons appear to be back at the Joseph Smith Memorial building. I have seen a single bird several times over the past few weeks and two birds yesterday.

Norm Jenson (10 Feb 2014) -  Cinnamon Teal at Lake Park.

Bryant Olsen (9 Feb 2014) - This morning around 9am I found an apparent MEXICAN MALLARD drake at Decker Lake. Initially it was on the grass grazing with many Mallards and Canada Geese... All the recent thawing has opened up a lot of area, and the gulls have spread out into the muddy fields. Among several hundred Canada Geese, I did have a nice flyover CACKLING GOOSE though. Then on to Lee Kay, where I found a 3rd winter GLAUCOUS GULL on the thawing ice southwest of the gazebo...

Matthew Wallace (7 Feb 2014) - I see from 2 to 5 American Crows on a regular basis here (3600 South 2550 East - East Millcreek)...Sometimes they are joined by one or two others, and sometimes I see some fairly large groups of perhaps 10 to 20+ or so.

Norm Jenson (7 Feb 2014) - [Sandy] - Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Deedee O'Brien (5 Feb 1014) - Just saw 4 American Crows in downtown Holladay (4800 S 2300 E) for first time ever!

Jack Binch (2 Feb 2014) - Harris's Sparrow at Lee Kay Ponds

Jan 2014

Jack Binch (25 Jan 2014) - Bob Huntington and I took a couple of hours late this morning and chased some year birds. Lots of them out there, but they must have had notice we were coming. First we went to Powder Mountain. The feeder was empty and we sat there a half hour before even one bird showed up. Two Black-capped Chickadees and five Rosy-Finches. Lucky for us one of them was a Black Rosy Finch. Photo included but it was in the shadows. That was it for the hour we were there. Then we just drove around the area and did not find the Lewis Woodpeckers or much else.

Ned Bixler (11 Jan 2014) - [Lake Park] - A few of the birds seen today at Lake Park, Salt Lake County: gulls; Thayer's, Lesser-black, California, and Ring billed. Also, both Canada and Cackling geese. At Decker Lake in Salt Lake County: gulls, Ring-billed, California, Mew. Ducks: shoveler, mallard, pintail, teal green wing, gadwall. Also, Peregrine Falcons.

Bryant Olsen
(2 Jan 2014) - [Holladay] - This evening just as the sun was about to hit the horizon as I was walking at Big Cottonwood Park, all of a sudden I heard the alarm call of a Robin, and then all the birds went quiet, so I knew something was up and spotted a small falcon heading toward me. I watched it in the binos as it passed directly overhead, and it was a very sooty dark falcon, had to be a BLACK MERLIN!...

Norm Jenson (1 Jan 2014) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Harris's Sparrow at Lee Kay Pond on the north side of the street across from the exit of the Gazebo Loop with White-crowned and House Sparrows

Dec 2013

Bryant Olsen (22 Dec 2913) - This morning around 11am I saw a LAPLAND LONGSPUR on 7200 W. in SLC, between I-80 and the train tracks. Initially I found it in the middle of the road with some H. Larks, later I relocated it east of the road about 100 yards out, also with H. Larks. Nearby at Lee Kay I found an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL mixed in with a few hundred gulls there on the ice. ... At Decker Lake I found the most gulls, most of the lake was covered in them, probably 2,000 gulls. Among them were an adult WESTERN GULL and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL...

Bryant Olsen (10 Dec 2013) - [Saltair] - I found several good gulls at Saltair this afternoon. My first find was an obvious adult dark mantled gull. It had its back to me so I couldn't see its eyes or legs, so I was debating over Western or Lesser Black-Backed, when suddenly a smallish very pale gull walked into the field of view. Obviously a 1st cycle ICE-LAND GULL. It was very whitish with gray checkering and pale gray primary tips and an all dark bill .... Saw some other good birds here including a very dark, big and mean 1st cycle WESTERN GULL, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (probably the unknown dark mantled gull from earlier), an apparent 1st cycle "OLYMPIC" GULL, and a couple THAYER'S. All of these gulls were on the beach due east of the marina. I then decided to go check "sunset" beach on the west side of the marina, where I quickly located a 2nd ICELAND GULL.

Mike Hearell (6 Dec 2013) - Adult Western Gull at Lake Park Pond by Target (Pacific Loon spot).

Bryant Olsen (23 Dec 2013) - During our GSLA field trip this morning we came across an interesting gull at Lee Kay. Fairly gray back, with blackish primaries but a rather whitish head, but with a massive bill. In the field we first assumed a 1st cycle "Olympic" Gull, however after looking through some books, the pale head and black primaries would actually better match a 1st winter SLATY-BACKED GULL. I know that sounds a little nuts, but nothing else seems a good match. It was on the east end of the west pond, near the road that divides the 2 ponds.

Nov 2013

Carolina Roa (28 No 2013) - HERMIT THRUSH. Tanner Park intersection at bottom of hill north to the stream by big patch of grapes.

Stephanie Greenwood (25 Nov 2013) - I stopped at the Warm Springs pond on my way to Salt Lake again to see if the Mew Gull was there. A few minutes in Bryant Olsen pulled up and shortly relocated the gull...

Keeli Marvel (23 Nov 2023) - [Redwood Trailhead] - Kendall Watkins, Yvonne Carter and I stopped to scope out the Jordan River for Goldeneyes at Redwood Trailhead Park and Kendall spotted a Female Long-tailed Duck floating mixed with several dozen Goldeneyes...

Kathleen Robins (23 Nov 2013) - A VARIED THRUSH (adult male) showed up in our backyard this afternoon. It has been around now for a few hours eating apples brought down by the wind. Nice surprise. We live in the Canyon Rim area of Salt Lake City.

Bryant Olsen  (23 Nov 2013) - This morning around 11am I saw an apparent 'WHITE-WINGED' DARK-EYED JUNCO in the SLC Cemetery. It was near the Catholic church in the east central section of the cemetery.

Rachel LeBlanc (17 Nov 2013) - Looks like there’s a PACIFIC LOON at the westernmost lake at Lake Park Bldv, Lake Park in West Valley City. I saw it at 9:00 am and again at 11:30 am... Nice bird!

Jeff Cooper (14 Nov 2013) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - I made two cursory visits to Lee Kay Ponds today. ...The coolest birds for me today were some handsome male Hooded Mergansers, female counterparts, and young ones. They were first of season observations for me...Other FOS ducks were Buffleheads, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, and Northern Pintail. I think American Wigeons were also first of season for me. Lots of RB, California, and Herring Gulls.

Bryant Olsen (9 Nov 2013) - I went for a short walk in the rain around Mt. Olivet cemetery near the U of U this morning, and much to my surprise came across a male 'Black-backed' Lesser Goldfinch among a large flock of them in the northeast section, in the birch trees...

Nicki Davis
(12 Nov 2013) - [Draper] - The Western Screech Owl is here in Draper for the fifth year. He uses a Flicker Nest box to sleep in during the day...

Rich Young (7 Nov 2013) - [Big Cottonwood Park, Holladay] - Today I discovered a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker there!

Bryant Olsen (4 Nov 2013) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Today around 1:30pm myself and Matt Pendleton saw an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Lee Kay ponds.... Also lots of Herring Gulls there. Earlier in the day we saw several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 5 TUNDRA SWANS, and a large flyover flock of SNOW GEESE at the ISSR.

Glenda Cotter (2 Nov 2013) - [Parley's Gulch] - Saw one of the reported Lewis's Woodpeckers at about 5:15 p.m. this afternoon. It was on top of the fifth pole heading east, next to the interstate. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks were squabbling over the second pole.

Oct 2013

Rich Young (31 Oct 2013)- [Big Cottonwood Regional Park] - A flock of a dozen Evening Grosbeaks. I believe this is the first record for Evening Grosbeaks in the Salt Lake Valley this season...

Brenton Reyner (28 Oct 2013) - Band-tailed Pigeon in my yard.

Sylvia Gray (28 Oct 2013) - Cedar Waxwings. The first of the season at our house - Avenues District of SLC - a juvenile yesterday and an adult today peering at me from the yew bush eating the red berries. I love those guys.

Bryant Olsen (26 Oct 2013) - This morning during our monthly survey of City Creek canyon around 10:30am we saw an adult "white-striped morph" WHITE-THROATED SPARROW near picnic site #7 . It was in the brush near the creek...

Bryant Olsen (15 Oct 2013) - This morning around 9am myself and Carolina Roa saw what appears to be a 1st year BAY-BREASTED WARBLER during our Liberty Park survey. It was in the pines near the restrooms in the north-east area of the park. I

Matthew Wallace (6 Oct 2013) - A flock of Olive-backed Swainson's Thrushes flew through our area this morning at our house just south of Millcreek (the creek not the township). I'd guess there were 30 or so...

Brenton Reyner (2 Oct 2013) - Had a late female or immature male Black-chinned Hummingbird in the yard this afternoon...

Sep 2013

Rich Young (24 Sep 2013) - Tennessee Warbler at Big Cottonwood Park in Holladay UT.,  a few hundred yards in from the Mount Olympus Senior Center building. [ID'd as a first fall bird by Mark Stackhouse].

Matthew Wallace (21 Sep 2013)- Just after sunset I heard a whole lot of Crows, so I went outside to see what all the commotion was about. They were making quite a racket. I had the radio on inside and I could hear them through that. We have a couple of resident Crows, but this was much larger, the largest group of American Crows I've seen here in quite a while. There were maybe 50, maybe more, a large group or murder to be sure.

Matthew Wallace (18 Sep 2013) - At just past Noon I was outside brushing the dog when I heard the familiar sounds of Sandhill Cranes. Three of them were flying high overhead over my house in the East Millcreek area. They were heading roughly SSE. The annual fall migration of the Cranes is definitely on. And, I think it's safe to say, summer is over with the Sandhill migration a sure sign.

Jeff Cooper (14 Sep 2013) -  Hit the SL International Center before work and was rained out. I went after work and ended up in more rain. I hid my car in a parking garage for about ten minutes to escape a hail storm. I didn't give up and did end up finding and photographing two fun birds, Common Nighthawk and Wilson's Snipe. The snipe were engaged in behavior I'd never witnessed before.

Mike Hearell (11 Sep 2013) - Just had a flock of almost 40 Pinyon Jays fly over. I'm at approx 1300 E and Sego Lilly Dr in Sandy. They were heading ENE.

Aug 2013

Bryant Olson (29 Aug 2013) - OK,I know its the second time in the past month I have claimed to have seen a sparrow that looked like a Clay-colored Sparrow, but this one Really, Really looked like one. I saw it at Big Cottonwood Park in Holladay, about 1300 E 5000 S., along the trail that goes around the pond on the southeast corner of the park, very near where the White-throated Sparrow was seen this past winter.

Mike Wallace (27 Aug 2013) - I saw 2 Common Nighthawks before dusk last night. They were flying up and down the line of trees behind our house as they fed on airborne insects.

Glenda Cotter (20 Aug 2013) - [Sugar House] - My schedule seems to be the opposite of Jack’s, but while taking my dog for a walk late last night I also heard a Western Screech Owl calling. This is in the Sugar House area, where they are known residents.

Jack Binch (20 Aug 2013) - Thanks to my hummingbirds, I got a new yard bird this morning. I go to bed early so I fill my feeders before I go to work in the mornings. I was out on my deck filling the feeders at about 4:15 AM when I heard the unmistakable call of two Western Screech-Owls. I had to wait for my dog to come out of the backyard, so I took out the kitchen garbage. Again I heard the calls, but this time they sounded like they were in the back yard. I hurried and got a spotlight and went back out. There is an open spot in the tree with some dead branches, and there were two Western Screech-Owls sitting facing opposite directions on a branch.

Jul 2013

Jack Binch (21 Jul 2013) - [Sandy] - They have started. I have an adult male and female Rufous Humingbird here in Sandy today. Last week I had a male and female Broad-tailed, but they only stayed one afternoon.

Bryant Olsen
(5 Jul 2013) - Just got back from a few days up in the Uintas. Started off Monday at Little Deer Creek Falls, where I saw 2 BLACK SWIFTS at dusk, and 6 more Tuesday morning. I climbed the falls at dawn and dusk looking for nests, but they must be tucked in deep in the crevices and out of sight, but I am confident the falls are being used by the Black Swifts as a nesting site, as they flew around the falls for nearly 2 hours in the morning. Then I backpacked into Naturalist Basin, nothing rare or unusual there, but on my way back out I had a couple Fly over WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.

Josh Taylor (3 Jul  2013) - I was up at Silver Lake at the top of Big Cottonwood on Tuesday morning. Highlight for me was 2 RED CROSSBILLS, possibly part of a probable flock of 6 I saw a few minutes earlier. The birds were in the conifers along the private lane near the parking lot.  Other highlights for me were: a singing FOX SPARROW along the private lane providing great looks, 3 CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS along the Twin Lakes trail, and a TREE SWALLOW over the lake (seems to be one of the better spots for them in the county).
   -- Visited the first 1/2 mile or so of the Twin Lakes trail this morning. Highlight for me was a female DUSKY GROUSE about 15 feet away on the trail. Other highlights for me were: 4 flycatcher species (DUSKY, CORDILLERAN, OLIVE-SIDED, & WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE) and 2 GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE.

Josh Taylor (1 Jul 2013) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - After a series of nights trying for BLACK SWIFTS (Bridal Veil Falls with a weak 'maybe' on Saturday, the lower Little Cottonwood falls specified by Bryant Olsen on Sunday with a total miss), I succeeded tonight at the higher falls mentioned by Bryant in a previous message. ...The birds I saw were not concentrating around the falls but were ranging up and down the canyon a good 1/4 to 1/2 mile...

Jun 2013

Bryant Olsen (29 Jun 2013) - Yesterday evening I headed up to Albion Basin to see if any Rufous Hummingbirds were in ... ,but all I saw were lots of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. I timed it so that I would be coming out near sunset so I could check the waterfalls in the lower canyon for Black Swifts, and sure enough I saw at least 5 BLACK SWIFTS flying above 2 different waterfalls. 3 BLSW above the falls 2.1 miles above the UTA parking lot in the mouth of the canyon, and 2 BLSW at the falls 1.9 miles up from the UTA lot. Greats looks at them, and even saw 2 apparently go to roost at the lower falls.

Rich Young (22 Jun 2013) - Too bad the Great Salt Lake Audubon Field Trip I led in May wasn’t scheduled now! Things are really ‘hopping’ along the Murray/Jordan river Parkway; especially with the fledging of numerous Bullock’s Orioles nesting there! I have been quietly studying a group of Neotropic Cormorants along the same stretch of Murray/Jordan river. With them being sighted all over the state these days, not much interest anymore. However, this past week, the numbers of them peaked at 7, which might be of interest to some.

Norm Jenson (17 Jun 2013) - Cordilleran Flycatcher. Millcreek Canyon.

Richard Young (3 Jun 2013) - 3 Neotropic Cormorants at Mill Race Park pond.

May 2013

Hearkens (29 May 2013) - [City Creek] - Sunday morning while doing survey's up City Creek we heard then saw this Western Wood-Pewee...Other highlights were the Wilson's Warbler, Olive Sided Flycatcher, Virginia & Yellow Warblers, Wild Turkey, Plumbeous and Warbling Vireo's and numerous Western Tanagers.

Richard Young (21 May 2013) - [Crestwood Park] - Blue-headed Grosbeak, Northern Flicker, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and more...

Cathy Spedden (19 May 2013) -  [Temple Quarry Trailhead] - Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo (nesting), Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Western Tanager,...

Shyloh Robinson (14 May 2013) - [Salt Lake Big Day Recap] - Yesterday (May 13) Matt Pendleton and I made an 'official, by the book' run at a Salt Lake County Big Day....We started at 6am in Yellow Fork Canyon. ,,,Highlights were singing Swainson's Thrush, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, several Virginia's Warbler, Plumbeous Vireo and Gray, Dusky, and Cordilleran Flycatcher...
   --At Little Dell Reservoir we found a quick Common Loon near the dam, then put a solid effort into finding the Ruffed Grouse. The grouse was a challenging bird. Just as we gave up, the bird revealed itself in glorious fashion. My favorite sighting of the day. We also added Warbling Vireo, Willow Flycatcher and Dusky Grouse.
   --At Lee Kay Ponds we found...Double-crested and Neotropic Cormorant, ... Red-throated Loon and a Common Tern to console our disappointment with Lee Kay Ponds...

David Wheeler (10 May 2013) - I just wanted to thank Bryant for leading a birding trip up Millcreek last night to search for owls. We heard Flammulated, Great horned, Saw-whet (pretty sure), and Poorwills. Thanks Bryant!

David Wheeler
(9 May 2013) - This morning, while lovingly touring the garden to see how my current projects are coming along, I heard an odd series of calls and looked up to see a female Evening Grosbeak fly overhead. I love this time of year.

Josh Taylor
(6 May 2013) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - I went by the ponds after work today and found two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS in the west pond, along with the continuing RED-THROATED LOON.

Tim Avery (6 May 2013) - Kenny Frisch just called and reported a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the northeast section of the Tracy Aviary near the big pond.

Bryant Olsen (5 May 2013) - At around 10am this morning I saw a WHIMBREL at Lee Kay pond... I also saw a SOLITARY SANDPIPER...

John Taylor (5 May 2013) - [Salt Lake Marina] - After work on Friday I visited a couple of spots around northern Salt Lake county....The small ponds along the shoreline of the lake shortly before the marina entrance held all three species of TEAL [Cinnamon, Green-winged, Blue-Winged]  in close proximity to each other.
   --Next, I stopped by Lee Kay ponds, near sunset. An AMERICAN BITTERN flew over the area beyond the main pond and then landed behind a rise in that direction...The western pond appeared to have continuing NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS in a small snag in the middle. Nearby I saw my first RING-NECKED DUCK in this area.

Bryant Olsen (3 May 2013) - While walking to work this morning, I saw a flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS in an Elm tree eating elm seed pods, on 7th S. between 5th and 6th E....

Apr 2013

Jack Binch (28 Apr 2013) - I just got back from a hike up Butterfield Canyon. Not too many birds yet. I saw a robin, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Wild Turkey, Bushtit, Turkey Vulture, and some Tree Swallows.

Bryant Olsen (27 Apr 20130 - This morning around 9am I re-located the RED-THROATED LOON at Lee Kay. It was south of the gazebo on the "gull" pond, diving frequently. It then took flight and flew south,and appeared to land in the ponds near the dog training area ,behind the gates (which were open). Also present were 2 NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS on the west pond, and I saw an apparent SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER mixed in with some LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Lots of SNOWY EGRETS and FORSTER'S TERNS too.

Brad (27 Apr 2013) - Virginia Warbler (life bird for me) up City Creek this morning.  The Lazuli Buntings are back too.

Mattew Wallace (26 Apr 2013) - [East Millcreek] - Just spotted the first Swallows of the year in our area. I presume they are Barn Swallows. There are a few flying above the trees along Millcreek between 2300 and 2700 East.

Joe Rossi (26 Apr 2013) - Had a first time visitor Lazuli Bunting to my feeder in Murray twice in the last 10 minutes.

Bryant Olsen (25 Apr 2013) - Bryant Olsen is reporting a Red-throated Loon in the west pond at Lee Kay Ponds.

David Wheeler (8 Apr 2013) - The Blue-winged Teal reported a few days back south of Saltair, Salt Lake Co., are/is still there. The pond is at the Saltair exit of I-80 (I believe that's Exit 104), near Tooele Co, south of the Interstate, north of the eastbound off-ramp...

Richard Young (6 Apr 2013) - For those of you who frequent Big Cottonwood Park, keep an eye out for a male Wood Duck on the pond (first one I’ve ever seen there!) I happened on it after sunset, lousy lighting conditions.

David Wheeler (3 Apr 2013) - I managed to get out to the SW-most of the Lee Kay ponds after work today. ...The Long-tailed Duck, at a little after 6 pm, was way north of this spot, almost to the north bank, clearly visible in a scope. Beauty. There was also a Great Egret in a little pond on the south side of the road near there earlier in the day.

Mar 2013

Matthew Wallace (30 Mar 2013) - I just heard the unmistakable sounds of Sandhill Cranes flying high-up overhead, heading north. I could not see them, or I'd have some photos, but I did hear them...

Carol Grynne (28 Mar 2013) - There were 5 Wild Turkeys on the south side of Forest Street before the bend where it heads south. I had never seen turkeys in this area before. This is the road that goes out to Bear River NWR. Sandhill Cranes were also present.

Richard Young (25 Mar 2013) - Spring-summertime birds are beginning to appear at Sandy Pond, with a pair of breeding American Avocets already in place on the tiny island there. Some winter hold-over waterfowl can still be seen, providing good looks at some Greater Scaup, along with the more common Lesser Scaup.

Deedee O'Brien (25 Mar 2013)- [Holladay] - Our annual visitor since 1998 is back!. We've been lucky to have Band-tailed Pigeons visit our trees and platform feeder all these years, though now in much smaller numbers.

Rich Young (10 Mar 2013) - Barrow’s Goldeneyes along the Jordan River.

Dave Hanscom (6 Mar 20-13) - I had a couple of hours between meetings late afternoon yesterday, so I walked up City Creek to see if the Pacific Wren is there as in past years. It did indeed pop up about 50 yards above picnic area #5 (just above some blue ribbon stuck up in a tree)..... I think I forgot to post last week after Bob MacDougall and I walked up the canyon one evening looking for owls. The only success was at picnic area #8 where two Western Screech Owls were calling.

Brad Stevenson (3 Mar 2013) - Millrace Pond:  The Neotropic Cormorant and Double-crested Cormorants were standing side by side again at Mill Race. Hooded Merganser female, 4 Common Merganser, 2 American Wigeon, 5 Mallards, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, Coots... Sandy Pond - 3 Barrow's Goldeneye

Stephen T Carlisle (3 Mar 2013) - I don't get out birding much as I would like, but I did take some time today to visit Millrace Park Pond (Taylorsville), Sandy Pond (Sandy) and the frontage road between the International Center and Saltair. Highlights were Neotropical Cormorant, Hooded and Common Mergansers at Millrace Park Pond; three Greater Scaup and a Ring-necked Duck at Sandy Pond, where I met Stephanie Greenwood; and a Northern Shrike, 100's of Northern Pintail and a lone Tundra Swan along the Frontage Road.

Feb 2013

[email protected] (26 Feb 2013) - After reading Rich Young's post I went looking for the Neotropic Cormorant and found what I'm certain was the Neotropic as it was significantly smaller than the other double crested. After a few minutes it flew off by itself toward Millrace Pond a mile away. I then ran into Rich ...and we drove to Millrace where we found Bryant Olsen who had picked it up and gotten photos. It left just 5 minutes before we arrived.
   --Along with the Neo I saw: 6 Double Crested, 2 Ruddy Ducks, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 11 Common Merganser, 6 Goldenye, 9 Lesser Scaup, 2 Ring Neck, 3 Redhead, 4 Canvasback, 20+ Mallards, many Canadians

Rich Young (25 Feb 2013) - Today at Willow Pond was a fantastic day! This was the first time a Neotropic Cormorant has been reported for this body of water! I was fortunate in that the 3 DCCOs were still there; and the NECO obligingly positioned itself in a group photo!

Rich Young (24 Feb 2013) - Willow Pond has been one of my study sites along the Murray/Jordan River Parkway, UT. since 2009; and I've collected some cool and varied birds there. Today was special, with a lone Tundra Swan dropping in, during which time I got some nifty images.

Jeff Cooper (18 Feb 2013) - I walked north on the Jordan River Pkwy Trail tonight from 10000 S toward Sandy Pond and slightly beyond. I found one male and two female BARROW'S GOLDENEYEs as well as male and female GREATER SCAUP...

Norm Jenson (12 Feb 2013) - Lee Kay was a bust but at Lake Park Gail's sharp eyes found a Glaucous Gull right in the middle of the small pond out the west end of Lake Park.  It was a lovely way to finish a delightful day of birding.

Rich Young (11 Feb 2013) - 1st Spring Common Merganser Male, Sandy Pond.

Rich Young (8 Feb 2013) - [Holladay] - White-throated Sparrow alive and well at Big Cottonwood Park.

Rich Young (6 Feb 2013) - [Sandy Pond] - Yesterday, amidst the fog and gray skies, I encountered a battle between 2 Great Blue Herons, when a smaller newcomer flew in to the area occupied by a ‘resident’ bird!

Bryant Olsen (4 Feb 2013) - This afternoon I heard and then saw a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL along the way to Doughnut Fall up Big Cottonwood Canyon. It was low in an aspen tree, directly over the road just above the doughnut falls trailhead. The owl was so tame, it let me stand right below it,10 feet away, and hardly even acknowledge my presence. ... I did see a huge mixed flock of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, but try as I may I could not find a Golden-crowned Kinglet amongst them. No finches what so ever, which is odd. But I did see a beautiful STELLAR'S JAY.

Jan 2013

Bryant Olsen (27 Jan 2013) - This morning around 9am I saw a beautiful immature GLAUCOUS GULL on the west pond at Lake Park, the pond just south of the Target on 5600 S. Spotted it with the naked eye as I pulled up, as it was glistening in the sun like a swan, immaculate pure white. There was also a THAYER'S GULL there too along with many California, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, and several HOODED MERGANSERS. At Lee Kay earlier I saw an immature PEREGRINE FALCON, as well as a PRAIRIE FALCON, BALD EAGLE, HARLAN'S HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWKS, N. HARRIER, A. KESTRELS, and a few hundred gulls, all California and Ring-billed as far as I could tell. Also a few HORNED LARKS, but not enough to have any good tag alongs. At Redwood Trailhead park along the Jordan River were tons of waterfowl, including 24 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, along with most other common species of duck present.

David Wheeler (23 Jan 2013) - Over lunch today I went to the Lake Park business park in West Valley City, to enjoy the lovely (coff-coff) day. I saw:
1 WESTERN GULL adult at the pond near the west entrance.
1 HOODED MERGANSER male in the pond near the west entrance.
1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL adult on the frozen pond west of the Discover Bldg.

Ed Conrad (18 Jan 2013) - [Murray] - Today, a flock of at least 120 Bohemian Waxwings was seen in Murray (5900 South 700 East is the general area). Cedar Waxwings, Robins, and tons of starlings were also in the mix. Also, I've been seeing Gray-crowned & Black Rosy-Finches on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above 'The Avenues' in SLC. .... They were literally next to the trail feeding on the only bare ground w/out snow.

Pomera Fronce (15 Jan 2013) - There have been a couple of flocks of waxwings swirling around my yard this afternooon. The larger flock of 200 birds is easily 70% Bohemian. The smaller flock of 75 is 99% Cedar. I live in Salt Lake County in the general area of Cottonwood High School (5600 South and 1300 East).

Mike Hearell (17 Jan 2013) - A Trumpeter Swan in Salt Lake County. 3200 W and approx 1 mile south of Ruddy Duck Club.

Matthew Pendleton (14 Jan 2013) - Pacific Wren. Capitol Hill, City Creek Canyon Road, Salt Lake, Utah

Bryant Olsen (13 Jan 2013) - [West Valley] - A short time ago, I found a 3rd winter WESTERN GULL on the open water pond south of Target at Lake Park in West Valley...

Kendall Watkins (12 Jan 2012) - My dad and I went out to a few places in Salt Lake County today and added some new birds for the year. [near the International Center]  ...We went back out the way we came and found a couple new birds. Just before the road turns paved we found a group of 5 Rosy-finches consisting of 2 Blacks and 3 Gray-crowned (1 Hepburn's Subspecies and 2 Interior).

Cindy Sommerfeld (12 Jan 2013) - Today Steve and I made a third attempt to locate the White-throated Sparrow at Big Cottonwood Park. Finally persistence paid off. The bird was near the inflow as previously reported. It seemed to hand out higher in the trees than I expected.

David Wheeler (7 Jan 2013) - Yesterday I decided to do some local birding, up City Creek Canyon in SLC. The "hound" appreciated the change.
   --The Varied Thrush was still where reported earlier, and flew right across the road above picnic site #6. Thank you, Kenny, for alerting us to that gem--and no playback necessary, per instruction.
   --The Pacific Wren was next to the creek about 50 feet above mile marker 2.5. It popped up to a brief use of a recording.
   --The Pygmy Owl, which apparently has been in the area for the last two weeks, was near mile marker 2, across the large meadow where the road starts going down for a bit, by the small no bike sign (visible going down on the north side of the road). My thanks to three charming ladies who gave me a heads up on the location of this one.
   --The Ruffed Grouse was up in a tree somewhere above mile marker 2.5.

Stephen Carlisle (5 Jan 2013) - Spent several hours today in the cold, I can feel my face now, birding the Jordan River Parkway in Salt Lake County between the Redwood Trailhead Park (2320 South) and 33rd South. The highlights were the expected Common Goldeneye (50+) and Barrow's Goldeneye (25+). Also a Bald Eagle, a Wood Duck and lots of other watefowl. A total of 34 species seen...

Jack Binch (5 Jan 2013) - I started by going after the Horned Grebe at the Sandy Fishing Pond. Cannot remember who first posted it, but thanks, and it is still there. Expected ducks there as well. Next I went up to Creekside Pond hoping to see the White-throated Sparrow again, and it was there.

Bryant Olsen (1 Jan 2013) - [Jordan River Trail] - Our team of the Jordan River CBC saw some good birds today, including 3 COMMON REDPOLLS, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE,1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK, and 1 MERLIN in Herriman, and 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 5 CACKLING GEESE, 4 LONG-EARED OWLS, 1 MERLIN,1 PEREGRINE FALCON, and 1 BARN OWL along the Jordan River. Total species seen by our team was 63. Great way to start the new year. First bird of the day for me was a NORTHERN FLICKER.

Brad Whalin (1 Jan 2013) - [Sandy] - A HORNED GREBE at Sandy Fishing Pond.

Dec 2012

Dan Salemi (27 Dec 2012) - [Draper] - Immature Harris' Sparrow with 3-4 White Crowns. Near 138th South and 7th East.

Jack Binch
(24 Dec 2012) - I took my dog for a walk in Creekside Park again, but this time I had a camera with me... I saw a sparrow in the bushes and got it in my binoculars and saw that it was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

Jeffrey Saffle (22 Dec 20120 -  At Lee Kay I saw one very pretty Glaucous Gull, which appeared to be a 2nd winter bird, and a number of Herring gulls among others.

Pomera Fronce
(17 Dec 2912) - [
Salt Lake CBC] - We did get an Eared and Horned Grebe. Also a COMMON REDPOLL which is another first time species since I've been coordinating the count. Other good sightings this year (seen in past years on a sporadic basis): Wood Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Goshawk, Barn Owl, Northern Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing, Common Grackle, Fox Sparrow, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch

Jeff Saffle (17Dec 2012) - After watching anxiously for the last two weeks, at least one Common Redpoll was sighted at the Saffle feeders in Emigration Canyon this morning, among a large flock of goldfinches.

Hearkens (17 Dec 2012) - I just saw a Dark Merlin in Sandy in the trees above the Seagull Book on State and 90th.

Bryant Olsen (12 Dec 2012) - Saw a Harlan's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon at Lee Kay Ponds today.

Matthew Pendleton (10 Dec 2012) - Saw a Yellow-shafted Flicker at Creekside Park (SLC) with Evening Grosbeaks and waxwings.

Bryant Olsen (10 Dec 2012) - We briefly stopped by Lee Kay, nothing unusual but 3 HOODED MERGANSERS and 3 CANVASBACKS was a treat, also many thousands of gulls, including a high percentage of HERRING GULLS.

Richard Young (9 Dec 2012) - While searching for Bohemians, I was surprised to discover 12 to 15 Evening Grosbeaks at Big Cottonwood Park, in the area directly north of the parking lot, on the west side of the trail.

Bryant Olsen
(9 Dec 2012) - This morning I went to Creekside Park in Holladay looking for the reported EVENING GROSBEAKS, which I did find. In addition I found 6 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS mixed in with the numerous CEDAR WAXWINGS. They were in the cottonwoods and Russian olives along the creek just south of the parking lot.

David McCoy (7Dec 2012) - I worked from home this week on Monday and Friday. Monday was the first day I saw a Red-naped Sapsucker in the yard. I have seen them around the neighborhood (Olympus Cove) ... I saw it fly into the pine outside my office and noticed it had been working on it for awhile with several rings around a particular trunk. It was spooked by some rambunctious Scrub Jays and didn’t come back while I was working..... Another treat this morning was great views of a Brown Creeper working the same tree, sometimes so close I couldn’t use the binoculars.

Bryant Olsen (4 Dec 2012) - Just had a flyover flock of 4 COMMON REDPOLLS along the Jordan river near the 2380 S. trailhead. They were heading west toward Decker lake. Also in the area were 21 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and a male YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER.

Nov 2012

Deedee O'Brien (30 Nov 2012) - [Millcreek] - I just returned from Vivian Schneggenburger's yard where two Common Redpolls are busy bathing and eating seeds with some goldfinch. Viv lives a couple streets behind the REI on 33rd S.

Jessica Stokes (29 Nov 2012) - [UofU Campus] - At least one BOHEMIAN WAXWING in Cedar Waxwing flock. Presidents Circle trees just east of Kingsbury Hall.

Jessica S (24 Nov 2012) - The Redwood Road trailhead of the Jordan River Parkway (~2700 S.) is usually on our CBC route. We wanted to see what it was like in warmer weather! The highlight had to be the two Evening Grosbeak slumming it with a small flock of American Robin. These were at the south end of the reclamation/nature area (south of the trailhead).

Sylvia Gray (12 Nov 2102) - About 3pm this afternoon (Sunday) I heard, then saw 23 Sandhill Cranes flying high over my home in SLC heading south. Better late than never!

Bryant Olsen (11 Nov 2012) - [Liberty Park, SLC] -  In Liberty Park this morning, in a lake effect snow squall with near white out conditions, I heard a flock of SNOW GEESE overhead going south. ... Then a couple hours later on my way to work downtown I saw a big black bird soaring over being harassed by a flock of gulls and pigeons, ... when it got close I realized it was a dark morph buteo, so I quickly pulled over and saw that it was a HARLAN'S HAWK!

Dave Hanscom (5 Nov 2912) - I saw my first American Tree Sparrow of the fall at Jordanelle Wetlands today. It was hanging out with a Song Sparrow not far from the north end of the trail in some rose bushes.

Dave Hanscom
(2 Nov 2012) - After 5 trips and about 7 hours of searching, I finally got a look at the Golden-crowned Sparrow at Little Dell this noon. It was on the ground under the rabbit brush along the edge of the parking lot, just outside the locked gate at the north end of the area that's fenced in.

Jeff Cooper (2 Nov 2012) - I made a lunch drive to the Sandy Urban Fishery Thursday for the first 2 Npond and allowed some nice observations as it flew from a tree down to the edge of the pond. .... A Peregrine Falcon flew from the tall power poles above the golf course, across the pond, and then out of sight.

Martha Veranth (2 Nov 2012) - There was an Evening Grosbeak in the thicket at the southwest edge of the Intermountain Healthcare property (4646 Lake Park Blvd, WVC) around 1:00 this afternoon (Friday). #134 for my Lake Park list!

Kimberly Rousch (1 Nov 2012) - I watched a Northern Harrier and Rough-legged Hawk tumble together and primarily the Harrier mobbed the Rough-legged over Little Dell Dam @ noon today.

Oct 2012

Paul Higgins (30 Oct 2012) - Golden Crowned Sparrow at Mt. Dell Reservoir.

Martha Veranth (14 Oct 20120 - There's a Greater White-Fronted Goose on the Intermountain Healthcare property (4646 Lake Park Blvd, WVC). It's in with a huge flock of Canada Geese on the north side of the building.

Richard Young (11 Oct 2012) - For those who frequent Big Cottonwood Park, this afternoon I played hide and seek with a noisy Virginia Rail at the pond there.

Bryant Olsen (6 Oct 2012) - This morning I saw 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS, a male and female, In the SLC Cemetery on Central Avenue,just south of where the old fox dens are. They were mixed in with a huge group of A. ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS feeding in the juniper trees. This is the second time this week I have seen Evening Grosbeaks in SL Co. ...

Stephanie Greenwood (1 Oct 20120 - [International Center] - Today I had to run out to West Valley on some errands for my business and so I thought I'd do a quick drive-through at the Salt Lake International Center. I pulled on to Neil Armstrong way and went north more than I normally do. I spotted a sapsucker in an olive tree and stopped to take a look. Lo-and-behold, a small oriole popped in to view. I knew this wasn't a Bullock's, and realized that this was likely a BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

Sep 2012

Pomera Fronce (24 Sep 2012) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Species seen: ...Sabine's Gull,...Common Tern...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Sep 2012) - Early this morning we saw a Least Flycatcher at the International Center, possibly the one Tim Avery reported.  It was at the north end of Neil Armstrong Road.

Norm Jenson (23 Sep 2012) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - When I first saw this bird at Lee Kay Ponds today I thought it looks like a Northern Bob-White, but now I'm starting to think perhaps it's a Chukar. The red bill and red around the eye.
   --I've seen Sabine's Gulls before but never in flight.  Gail and I returned to Lee Kay Pond (behind gate) today and were rewarded .... We ran into Stephanie at the ponds as we were about to leave, but went back  with her for seconds, the gulls were still there and while we were watching them a Common Tern flew over.  What a great day.

Jack Binch (21 Sep 2012) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island] -There is a Flammulated Owl at the ranch. It is south of the spring pond by the Russian Olive that has the nest box on it.

Porema Fronce (18 Sep 2012) - [International Center] - Birding at the IC today was spectacular! Species seen: ...Western Wood-Pewee, Cordilleran Flycatcher, ... Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler,... Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, ...Western Tanager...

Bryant Olsen
(5 Sep 2012) - This morning I heard, and then saw a flock of 6 PINYON JAYS at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in SLC around 10am...

Rachel LeBlanc (2 Sep 2012) - I was up at Yellow Fork Canyon this morning starting about 7:15 am and found a Black-and-white Warbler at about a mile – a little beyond the first picnic area on the main trail...

Glenda Cotter (1 Sep 2012) - I've had good looks at a bright male Townsend's Warbler in the evergreens in front of the Fox 13 studios (5020 Amelia Earhart Dr), as well as a Cordilleran Flycatcher and what I think is a Willow Flycatcher. Curious mixed flock of White- crowned and Chipping sparrows and a couple of Lazuli Buntings?? and several female Western Tanagers fairly nearby, as well.

Aug 2012

Dave Hanscom (30 Aug 2012) - Today my wife and I hiked up to Lake Solitude and had a photographer's moment. (Another one of the few times I wished I'd had a big camera with me.) A Three-toed Woodpecker with a nice yellow spot on his head was totally unfazed by our presence just a few (10-15) feet from the trail, hammering a hole in the bark of a fir tree at about eye level. We counted his toes, and watched as he pulled out a juicy grub and gobbled it down. Mmmmmmmmmm. Nice to have the fall migrants starting to come through!

Matthew Wallace (22 Aug 2012) - I've spotted a group of Chukars in our neighborhood, atop a neighbors' house. I've attached a photo. I have never seen Chukars in the East Millcreek & Holladay areas, so it seems noteworthy.

Richard Young (16 Aug 2012) - Green Tailed Towhees in the picnic area of Brighton/Silver Lake.

Bryant Olsen (3 Aug 2012) - This evening, still full of excitement and optimism from finding Black Swifts in the Uintas, I decided to check some local Wasatch Waterfalls... I remembered a little waterfall up Little Cottonwood coming off thunder mountains, and 10 minutes to sunset found me scanning the falls from the side of the road. At first there was nothing but a few fluttering moths, then around sunset, I caught movement and found a flock of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, but then something different was above them, a swift. My heart pounded, but then I saw the forked long tail and a flash of white ,making it a WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, my heart sank in disappointment, just a second later though another swift flew in going up canyon below the first swift, it came directly overhead about 200 feet above, and I got a clear view of it in the binoculars for several seconds: solid black underparts and a broad strait edged short tail,making it a BLACK SWIFT!

Jul 2012

Matthew Wallace (25 Jul 2012) - [East Millcreek] - Still have a handfull of Rufous Hummingbirds, they've been here for over a week now.  They buzz around all day, enjoying our feeders and chasing the competition, mostly Black-chinned and some Broad-tails.  One of the joys of summer!

Jack Binch (24 Jul 2012) - Great morning to have off of work. I had four Calliope Hummingbirds at home early this morning. Not enough light when they were here for photos and I did not even have my camera out. Two adult males, one adolescent male and one female. Never happened before. The two adult Rufous Hummingbird males are still around and after a couple of slack days, a good bunch of female Rufous were here. I had one large female hummer that I hope comes back. Poor light, but was greenish on the sides. I finally had enough sense to put a perch close to a feeder for some front views. The males have been here for ten days. Unheard of for me. They must have been forced to start migration before they were ready and finding cooler weather and ample food are staying for a bit.

[email protected] (19 Jul 2012) - Last evening I had a pair of BOBWHITE quail in my back yard on the east side of Salt Lake City. It is my understanding that this area is not their normal range.

Eric Peterson (18Jul 2012) - [Silver Lake] - I just wanted to pass along a couple of things to everyone. I finished my two trips to Silver Lake and they were a huge success. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips on where to look for different things. A couple of notes. The Rufous Hummingbirds have moved in to the feeders north of the lake. There were more of them than Broad-tails now. I always forget that what is common to us isn't to the rest of the country. We saw Mountain Chickadees and everyone loved seeing and hearing them. We saw a group of Clark's Nutcrackers feeding fledglings and McGillivary's Warblers. We saw about 35 species on each trip. We saw lots of mammals also. Uinta Ground Squirrels everywhere, Beaver in the lake, Mule deer, the Pika were out in full force, and the coolest of all was the moose.

KC Childs (Jul 8, 2012) - At about 30th South and 300 East in South Salt Lake is a apartment complex called Millcreek Gardens. It is tucked back on a drive from 3rd east just on the north side of the actual Millcreek. In the very back, the last apartment building there is a Common Grackle hanging around in the trees behind the building.

Rich Young
(6 Jul 2012)- While I was teaching Karin Kirchhoff bird photography, I introduced her to the Kennecott Nature Center, Murray/Jordan River Parkway oxbow today, July 6, 2012. Karin returned my favor by pointing out some movement across the pond. It was a Green Heron!

Eric Petersen (5 Jul 2012) - [Silver Lake] - Jeff Cooper and I set out yesterday morning to beat the smoke and the 4th crowds up at Silver Lake. We arrived at Silver Lake at about 7:15 am...We then headed down the the trail hearing Clark's Nutcrackers everywhere. We spotted 4 Evening Grosbeaks on the way down and got some good looks...

Bryant Olsen (2 Jul 2012) - Today I hiked around Brighton from Silver Lake to the pass above Twin Lakes and then back via Lake Solitude. Nothing rare or unusual, but since some are leading groups there soon and the Brighton Bird Count is coming, I though I would share the highlights. I had my FOY RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, a male, at some feeders by one of the cabins north of the Silver Lake parking lot. ...Near the next-door cabin/mansion to the south was an AMERICAN TREE-TOES WOODPECKER pecking away, inconveniently behind a no-trespassing sign, never the less I got a good legal look at her. Up on the pass between Twin Lakes and Lake Solitude, the WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS nest is very active with mom and pop coming in every few minutes, and the kid, or at least the one that stuck its head out, was a boy, looking like a spitting image of dad. I imagine they will be out of the nest soon, so best get up there to get a good look at the family now before they disperse. Near by was a group of RED CROSSBILLS that had no white in their wings unfortunately, and down the trail a ways toward Lake Solitude was a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH to give variety to all the Red breasted's everywhere, although it wasn't hanging out with its red kin. Had 1 flyover PINE GROSBEAK that I didn't get a good look at...

Jun 2012

Dave Hanscom (30 Jun 12012) - Thanks to Bryant Olsen, Oliver Hansen, and a lot of persistence, I found a Black Rosy-finch this morning on Murdock Mountain...

Pomera Fronce (30 Jun 2012) - Primo, the first Peregrine Falcon to fledge, has been hanging out in the shade of the Relief Society Building most of the day. He has not flown for several hours, but that's pretty typical for such a young bird...

Oliver Hansen (23 Jun 2012)- I hiked to the Wasatch County highpoint and then up to Murdock Mountain (on the south side of the Bald Mountain Pass). On my way back down from the summit area there was a single Black Rosy finch that sat for at least 3 minutes about 10 feet away from me. Pretty great looks at a cool species...

Dave Hanscom (7 Jun 2012) - My wife and I hiked up the trail toward Lake Solitude this morning, and were pleased at how birdy it was. Highlights were:...Hermit Thrushes, and a Dusky Flycatcher in the aspens; Brown Creeper and at least 3 Three-toed Woodpeckers in the evergreens

Bryant Olsen (7 Jun 2012) - I went up to my cabin near Strawberry reservoir on Monday night threw Wednsday morning,and came back via Heber and Guardsman Pass and Brighton. ... Near Brighton I found a female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER in her nest hole on the same dead pine near the pass between Twin Lakes and Lake solitude that they used last year. Its the lowest hole in the tree. Male came in briefly too. Several flocks of RED CROSSBILLS (no white-wings among them that I could see) flew over as well. And when I got back to my car,I heard a loud chip and had 4 or 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS fly right over the parking lot at Silver lake nature center, heading east...

Jeff Bilsky (3 Jun 2012) - [Lamb's Canyon] Norm, you inspired me and I accepted your challenge tonight! I was able to locate a couple of the elusive Golden-Crowned Kinglets about 1/2 mile up the trail or so. Trying to photograph them was a fun challenge...

Jeffrey and Susan Saffle
(2 Jun 2012) - For those interested in nightjars, we have had a COMMON POORWILL calling near our house in Emigration Canyon for several nights.  

May 2012

Richard Young (20 May 2012) - as of 1:15 P.M. today, there are 2 Neotropic Cormorants at the pond at the “Kennecott Nature Center”, along the Murray/Jordan River Parkway (approx. 50th south). There is another single NECO to the south, at Mill Race Pond at this same time.

Dave Hanscom (14 May 20-12) - ...My wife and I saw a bunch of new 2012 Jordanelle birds today, in particular a Northern Waterthrush. The bird was very close to the north end of the trail (appropriate, don't you think?), just before the second boardwalk...

Norm Jenson (13 May 2012) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Black Tern. Big south pond south end of long thin island with other terns.

Kenny Frisch
(9 May 2012) - This afternoon at the University of Utah campus, I had 2 Golden Eagles circling near the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I also had a Yellow Warbler singing on campus along with some Cedar Waxwings...

Sylvia Gray (5 May 2012) - A Green-tailed Towhee was searching for seeds under the millet feeder where Lazuli Buntings and House Sparrows had been feeding...

Bryant Olsen (4 May 2012) - This evening I heard and then saw 2 FLAMMULATED OWLS up Mill Creek Canyon, Salt Lake Co...Later I heard another one a ways up canyon, and a GREAT HORNED OWL. ..A male DUSKY GROUSE flushing up trail side was an added bonus.

UtahBirds (4 May 2012) - Sighted, on May 4th, 1 male, Indigo Bunting about a quarter of a mile West of the junction of Anne's Trail and Maple Hollow trail near Traverse Road, Draper, Utah...

Paul Lombardi (3 May 2012)- I've be waiting patiently and it finally happened. Got my first beautiful Lazuli Bunting at my feeder here in Centerville...

Ron Walker (2 May 2012) - I visited the Kennecott Park at 4800 South on the Jordan River Parkway Yesterday (5/1/12). The juvenile Neotropic Cormorants were there as some have seen before...

Apr 2012

Kenny Frisch (29 Apr 2012) - I hiked a bit of Yellow Fork Canyon, There were tons of birds calling including 2 Virginia Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Bushtits, Lazuli Buntings, Mountain Bluebirds and Chipping Sparrows.

Rich Young (26 Apr 2012) - Not since the summer of 2009 have I located a Neotropic Cormorant  on the small body of water at the Kennecott Nature Center, Murray/Jordan River Parkway. Although I have photographed DCCOs there on occasion, today is only the 2nd time for a NECO!

Bryant Olsen (24 Apr 2012)- [Lee Kay Ponds] - Yesterday I went to Lee Kay and found the NEOTROPIC CORMORANT that's been hanging around there. Also saw my FOY FORSTER'S TERNS, And one tern that looked kinda like a COMMON TERN, gray breast and dark edges to primaries...

Bryant Olsen (19 Apr 2012) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - Today I saw an adult MEW GULL at Lee Kay ponds. It was near the west end of the ponds...

Ron Walker (13 Apr 2012) - On the 10th I went to the Mill Race ponds and happened to catch the Neotropic Cormorants (two of them) at the pond...

Tom Fletcher (8 Apr 2012) - This evening I birded Lee Kay ponds. The highlights were a female Hooded Merganser and a gorgeous male Red-breasted Merganser, both good birds for SLC...

Mar 2012

Kenny Frisch (31 Mar 2012) - Today my girlfriend and I hiked the Desolation Trail from the South Box Elder parking area in Mill Creek Canyon. The biggest surprise were at least 2 Northern Pygmy-Owls calling the whole time I was there. It was my first time hearing them and quite the tree. Also calling were several Brown Creepers which also provided good looks. Plus there were many of the usual Steller's Jays, Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Golden-crowned Kinglets...

Kenny Frisch (30 Mar 2012) - Today after work I birded up at Little Dell and Mountain Dell reservoirs and ran into Jeff Bilsky. We couldn't find any loons, but we did have one of each species of scaup (Greater and Lesser) at Little Dell Reservoir. We observed the scaup while they were both sleeping and awake. The Greater Scaup showed a flatter, non-peaked head and also a larger bill and large black nail tip. We also had an adult Peregrine Falcon showing off its great speed on the west side of the reservoir...

Dave Hanscom (28 Mar 2012) - Today I joined Salt Lake Audubon at Farmington Bay. Best sighting was a pair of Greater White-fronted Geese just west of the visitors center. I had 37 species for the day, including an audible Virginia Rail and a very distant raptor sitting on the ground that I'm sure was a Perigrine.

Deedee O'Brien (20 Mar 2012) - I’m always so excited to see a Band-tailed Pigeon return to my yard. We first saw this bird yesterday afternoon (March 19th) around 1:30...

Kenny Frisch (18 Mar 2012) - Kenny Frisch and I birded a number of locations around Salt Lake
County today. A few birds arriving and waterfowl variety is picking up. Highlights were as follows...
   --8800 West and SR-201 - there were 7 FOY TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the tailing impoundment. Nice to see more than just a singleton arriving.
   --Copperton City Park - Walked the entire park looking in the trees for roosting owls. Tried a pygmy-owl imitation for a while and a number of chickadees, kinglets, juncos, and one Townsend's Solitaire came in. Right after that, Kenny said he found an owl. There was a juniper with 5 or 6 pellets on the sidewalk and a BARN OWL was perched near the top.
   --Yellow Fork Canyon - We struggled to pick up Juniper Titmouse, but after a few stops we hopped out just in time to hear one giving its alarm trill off in the distance. We hear it one more time but never got looks.

Kenny Frisch (12 Mar 2012) ... Down at Little Dell Reservoir, I had 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 males and 1 female). At Mountain Dell Reservoir, I found a swan which turned out to be a Trumpeter Swan, most likely a juvenile based on its off-white plumage...

Bryant Olsen (4 Mar 2012) - I had a training today at Tracy Aviary, and the jake WILD TURKEY that showed up there mysteriously is still hanging around, he likes the area near the old mill. Today he was gobbling up a storm. Apparently he can fly,and is very tame, its just that no one knows where he came from, but it is not a domestic pet Turkey, as it has a buff tail tip, not snow white as one would expect in a domestic bird. Also as I was leaving at dusk, I heard and then re-located the drake WOOD DUCK on the big pond again, northeast side,by the island with the pavilion...

Keeli Marvel (3 Mar 2012) - I ran up to Powder Mountain today with a friend to scout out the Rosy
Finches spot... We spent about 20 minutes looking at them and thought that all we'd seen were Gray-crowned Rosies, but after I got home and looked at the photos I took, I found at least one Black Rosy Finch in the mix. Yay! While driving back down towards the ski resort I spotted at least two Red Crossbills on the snowbank on the side of the road.

Bob Walters (1 Mar 2012) - Sandhill Cranes were observed foraging each date west of 2200 West at about 2688 North ... this location is just north of the SLC International Airport.

Feb 2012

Matt Wallace (26 Feb 2012) - [East Millcreek] - We saw a Spotted Towhee at our backyard bird feeder today. First one I've seen this winter (or is it spring already? Crocuses are coming up). It was feeding on the ground near our feeder.

Joel Beyer (23 Feb 2012) - [Olympus Cove[ - We had a fortuitous sighting of a Northern Saw-whet Owl this evening. It flew across the road and into a large pine. We were able to pull the car over, walk under the tree and get a close look as it sat watching us watch it. We had assumed it was a screech-owl, and were happily surprised to find it was a Saw-whet. Fun fun fun!

Bryant Olsen (17 Feb 2012) - This evening I re-found the male WOOD DUCK I saw a couple days ago, on the big pond in Liberty Park SLC. Also I heard a report that a wild, WILD TURKEY had taken up residence in the Tracy Aviary, and I found him, a young tom who was going around strutting and gobbling, seemingly confusing the Pea hens for Turkey hens? This is the first Wild Turkey I have seen in SL county, although I have heard them gobbling up in the canyons, but never seen one.

Kenny Frisch (14 Feb 2012) - Today I birded Parley's Historical Site. The best bird was a singing American Dipper towards the east end the of park. Other birds in the area included a Sharp-shinned Hawk and many Juncos. Also today which working at the University of Utah, I had a Merlin and a Cooper's Hawk hanging around.

Jeff Cooper
(4 Feb 2012) - A group of twenty-one seasoned and beginning birders joined a Utah County Birders-sponsored field trip this morning and made the drive up to Farmington Bay and Lee Kay Ponds... Lee Kay ponds added another 12 species to our list for a total of 42 for the day. The surprise there was a lone Double-crested Cormorant that flew overhead. What a strange winter this has been with summer birds wintering in Utah...We observed at least seven duck species and the Male Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers were a treat for many in the group.

Jan 2012

Casey Day (26 Jan 2012) - Spent the day at Snowbird on Tuesday. The first birds I saw were a flock of 30-40 ROSY-FINCHES just along the trail that runs behind the main lodge...

[email protected] (23 Jan 2012) - saw two different Peregrine Falcons in the Jordan River corridor in Murray, one at the north end by the Kennicott Wetlands, and the other south of Winchester Street.

Bryant Olsen (23 Jan 2012) - I went over to Lee Kay ponds... manage to find some interesting Gulls, including a couple THAYER'S GULLS, a beautiful huge, nearly pure white 2nd winter immature GLAUCOUS GULL (my favorite gull), and a 3rd winter immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL...

Norm Jenson (22 Jan 2012) - MEW GULL reported by Tim Avery seen at Lee-Kay Ponds.  In addition to the Mew Gull we also saw 3 Hooded Mergansers two males and a female which were FOY birds for us.

Kenny Frisch (12 Jan 2012) - Today while working on at the University of Utah, I had my lifer Red-naped Sapsucker. This bird was to the the northwest of the track and is presumably the same bird that was seen last week. I also had a Merlin perched on the northeast corner of the Moran building.

Jeff Cooper (12 Jan 2012) - ... I stopped by the Sandy Urban Fishery at the tail end of my break...I saw a handsome male Barrow's Goldeneye with a couple of females, a male Bufflehead, as well as two male Canvasbacks with seven females...Right around 8 am I spotted a dark MERLIN (Point of the Mountain, Salt Lake County side) harassing the starlings around that structure...

Glenda Cotter (4 Jan 2012) - I was surprised to see a Red-naped Sapsucker on the U of U Campus this morning before sunrise. It was in a small stand of pine trees at the northwest corner of the Business Classroom Building.

Dec 2011

Kenny Frisch (31 Dec 2011) - Today while playing some ultimate frisbee at Sugarhouse Park, I had some nice raptor sightings. An adult Bald Eagle flew in from the east low heading towards the pond. There was also a Golden Eagle flying over and 2 Red-tailed Hawks plus a Cackling Goose in the pond.

Bryant Olsen (30 Dec 2011) - This afternoon I went to Decker Lake to scan the geese. Mixed in with the thousand or two Canada's were more Cackling Geese than I have ever seen. One flock of 16 Richardson's Cackling Geese were moving together on the pond, and a smaller flock of 4 were grazing on the grass, plus 2 more single darker individuals, which I presume were the Taverner's Cackling Geese...

Bryant Olsen (20 Dec 2011) - Yesterday I saw a flock of 4 very late A. W. Pelicans in the International center west of the SLC airport. All of them appeared to have wing tags.

Stephen T Carlile (19 Dec 2011) - I don't know if it matters for the CBC, but this afternoon (12:30 p.m.) there were two Peregrines at the JSMB nest box in downtown SLC. I guess I can't assume they are "the" pair, but they were making a lot of noise and within a few feet of each other.

Pomera Fronce (18 Dec 2011) - We had a great count yesterday. Thanks to all who participated! We logged some great birds we don't often see, some of which are new to the count since I started coordinating several years ago:  [highlights] Dusky Grouse, Double-crested Cormorant, White-faced Ibis, Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Pygmy Owl, Clark's Nutcracker, Rock Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Common Grackle...Cackling Goose, Wood Duck, Horned Grebe, Northern Goshawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Herring Gull, Red-naped Sapsucker, Pacific Wren,
Bohemian Waxwing, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill...
  In the "where did you come from" category: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (count week), Common Yellowthroat

David McCoy (18 Dec 2011) - Yesterday, the 17th, I looked up from my reading to see the final seconds of what appeared to be a lengthy splashing by a Red-naped Sapsucker in my heated bird bath. Finished with its bath, it hopped into the Gambel Oak and went up about 10 feet and proceeded to face and belly rub the trunk, splaying its wings and tail and generally having a good long preen...

Bob Walters (13 Dec 2011) - A Merlin perched and, as is typical, soon flighted to the west: north of 2200 N. along west side of 3200 W. (north of SLC International Airport) Salt Lake City. A sharp-looking, adult male, which, from what I know 'bout it, appeared to be a Prairie Merlin (F. c. richardsonii).

Bryant Olsen
(11 Dec 2011) - This morning...  I swung by Lee Kay ponds on the way home. First good bird was a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK by the train tracks, the ponds were almost completely frozen over...one large very pale gull took flight and flew over toward the dump. It must have been a 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL therefore. Should mention there were still 24 AMERICAN AVOCETS at the GSL Marina...

Nov 2011

Norm Jenson (29 Nov 2011) - Ross's Goose at  International Center.

Jeff Cooper (28 Nov 29011) - A Golden Eagle has been perched in a tree outside my South Jordan office for a couple of hours today.

David Wheeler (28 Nov 2011) - There were at least four Cackling Geese in three different parts of the Lake Park business park (West Valley City)...

Kerry Frisch (11 Nov 2011) - I just moved to Salt Lake City from Rochester, NY. ....on E 2100 S between State St and Main when I looked over at the sidewalk and saw a little yellow bird hopping around. Upon closer inspection, the bird was a Yellow Warbler... I visited the Great Salt Lake State Marina with my dad and girlfriend. There among many Eared Grebes was one Horned Grebe...There was also a Rough-legged Hawk on the drive in.

Bryant Olsen (9 Nov 2011) - This afternoon I saw 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE hens along the Jordan River and 2300 South. Also nearby was a hen COMMON MERGANSER.

Douglas Mead (4 Nov 2011) - After hiking several miles up Butterfield Canyon I stopped by the Copperton park to check for owls about 3 pm today ( found one in a big pine near the street (a Great Horned Owl) but was most surprised to find 4 McGillivray's Warblers in the spruce trees on the south side of the park. I thought they'd be long gone by now. 

Norm Jenson (1 Nov 2011) - I hadn't been by Lee Kay Ponds in a while and so decided to swing by this afternoon. Here's my list: ...Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Western Grebe,... American Avocet...

Oct 2011

Joe Rossi (24 Oct 2011) - If anyone is interested I sighted a Male Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) today at my complex 5600S and 575E (The Willows). They have been occasional visitors the last few years but this is my first sighting this year.

Kiirsi Hellewell (16 Oct 2011) - After finishing dinner tonight, I had a fun little surprise. I glanced out the back door and saw 4 cheerful little Dark-Eyed Juncos (Oregon variety) hopping around in the dirt. So nice to have them back! I can't remember when they disappeared this spring, but it's been a long time.

Felicia Pimentel (10 Oct 2011) - This morning my daughter and I hiked the Jacob's Ladder trail in Draper up to Lone Rock. Lots of bird activity--these were the species we were able to identify:
    -- Black-capped chickadees being hunted by a Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel, Ruby Crowned Kinglets, lots of Juncos, Sharp-shinned hawk, A flock of bluebirds, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. My favorite: Northern Goshawk -- it flew up right in front of us on a steep downhill part of the trail so we were able to get a close view and watch it fly for awhile.

Kris Purdy (3 Oct 2011) - [Salt Lake Airport International Center] - Pomera Fronce and I birded the International Center west of Salt Lake Airport today and were mighty happy (and surprised) when Pomera spotted two sapsuckers, one of which turned out to be a female WILLIAMSON’S... The other sapsucker was a male Red-naped, and he was mighty displeased about the Williamson’s...

Sep 2011

[email protected] (30 Sep 2011) - Observed a Great Egret today at Lee Kay ponds.

Jeff Cooper (18 Sep 2011) - Eric Huish and I dropped by the Salt Lake International Center yesterday after a few hours of hawk watching with Jerry Liguori. We observed a vireo that appears to be a Philadelphia Vireo based on the dark lores, facial pattern, and relatively short tail compared to a typical Warbling Vireo.

Jeff Cooper (15 Sep 2011) - I have observed, on numerous occasions since February, a Peregrine Falcon fly-by outside my 6th floor office window on River Front Pkwy. ... Everyone, of course, thinks it is awesome to see a Peregrine Falcon I suspect the falcon may be roosting on one of the several 6-story buildings on the River Front Pkwy roundabout (my building is 10876 River Front Pkwy-west side of the roundabout).

Jon Watkins (10 Sep 2011) - [Butterfield Canyon] - Kendall and I chose a wooded spot high in the Oquirrhs this morning, at about 9000 feet. Area was just west of a Kennecott mine viewpoint, which can be reached by turning north at the summit of Butterfield Canyon, and following that twisted and wash-boarded road until it ends at the lookout parking area (4-wheel drive recommended)... At least 20 Townsend's Warblers seen, 1 Nashville, many Yellow-rumped, and smatterings of Orange-crowned, MacGillvary's, Wilsons. Also saw Brown Creeper, a curious Dusky Grouse from 5 feet, Townsend's Solitaire, Green-tailed Towhees, Mountain Chickadee, Western Tanager, several Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawk...

Aug 2011

Joe Donaldson (4 Aug 2011) - Just wanted to share that for the past couple of days we’ve had a male INDIGO BUNTING at our feeders, along with the scores of Lazuli Buntings. We live in Salt Lake City near Wasatch Blvd and 4500 South.

Eric Blair (1 Aug 2011) - Yesterday near the airport I saw what I believe was a Couches Kingbird. It was flying from a barbed wire fence, fly catching, then returning to the fence. I couldn't watch it for to long because I forgot my medication at home.
  

Jul 2011

Lauren Morse (29 Jul 2011) - A pair of Merlins on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. They appear to be nesting in the trees due north of the bookstore, and they may have young.  On July 28 two Merlins were fighting over a dead mouse. 

Bryant Olsen (19 Jul 2011) - This evening,still having a bit of nightjar fever,I decided what better thing to do than go looking for Poorwills. So I head up to a spur trail of the Bonneville shoreline trail on the rim of City Creek canyon where I have seen them in the past..., To make a long story short,j ust as I was losing the last of the evening twilight, a bird starts hovering a few feet in front of me, and plops down on the trail 10 feet from me, and sure enough, its a COMMON POORWILL, or really there were 2 of them that took turns plopping down right in front of me...

Dave Hanscom (15 Jul 2011) - After hearing that Guardsman's Pass was open, I headed for Brighton late yesterday to look for mountain birds.... I started at the Brighton Store, where I parked and walked around to see if there were any Rufous Hummers at the feeders at the cabin next door. They were empty, but I heard the distinctive tapping of a THREE-TOED WOODPECKER across the street. After hurrying back to the store parking lot and up the street, the noise sounded incredibly close. I walked back and forth a couple of times without locating the bird in the nearby trees, then finally saw him clinging to the side of a telephone pole and banging on it's top. Now that's a first!!

Bryant Olsen (15 Jul 2011) - Last night did a bit of a survey to see if upper city creek canyon,SL Co., has a good population of Flammulated Owls, and indeed it does appear to, as we heard 3 or 4, and got good looks at one.

Bryant Olsen (12 Jul 2011) - The O'Brian's graciously allowed me to swing by and look for Band-tailed Pigeons in their backyard in Holladay, and I was rewarded with finding 2,first of the year for me. Later, while sipping on some lemonaide, one of them came down to their feeder for a snack and allowed some nice views.  ....On a side note, earlier in the day while doing breeding bird surveys up City Creek Canyon,I saw a DUSKY GROUSE hen with 4 chicks, which was pretty cool and another year bird.

Bryant Olsen (10 Jul 2011) - Participated in the GSL Audubon Brighton Bird Count today(07-09-11),and highlights for our team included a pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS, a PINE GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILLS and a fly over PRAIRIE FALCON, all near Twin Lakes. UNBELIEVABLE how much snow is still up there!

Joe Rossi ( 9 Jul 2011) - Birded City Creek Canyon for 2hrs yesterday. I didn't see a ton of birds due to thick vegetation. But right at the start of the day I did see a Cooper's Hawk (new for me) that posed for me for about 3 min. Link below.

Barbara Watkins (5 July 2011) - This morning I rescued a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO  that flew into my neighbor's window. It has been placed in rehab, but Candy said it appears to be in pretty good shape and the prognosis is good. If it is released, it will be brought back to my home to be released in Corner Canyon.

Bernie Sloan (1 Jul 2011) - I was kinda surprised to see a Spotted Sandpiper in Liberty Park. It was foraging along the concrete curb at the edge of the large pond.

Jun 2011

Bernie G. Sloan (28 Jun2011) - Tonight I was hanging out in my son's yard when I heard the unmistakable "peent" of a Common Nighthawk flying high overhead. The time was about 9:15PM. This would be somewhere to the northeast of the intersection of State Street and 2100S.

Cindy Sommerfeld (18 Jun 2011) - Steve and I needed a Neotropic Cormorant for our year list. We headed to the Jordan River Parkway to take a look. On the way we found three Neotropic Cormorants at an apartment pond. There were one adult and two juveniles. ...

Bryant Olsen (18 Jun 2011) - Today,06-18-11,during a Breeding Bird Survey up City Creek Canyon, I heard and then saw a male? NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER at picnic site #13a,about 2 mileS up the canyon from the gate.

Matthew Wallace (18 Jun 2011) - I saw a single Pileated Woodpecker on Thursday, June 16, my first ever in the wild.  (Cool!!!)  It was flying East to West over our house.  It made a distinct sound, which I had not heard before, and flew rapidly darting from side to side.  I only saw in for a few seconds, but it is certainly a woodpecker, but much bigger than the Downy or Hairy Woodpeckers, being black and white with red on its head. Sibley lists it as L 16.5" W 29" which is about the size of the bird I saw.

Oliver Hansen (15 Jun 2011) -  I joined up with 25 or so SLC birders at R.E.I last night at 7:00pm. We then carpooled up to the Terraces parking lot in Millcreek...We heard warblers, thrushes, robins, siskins, and our 2 target species: Flammulated owls and Common poorwills.

Tina Magnesson (13 Jun 2011) - We live in Cottonwood heights UT, and we were swimming in our pool when we noticed a bird we have never seen here in UT before. It has a bright yellow underbelly, and sort of a green top. It's been seen here all day so far. I looked it up online, and even found a site that shows what they sound like, so playing it on my cell phone I got a reaction out of the PALM WARBLER.

Bryant Olsen (3 Jun 201) - I heard at least 2 FLAMMULATED OWLS up Millcreek Canyon. Also many neo-tropicals have arrived up there, including empidonax's, warblers, Western Tanagers, Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes...

Sylvia Gray (1 Jun 2011) - At Mountain Dell Recreation Area, Parley's Canyon, SL County this morning the following birds were seen by members of GSLAudubon... [highlights:]...Osprey...Common Merganser, Caspian Tern... Gray Catbird...Fox Sparrow...MacGillivray's Warbler... Red-naped Sapsucker...Cooper's Hawk... 

May 2011

Bob Walters (30 May 2011) - Eastern Kingbird observed at the intersection of 3300 North and 3200 West in SLC at 4:07 p.m.

Glenda Cotter (29 May 2011) - Northern Mockingbirds on Thurs in SLC (I didn't see the bird, but my daughter did, at approx 1200 E. Browning Ave).

Pomera Fronce (28 May 2011) - The Peregrine Falcons that are nesting on the JSMB in downtown Salt Lake City welcomed their first hatchling into the world at 9:45 this morning. The young one just devoured a meal (5:00 p.m.) and then promptly fell asleep. (#s 2 and 3 have hatched since then).

Bryant Olsen (26 May 2011)  We seem to all of a sudden be in the midst of a great many migrating Flycatchers here in SLC, especially those pesky little Empidonax's. A short walk through Mt. Olivet cemetery this evening,and I had Dusky/Hammond's everywhere (not singing of course), and at least one Cordilleran Flycatcher, and my FOY Olive-sided Flycatchers too.

Bryant Olsen (22 May 2011) - I saw and heard my first Gray Catbird of the year in the park at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, SLC. this morning (Sunday 05-22-11).

Norm Jenson (22 May 2011) - [Lee Kay Ponds] -  a Great Egret around the corner on 7200 west and the fence line from 7200 west to the Mountain Landfill...

Eric Huish (19  May 2011) - Jeff Cooper just called me. He briefly saw saw a Black-throated Blue Warbler in Riverfront Park (along River Front Parkway) in South Jordan

Bryant Olsen (17 May 2011) - Today while birding the Jordan River Parkway in Rose Park, I saw 1 male TOWNSENDS'S WARBLER just a few hundred yard southeast of the 2200 North trail head...

Aubree Huff (17 May 2011) - My money is on me!  I saw two Neotropical Cormorants spooning while listening to Marvin Gaye and taking a romantic bubble bath in the warm springs of Glover Ponds. The romance is there, and soon the magic will happen, my friend.

Deedee O'Brien (16 May 2011) - Thanks for all the lovely responses to my "Blue Grosbeak" sighting. Indigo Bunting is better yet! Yahoo! I live in Holladay just two blocks west of I-215 and near 4500 S.

Hugh Gillilan (15 May 2011) - At about 12:30 PM this afternoon my son and I got great views of a second PALM WARBLER this week. It was just off the Bonneville Shoreline Trail about two miles up and on the north side of City Creek Canyon...

Richard Young (13 May 2011) - A little late this year, but I located a lone Neotropic Cormorant at my old stomping grounds, Mill Race Park, Murray/Jordan River Parkway, Salt Lake County.

Bob Walters (13 May 2011) - Northern Mockingbird observed (about 6:00 p.m. on May 13) repeatedly perching, flying, then landing and foraging on the ground at the Salt Lake City Wastewater Reclamation Plant at 1365 West 2300 North.

Bryant Olsen (10 May 2011) - This morning while going for a walk around Liberty Park, I heard and then saw a flock of 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS, about a 1/2 block north of the park on Green Street...

David Wheeler (9 May 2011 - Today from about 6:50 to 7:10 pm, and then a couple more glimpses up to 7:35, I observed a nominate Group PALM WARBLER along a small canal between the MASOB building (directly west of the tax bldg north of North Temple) and I-215. Go along North Temple Street in SLC until 1950 W (which has a semaphore)...

Bryant Olsen (6 May 2011) - Today around 8:30AM I saw a large flock of 30+ EVENING GROSBEAKS near the Salt Lake City Cemetery on about 7th Avenue and N Street...

David Wheeler (3 May 2011) - Had first of year and first of year yard birds as follows (downtown Sugarhouse, SLC): Black-chinned hummingbird at feeder on Saturday, Virginia's warbler in hedge this morning, and Chipping sparrow on sidewalk two houses to the north. [Sigh] I love spring

Apr 2011

Matt Williams (30 April 2011) - During a walk through the snow this morning, a tail-wagging and likely upset Gray Flycatcher had found a bare patch of grass and was presumably hunting for any sign of insect life...This is at about 500E 6800S in Midvale.

Deedee O'Brien (28 April 2011) - A friend, Brent Houskeeper, living in West Jordan just told me about sighting a Chestnut-backed Chickadee in his yard yesterday. See his message pasted in below.
   --I just saw a Chestnut-backed Chickadee in my back yard. First time I have seen one and it seems quite a bit out of range according to my guides. Maybe their range is expanding. I thought perhaps the Audubon folks would be interested. Hi again, there was no time for a photo, but the chestnut breast sides and back were unmistakable. I am at 2624 Bueno Vista Drive in West Jordan, Utah.

Bryant Olsen (24 April 2011) - I have been house/cat sitting up emigration canyon the past week,...I did manage to find 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS in a neighbour's tree, a male and female exhibiting courtship behaviour (male feeding female).... a pair of B. KINGFISHES along the creek. This was about 5 miles up the canyon. I also saw my f.o.y. FOX SPARROW up here a few days ago. Over on the other side of the ridge at the Mountain and Little Dell Res., there are lots of COMMON LOONS, and an OSPREY, collecting nest material.

Stephen D Carlisle (23 April 2011) - Lee Kay Ponds - Greater and Lesser Scaup, Black-crowned Night Heron, Forester's Tern, the six expected Utah swallow species (only 1 Violet-green), 200+ American White Pelicans flying overhead and Western Kingbird. Also Ring-necked Ducks are still there in good numbers.

Kristin Purdy (20 April 2011) - A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was singing his heart out near the parking lot at Bountiful Lake in Davis County today. My ears couldn’t listen as fast as that bird could sing, but here’s what I think I heard in a bout of sustained listening: Tree Swallow, American Robin, Pinyon Jay, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Grebe, Purple Martin, Black-billed Magpie, Rock Wren, Red-winged Blackbird.

Susan Grey (20 April 2011) - went to Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak for a quick look around 11am. I saw 1 Common merganser and 2 Red-breasted mergansers.... It's a sure sign of Spring.

Richard Young (13 April 2011) - Sandy Pond beckoned me again today (April 12), with a real surprise! Along with the typical birds making themselves available for photos, I saw my FOY Caspian Tern.

Norman Jenson
(10 Apr 2011) -  [Jordan River Parkway -- 3300 S to 4500 S incl. General Holm Park] - Osprey, Swainson's Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, FOX SPARROW, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow.

Bob Walters (4 Apr 2011) - FOY (for me) Swainson's Hawk observed - perched high in a roadside tree at 2790 North along 2200 West St. in Salt Lake City at 5:22 p.m. on April 3, 2011.

Frank Clawson (3 Apr 2011) - I have the privilege of having an office across the street from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City, which provides multiple daily opportunities to view the Peregrine Falcons. This creates distractions in getting my work done--a burden which I bear with the greatest of pleasure.

Matt Williams (3 Apr 2011) - ...On Friday evening at Wheeler Farm in Murray, amidst the many domestics we found a rather tame, bread-eating but legit-looking immature Snow Goose. It was dwarfed by the domestics but came complete with a grin so it clearly was not a Ross's. ... On Saturday, I heard a Red Crossbill fly over our condo in Midvale.

Mar 2011

Geoff Hardies (30 Mar 2011) - A quick run out to Lee Kay this morning yielded a male Hooded Merganser. I have never seen one out there before.

Deedee O'Brien (24 Mar 2011) - The first Band-tailed Pigeon of the year showed up in our yard in Holladay on Monday, March 21st. He doesn't hang out much, but comes every day.

Stephen T. Carlisle
( 20 Mar 2011) - Looks like the Peregrine Falcons in downtown SLC are setting up shop in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building nest box.  Lots of noise and acrobatics.  Last Thursday the female (bigger bird?) was in the nest box calling out for minutes at a time and the male (smaller bird?) was doing the acrobatics around the next box and the plaza.  The male also brought a feathered treat for the female.

Bob Walters (10 Mar 2011) - March 3,4,7 & 9 - 2 Sandhill Cranes foraging in the area of large, cattle feeding troughs west of 2200 West St. (at about 2688 North) in Salt Lake City.

Carol Gwynn (4 Mar 2011) - There were Tundra Swans at the end of Glover Lane along with DC Cormorants, and a very busy [GB] heron rookery. As I was walking part of the long dike road, there were still numerous Bald Eagles - about 20 in the air at one time and a couple of dozen more in the fields to the west of the dike. The dike road is closed to vehicles until the end of the nesting season, so you have to hoof it. As I was standing around by the first bridge on the dike road, an immature Bald Eagle came and landed on a post about 50 feet away. That was a surprise, since I wasn't using a vehicle as a blind. Sandhill Cranes were also heard. FOY on sandhills and cormorants for me. Beautiful day to be out. For once, the weather was nice on a day off from school. :-)

Bryant Olsen (4 Mar 2011) - I went up Neff's canyon this evening, and was able to find the N. Pygmy Owl again in the same spot near the mouth of the canyon. But this time it wasn't alone, and there were 2 of them tooting back and forth, and then they started doing a very enthusiastic sounding thrill call to each other, which I assume is more of a courtship call, so maybe they will make some babies this year up there!

Feb 2011

Tom Fletcher (28 Feb 2011) - I went up City Creek Canyon this evening to do some owling. I missed my target bird (Saw-whet), but it was an amazing trip all the same. I did hear 2 Great Horned Owls and a Western Screech Owl. The best bird of the trip was a Ruffed Grouse right before mile marker 2.

Jerry Liguori (27 Feb 2011) - Still a small flock of Rosy Finches above the Bonneville shoreline trail just east of 3300 south in SLC

Steven Mlodinow (21 Feb 2011) - I was passing through Salt Lake, changing residence from Everett, WA (near Seattle) to Longmont, Colorado. Tim Avery suggested Farmington Bay WMA for a good few hours of birding in the morning. The highlights were two, yes two (and yes, I know how incredibly unusual this is) Western Gulls... quite apparently "pure"...

Jeff Cooper (18 Feb 2011) - I took lunch today just after 1 pm and dropped by Sandy Pond and then the little pond at Mulligan's Golf Course, just up the road from my office. I saw three TREE SWALLOWS (at least one male) playing in the wind just over the Jordan River and next to the Sandy Fishing Pond. I think I agree with others that the warm weather and then strong winds blew them in. ...From Sandy Fishing Pond I went back toward work and noticed a BUFFLE HEAD in the pond at Mulligan's Golf Course ... and a male and female HOODED MERGANSER.

Jeff Cooper (17 Feb 2011) - I cut out of work a little early this afternoon to drive up to Snowbird to check out the area around the feeder that Tim Avery kindly put out. I saw a few Mountain Chickadees, but there wasn't much else moving about. ... On the way out of the canyon I spotted my fourth Northern Pygmy Owl of the year (and my life for that matter).

Tim Avery (16 Feb 2011) - I took a quick trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon to check the feeder I put up over the weekend... The best bird though, was a flyover PINE GROSBEAK headed towards Snowbird Resort. Wish it would have stopped by the feeder--maybe next time.

Jeff Bilsky (15 Feb 2011) - [Sugarhouse] - I have had a Western screech Owl singing away in my backyard just about every night for the last couple of weeks. I wish him well in his quest.

Bryant Olsen (11 Feb 2011) - Went up Neff's Canyon (Salt Lake co.) today to see what owls I could find, and the NORTHERN PYGMY OWL  that I found last spring, and re-found again a few months ago, is still there. ...

Shelly Spencer (2 Feb 2011) - Peregrine Falcons have returned to their traditional roost in downtown Salt Lake. Hopefully they'll use the nesting box that was moved from the JSM building (old Hotel Utah) to the LDS church office building.

Jan 2011

David Wheeler (30 Jan, 2011) - Alta:  Huge flock of PINE SISKINS, modest flock of stunning PINE GROSBEAKS, and a few CASSIN'S FINCHES were feeding happily at an impressive array of feeders at a snowbound house located above the upper Alta Ski Resort parking lot in Little Cottonwood Canyon. 

Susan and Jeffrey Saffle (29 Jan 2011) - We birded several places today ...we started in City Creek Canyon, where we found a Pacific Wren at picnic site number Eight ...

Dave Hanscom (26 Jan 2011) - I finally found a Pacific Wren, which was one of my nemesis birds in 2010. Nice to see one early in the year for a change. It was in City Creek Canyon, just above picnic site 4, hanging out in a bush down by the stream.

Jeff Bilsky (22 Jan 2011) - I drove into Lamb's Canyon this afternoon. The road is quite snow covered so you'd definitely need 4WD. The Northern Pygmy Owl, at the time I observed it, was on the North side of the road, west of the trailhead a couple of hundred yards.

Steve Coleman (19 Jan 2011) - Sorry for the late post, I went out to Jordan River Parkway near Oxbow on Monday and found 4 Barrow's Goldeneyes along with many other ducks.

Jerry Liguori
(12 Jan 2011) - Still a good flock of Rosy Finches along the Bonneville trail straight above 3300 south and 215. Townsend's Solitaire still singing every day even in this cold weather...don't know why.

Dave Wheeler (10 Jan 2011) - I was surprised to see a DUNLIN today at noon at the Saltair Marina.

Bryant Olsen (24 Jan 2011) -
The balmy weather lately has given me a case of spring fever, so I went up City Creek at dusk, hoping to get some owls calling, and sure enough I had 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls respond to imitations of their call with their "saw-whet" call. ... I also saw 2 Great Horned Owls perched out in the open ...

Stephen T Carlisle (8 Jan 2011) - Visited Redwood Trailhead Park (1045 West 2320 South) and Decker Lake (1935 West 2770 South), both in West Valley City, this morning.  A good day with some great year birds.  Highlights: Redwood Trailhead Park (RP) over 100 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 44 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE Goldeneye (no, I am not making this up) and a BALD EAGLE. Decker Lake a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (size, uniform pale color-including primary tips and tail, darker than the Glaucous/lighter that the juvenile Thayers that were also present and solid black/dark bill) and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.  Though I am not confident yet with my "gull-identifying skills" to make the final call, a possible adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. 

Carl Ingwell (8 Jan 2011) - This morning, I observed a 1st cycle Iceland Gull at the South Shore Marina of the Great Salt Lake.

Aubree Huff (6 Jan 2011) - Goshawk near the County landfill today.

Darren Clark (3 Jan 2011) - Cliff and Lisa Weisse are at Lee Kay ponds and have an adult Iceland Gull.

Bryant Olsen (1 Jan 2011) - [Jordan River CBC - Edson Leite, Bryant Olsen, Julie LeBlanc] - ... good birds seen by our team were 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 1 CACKLING GOOSE, 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, a very good look at a juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON (all near the Jordan River and 10600 S.), 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, several JUNIPER TITMOUSE, and 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS...

Edson Leite (1 Jan 2011) - Bryant Olsen, Julie Leblanc and I birded Herriman first covering the junipers  behind the Rose Crest community... We picked up some great species right off the bat. Juniper titmice and Mountain Chickadees in our first 1.5 miles of walking. Then we did another 2 mile hike  with very few birds but right at the end we got 17 ROSY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES  that landed within 10ft of us.

Dec 2010

Jeff Bilsky (31 Dec 2010) - Two Western Screech Owls singing away on my street. How can you not love owls? Happy new year, everyone!

Tim Avery (29 Dec 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I had a pretty good morning finding CACKLING GEESE around Salt Lake County. Although that wasn't the goal, the recurring theme ended up being Cackling Geese. We started at Decker Lake where I found 2 Cackler's that flew in while Jeff was checking the west end of the lake. When he got back he informed me there were at least 2 or 3 more. We grabbed
the scope and headed back, and as we scanned the droves of Canada Geese, the Cackler's were popping up left and right.

Norman Jenson (28 Dec 2010) - My wife and I saw the Hooded Mergansers at Decker Lake today, there were  also Common Mergansers, Green-winged Teals, a bunch of Gulls, both Ring-billed  and California, we didn't seen any unusual Gulls. There were also a number of  Canada Geese .....

Dave Hanscom (27 Dec 2010) - Today I saw a Northern Pygmy Owl in Neff's Canyon,Salt Lake County. It was in  the exact same place I saw one last spring,about 1/2 mile up from the trail  head, in a grove of firs near the mouth of the canyon. Not a lot of other birds  in the canyon, except Ravens, Chickadees and some very cute Golden-crowned  Kinglets.

Stephen T. Carlisle ( 27 Dec 2010) - I spent a couple of hours this morning at Redwood Trailhead Park (RTP-1045 West  2320 South) and Decker Lake (DL-Decker Lake Lane, 1935 West 2770 South); both in West Valley City. Most action was at RTP. Highlights were 9 Barrow's Goldeneye and a lone Wilson's Snipe at RTP; south a few hundred yards along the  river walkway by the Khadeeja Islamic Center.

Karl Fink, Chicago IL (20 Dec 2010) - Yesterday, December 19, 2010, I was driving on I-80 next to the Great Salt Lake and saw a pink flamingo standing in the water of the Great Salt Lake.

Pomera Fronce (19 Dec 2010) - [SLC Christmas Bird Count] - Most interesting birds: Snow Goose, Western Grebe, Wild Turkey, Varied Thrush, Canyon Wren, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Tree Sparrow, Pine Siskins,

Bryant Olsen (18 Dec 2010) - Taiga Merlin at the Salt Lake City Cemetery seen during the CBC.

Tom Fletcher (18 Dec 2010) - Varied Thrush on Popperton Park Way in Salt Lake.

Robert Mortensen (17 Dec 2010) - Thursday, I had an I-15 fly-over in the Sandy area of a Flicker that was Yellow-shafted.

Tim Avery (14 Dec 2010) - [Summit Park] - In the trees were plenty of Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Brown Creeper to peak my interest into imitating a pygmy-owl. Almost instantly I got an alarm response form up the hillside. For a couple minutes the Northern Pygmy-owl and I whistled at one another till it decided to make it's way down to the road and a dead snag. I spent about 35 minutes taking pictures and got some pretty good video with my phone (that I will post tonight). Before I left I added Northern Goshawk in a flyover that sent the Pygmy-Owl diving for cover; and a flock of 25-20 Evening Grosbeaks flew over heading to the south.

Dave Hanscom (14 Dec 2010) - I just got a call from someone who lives on Matterhorn Drive in Summit Park (one of the uppermost streets).  They have a flock of more than 100 Evening Grosbeaks at their feeders.

Paul Lombard (13 Dec 2010) - This morning I spotted 3 male Barrow's Goldeneyes amongst  30-40 Common's on the Jordan River near 21st South. Access to the river is at the far east end of 2320 South off of Redwood Road.  A parking lot is next to the River at that point.

Bryant Olsen (5 Dec 2010) - Today (Sunday 12-5-10) I saw a late RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER up Emigration Canyon . It was in the tall cottonwoods just below the turn off for "Pinecrest". Hopefully it will stick around for the CBC. Not a lot of other bird activity in the canyon, although I did see 2 RUFFED GROUSE, plus the usual A. ROBINS, E. STARLINGS, T. SOLITAIRES, SONG SPARROWS, D.E. JUNCOS (Oregon), C. RAVENS, W. SCRUB JAYS, STELLAR'S JAYS, B.B. MAGPIES, B.C and MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES, H. FINCHES, and N. FLICKERS. I should also mention that the MERLIN that has been wintering in the Salt lake City Cemetery for the past few winters is back, as I saw it a few days ago (Friday).

Nov 2010

Ed Conrad (30 Nov 2010) - Today at Decker Lake (S.L. County), there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull mixed in w/ the enormous flock of California Gulls (~750) and Ring-billed Gulls (~50).

Steve Coleman (29 Nov 2910) - A flock of Sandhill Cranes just past over Salt Lake headed south along the east bench.

Tom Fletcher (28 Nov 2010) - Just as I was lamenting the lack of mountain visitors I've had during these recent snowstorms, a White-Breasted Nuthatch showed up on a tree trunk in my yard briefly this morning. I live north of Sugarhouse, SLC. This is the first time I've seen one anywhere in the valley.

Jerry Liguori
(26 Nov 2010) - There is a flock of about 400 ROSY FINCHES along the shoreline trail just south of Parley's Canyon (SLC). ... The trailhead is at the north end of Wasatch Blvd. above the top of 3300 south.

Dan Salemi (25 Nov 2010) - [Draper] - We have one a telephone pole in our backyard that seems to be a Merlin magnet.  Of course the "magnet" might be the four feeders full of House Sparrows and House Finches.   Seems like just about Thanksgiving every year, we get one that stays for about a week.  This year's arrival was right on time.  Just spotted him about 30 minutes ago.

Tim Avery (20 Nov 2010) -  [Millcreek]  - Merlin seen along Wasatch Blvd near 5000 South this morning. This is the first "Pacific" type individual I recall seeing in the county.

Bryant Olsen (9 Nov 2910) - Today around 4:00pm I saw an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, near 405 N. and Olive St.. It was apparently the only one around, associated with several Oregon Dark-eyed Junco. I did a thorough search of the area and found no others. Also in the cemetery were C. Waxings, A. Robins, BB Magpies, H. Finches, N. Flickers, BC Chickadees, RB Nuthatches and S. Towhees.

Carl Ingwell (5 Nov 2010) - Just had 4-5 Cedar Waxwings in my yard.  The other day I heard a flock around 15th S. And 9th E, so they're in the Sugarhouse area right now.

Nicky Davis (5 Nov 2010) - Just a note to let you know that the Western Screech Owl is back using the Northern Flicker nest box in my yard here in Draper, Utah.  This is his/her third year roosting in the box for the winter. He came back on the 9th of October this year which is two weeks earlier than last year.

Bryant Olsen (4 Nov 2010) - Today while working in SLC Avenues,I was startled by the sound of Sandhill Cranes, and after a few minutes saw a flock of 30 or so flying overhead. I was right across from the SLC Cemetery,and the Cranes were directly above the cemetery.

Kristin Purdy (3 Nov 2010) - I wonder if a minor irruption of Steller’s Jays is in progress. Today, Great Salt Lake Audubon reported a Steller’s Jay from Mountain Dell in Salt Lake County, which is around 5700 feet in elevation. Yesterday, Eric Blair reported a Steller’s Jay in his yard in the foothills of Salt Lake; this would have been in the ballpark of 4500-5500 feet.

Oct 2010

Matthew Wallace (27 Oct 2010) - I saw two American Crows at the northwest corner of Bonneville Jr. High School on Monday, Oct. 25 at about 4:30 p.m.

Nicky Davis (25 Oct 2010) - The Western Screech Owl that used the Northern Flicker nest box in our back yard the last two years arrived on October 9th this year. This is two weeks earlier than last year.

Matthew Wallace (23 Oct 2010) A short pre-rain walk with my son (3) this morning in Midvale (~550 E, 7000S) yielded an Oregon Junco and a yard first Red-naped Sapsucker.  On Thursday (10/21), while walking outside, trying to get our 6-month old to sleep, I heard the muted squeaks (not the typical loud call) of a Red-breasted Nuthatch over our heads.

Carl Ingwell (23 Oct 2010) - Had a Mountain Chickadee, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Black-Billed Magpie, etc. in my Sugarhouse backyard.

Jeff Bilsky (17 Oct 2010) - Driving back from my looning I had a GREAT HORNED OWL fly across the road and perch on a conifer and stare me down. It then flew down the road and out of sight.... and I heard but didn't see the distinct call of the NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. I didn't spend long trying to see it as I was not in exactly the safest spot, having my car barely pulled over and me standing in the road...  I pulled over at a random pullout and decided to try some more whistling. A few seconds of Saw-whet and from a few feet away a terrifying screech set my heart racing and sucked the wind out of me. It was my first time actually hearing this SAW-WHET distress call in the wild and from so close... With no plans to owl even in my mind originally, its interesting that this impromptu session afforded 3 species in less than 30 minutes.

Bob Walters (14 Oct 2010) -  [Ferruginous Hawk] once again (about this time of the year for at least several years) good numbers of this glorius hawk are "stacking up" north of the SLC International Airport (2200+ North St.) and largely west of 3200 West St., I've tallied 5-7 ferrugies per day from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14 with most birds perched upon lattice-type powerline structures that make up the line that diagonals from the southwest to the northeast across 3200 West St.

Jerry Liguori (10 Oct 2010) - There was a Brown Thrasher in my yard (near Mill Creek) late afternoon today... My wife was doing yard work late in the day and the bird moved to the next yard. Maybe it will be around tomorrow. Good yard bird though....yard list is the only one I keep, much fun.

Sep 2010

Norman Jenson (26 Sep 20120) - I joined the Utah Audubon excursion hosted by Melanie Hoffmann and Mark Mossing in Draper at the Corner Canyon Trails on September 24th, we had a great time.  The highlight for me was seeing what I believe is a Cassin's Vireo. I saw one at the Garr Ranch on the 22nd and was surprised that we would see one in the canyon.

Stephen T. Carlisle ( 25 Sep 2010) - Encouraged by Tim’s e-mail of this week I spent this morning, Saturday, at the Salt Lake International Center (IC) and stopped at Lee Kay Ponds (LKP) on the way home.  Both are in Salt Lake County.  I ran into Tim and Jeff while at the IC.  Nothing unusual, but birds of note were – Barn Owl (IC-thanks to Tim and Jeff) and Belted Kingfisher and Black-crowned Night Heron at LKP.  A total of 44 species were seen. 

Tim Avery (25 Sep 2010) - It was a great morning at the Salt Lake International Center. I met Jeff Bilsky there just before 8 and within 10 minutes we were into a large flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers on Lindbergh...The group on Earhart was a Little more robust in terms of species, also having a few Townsend's Warblers, and a lone Nashville moving with it... Best bird of the day was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the lawn in front of the Fox 13 building at the T-intersection of Earhart and Lindbergh... Along with this group of birds (which was between 30-40 Chipping Sparrows) were 2 Lazuli Bunting and one nicely marked female INDIGO BUNTING that still possessed a white throat with plenty of streaking on the sides of the chest...A first for me at the IC (and maybe the county?) was a CASSIN'S VIREO about 150 feet north up Mitchell from Earhart. Another first was a BARN OWL that we flushed on accident...

Rich Young (20 Sep 2010) - [Sandy Pond] I located 2 Neotropic Cormorants in breeding plumage on the island where the 2 adults were discovered in April. They have been notably absent from the Sandy Pond until now... The little colony of NECOs (up to 7 individuals) I've studied at Millrace Pond since May 2 still make more or less regular afternoon visits; and seem pleased that this pond also is being stocked with trout...

Jack Binch (18 Sep 2010) - Bob Huntington, Bob MacDougal and I met at Tri-county Peak this morning... Raptor list: Swainson's Hawk, American Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Sharp-shinned, Red-tailed, Broad-winged Hawk, Coopers, Ferruginous, and Prairie Falcon... There were a lot of other birds seen. Yellow-rumps, Mountain Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Juncos, Clark's Nutcrackers, Dave [Hanscom] saw a couple of Dusky Grouse on the hike up, swallows, and another year bird for me, lots of White-throated Swifts...

Tim Avery (18 Sep 2010) - Carl Ingwell, Jeff Bilsky and I found a possible Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the south end of Charles Lindbergh Drive at the Salt Lake International Center.

Jeff Bilsky (6 Sep 2010) - This morning at Parley's Gulch, I saw the WESTERN SCREECH OWL back in his usual spot, several WARBLING VIREOS, and a couple of WILSON'S WARBLERS.

Bryant Olsen (4 Sep 2010) -  This morning I had my first ever Calliope Hummingbird in my yard in Salt Lake City,a female or juvenile. Its been a good year for hummers, and I've had a lot lately,mostly Black-chinned and Rufous, fighting over the feeders and flowers.

Aug 2010

Rich Young (12 Aug 2010) -  The largest number of Neotropic Cormorants observed simultaneously in Utah (7 individuals) was recorded on May 2, 2010 at Mill Race Pond, Taylorsville. As I have continued to study NECOs at that location, the number of NECOs displaying adult breeding plumage has consistently been only 1.
   All that changed within the past week. A second adult (looks like a twin!) appeared, then a third adult showed up just a few days ago...

Jul 2010

Susan Gray (27 July 2010) - I was driving to work this morning and saw either a Glossy or White- faced Ibis at the new Riverton hospital (wading in a swampy area in the grass). I pulled over to get a closer look and there was absolutely no white anywhere on this bird, but could it be a juvenile? I didn't have my camera with me, but if anyone wants to go take a look it is at 12600 South and Bangerter. He was on the north west corner near the parking lot.

Kathleen & Hal Robbins (20 July 2010) - Thanks to the assistance of Jerry Liguori our previously reported backyard hawk visitor has been identified as a Cooper's Hawk, probably a male, molting into it first adult plumage.

Ann Neville (12 July 20109) - I have a Lesser Goldfinch at my feeder here at the smelter today.  What a treat of yellow in my house finch infested feeder. ... From my office window I can see the I-80 ponds across from the Saltair Marina.  There are around 10 pelicans hanging out with gulls and cormorants.

Tim Avery (11 July 2010) - Pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers in a nest site near Twin Lakes. On the loop from Silver Lake to Twin Lakes, down to Lake Solitude and back to Silver Lake I saw or heard at least 8 Williamson's. I don't recall ever having more than 4 on this hike in previous years--so it was a nice surprise.

Norman Jenson (11 July 2010) - I spotted a juvenile Cooper's Hawk up by the State Capitol there on the edge of City Creek Canyon 40.780028 degrees N 111.885272 degrees west. 

Jun 2010

Jerry Liguori (14 Jun 2010) - Just thought I'd mention, there are several Bobolinks at Wingpointe Golf Course [by SL International Airport]

Rich Young (9 Jun 2010) -  I spent a pleasurable day in a shady location on Mill Race Pond in Taylorsville, documenting 6 [Neotropic Cormorants], along with a smaller number of Double Crested cormorants. Today produced a spectrum of apparent ages of Neotropic Cormorants, based on plumage and sizes, that range from an adult in breeding plumage on down...

Jeff Bilsky (8 Jun 2010) - [Willow Lake is a somewhat steep hike that is accessed on the North side of the Big Cottonwood Canyon road past Silver Fork Lodg]  The sounds of a RUFFED GROUSE drumming are brilliant; felt like my ear drums wanted to burst. I've heard it before, but it never gets old. Lots of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around the Lake. The HERMIT THRUSHES were singing in force...

Alan Rogers (2 June 2010) - [Parley's Nature Park] - I saw a GRAY CATBIRD this morning (6/2/10) in Parley's Nature Park, in Salt Lake City. It was in the first Gambel's Oak SW of the S end of the concrete bridge. (About 40 yards from the S end of the bridge.) It was singing, so it should be easy to find.

Jeff Bilsky (2 June 2010) -  Working from home today (Bryan Ave in Sugarhouse) and was surprised to see a Red Crossbill on the ground under my feeders. The bird was heavily streaked indicating a juvenile.... there is a beautiful Western Tanager male munching on some grape jelly. Continued presence of a lone Cassin's Finch and fledgling Starlings (whiners) and House Sparrows (not so whiny). 

May 2010

Tim Avery (29 May 2010) - This evening while hiking along the creek west of La Caille at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sam and I came upon a 2nd year male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.  ... The bird was skulking along the creek  west of Wasatch Blvd., staying low in the oaks below the trail.

Utah Birds (29 May 2010) [Fort Union]  ... a Western Tanager, and a Western Bluebird at feeder today.

Edson Leite (23 May 2010) - Beth and I just saw a female Prothonotary Warbler at Parleys Nature park (Tanners Park, Salt Lake City). It was on the main trail about 100 yards from the park regulations sign, on the right side there is a downed tree which I placed a stack of rocks on where we saw the bird.

Bryant Olson (21 May 2010) - [Millcreek Canyon] This evening,Friday 5-21-10,I heard and then saw a Northern Saw-whet Owl in the parking lot of the Terraces trail head.  ...  Also heard my FOY Flammulated Owl in the same area, but it wouldn't respond to a recording of their call to give me look.

Matt Schamberger
 (12 May 2010) - Birded Liberty Park (primarily around the pond) and Tracy Aviary this AM. Bagged two lifebirds, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and a male/female pair of WILSON'S WARBLERs...

Tim Avery (8 May 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I looped the north half of Salt Lake County this morning ... 5000 West Utah Power Sub Station: 1 - NASHVILLE WARBLER ( in the southwest corner near Perkin's) - ;
     Mill Race Park Highlights: 1 - Neotropic Cormorant, 2 - Caspian Tern, 1 - Forster's Tern; Mountain Dell Reservoir Highlights: 1 - male WOOD DUCK (unexpected and nice treat up there), 2 - Osprey building a nest on the north side of the lake...

Steve Coleman (5 May 2010) - For the second year I have had a Green-tailed Towhee coming to my yard for the last week...

Deb Drain (4 May 2010) - I know that Sora's are not uncommon, but it I think it might be uncommon for a Sora to be present at the Brighton Meadows Park (storm water retention basin park between 45th and 48th South at appx 15th East).  I walk in this park almost every day, and the past week I am fairly certain I have heard a Sora calling.  ...I also saw a Vesper Sparrow this eve at the park, another unusual sighting.

Rich Young (2 May 2010)  - For those of you who have been following the saga of the Neotropic Cormorants at the Sandy Pond, I have some bad news, then some good news.  First the bad news. I have been monitoring the Sandy Pond for the past 3 days; and the birds are history there. Now the good news. I just located them again further north on the Jordan River Parkway ...  Here is the location:... Millrace Pond, at 5400 South, 1200 West, Taylorsville, Ut...

Jeff Bilsky (1 May 2010) - FIELDS EAST OF CAUSEWAY - Marbled Godwits and White-faced Ibis
CAUSEWAY - Sanderlings, Western, and Semi-Palmated Sandpipers and a Wilson's Phalarope at the rock jetty and a Peregrine taking a stab at them briefly. - Long-billed Curlews, Snowy Plover, lots of Swallows, Kingbirds, Eared Grebes
    ISLAND - Several Loggerhead Shrikes, singing Grasshopper Sparrow
    RANCH - Green-tailed Towhees, Lazuli Buntings, Say's Phoebe, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Geoff Hardies (1 May 2010) - I took an hour or so to bird Parley's this afternoon. The north side of
the stream was dead, the south side east of the wooden bridge was quite productive. The highlight was 3 black-throated gray warblers and 2 lazuli buntings. I also saw about 20 virginia warblers and 34+ orange-crowned. Also saw my first TV for SL cnty this year.

Apr 2010

Mark Mossing (23 April 2010) Finally saw the 2 Neotropic Cormorants at the Sandy Fish Pond.  Thanks to Rich for the heads-up.

Tim Avery
(20 April 2010)
Western & Spotted Sandpipers at Sandy fishing pond.

Jeff Blisky (20 April 2010) On the eastern side of Little Dell Reservoir this evening there were 2 COMMON LOONS and a pair (M+F) of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Not much else around. 

Tom Fletcher (18 April 2010) - Good day of birding at Lee Kay Ponds this morning. Highlights were a drake Blue-winged Teal and some waders - Marbled Godwit, Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilts - all in the west pond. Other good birds included a Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night Heron, and a couple of Great-tailed Grackles. I also birded Wasatch Hollow Park (17E & 17S, SLC), which had a lot of bird activity. Highlights were FOY Chipping Sparrows, a fly-over from a Swainson's Hawk, and four finch species.

Bob Walters (12 April 2010) - [Downtown Salt Lake City Peregrine Falcons] -  ....  unfortunately, to this date, the SLC Peregrine Falcon adults have shown no interest in [the nest box]. My last report of a peregrine adult in the downtown area was April 5.

Dave Wheeler (12 April 2010) - Both Gray-crowned and Black rosy-finches were at the east (uppermost) portion of the Alta Bypass Road in Alta, visiting feeders. On the east side of the road, either side of the turn off road right next to the bridge. 

Bryant Olsen (12 April 2010) - [City Creek] -  we did manage 15 species, including 3 species of owls, GREAT HORNED OWL (heard), NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (heard) and WESTERN SCREECH OWL (heard and seen). Here is the complete list: MALLARD, CANADA GOOSE, R.N. PHEASANT (heard), COOPER'S HAWK, R.T. HAWK, FALCON SP, G.H. OWL, W. SCREECH OWL, N. SAW-WHET OWL, BELTED KINGFISHER, B.C. CHICKADEE, WINTER WREN, A. ROBIN, SPOTTED TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW    

Mar 2010

Deedee O'Brien (31 March 2010) - I should say, one Band-tail Pigeon is back, as that's all I've seen. The bird was first seen in our yard yesterday afternoon (March 30). .... You're welcome to come by if interested and knock at our door if you can't see him. Address: 4527 S 2995 E; Holladay

Tim Gorman (31 March 2010) - While driving down Big Cottonwood Road (along Old Mill) a lone Chukar scurried across the road. This was about a 1/4 mile west of the entrance to the canyon.

Mark Mossing
(22 March 2010) - Took a drive out to Saltair and the Marina area today....  saw two interesting nesting sightings: There is a large Kennecott “pond” south across I-80 from the road that goes from Saltair to the marina. About halfway between the two, you can see a small island (I call it a lump island) inside the pond with a small tree on it. There are Great Blue Herons nesting in that small tree. ... Just west of that island a short distance is a long narrow rock island that runs east/west. This island now has about 30 Double-crested Cormorants along with a lot of gulls.

Carl Ingwell (20 March 2010) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - There was a great amount of waterfowl at Lee Kay Ponds this morning.  The most numerous were Green-Winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintails and Redheads.  There were also a few Amercan Wigeon, Lesser Scaup, Ring-Necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Common Mergansers.  A few Double Crested Cormorants have shown up and ... around 150 American Avocets on the ponds.  A Belted Kingfisher was flying around .... There was a Vesper Sparrow and a White-Crowned Sparrow in the surrounding area. Also heard a Yellow-headed Blackbird ...

Bryant Olsen [18 March 2010] - Saw what looks to possibly be a hybrid between a Mallard and a Mexican Duck drake in Sugarhouse Park SLC, and what may be a hen Mexican Duck with it? She had as solid olive bill.

Bob Walters (16 March 2010) - (4) Sandhill Cranes foraging with Canada geese just north of 2704 N. off 2200 W. in Salt Lake City ... look to the west from 2200 W. in the area of a row of cattle troughs ... Sandhill Cranes have been observed at this site in previous years as well.

Bryant Olsen (8 March 2010) - [Neff's Canyon] - I was able to relocate the N. PYGMY OWL I heard a few days ago up Neff's Canyon (S.L. county) ...  Other interesting birds around were a juvenile COOPER'S HAWK, STELLAR'S JAYS, and a singing TOWNSEND'S  SOLITAIRE.

Jeff Bilsky (9 March 2010) - ...  I have had 2 new yard birds: Song Sparrow and Eurasian-Collared Dove. My yard often has 20+ Mourning Doves but this is the first of the ever-expanding Eurasian. Also, I have a few Pine Siskins .... I am on Bryan Ave between 11th and 13th East. 

Bryant Olsen
(8 March 2010) - [Neff's Canyon] This evening I heard, and then saw, a Northern Pygmy Owl up Neff's Canyon, Salt Lake County. It was on the top of a Fir about 1 1/2 mile up canyon from the trailhead.

Bryant Olsen (3 March 2010) - Went to check on the Peregrine Falcons in downtown SLC, and found  2, presumable the breeding pair, on the top of the Key Bank building, exhibiting courtship behavior.

David Wheeler (3 March 2010) - Last night I took a wee night hike on the Desolation Trail in Millcreek Canyon.  I was rewarded with lovely views of a singing Saw-whet Owl .... When you live in the dark, sound is even more important than visual cues.  I urge you all to go out some night this spring to enjoy the silence and the song.

Feb 2010

Jeff Bilsky (26 Feb 2010) - [Parley's Creek Mitigation area] New birds seen: Mallard, Western Scrub Jay, Dark-eyed Junco.

Jeff Bilsky (23 Feb 2010) - [Parley's Creek Mitigation area] Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow.

Carol Gwynn (21 Feb 2010) - Just to report something besides crows, there was an early or over-wintering Yellow-rumped Warbler at Red Butte Gardens yesterday.


Carl Ingwell (21 Feb 2010) - There are 2 Cackling Geese and 1 Merlin behind the Rocky Mountain Power building in Lake Park.

Carl Ingwell (21 Feb 2010) - This morning, at Nibley Golf Course (2700 S 700 E in SLC), I found 1 Cackling Goose mixed in with 150 Canadas.

Bryant Olsen (16 February  2010) – I saw one of the Peregrine Falcons today in Temple Square, perch on a ledge just below the golden trumpeter, ... Then I headed up City Creek, where I saw a Golden Eagle and heard 2 Northern Saw-whets and some Western Screech Owls.

Tim Avery ( 13 Feb 2010) - [Lee Kay Ponds] was open water today. Mostly California with a good number of Ring-billed and a handful of Herring Gulls. Several 1st winter Thayer's Gull were present along with a 1st winter GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL and an adult MEW GULL. ...The Jordan River was running high and at 2300 south there were a few Barrow's Goldeneye hanging out.

Glen Warchol (2 Feb 2010) - Peregrine at main and 700 south, SLC.

Bryant Olsen (1 Feb 1 2010) - Last night I went owling up City Creek (SLC). Heard  Northern Saw-whets. ... I heard them near picnic area 8, 11? or 12? (the one with the bathrooms, grove of junipers and spruces) and mile post 2. Also Western Screech Owls (also near the bathrooms), and a Great Horned Owl (near mile post 2).
 

Jan 2010

Tim Avery (4 Jan 2010) - Today I had most of the afternoon off so I took advantage of the sun and did a little birding. I started on the Jordan River at 12600 South where I found a single LONG-EARED OWL in a Russian Olive patch about 1/2 mile south of 12600 South... I decided to head towards Decker Lake, stopping at Lake Park, where I probably scanned through 2,000 Canada Geese hoping to find the Greater White-fronted that continues to elude me through 3 stops there this year. During the scanning I was able to pick out 2 CACKLING GEESE again...Heading out to 7200 West and up towards I-80 there was a lone MERLIN perched on a power pole...Lastly I swung through the International Center where there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE just west of Hunter-Douglas on the Frontage Road where Jeff Bilsky and I had one last week.

Tim Avery (9 Jan 2010) - The 1st winter Western Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Decker lake with "schmorgesborg" (in the words of Jeff Bilsky) of around 3500 gulls. Very few ring-billed gulls, and only a couple herrings mixed in. No thayer's...

Keeli Marvel (7 Jan 2010) - Around noon today there was a Greater White-fronted goose and a Mandarin duck (yes Mandarin!) mixed in with a couple hundred Canada geese feeding on the northeast end of Nibley Golf Course (in the Sugarhouse area about 2700 S. 700 E.).

Tim Avery (2 Jan 2010) - [Lesser Black-backed Gull] On west pond.

Tim Avery (1 Jan 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I headed to Lee Kay Ponds this morning for gulls. There were none at Lee Kay so we headed to Decker Lake where there were over 1500 gulls on the lake. Highlights:  1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulll; 1 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull; 4 Thayer's Gull; 1 very pale gull with barred tertials. Could have been the dark end of a Kumlien's ICELAND Gull but was pretty far out.
Fly by Merlin and Peregrine Falcon as well as flyover American Pipit and 2 CACKLING GEESE on the pond.
 

Dec 2009

Jeff Bilsky (20 Dec 2009) - Birded Lake Park with Carl Ingwell this morning. We found a CACKLING GOOSE and the aformentioned GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. The Greater White-fronted was towards the South end of Lake Park...

Tim Avery (20 Dec 2009) - Headed up to Antelope Island State Park this morning. At the ranch there was a pretty big group of siskins in the trees in the picnic area. A pretty good covey of around 20 or so California Quail were at the brush pile, and 4 Virginia Rail were working the edges of the spring...The highlight of the day was a beautiful Long-eared Owl perched in a snowy russian olive.

Bryant Olsen (18 Dec 2009) - Been out and about this week scouting for birds, or really warming up my brain and getting it in search mode, and had some OK birds. Some that may be of interest for the Salt Lake City CBC are, EURASIAN COLLARD DOVES, several in a tree on about 10th E and 5th S. a MERLIN in the SLC cemetery, west end near 7th av. and N st., and a WESTERN SCREECH OWL up city creek cny, near picnic sight #1...

Tim Avery (13 Dec 2009) - [Possible 2nd winter ICELAND GULL at Lee Kay Ponds]  Was on the far west pond along with A 1st winter Glaucous-winged, 1st winter Thayer's and numerous), Herring and California Gulls.  The iceland type was last seen heading west into a snow storm...

Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Dec 2009) - We did our survey for Antelope Island today. Not the best conditions for birding. It was windy, cold and snowy... We did see 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 male 3 female (at the bridge). On the road to the ranch we saw a beautiful Northern Shrike. Our most unusual sighting was a pair of Tree Swallows at mm 4 on the causeway. Steve thinks it's strange to see them here so late. I prefer to
think it strange that they are here so early. Our species count was 35...
 

Nov 2009

Martha Veranth (30 Nov 2009) - There was a Ross's Goose in with all the Canada geese feeding by the canal at 4646 Lake Park Blvd around 2:00 this afternoon.

Jeff Bilsky (29 Nov 2009) - On the causeway at Antelope Island today, there was an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER hanging out with some Killdeer around MM4...

Keeli Marvel (25 Nov 2009) - This morning I saw a male Barrow's Goldeneye keeping company with 12 Common Goldeneye, a Hooded Merganser, and a few Lesser Scaup in the canal that runs in between the east and west sides of Glendale Golf Course...

Bryant Olsen (8 Nov 2009) - I just saw what I believe to be a 2nd winter Iceland Gull in Liberty Park,SLC. It was mixed in with all the hordes of begging California and Ring-billed Gulls on the south end of the big pond. It was very tame and I got very close and got some good photos...  It was extremely pale, almost pure white, with pink legs and bill, and stood out like a sore thumb.  (Possible albino Ring-billed Gull - Photos by Jerry Liguari)

Pomera Fronce(5 Nov 2009) - On Wednesday, the GSLA group located a Lewis's Woodpecker on their monthly Mountain Dell survey. It was seen only briefly before it disappeared.  I relocated the bird on Thursday morning. It was working the scrub oak on the west side of State Highway 65 from the northern edge of Mountain Dell Reservoir and ranging to the north maybe a half mile.

Matt Schamberger (2 Nov 2009) - My wife and I made our first visit to Lamb's Canyon today (we have not lived in Utah long) and it did not disappoint. We were able to observe a Northern pygmy Owl for approximately 15 minutes; a lifer for us! I believe this specie's face appears much more serious or fierce than the "confused" look of an alert Saw-whet owl.
 

Oct 2009

Jeff Bilsky (30 Oct 2009) - Birded Lamb's Canyon..The first bird I found was a WINTER WREN that was noisily hopping around down by the river. Hiked up the canyon for a bit and came across a flock of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and BROWN CREEPERS. A STELLAR'S JAY made its raspy call in the background and hiking back down I found a HAIRY WOODPECKER. That's it for birds seen up there. It was quiet, cold, and beautiful.

Jerry Liguori (19 Oct 2009) - Forgot to mention...had some birder friends in town for 10 days and we had a Black Phoebe in the yard. Good yard bird for sure...

Pomara Fronce (19 Oct 2009) - I observed two Surf Scoters on the west end of the west pond Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00.

Pomara Fronce (4 Oct 2009) - There was a Great Egret and a Horned Grebe at Lee Kay Ponds on Sunday morning.

SUMMIT COUNTY

 Jim Ure (18 Oct 2009) - Had three male Barrow's Goldeneyes land on one of the small lakes at Four Lakes condominiums in Park City. Watched them, crescent eye-patch and all, for about 30 minutes before they left. Lovely, distinct and well-defined markings.

Kimberly Roush (10 Oct 2009) - [Park City (Pinebrook)]   I have WESTERN BLUEBIRDS cruising through the private properties behind mine. If anyone wants to see them call to confirm they are still here and I would have to walk you back to the location.
 

Sep 2009

Jack Binch (25 Sep 2009) - Strange day today at Jupiter Hill... we sat in the cold wind until  10:07 when a medium hawk went over the ridge from the north. It was low and  fast until it got over the ridge and started up on the thermals. As luck  would have it, it was a juvenile light phase Broad-winged Hawk...

Joel Beyer (22 Sep 2009) - I found a Northern Waterthrush this afternoon along Mill Creek, in the appropriately named Millcreek township in SLC. The location was about 3550 So. Oakwood Drive (2550 E.).

Tim Avery (7 Sep 2009) - Female [Scarlet Tanager], between the Canal and the Railroad Tracks along Wright Brothers Drive.

SEVIER COUNTY

Travis Cooper,  San Diego, CA (30 Sep 2009) - There was a 1st year Hooded Warbler this morning along Clear Creek about 5 miles west of Fremont Junction along Hwy 70 in the Fishlake National Forest. The bird was foraging low among willows and other dense vegetation along the creek calling conspicuously and constantly fanning its tail giving views of its white outer rects. I only stopped for a moment this morning on my way out of the forest, the bird was seen about 8am and as seemed to be working its way down stream. The only other birds seen were i male Wilson's Warbler and two kinglets though they all seemed to been in the same small foraging flock.
 

Aug 2009

Kristin Purdy (23 Aug 2009) - Pomera Fronce and I saw an adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in a pond along the Jordan River near the intersection of 5400S. and 1070W. in Murray, Salt Lake County, early this afternoon. The pond is a newly constructed or renovated fishing pond located on the west side of the river and northwest of the intersection mentioned above...

Deedee O'Brien (13 Aug 2009) - Apparently Band-tailed Pigeons nest in the Wasatch. I saw the first juvenile of the year in mid-June. Now several a day come by, but don't get large numbers of adults or young this summer (most was 11, usually 4 or 5 OR 1 alone). They're usually gone by the end of September, but a few years some have stayed until snow and a couple years ago one wintered over...

Stephen Carlile (1 Aug 2009) - [first seen last month]  It took several tries but I finally got it. I saw the adult Neotropical Cormorant ... at Lee Kay Ponds in Salt Lake County. The bird was seen at the main pond, with the viewing platform, on the far island to the south east. I picked out the bird based on size using binoculars, but I used my scope to verify the identification. I appreciate to those who continue to post after a rare sighting is first posted. I can't always drop everything to chase the birds.
 

Jul 2009

Alan Rogers (3 Jul 2009) - Yesterday evening (July 2, 2009) about 8pm I heard the distinctive sound of a NORTHERN BOBWHITE QUAIL singing from my backyard (1826 E Logan Ave,
Salt Lake City). I got no clear look, but at one point I got a quick look as he flew straight over my head about 20 feet up. The bird was clearly a quail, and clearly had the russet coloration of a bobwhite. Took me back: I grew up in the east and used to hunt them.

Pomera Fronce (19 Jul 2009) - Late last evening I found an adult Neotropic Cormorant at Lee Kay Ponds. He was huddled with about 20 Double-crested Cormorants.
    Roberta and I watched the bird for a couple of hours this morning (Sunday). Jack Binch joined us and got some photos. The bird was quite active. We initially found him on the big main pond. When we left at 9:45, the bird was on the eastern most pond with 10 of his cousins and feeding alongside the pelicans. 
 

Jun 2009

Tim Avery (6 Jun 2009) - This morning (06/06) Jeff Bilsky and I hiked from Silver Lake up to Twin Lakes and down the maintenence road to Brighton...  Heading up the trail to Twin Lakes there wasn't a whole lot until we passed the rock face over looking Silver Lake. From the trail here we heard a single RED CROSSBILL calling as it flew through the trees. As soon as we came out onto the flat just above this area in the spruce and aspen things started to pick up. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE were both singing, and Jeff spotted a CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER feeding a couple feet off the ground. The COFL was very cooperative and I was able to ge t a few nice shots. While I was photographing it I heard a PINE GROSBEAK call. We ended up hearing 2 singing and I got some shots of one while he sang just over our heads in an Aspen. There were a few CLARK'S NUTCRACKER on the ridgetops, and they were making a bit of noise most of the time.

Stephen Carlile (26 Jun 2009) - At a non birding event I saw a Northern Goshawk this evening, Friday, before the downpour at the Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Seen swooping down trying to catch ground squirrels at the overgrown ball diamond in the group camping area at the east end. Good look but did not see the bird again. Also saw Hammond's Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Mountain Chickadee, Song Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird.
 

Apr 2009

Keeli Marvel (2 Apr 2009) - Today I saw a Red-breasted Merganser on the pond at Sugarhouse Park, hanging out with Canada Geese, domestic/Mallard ducks, pigeons, and various gulls. I also flushed a drake Wood Duck from the pond at Nibley Golf Course.

Shelly Spencer (8 Apr 2009) - Out during lunch this afternoon and spotted the Peregrine Falcon's and from the looks of it we should see eggs pretty soon.

Tim Avery (15 Apr 2009) - [In Cottonwooe Heights]... As I was getting ready to leave I caught a glimpse of two large dark birds chasing each other around in the air on the west side of the pond. After grabbing my binos. I watched as they swooped and flew around in circles for a couple minutes. To my surprise the birds were Common Grackles!

Ann Neville (16 Apr 2009) - Today out at the ISSR I saw a White-faced ibis (1), Marbled Godwits (10), Wilson Phalarope (1), Peeps (7) Savannah Sparrow singing away (2) ...

Tim Avery (19 Apr 2009) The Harris's Sparrow previously reported along the Jordan River between 3100-3200 South was still present this morning. To make things even more interesting the bird was actually singing when I arrived!

Ann Neville (22 Apr 2009) - I saw a Lewis's woodpecker on Kennecott property on a power pole. If it is still there you may be able to see if from 9400 West and ~3500 South. It caught my eye when it did a swoop turn then perch.

Richard Young (22 Jul 2009) -  In April, 2009, I regularly visited a location in Salt Lake County known as Winchester Park to photograph birds. On a couple of occasions, I photographed cormorants there, not knowing until now that they are Neotropic Cormorants; and I assume, a notable find. (Photos)

Kimberly Roush (25 Apr 2009) - Male & female RED CROSSBILLS at feeder in Pinebrook this am. The majority of the pine siskin flock finally moved on so the crossbills stayed to eat a bit.

Joyce Morgan  (305 Apr 2009) - I have what I am pretty sure is a Painted Bunting visiting my feeders right now. My field guide says their habitat is in the south and they migrate east. Is it pretty unusual to see them in Utah?  (at feeders Rose Park, Salt Lake City)
 

Mar 2009

Tim Avery (24 Mar 2009) - 3 calling flyover White-winged Crossbills near 9000 south and Wasatch Blvd.

Susan Ogilvie - Last Friday, March 20 I saw a pair of White-winged Crossbills here in Silver Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Pomera Fronce (8 Mar 2009) - Jack, Roberta and I birded the Jordan River Parkway south of 12600 South today. The best bird was a Sage Sparrow with a Cackling Goose and Cliff Swallow coming in second and third.  All three birds were seen in the general area of the mitigation site which is the wet area on the east side of the paved trail before you get to the silo.

Martha Veranth (3 Mar 2009) - If you missed the Greater White Fronted Goose at Lake Park in January, there was one grazing with the Canada Geese on the golf course at 4646 Lake Park Blvd (WVC) around 1:45 today. Take highway 201 westbound to Bangerter exit (13); turn left at the top of the ramp; turn right at the entrance to Lake Park Corporate Center (there's a sign); turn left at the T junction and follow the road about 1 mile to 4646 Lake Park Blvd. The GWFG was with a flock of Canada Geese
 

Feb 2009

Pomera Fronce (18 Feb 2009) - Roberta Wherritt and I birded the Alta Bypass Road (Little Cottonwood Canyon) today. We watched a flock of about 50 Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches for a couple of hours and with apologies to Dave Hanscom, finally found one Black Rosy-Finch amongst them. We also got stunning looks at three male and three female White-winged Crossbills.

Jon Watkins (16 Feb 2009) - For our GBBC observation, my son Kendall and I went up to Alta--the Rosy-finches did not disappoint! Amidst light snowfall, they were out in abundance at the curve in the bypass road just east of the Ben Hame home (at a feeder on back deck of a condo, easily observed from the road). Both Black and Gray-crowned were present, mixing with a large flock of Pine Siskins. Estimated around 100 Siskins, and 50-60 Rosy-finches...

Kathleen Robins (7 Feb 2009) - Just observed (8:00 a.m. Saturday) 4 Sandhill Cranes flying low and headed east then turning south at approximately 27th South and 3000 East in Salt Lake City (close to Parley's Nature Park). They were flying toward the rising sun into a pink sky - beautiful.

Pomera Fronce  (6 Feb 2009) - Roberta Wherritt and I found a Lesser Black-blacked Gull in the open water on the west side of the SL County Landfill at 11:00 a.m. today.  The lone Pygmy Nuthatch is still present at the SLC Cemetery and is still in the same general area of 330 North and Center Street.
 

Jan 2009

Geoff Hardies (24 Jan 2009) - The Winter Wren is still in City Creek Canyon. we found it today above picnic area number 6. Not much for activity there today with the only other sightings being an American Dipper and a Belted Kingfisher.

Tim Avery (10 Jan 2009) - This morning I led a hardy group of 5 out on a freezing field trip around Salt Lake County. We birded Lee Kay Ponds, Lake Park, Decker Lake, and the Jordan River. The goal was gulls, and for the most part we missed out on many of the species that had been seen in the past weeks. We of course had plenty of California and Ring-billed Gulls at pretty much all our stops. In all we might have had 6 or 7 Herring Gulls between Lee Kay and Decker Lake. Only 2 Thayer's Gulls (1-1W & 1-2W) at Decker Lake, and one gull that I figure had to be hyrbid. It was larger than Herring Gulls nearby and had a honking big bill. The iris wasn't yellow, but a light brown and still kind of pale. I thought it might have been a Glaucous-winged X Herring Hyrbid, but couldn't be sure. ... At Lake Park where previously reported was a Greater White-fronted Goose.

Carl Ingwell (8 Jan 2009) - ...I drove over to Lake Park. Immediately after turning into Lake Park, I saw a Greater White-fronted Goose feeding with the Canada. There was a huge amount of Geese hanging around.

Colby  Neuman (7 Jan 2009) - Numbers and diversity of bird species seem to be up from last winter. On Monday, I was in Mill D North (Big Cottonwood Canyon - Salt Lake Co.) and had a flock of 50 PINE SISKIN, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES, HAIRY WOODPECKER, several PINE GROSBEAKS in the aspens and 3 flyover White-winged Crossbills (betweeen Tom's Hill and Reynold's Peak). Three RUFFED GROUSE that were buried in the snow flushed from ~5 ft away...giving me the usual near heart attack.   -  Yesterday I went up Grizzly Gulch (near Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon - Salt Lake Co.) to Twin Lakes Pass and I came across a flock of ~50 crossbills that allowed me to get within 10-20 feet of them as they frantically fed. There were approximately 3 RED CROSSBILLS for every White-winged Crossbill in the flock.

Stephen T Carlile (1 Jan 2009) -  ...but did visit Parkway Business Park located at Parkway Blvd. (2650 S.)/Bangerter Highway. Also visited Decker Lake. Saw 29 species, with the highlight being five Cackling Geese along the Parkway canal and two at Decker Lake. All very close and lengthy observations, with great comparisons to the Canada Geese. Though I have not had any real experience with Cackling subspecies, I will take a crack at it.  One at Parkway was very small and dark, with a creamy (not white) cheek patch; B. h. minima, "Cackling"?.  One of the others had the "white neck ring" mentioned in the guides common to B. h. leucopariea, "Aleutian", sometimes present the other subspecies; B. h. hutchinsii, "Richardson's".  The "white neck ring" bird was about two thirds the size of the Canada Geese.  The others were Cackling, but who knows where they fit or if I am right about the others.
 

Dec 2008

Donna Thorum (28 Dec 2008) - Yesterday I was doing my Project Feeder Watch count for Cornell University. It was a good day because we had so much snow the last two days. As I was checking trough the birds feeding on the ground, what to my wondering eyes should appear? A White-throated Sparrow! I stood up and Cheered! Wow! a new yard bird!

Tim Avery (27 Dec 2008) - The past two years the days following Christmas have been simply amazing at Lee Kay Ponds. With that in mind I was out in the freezing temps with my scope this morning scouring through a clump of 2500 birds on the west pond. And I was not disappointed: 1 Western Gull - adult could be the same bird again! 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 ad. And 1 first winter 1 Glaucous Gull - 1st winter 2 Mew Gull - both adults 4 Thayer's Gull 70 Herring Gull 400~ Ring-billed Gull 2000 California Gull There was also one bird that could have been a first winter Western, that was probably a hybrid. It never stood up so I could could get a great look at it though. What appeared to be an adult Glaucous-winged X Herring Gull. It had strange primaries that were gray and black. I think next year we should have a weekend after Christmas gulling party at the ponds!

Tim Avery (24 Dec 2008) - This morning there were 2 Pygmy Nuthatches near the intersection of 330 North and 990 East in the cemetery. I imitated a pygmy-owl and was mobbed by these birds as well as Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadee, a tone of Pine Siskin, House Finches, several Cassin's Finch, Dark-eyed Junco and a lone Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Colby Newman (22 Dec 2008) - I did a quick trip into Grizzly Gulch near Alta (Little Cottonwood Canyon - Salt Lake Co.) yesterday afternoon, and I had a number of birds including several MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. A couple of RED CROSSBILLS flew over as well. The most exciting observation was a flock of 19 White-winged Crossbills flying overhead. The flock headed over Twin Lakes Pass towards the Brighton area.

Tim Avery (21 Dec 2008) - Yesterday was the Salt Lake Christmas Bird Count. Colby Neuman, Carl Ingwell, Jeff Bilsky and I took on the Airport and the Bountiful Quadrants for the day. The count total for the entire CBC topped 100 species... Heading back to the International Center, Carl and I dropped Colby and Jeff off at another entrance to the duck club. They hiked in while we went out to cover some more ground. We also slipped away to Lee Kay Ponds for a minute to go through a flock of about 2,000 gulls on the ice. Despite being close to the road and there being a slit of open water, the only goodies we could find were 2 first winter Thayer's Gulls (including a very pale bird) and a few Herring Gull. At about the time we were going to leave the pond Colby called to inform us that they had come across a seep where they counted 11 Virginia Rails!!! But the real treat was a Swamp Sparrow! I can't beleive I traded Thayer's Gull for missing a new county bird.. Oh well.

Pomera Fronce (17 Dec 2008) - Roberta Wherritt and I located a lone Pygmy Nuthatch in the Salt Lake City Cemetery today at 1:30. It was located in the southwest quadrant from the intersection of 330 North and Cypress Avenue (1060 East). After getting a great look at the bird sitting out on the end of a branch in the sun, it flew and we were unable to locate it again.

Tim Avery (1 Dec 2008) - This afternoon I decided to spend my lunch time in Big Cottonwood Canyon... The best bird was a Northern Pygmy-Owl that was "singing" at the Ledgemere Picnic Area (the first picnic area on the right (south) side of the road heading up the canyon). At one point I thought there may have been two dueting, as I kept hearing what sounded like a 2nd bird further up the hill side. The river was just a tad to much noise to be sure.

Nov 2008

Jeffrey Saffle (30 Nov 2008) - My wife and I walked the first 3 miles of City Creek Canyon Saturday. Best bird by far was a Winter Wren just above campsite number 5.

Jack Binch (25 Nov 2008) - I just drove by the pond across from the Flying J station on 21st. South and about 850 west. Little bitty guy [Cackling Goose] with a bunch of regular Canada Geese.

Tim Avery - This morning (11/22) Jeff Bilsky and I birded around Salt Lake County. We stopped at Glendale Golf course where 8 HOODED MERGANSER were on the pond visible from 2100 south and about 1300 east to the north. ...we stopped at Lee Kay Ponds where 1000's of gulls were present, including numerous Ring-billed and Herring Gulls. A first-winter Thayer's Gull was present on the west pond as well.

Tim Avery - Apparently there was a Common Redpoll seen in Salt Lake City on the 20th. A sighting by Jay Langford from a personal location was listed on the ebird google app.

Tim Avery (9 Nov 2008) - This afternoon, Sam and I headed out to Great Salt Lake State Park / Saltair Marina to see what was floating around. Our first pass through the parking east parking area produced a seemingly late SAY'S PHOEBE near the host trailer. After passing through once and heading to the west side of the marina we went back to the easy lot and put to the lookout point. As we we're sitting in the car a large white-winged gull flew past heading west. I hopped out and took a few shots. It appeared to be a Glaucous-winged Gull but I wasn't sure. Luckily it landed about 200 yards off shore with a few other birds. We got the scope out and took a look at the large gull which had pale gray primaries, a smudged up head and a nice big bill. It was an adult and was with 3 other birds, a Herring Gull, a California Gull and what looked to be an adult Mew Gull. There were 1000's of gulls along the shore and on the lake. Probably at least 5000 birds. There were 1000's of Eared Grebes on the water too and at least 2 Horned Grebes as well.

Val Stock (3 Nov 2008) - Saturday, I had a flock of approx. 10 Bohemian Waxwings fly in and perch, briefly, in my backyard in Bountiful. I had been looking at a group of Robins, so had binoculars in hand. Is this a little early for Waxwings?

Oct 2008

Lu Giddings (24 Oct 2008) - I spent about 90 minutes at Lee Kay earlier this morning. Notable observations include a pair of Greater Scaup and my first herring gulls of the season. It was also nice to see lesser scaup, ring-necked ducks, and bufflehead, which I'm still not yet finding in Utah county.

Tim Avery (18 Oct 2008) - Did some birding around the south shore of the Great Salt Lake this morning. Highlights were as follows: 1 juvenile Sabine's Gull - vicinity of Lee's Creek.

Tim Avery (5 Oct 2008) - This morning Jeff Bilsky and I headed out to Saltair to do a lake watch, hoping that the wind and rain would push some goodies along the shore. ...There were 3 Blue-winged Teal... We next headed to the International Center where we checked for the Swamp Sparrow reported by Mark last week, but came up empty. I would say there were hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers present today. We then stopped just south of the Gas Station, near the Perkin's restaurant and the first bird I spotted on the ground was what looked like a Clay-colored Sparrow. At the same time Jeff was getting out of the car and spotted a warbler that looked to be a Black-and-white Warbler. And at the same time my phone rang, as Colby was showing up trying to find us. In all the turmoil, combined with what seemed like a high volume of traffic for a Sunday at the IC, the sparrow flock flew off, and by the time I got out of the car to see the warbler it had flown off. Colby found a Clay-colored Sparrow about 15 minutes later on the south side of the large field just north of the restaurant (on the east side of the hotel that it is connected to).

Sep 2008

Mark Stackhouse (28 Sep 2008) - David Wheeler and I birded the Salt Lake International Center this morning looking for migrants. There was a fair amount of activity, with sparrows being the highlight. A Clay-colored Sparrow was amongst some Chipping Sparrows (there were lots of these today) at the junction of Wiley Post Rd. and Admiral Byrd Rd. There was a Swamp Sparrow along the brushy canal at the southwest corner of the complex. Other than that, there were lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, with Orange-crowned Warblers next most numerous, but not much diversity in the warblers. ...David and I also have concluded that we saw a first year female Magnolia Warbler on Sunday morning at the International Center. It was at the east end of the large parking lot along Admiral Byrd Rd. just north of Wiley Post Rd. We puzzled over the i.d., and not having any advanced resources with us, were hesitant to make the i.d., even though we both were thinking Magnolia. Having reviewed additional materials, we've concluded that that's indeed what it was.

Bryant Olsen (27 Sep 2008) - The bright red male Summer Tanager was relocated today around 4:00 by one of our guests (Sorry I forgot your name,but you know who you are). It was hanging out in the same general area as original seen, near the Burrowing Owl barn, and Sun Conjures, high in the Elm trees. ...

Bryant Olsen (26 Sep 2008) - Today there is a Summer Tanager at the Tracy Aviary, in SLC. It was in a Plumb and Elm tree near our Eagles. See photo at www.flickr.com/photos/bryanto/2889753607/
Good Birding

Tim Avery (25 Sep 2008) - I just talked to Jeff Bilsky who is near Guardsman's Pass and reported seeing at least 5 White-winged Crossbill feeding in the trees to the west of the pass with siskin and Red Crossbills. Last week I had two flying over at Jupiter Peak in the same area.

Tim Avery (22 Sep 2008) - This morning while conducting a survey on private property along the Great Salt Lake I observed two juvenile Sabine's Gull. Apparently there were at least 4 seen yesterday at the causeway, but they were not reported for some reason.

Tim Avery (21 Sep 2008) - At 1:15pm I had a light adult Broad-winged Hawk pass over the cliffs to the south of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Bell Canyon. About 5 minutes later I received a phone call from Jerry Ligouri who has had several pass over the Grandeur Peak area near Millcreek. And as I write this I just had a second bird that appeared to be a juvenile pass. Looks like this weekend holds true as the best for Broad-wingeds in. Salt Lake County.

Tim Avery (12 Sep 2008) - This afternoon I observed a female/1st fall type Magnolia Warbler in the trees around the residence on the east side of 8000 west just to the north of SR-201. It is the only house there the rest of the property around us owned by Kennecott.

Bryant Olsen  (11 Sep 2008) - Today at the Tracy Aviary, In Salt Lake City, we had a Northern Waterthrush at one our ponds, which we are draining to clean and renovate.

Aug 2008

Tim Avery (31 Aug 2008) - Jeff Bilsky, Paul Lombardi and I found a flycatcher along Wright Brothers Drive between Amelia Earhart and Harold Gatty that appearred to be a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. The bird was very YELLOW with a rather short and stout bill. It had basically no primary projection and a stub of a tail. My first thought was of a 'Western Flycatcher' but the bird lacked a tear drop and instead sported a thin pale eye-ring. I ran back to the car and got my camera while Jeff and Paul stayed on the bird. However, it soon flew and headed north to the area at the corner of Harold Gatty and Wright Brothers Drive where luckily I was able to get about a dozen shots before the bird flew off. ...We were able to relocate the bird about 100 yards to the west of Wright Brothers Drive on Harold Gatty before it flew back to Wright Brothers and headed back south in the general direction it was originally found. It seems very skittish as with all the migrants out here today, and not letting us get anywhere near it.

Geoff Hardies (24 Aug 2008) - I visited the International Center by the SL airport at 8:30 Sunday morning...  The only thing unusual sighting was a Great-tailed Grackle on 5600 West near Nichol's Foods. It looked similar the one in Sibley's, but the breast and throat were a lighter brown with some speckling. There was a Common Grackle near by which was a little smaller and didn't have as prominent a bill or as long a tail. They were gorging themselves on dead dragonflies in the ditch.

Jeff Bilsky (17 Aug 2008) - I took a stroll up to Willow Lake towards the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon this evening, birding along the way. Seems like a pretty good spot - there was a lot of bird activity. The highlight was a beautiful, male, White-winged Crossbill calling from the top of a conifer.

Tim Avery (15 Aug 2008) Yesterday I was conducting a survey in Northwest Salt Lake County on private property near the Great Salt Lake when I had an apparent adult Glossy Ibis flyover twice. I flushed the bird off a canal and it flew away to the north before looping back and passing. On the first pass I saw what looked like a blue facial skin but didn't have time to snap a shot. The bird circled and then flew by yet again, this time I was able to get a nice clear shot as it passed over and out into a marsh. The bird was with 3 White-faced Ibis, but there were at least 500 White-faced Ibis in the area.  Although the area is private, it may be worth checking the Lee's Creek Area along I-80 between 7200 West and Saltair.  Other birds of note were a Common Tern...

Cindy Sommerfeld (10 Aug 2008) - This morning Steve and I went to Big Cottonwood Canyon hoping to fill a couple gaps in our year list. Our target birds were Swainson's Thrush and Goshawk. Our first stop was Donut Falls trail head. We walked about a hundred yards back down the road from the parking lot and I heard White-winged Crossbills singing. We were able to locate them an had some great looks. For the next several hundred yards we came across even more. All totaled we saw at least ten.   Next stop was Silver Lake. Just west of the parking lot, again we found White-winged Crossbills. This time only about four. At the hummingbird feeders near by. Steve spotted a Calliope Humming bird along with Broad-tailed and Black-chinned.

Jul 2008

Colby Neuman (29 Jul 2008) - I heard at least two White-winged Crossbills singing in the conifers on the south side of the Big Cottonwood Canyon road about 50 yards below the lower entrance to the Solitude Ski Resort.

Tim Avery (19 Jul 2008) - This afternoon,  Jeff Bilsky and I spent some time birding along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake in the vicinity of Lee's Creek. ...Solitary Sandpiper 2... With the small flock of dowitchers were two birds that struck me as odd. There appeared to be 2 juvenile birds, that in plumage and shape fit Short-billed Dowitcher. I took some pictures and will upload them later tonight.

Tim Avery (15 Jul 2008) - I went up to Silver Lake this morning ...highlights: ...4 American Three-toed Woodpecker...

Jeff Bilsky (10 Jul 2008) - Carl Ingwell and I hiked the Silver Lake, Twin Lakes, Lake Solitude loop this evening. Highlights are a Three-toed Woodpecker (we found an active nest),... and a couple of Williamson's Sapsuckers heard drumming.

Jeff Bilsky (8 Jul 2008) - I decided to see if I could see some of the reported species up Big Cottonwood this evening. I started by hiking past Silver Lake and up to Twin Lakes. ... Not much to report on the way down towards Solitude or at Solitude itself. However, heading back towards Silver Lake I ran across a nice female Williamson's Sapsucker and then I saw a pair (male and a likely female - I got a better look at the male) of White-winged Crossbills! They wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get a pic, but I was able to distinctly make out the wing bars, coloration and size...

Tim Avery (6 Jul 2008) - This morning, Steve & Cindy Sommerfeld and I hiked the loop from Brighton by Silver Lake, up to Twin Lakes, down to Lake Solitude and back to Brighton...Near Twin Lakes we had a female Williamson's Sapsucker, and a male American Three-toed Woodpecker. Just over the divide that drops from the ridge, down to Lake Solitude 2 ATTW could be heard drumming, one likely the same bird that we saw. About 150 yards down the trail from the top I heard what sounded like White-winged Crossbills giving flight calls. After a little work 2 flew over giving the the distinct chatter. A lone bird was visible on top of a spruce several hundred feet away.

Jun 2008

Tim Avery (29 Jun 20008) - Having the ABA convention in town this past week was a great excuse to get out birding. I was the local help on 2 field trips, both to Brighton and the ISSR, on Thursday and Saturday.... Some highlights included: ...2 White-winged Crossbills in Brighton ...2 Northern Goshawk at Silver Lake...

Scott Root (24 Jun 2008) I saw some Evening Grosbeaks along Parley's Creek today while we electroshocked the spawning cutthroat trout. I saw the grosbeaks on both sides of hwy 65 as I stood on the road and looked down towards the creek. Saw the birds on both the east and west side of hwy 65. Take East Canyon exit from parleys canyon and drive north about 1/2 mile to where Parley's Creek goes under the hwy. this is located between Mtn. Dell Golf Course and Mtn. Dell Reservoir.

May 2008

G. Lind (1 June 2008) A first spring male Indigo Bunting visited my feeders in Sandy several times on 5/31/08. Apparently, this species has been visiting the west for over 25 years according to Behle. However it's a first for my yard.

Tim Avery (31 May 2008) - I hit the IC this morning to see what was bzzing around...  the best bird of the morning was a Common Grackle that was chattering up a storm in a russian olive near the south pond...

Tim Avery (29 May 2008) -  We made a quick stop at Lee Kay Ponds on the way out west where there was a beautiful male Greater Scaup...

David Wheeler (20 May 2008) - The Common Grackles that have made their home in Fairmont Park for several years (including raising a chick last year), are back. I heard then saw a pair along the creek running through the north end of the park. As in previous years, they seem to be frequenting the stretch of stream between the large pines growing near the N parking lot and upstream to the little house near the duck pond.

Tim Avery (16 May 2008) - Yesterday, (May 15), I was joined by Michael Bateman, Ned Bixler, Dave Hanscom, Larene Wyss and our driver Steve Kirkham for 16 hours of birding in northern Utah..... We received permission to bird Kennecott's Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve, thanks to Ann Neville who happened to share that her field trip out there earlier in the day had found 4 Whimbrel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We made our way onto the property ...We arrived at the location where Ann told us the Whimbrel were, but did not see any :( ... Until we turned around to head back and one of the Whimbrel could be seen with 3 Long-billed Curlew. As we were watching the bird, 3 more Whimbrel flew through and landed in a field nearby. An awesome sighting in Utah! Thanks Ann! ...

Tim Avery (5 May 2008) - This afternoon and evening I spent some time in the yard where a male Calliope Hummingbird was enjoying blooms in the apple tree.

Kimberly Roush (5 May 2008) - The Red-necked Grebe was on Little Dell April 28, 29 and May 3. I spend a few hours with it each time. It primarily stays on the opposite end from the dam between the lower parking lot directly below the entrance and the stream that flows into the reservoir. It will go back into the little cove and be hard to see if you do not walk through the mud, or walk the higher ground, in order to see it. It is quite tame compared to clarks' or westerns.

Tim Avery (4 May 2008) - This evening while strolling along the creeks above the pond at Sugarhouse Park I found a singing Red-eyed Vireo near the horseshoe pits. This area is about 150 yards from 1700 East.

Apr 2008

Kimberly Roush (5 May 2008) - The Red-necked Grebe was on Little Dell April 28, 29 and May 3. I spend a few hours with it each time. It primarily stays on the opposite end from the dam between the lower parking lot directly below the entrance and the stream that flows into the reservoir. It will go back into the little cove and be hard to see if you do not walk through the mud, or walk the higher ground, in order to see it. It is quite tame compared to clarks' or westerns.

Stephen Carlile (26 Apr 2008) - The Red-necked Grebe is was still at Little Dell Reservoir this morning, Saturday, at around 8:00 a.m. It was at the northeast end of the reservoir at the stream inlet, mixed with some Ring-necked Ducks.

Deedee O'Brien (22 Apr 2008) - About 1 hour ago I too saw the Red-necked Grebe at Little Dell just where Jeff Bilsky reported it plus most of the other birds reported by Jeff Langford today.

Jeff Bilsky (21 Apr 2008) - A breeding Plumage Red-necked Grebe was present at the Little Dell Reservoir this evening. Little Dell is the upper reservoir and the grebe was on the East side (inlet side) and staying mostly towards the North Shore, near where a small embankment juts out into the water.

Ben Palmer (19 Apr 2008) - This morning I took a short hike at Mueller Park in Bountiful. The highlight was a Varied Thrush.

Tim Avery (12 Apr 2008) - This afternoon Colby Neuman and I decided to make a quick loop through the northwest part of Salt Lake County and see what was on the move. ...At Lee Kay Ponds we were shocked to find a female Long-tailed Duck still in mostly winter plumage near the west shore of the furthest west pond hanging out with 2 Common Goldeneye. I managed to snap a shot as the bird flew away from us and left the pond shortly after we found it! This is the first time I can think of a Long-tailed Duck being at Lee Kay, and at this date that makes it a late one at that. - Also at Lee Kay Ponds was what Colby and I believe was a Thayer's Gull moulting from 1st winter to 1st summer plumage. It was a strange gull that stuck out even amongst the see of California Gulls. ...At Lee's Creek along the frontage road between 7200 West and Saltair were 2 Great Egret feeding a hundred or so yards out from the road.

Feb 2008

Jeff Bilsky (23 Feb 2008) - This morning Carl Ingwell and I headed up to City Creek Canyon to find Winter Wrens and we got a great look at one.

Kris Purdy (18 Feb 2008) - I just got a call from Tim Avery (11:15 am, Monday) who has found a first-year White-winged Crossbill in a flock of Red Crossbills at Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake County. Tim's (and the flock's) location was along Center Street, also called 990E., and between 205N. and 300N. At last look, the flock appeared to be moving somewhat east.

Tim Avery (16 Feb 2008) - With what looked like great weather and the Great Backyard Birdcount happening, the Sommerfeld's, Jeff Bilsky and I decided to put together a Salt Lake County mini big day... The morning started below freezing a mile and a half up City Creek Canyon in the dark. ...As it started to get light we made our way back down canyon and just before MM1 were 2 Winter Wren, with at least one bird being a male singing up a storm (after we cheated by playing a tape).  ...After deciding to scrap plans to go to the International Center we hit Lake Park along the golf course where there was a Richardson's subspecies Cackling Goose (same bird as last month?) and another small goose, with a thin and long bill that I wouldn't have called Parvipes, but am unsure of which subspecies it may have been. ...We hopped on SR-201 and arrived at Lee Kay Ponds a few minutes later and Steve picked out 4 TUNDRA SWAN sitting on the bank of the east pond, a first for all of us at the ponds. On the main pond we were greeted by a large mass of gulls on the far east end of the pond in a nice large patch of open water. Quickly scanning through we were able to pick out a number of goodies including an adult Mew Gull, a 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull, a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull, nearly a dozen Thayer's Gulls, all but 1 being 1st winter, and of course the regular Ring-billed, California, and Herring....

David Jensen (13 Feb 2008) - Found one Cackling Goose among +-60 Canada Geese in Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City.

Jan 2008

Stephen Carlile (28 Jan 2008) - I had a different, but new yard bird for me today in West Valley City. A lone Common Grackle spent an hour or so today "sparing" with the juncos and sparrows. It seemed to be after the cracked corn that is part of the seed mix I use.

Tim Avery (24 Jan 2008) -  Yesterday ...At Lee Kay Ponds there was also a nice flock of gulls on the ice. From the observation deck/gazebo several of us were able to get pretty good looks at 2 - 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gulls, as well as several Thayer's Gulls. A Harrier flushed all the birds, and a beautiful 1st winter Glaucous Gull flew past and circled a couple times before heading off to the dump.

Tim Avery (20 Jan 2008) -  2 Cackling Goose - Lake Park Facility. I saw one in the A.M. and another in the P.M. with Colby Neuman and Steve Sommerfeld (the latter appeared to be a different bird) - 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Decker Lake (yep that's right), the same 3rd year bird form Lee Kay Ponds (seen with the Sommerfelds in the A.M.) - 4 Thayer's Gull - Decker Lake, 3 1st winter and one adult...

Tim Avery (13 Jan 2008) - This morning Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld and I located an adult Mew Gull at Decker Lake. This afternoon at 12600 South and 5000 West we found a flock of an estimated 10,000 HORNED LARK. This flock had a smattering of Lapland Longspurs and we were able to pick out 15-20.

Tim Avery (5 Jan 2008) - This afternoon Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld and I birded Lee Kay Ponds, 7200 West, and the frontage road along Lee's Creek in western Salt Lake County. At Lee Kay we were joined Jeff and Susan Saffle to scan through the gulls. The flock probably numbered around 2200 birds this afternoon and numbers and highlights are as follows: 1 or 2 Mew Gull (1 for sure 1st winter bird. A 2nd was seen later that may have been the same bird) - 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (1st winter bird which may have an injured foot now, and one 3rd winter/adult bird - hard to judge the age on this one) - 1 Glaucous-winged Gull (same 2nd winter bird as the last 2 weeks) - 11 Thayer's Gulls (ALL 1st winter birds ranging from light pink white to dark individuals-- several very close to Kumlieni)... After Lee Kay we headed to the frontage road along I-80 that heads to Saltair. In the vicinity of Lee's Creek we observed a Northern Shrike.

Rob Fergus (3 Jan 2008) - I only had a short time to check out Lee Kay Ponds this afternoon from 4:30-5:00pm. When I got there, about 2000 gulls were on the ice and in the small area of open water. Before I could scan the whole flock a Red-tailed Hawk flushed them all and only about half of the birds returned. While I didn’t see all the birds I could have hoped for, I did see seven gull species: Western Gull—1 adult - Lesser Black-backed Gull—1 2nd winter bird - Glaucous-winged Gull—1 1st winter bird - Thayer’s Gull—1 1st winter bird - Herring Gull—8 various ages - Ring-billed Gull—150 - California Gull—1200

Dec 2007

Tim Avery (31 Dec 2007) - I went out to Lee Kay Ponds this morning to look for the dark-mantled 3rd winter Western/Slaty-backed Gull, but it did not make an appearance while I was present. I was joined by Steve Carr and Stephen Carlile. We did however observe the adult Western Gull, as well as an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, LBBG that appeared to be an advanced 3rd winter, or an adult without little to no white in the primaries, as well as a 1st winter LBBG. There were also 5 - 1st winter Thayer's Gulls. At one point 4 were together showing a variety of plumages.

Brad Wahlin (30 Dec 2007) - Today in Riverton there was a Greater White-fronted Goose in the field that I reported the snow goose in yesterday. It was with about 200 Canadas and was right next to the road on 13400 s. and 2700 w. It did not have dark bars on its belly but still a nice looking bird!!!

Tim Avery (29 Dec 2007) - So I am going to go out on a limb here to potentially get anyone interested out to Lee Kay to look for the large dark-mantled gull I found today. I posted the pics to ID-frontiers and have thus far had people who think the bird is either a Western Gull or as I thought a Slaty-backed Gull. I have been going over references this evening trying to find similar looking birds for either species. ...Other gulls of note were: 1 - adult Western Gull (I would assume this is the same bird from last winter) 2 - adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 or 2 - 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull,  1 - 2nd winter Glaucous-winged Gull, 1 - 2nd winter Glaucous Gull, 2 - adult Mew Gull, 4 - 1st winter Thayer's Gull, 115 - Herring Gull, 750 - Ring-billed Gull.  I spent so much time looking at the Black-backed Gulls that I didn't get a chance to go through the flock thoroughly to see what maybe hiding in terms of white-winged gulls.

Tim Avery (18 Dec 2007) - This afternoon I spent an hour at Lee Kay Ponds going through the gulls. I was unable to locate the Glaucous, Glaucous-winged or the two strange gulls from Saturday, but there were 3 first winter Thayer's Gulls present, including one very light bird on the main pond. A darker individual was also on the main pond and another typical THGU was on the west pond.

Pomera Fronce - Salt Lake CBC Coordinator (17 Dec 2007) - You may have heard the rumor of a possible Snowy Owl sighting on the Salt Lake CBC last Saturday. Let me tell you what I know. The bird was not seen by any of the CBC participants. It was reported to the CBC team in the area by a hunter they happened to encounter while they were out counting. So at this time we have an unconfirmed sighting. I am in the process of trying to determine who the observer was so I can approach him about documenting his sighting to the National Audubon Society and the UOS Records Committee. Unfortunately, the birding community at large will not have the opportunity to look for this bird. The area where it was seen is all private property and the landowners do not plan to "throw open the gates for birders." The area is also fraught with security and sensitive-species issues. The birding community is now on good terms with the people who own this land. They usually graciously allow our CBC count team access to their property each year for one day only although for some reason not this year. We don't want to do anything to jeopardize our relationship with these folks. Thank you for your understanding and for being respectful of this situation.

Tim Avery (15 Dec 2007) - Of all the birds I could have expected to come across during the Salt lake CBC this morning, a hummingbird was not on my list. Yet just before 9:00am as I pished near a thicket on the north side of the Bountiful Cemetery, a small "tip-tip tip tip" call and the flutter of a very small bird emerged from the thicket. I was stunned to see a hummer and hurried to get it in my binos. The bird had dark central patch on the gorget, a bold white line above the eye, and a flash of green down the flanks. I was fairly certain it was a female Anna's Hummingbird. The bird landed in the tree and I hollered for the rest of my team to scurry over... It took 5 or 6 minutes but with a little squeaking, the bird emerged yet again, and 3 out of the other 4 members of the group were able to see the bird. My second look confirmed my initial thought. The bird again disappeared rather quickly and was not seen again. ...During the CBC potluck another group mentioned that they also had a Hummingbird sp. in Salt Lake County... In any event, the bird in Bountiful was near the cement building on the north side of the cemetery, on the east side of the building. ..Also at Lee Kay ponds was a 2nd winter Glaucous-winged Gull, a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull (found by Pomera Fronce), an apparent hyrbid Glaucous-winged x Western Gull and another hybrid that I think may be a Herring x Glaucous/Glaucous-winged.

Tim Avery (14 Dec 2007) - I was doing a little scouting this morning for the North Salt Lake Bountiful quad of the Salt Lake CBC. There wasn't much out and about... except for WAXWINGS! Several blocks from where Jeff Bilsky reported them last week, I found a flock that I estimated had around 400 birds in it. However, being curious I decided to count the birds in a flight shot I took and came up wit at least 553 individuals in the flock, with a 10:1 ratio for Bohemian to Cedars, not a bad little flock. This area was between Davis Boulevard and 400 East, from 2450 South to 2600 South. The birds were moving between several yards, and trees, and often worked in smaller flocks. Several blocks away I had another flock of about 50 Bohemian Waxwing feeding in a crab apple tree. And out of the Cont Circle on Mills Drive/Lane 13 Bohemian Waxwing were in an ornamental Juniper.

Jerry Liguori (1 Dec 2007) - I just had a juvenile gray Gyrfalcon fly past me headed south as I was shoveling my driveway (I live along the foothills north of Mill Creek), it flew out of sight then 10 minutes later headed back north. Look out for it at Farmington Bay, Cache Valley or any other good habitat it might show up at. Absolutely the best yard bird I've ever had.

Nov 2007

Tim Avery (28 Nov 2007) - This afternoon (4:00pm) while coming out of the Albertsons on 2100 South and2300 east in Salt Lake a flock of ~20 Bohemian Waxwing were swirling over the neighborhood just to the north of the parking lot. The birds were quite vocal.I believe this is the first time I have seen this species in the county.

Geoff Hardies (25 Nov 2007) - A trip up City Creek was fairly quiet, but we were able to find the Winter Wren just below picnic area 4.

Tim Avery (23 Nov 2007) - Today (11/23) I birded several Salt Lake County lakefront locations. I started at Decker Lake where a 1st winter Thayer's Gull was present. I next stopped at Lee Kay Ponds, which was teeming with gulls, but nothing of note. I drove along the south end of the landfill, and took 7200 West to I-15. Along 7200 West about 200 yards south of the railroad tracks a flock of about 50 Horned Lark flew across the road. I pulled over to look through them and as I rolled down my window I heard the rattling I had hoped to hear of a Longspur. It took about 5 minutes looking through the flock to find a winter plumaged Lapland Longspur. I then headed to Saltair and sat for a short lakewatch. Lots of gulls were moving east to west, and a few ducks were darting back and forth through the waves. An adult male Long-tailed Duck passed the marina heading east around11:30am. Next I had to conduct a survey on property in northwest Salt Lake County. I was able to locate yet another Lapland Longspur with a flock of Horned Larks. I also managed to pick out a "Bewick's" Tundra Swan from a flock of Tundra Swan.

Tim Avery (15 Nov 2007) - I made a loop around the northwest quarter of Salt Lake County this afternoon ...highlights included a juvenile Thayer's Gull on the main pond at Lee Kay. The bird was near both juvenile California and Herring Gulls for a nice comparison.

Tim Avery (9 Nov 2007) - Thanks to Kris Purdy for posting my report of the RED PHALAROPE at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina (a.k.a. Salt Air Marina). When I initially saw the bird, I wasn't sure what it was. ...Luckily the bird soon floated out of the ripple onto the glassy surface of the lake, giving the clear appearance of a Red Phalarope. It then took a short flight only helping reaffirm the initial thought...

Oct 2007

Tim Avery (29 Oct 2007) - Some more highlights from Saturday afternoon and Sunday. 1 Greater White-fronted Goose - Lee's Creek in SL County ...1 Snow Goose - Lee's Creek in SL County...

Tim Avery (26 Oct 2007) - This afternoon I snuck in 9 holes at Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray and on the3rd hole, had a Winter Wren chattering away. I tracked the bird down near the pond on the NE side of the fairway working its way through a Russian Olive (must have been a good flight for WIWR last night!).

Tim Avery (26 Oct 2007) - I headed over to Parley's Gulch to try and photograph the Screech-Owl that Deedee found earlier this week... but no owl... However, while we were standing there, at the cement barrier on the left, and where the metal poss cross the river, a Winter Wren came across the path and landed in the brush on the river bank.

Mark Stackhouse (18 Oct 2007) - Blackburnian Warbler seen again‏ - Pat Jividen stopped by my house between 8:45 and 9:15 this morning and apparently saw the warbler again, at first foraging under the gutter at the back edge of my roof, and then for time at greater distance when it flew to the top of a large Catalpa tree behind my yard. I wasn't able to see it from my office window, nor have I seen it at all today, but there's lots of trees here and I don't have the most open view. It seems that it's still around. I'll post any other sightings as soon as I learn of them.

Mark Stackhouse (17 Oct 2007) - At about 8:30 this morning I saw a first-fall female Blackburnian Warbler outside my bedroom window. David Wheeler and I have been looking for it since the initial sighting (it was sitting 15' outside my window for 5 minutes), so far without success. There's a lot of activity here this morning. This brings my yard list to 106 species...

Tim Avery (9 Oct 2007) - Spent about 40 minutes a Lee Kay Ponds this afternoon. Highlights are as follows: ...1 Horned Grebe (in SW corner of the west pond)2 Eared Grebe (on main pond)...

Tim Avery (8 Oct 2007) - I did a quick check of our Salt Lake County reservoirs this afternoon ...At Little Dell, which is usually dreadfully dead, I was shocked to see little dots all along the north shore from the overlook just off the road before the turnoff to Emigration Canyon. However, 95% of the dots turned out to be American Coots, around 100. The were however 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 12 MALLARD,1 EARED GREBE, 10 RING-NECKED DUCK, 4 LESSER SCAUP and the highlight of the afternoon, 3 Greater Scaup. A bit early but I guess on cue with a number of other early arrivals this fall...

Dave Hanscom (7 Oct 2007) - Today I had to go out to Sears on 5600 West, so I decided to check out Lee Kay Ponds. It was an amazingly good morning, with 36 species in about an hour. Highlights: - Peregrine Falcon, Great and Snowy Egrets, Horned Grebe, a bunch of Turkey Vultures, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, lots of Ruddy Ducks, and a Western Wood-peewee that must have missed his southbound bus...

Colby Neuman (6 Oct 2007) - Tim Avery and I birded Sugarhouse Park, the Salt Lake International Center, Antelope Island Causeway and Saltair today.
Highlights were 2 different Sabine's Gulls and 3 American Golden-Plovers... Salt Lake International Center - Sabine's Gull - 1 juvenile - worked the ditch that is to the southeast of the intersection of Wright Brothers and Harold Getty Drives...the bird eventually flew off to the southwest and we could not refind the bird ... Antelope Island Causeway - American Golden-Plover - 3 juveniles - both sides of causeway  - Sabine's Gull - 1 juvenile on north side of causeway between MM 2-3...

Tim Avery (2 Occt 2007) - This evening at the Salt Lake International Center I found a couple interesting birds. The first was an apparent female/1st Winter Indigo Bunting. The bird was quite cinnamon colored on it's head, back and wings. It also showed a pale throat, and streaked breast....The other interesting bird, and perhaps even rarer than the bunting was what I believe was appeared to be a hybrid Red-breasted x Red-naped Sapsucker. The bird initially flew past me, and appeared to have a lot of red on its head. When I located it in the tree it flew to I could see the red extending form the throat, onto the breast, as well as onto the face and neck. From behind the bird had a lot of red from the forehead all the way to its back. Otherwise, the back and wing pattern as well as tail looked like a fairly typical RNSA...

Sep 2007

Tim Avery (30 Sep 2007) - I spent a couple hours at the IC this evening...The most interesting bird was an empid that I fit the "bill" (no pun intended) for Least Flycatcher.  The bird was hanging out on the north side of the Compeq building along the fence line that is the northern edge of the IC. This area has been one of the most consistently productive areas at the IC, and has produced several good birds. There is an east-west line of conifers here, along a ditch with some small Russian Olive trees. To get to this area, take the 5600 West exit off ofI-80 and go north to Harold Gatty Drive. Turn Left and follow the road till it comes to a "T" at John Glenn Road. Turn right and drive to the dead end and park. The tree line is on your right and stretches about 150 yards.

Colby Neuman (25 Sep 2007) - It was our first WEST trip of the season where we take ~60 kids on a cruise boat about 5-6 miles out into the lake where we teach the kids about the Great Salt Lake ecosystem... I was literally asking the kids, "what eats brine shrimp and brine fly larvae?" when one of the kids shouted out seagulls, which was immediately followed by another student asking, "what's that dark gull flying alongside the boat?". I was about the say a young California Gull, but I quickly realized it was a jaeger. I didn't hide my excitement too much, and told the kids that it was a pretty rare bird in Utah. Based on my limited experience with Parasitic Jaegers and my nonexistent (to very slight experience depending on who you ask) experience with Long-tailed and Pomarine Jaegers, I think it was pretty consistent with Parasitic Jaeger. The size, shape and flight pattern all seemed to point in that direction. The barring on the undertail coverts was actually pretty noticeable and reminded me a lot of the bird Willard Bay bird from a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I never watched the bird through any optics because I had to continue teaching. Either way, I thought it was pretty cool. - Tim did indeed find the bird flying about 800 yards to a mile north of the marina at Saltair earlier this afternoon. So it is certainly possible to see this bird from the shoreline. It seemed to be harassing gulls on the lake consistently.

Tim Avery (24 Sep 2007) - This evening form 6:30-7:30 pm I birded the International Center with Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld. ...we headed to the far west end and around to the north side of the Compeq building, which is lined with conifer. About 60 feet into the trees I spotted an adult White-throated Sparrow (white-striped edition) on the fence line on the north side of the trees.

Tim Avery (23 Sep 2007) - This evening, after 6:00pm Colby Neuman and I saw 3 Sabine's Gull along Lee's Creek in northwestern Salt Lake County. The highlight was not the number of birds, but the fact that 2 were adults still in breeding plumage.

Tim Avery (16 Sep 2007) - It appears the International Center is proving its potential yet again! This evening I spent the 2 hours before sunset birding the area, and had several exceptional finds. A very bright first winter Blackpoll Warbler was seen just to the north of the intersection of 5600 West and Harold Gatty Drive. This is on the opposite side of the center from where the Prothonotary was seen last weekend. Back on the other side of the center, at the intersection of Wright Brothers Drive and Amelia Earhart, was a large flock of spizella, roughly 400 birds, including at least one, and maybe even 2 very striking adult Clay-colored Sparrow, in non-breeding plumage. I was able to get a shot of one on the ground with numerous Chipping Sparrow.

Geoff Hardies (16 Sep 2007) - The Green Heron is still at the little pond off of the Jordan River. Also seen were: Nashville, Townsend's, Wilson's, Yellow-rump and a male an female Yellow Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Common Nighthawk, Cedar Waxwing and the usual crew.

Colby Neuman (10 Sep 2007) -Tim and I went back to the Salt Lake International Center yesterday afternoon and spent a considerable amount of time searching the trees and bushes around the complex. We did briefly see the Prothonotary Warbler in the same location previously described. We came up with quite a list of migrants that included 8 warbler species...

Colby Neuman (8 Sep 2007) - ... talked Tim into going out to the Salt Lake International Center (SLIC) this evening. ... It certainly paid off! ...we came across the Prothonotary Warbler. This was just south of the junction of 575 North and Wright Brothers Drive (4000W). ... Kris Purdy, Glenn Barlow and the Summerfields were all able to make to the SL International Center and see the bird this evening as well. The bird moved along the trees for several hundred yards in the N/S direction of the intersection several times. However, the bird was refound twice in the Russian Olive that's on the southwest corner of the intersection of 575 North and Wright Brothers Drive (4000W).

Jack Binch (8 Sep 2007) - Bob Huntington and I went to the Jordan River Parkway at 5400 South and 1040 West to look for a Green Heron that Bob found earlier in the week. We walked past the pond and did not see the heron on the first pass. We went north almost to the end of the trail and got into a bunch of warblers. ...We both got on what seemed to be a Warbling Vireo, but when it got out into the open a little it was much too yellow. ... The overall appearance was that of a Philadelphia Vireo according to Sibley. ...On the way back by the pond, the Green Heron was on the west bank.

Aug 2007

Rob Fergus (11 Aug 2007) - ...this evening we found a juvenile female Summer Tanager at the entrance gate to the Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve west of the 7200 W exit on I-80 in Salt Lake County. It was actually perched on the right side of the gate down near the fragmites. After about a minute it flew off to the east down the canal and into the fragmites. It was quite a shock to see this bird here in northern Utah at this date, and in such seemingly atypical habitat (not a tree to be seen anywhere).

Jun 2007

Bob Huntington (24 Jun 2007) - This afternoon I was sitting at the table looking out at my feeders. In the feeder feeding with two morning doves, one Eurasian Collard-Dove and one White-winged Dove at one time. The white-wing was a first for my yard as well as salt lake county. A beautiful bird.

Tim Avery (23 Jun 2007) - This afternoon while golfing at Glendale Golf Course in Salt Lake City, one of my buddies asked why the "little seagulls" were "fighting". I looked over to see one Tern fervently pursuing another around the main pond between the 1st fairway and the 9th fairway.  ...In any event the "Smaller" tern was an Adult Least Tern in breeding plumage. I watched the two birds for about a minute before the Forster's gave up and dove for a fish while the Least continued floating around. There were 3 Forster's Terns in the area and later, while playing near the 6th I observed the Least on another pond!

Colby Neuman (4 Jun 2007) - I went on a hike up Neff's Canyon (Salt Lake Co.) on Saturday afternoon for a couple hours. We hiked up towards the north chute on Mt. Olympus where a Winter Wren was singing both on the way up and down the canyon.

May 2007

Tim Avery (14 May 2007) - Birded along the lakefront today... Lee Kay Ponds 8:15 - 8:45am...1 - Common Tern (Alternate plumage with a ton of black in the primaries)

Apr 2007

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

Kris Purdy (12 Apr 2007) - This morning, a Horned Grebe was swimming at Little Dell Reservoir in Salt Lake County in the small inlet on the west side adjacent to mm 2 of SR-65. The bird had gained most of its spring gold-striped football helmet head plumage, but the body still looked positively wintry. A smattering of common waterfowl and a Lesser Yellowlegs picking delicately along the grebe's shoreline rounded out the bird life there.

Joel Beyer (1 Apr 2007) - We've seen Eurasian Collared Doves in many places around the state, but didn't see our first in SL County until the first of this year. So I was quite surprised just now to see one at our bird feeders here in Sugarhouse.

Feb 2007

Pomera Fronce (1 Feb 2007) - The...Varied Thrush, is still hanging around the Kennecott Nature Center along the JRP. Steve Carr and I observed her this morning.

Jan 2007

Pomera Fronce (28 Jan 2007) - Roberta, Jack and I walked along the Jordan River Parkway trail at 12600 South today. We saw lots of nice birds with the most unexpected being a Mountain Bluebird. We also got to study a Northern Shrike from a very short distance.

Pomera Fronce (22 Jan 2007) - Roberta Wherritt found a female Varied Thrush along the Jordan River Parkway south of the 4800 South trailhead on Monday around 1:30 p.m. She and I relocated the bird in the same area at 3:30.  If you walk straight out from the Kennecott Nature Center, you will see the beginning of a wooden fence. There is an opening there where you can see across the river. The bird was working the bank on the far side of the river. She stayed low the entire time we watched her and in typical fashion would come to the water's edge and then scurry back under the overhanging tree branches.

Kristin Purdy (20 Jan 2007) - Tim Avery just called (11:30 am, Saturday) with a report of great gulls at Lee Kay Ponds in Salt Lake County. Tim and Dave Slager have only been gulling there for about 20 minutes and already they've seen the Western Gull, two Glaucous Gulls, one first-winter Glaucous-winged Gull, one apparent first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull and a NELSON'S GULL (Glaucous x Herring).  In addition, Tim and Dave visited the Ben Hame house on the Alta Bypass Road this morning and saw approximately 180 Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-finches. Both Hepburn's and Interior races of Gray-crowned were present with Hepburn's in the majority.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (14 Jan 2007) - Both the Western Gull and the second winter Glaucous Gull were seen on the main pond late this morning (11:30-noon) at Lee Kay Ponds.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (6 Jan 2007) - An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was found at Lee Kay Ponds this morning by Steve and Cindy Summerfield. We also observed the bird. It was seen at the west end of the main pond. A second winter Glaucous Gull was on the westernmost pond. The "thaylandic" gull was also on the west pond, and was flying around quite a bit, giving us nice views of the wings and tail. There seemed to be too much of a brown tail band for an Iceland Gull, so the four of us non-experts think it's probably a Thayer's Gull (a very light one). The Western Gull was not seen.

Lu Giddings (2 Jan 2007) - Dennis Shirley and I arrived at LeeKay ponds at about 11:40 a.m. and stayed until about 3:30 p.m. The Western Gull was spotted by Dennis almost at once in the company of a small group of gulls (75-100 birds) near the east end of the west pond, near the small finger of land that pokes out into the pond from the south bank. The bird stuck around until 1:29 p.m., five minutes before Bryan Shirley arrived. While we were watching it and waiting for Bryan, Dennis spotted a Glaucous Gull, also in this same small flock of gulls, which stuck around, sleeping on the ice and preening, until around 3:30 p.m.

Dec 2006

Tim Avery (31 Dec 2006) - I headed out to do a survey in northwestern Salt Lake County on private property... A flyover Cackling Goose with a flock of Canada Geese was the highlight of the morning:

Tim Avery (29 Dec 2006) - Alright to spare myself angry emails later I will post this right now as a precautionary measure. This afternoon while sharing my pictures of what was a presumed pale 1st winter Thayer's Gull photographed at Lee Kay on the 27th, several expert "gullers" believed the images depicted a Kumlien's Gull. ......... The ID frontiers list has been lighting up with responses to the pictures I have posted. Many viewers believe this bird is inside the normal range for a Kumlien's type Iceland Gull (not currently on the Utah list).  However, others insist that it is within the range for Thayer's Gull.  And yet other insist that this is likely an integrade and who knows???  For anyone out looking for the Western Gull this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for this very light gull.  It basically looks like a tiny 1st winter Glaucous Gull, but with an all dark bill.  If you have a camera try to get pictures of the tail and any open wing shots in flight would be nice.  I will hopefully make it out in the afternoon.  Comments and pictures of this gull can be viewed here:

Colby Neuman (28 Dec 2006) - Tim Avery just called me to say that Jack Binch and himself have refound the probable Western Gull on the west pond of Lee Kay Ponds. I'm headed down there now.  So far, the few west coasters that have responded have been in favor of the bird likely being a 'pure' (I say that because we will never really know) Western Gull.

Tim Avery (27 Dec 2006) - Thanks to Glenn Barlow for posting the sighting of the possible Western Gull at Lee Kay Ponds this afternoon. Colby and I found the bird and spent some time photographing and studying it before Larene Wyss, Glenn Barlow, and Pomera Fronce arrived to view the bird. At around 4:15 pm the bird headed N-NW over the dump with 1,000's of other gulls to roost for the night. We suspect it will likely return tomorrow as this is where the gulls tend to congregate during the day.

Bob Huntington (25 Dec 2006) - Yesterday (Sat.) I was sitting in my kitchen drinking my first cup of coffee (not fully awake yet). I was watching the birds at my feeders when I noticed a pretty white-crowned sparrow. After the second cup of coffee ( awake now ) I looked closer at the sparrow. Sure enough it was a White-throated Sparrow.

David Wheeler (16 Dec 2006) - Today during the SLC CBC Larene Wyss, Doug Stark, and I found three Winter Wrens in City Creek Canyon. The first was just a few hundred feet up from the gate, the second was just below the Elbow Turn picnic area, and the third way up above the water plant up in a conifer below Area 20 (or was it 22?--oops). The road is plowed to the Rotary Club monument. We think there may have been a Pygmy owl getting mobbed by chickadees near the plant, but didn't get a good enough look to be sure.

pdggray (6 Dec 2006) - A group from GSL Audubon were surprised and thrilled to see a female Long-tailed Duck on Mountain Dell Reservoir this morning. Most of the reservoir was frozen so it was pretty quiet but at the very west end there was some open water. This is where we found the Long-tailed Duck along with Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneye, American Wigeon and Bufflehead.

Nov 2006

Edson Leite (14 Nov 2006) - Today around 4pm there was a Cackling Goose in sugar house park west of the pond.

Oct 2006

Tim Avery (25 Oct 2006) - ...I decided to make a run out to Saltair/South Shore Marina... The grebe situation was interesting. I originally saw 3 Horned Grebes from] inside my vehicle, but after getting out I could see 6 birds just off the north breakwall. Likely a migrating group.

Jack Binch (24 Oct 2006) - Bob Huntington just called me to report a Red-necked Grebe at Little Dell Reservoir. To get there, take I-80 up Parley's Canyon to exit 134. Go 1.9 miles from the exit to the small turn off. Bob says it is marked no parking but everyone does. The grebe was by the dam and requires a spotting scope.

Sep 2006

Jack Binch (24 Sep 2006) - Bob Huntington and I went searching for the Broad-winged again...We went to the Jupiter Peak area and climbed the hill on the northeast side of the parking lot. It is a very steep hill although not to long. We got to the peak about 9:30 AM and saw our first hawk at 10:15. Yes it was a Broad-winged Hawk....Next we saw a kestrel, then a Coopers Hawk, Sharp-shinned, then we had a ten foot walk by from a Ruffed Grouse. Next was another Broad-winged. This one was over the county line into Salt Lake County for Bob's list. Then another Coopers, Kestrel, Sharpie, four Sharpies, a dark falcon that we both think was a Peregrine, our third and last Broad-winged at 12:00...

Bob Huntington (15 Sep 2006) - This morning about 10:30 I spotted a Chestnut-sided Warbler on jorden river parkway north of 5400 south. There is a steel foot bridge no. of 5400 so. Go across to the west side between the river and a small pond. It was feeding with a large flock of yellow-rumps.

Dave Slager - I found a first-fall Magnolia Warbler this morning (Saturday, 9/9/06) in Salt Lake County. I saw the bird at about 9:30am at Parley's Natural Area. To get here, take I-80 East (only) to the 2300 E exit, and after leaving the freeway take a left immediately on 2760 South. Just after Tanner's Park on the left there is a cul-de-sac on the left where the trail to the natural area begins. Stay on the wide trail going down the hill. Turn left before the foot bridge over the creek, and you'll be on another wide gravel trail. The bird was working along the creek, between the foot bridge and the electrical substation, with a mixed flock of chickadees, a Warbling Vireo, and a Plumbeous Vireo. Good luck!

Pomera Fronce (9 Sep 20006) - Anne and I located a Northern Waterthrush along the Jordan River Parkway this morning. From the parking lot just north of 5400 South, cross the river to the west and walk north along the dirt path that parallels the river. You will see a long skinny pond on the west side of the path. The bird was favoring the north end of the pond.

Dave Slager (2 Sep 2006) - I found a Blackpoll Warbler this morning in Salt Lake County. The location is along the west bank of the Jordan River north of the 5400 S bridge. From the foot bridge on the north side of 5400 S, walk the gravel trail along the west bank of the river. I saw the bird along the river near the large brush pile at 7:15am. I wasn't able to relocate it during the next 2 hours.

Aug 2006

Pomera Fronce (24 Aug 2006) - Roberta and I walked along the Jordan River this morning starting at 5300 South and traveling north. The area around the bridge was very active. The dead tree south of the bridge and on the west side of the river was loaded with birds. This is where we first saw the Northern Waterthrush. It was sitting low in the tree, doing what it does best, bobbing its tail. Eventually, it found cover in the brush near the tree.

Cindy Sommerfeld (23 Aug 2006) - Around 4:00 this afternoon Steve and I stopped by Decker Lake. We found a White-rumped Sandpiper! We observed it for three and a half hours. Fortunately Pomera and Anne were willing to come by and help us verify and take photos. The bird was on the farthest west mud flat on Decker Lake. It flushed a few times so you could its white rump. It seemed to stay in the same area. There was also a Least Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, and a number of Yellow Legs.

Jul 2006

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Jul 2006) - Today at Brighton we saw a female Varied Thrush. The location was about 1/2 mile up the Snake Creek Pass trail, just beyond where the ski lift crosses the trail, in the swampy area to the left (at the largest of the small ponds). It was first seen flying less than 10 feet away, and then viewed for about 15 seconds sitting on a branch before it flew to cover. All the field marks (orange eyebrow, orange throat, orange and grayish-black wing pattern, gray chest band) were well seen. Varied Thrush is often seen in fall through spring but I didn't remember any summer reports, and a check of the sightings on Utah Birds lists only two others (both in June). We looked for but did not refind the thrush on the way back down the trail. Also, this seems to be a good year for woodpeckers in the Brighton area. We saw at least 5 Three-toed Woodpeckers and 12 Williamson's Sapsuckers today. We saw lots of Red Crossbills as well, but no White-winged (drat!).

Bob Huntington (21 Jul 2006) - Today I read Kristin's email about the crossbills in Little cottonwood canyon. I went up about noon to see what I could find. I hiked the upper trail around the cliffs. I spotted one male White-winged Crossbill and watched it for about 2 minutes. When it flew it went down towards the camp grounds.

Kris Purdy (20 Jul 2006) - Here's another recent report of White-winged Crossbills from the DWR bird sightings hotline; this one in Salt Lake County: 7/15 — David and Ingra Mccoy reported observing a male and female White-winged Crossbill in Albion Basin on a side trail that starts not far from the trail head to Secret Lake.

Colby  Neuman (8 Jul 2006) - A couple of friends and I went for a run up to Dog Lake from the end of the Millcreek Canyon road today. I heard at least two Winter Wrens singing along the way. The first bird was heard singing on the coniferous hillside (the beginning of the trail) immediately to the south of the highest parking lot. The second bird was much higher in elevation near where there is a 4-way junction (I think with the Big Water Trail).

Mike Johnson (7 Jul 2006) - Tom Brennan and I saw a pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers at Lake Solitude on Friday morning around 10 a.m. Both the male and female were flying to and from the nest, actively feeding their nestlings. The nest is in the biggest dead tree on the south side of the lake, a little less than halfway up the tree on the tree's northwest side. They frequently flew across the lake and down somewhere along the ski run, then returned to the nest. We were able to get excellent looks from a distance.

Carol Davis (6 Jul 2006) - For years I've had the Common Grackles coming to my yard to bathe and feed occasionally. I knew they had nests in the neighborhood but this year I didn't know if any actually stayed to nest. This week, however, I have been having some young large birds come to the birdbath that I suspected were young common grackles, but they lacked the bright eye color and beautiful body colors. Well, yesterday it was confirmed they are indeed juvenile common grackles because one of the parents was with them.

Jun 2006

Pomera Fronce (26 Jun 2006) - When's the last time you saw six species of woodpeckers in three hours. It happened to the GSLA group this morning on our field trip to Brighton and Redman. There were some other interesting birds as well. Here's our list:... Northern Goshawk... Williamson's Sapsucker... American Three-toed Woodpecker... Pine Grosbeak...

Pomera Fronce (16 Jun 2006) - My memory is not good on the initial sighting of the Hooded Oriole in the avenues. I believe Mark Stackhouse found him in 2003. Unbelievably, the bird is still there. I watched him for about thirty minutes today around 1:00.

Pomera Fronce (5 Jun 2006) - At noon on Sunday, Jack Clark and I found a pair of Three-toed Woodpeckers at Redman in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Apr 2006

Pomera Fronce (30 Apr 2006) - Have I mentioned how much I like the Jordan River Parkway south of 12600 South :). It continues to produce excellent birds!...On our way back to the parking lot, Steve picked out a bird in the bushes which turned out to be a Black-throated Sparrow. This was a beautiful fresh spring bird and we got excellent looks. This was an exciting find as I have never seen this bird outside of Washington County. Our last good bird before we left this area was a Great Egret which was coursing along the river. ...The last bird we added to our list today was the Band-tailed Pigeon in Holladay.

Colby Neuman (23 Apr 2006) - Tim Avery and I went to the mitigation area south of 126th S along the Jordan River today and we were not disappointed. Highlights were a Baird's Sandpiper, the continuing male Blue-winged Teal, continuing or a new Solitary Sandpiper, and a Western Kingbird in the sagebrush patch just north of the ponds (possibly the first in the county this year?).

Pomera Fronce (20 Apr 2006) - The Jordan River Parkway going south from 12600 South produced some wonderful birds today. The new mitigation site about 1.5 miles south from the parking lot is really bringing in some good birds...Blue-winged Teal...Solitary Sandpiper...The Harris's Sparrow I reported on March 29th is still hanging around the same area.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (16 Apr 2006) - Yesterday evening we checked out Lee Kay Ponds (SL Co.) and saw a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage. It was with Eared Grebes in the westernmost pond. A single Bonaparte's Gull was also here, along with many swallows...

Glenn Barlow (5 Apr 2006) - Thanks to an escorted tour by Pomera, my friends from CT and I were able to get great views of both the Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-finches at Alta. We parked in the cul-de-sac near Susan Thomas’ place, then walked around the corner and immediately saw a...Rosy-finch at a feeder on the railing of a house across the street from the Thomas’ house. We saw several more go out of sight underneath the feeder.

Colby Neuman (3 Apr 2006) - I spent the day ski touring from White Pine Drainage to Hogum Fork of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County... Along the way, I heard a Northern Pygmy-Owl around noon in Maybird Gulch (at ~8500ft)...

Mar 2006

Pomera Fronce (29 Mar 2006) - Roberta and I birded the 12600 South segment of the Jordan River Parkway today...Easily the prize bird of the day was a Harris's Sparrow with a Say's Phoebe running a close second.

Pomera Fronce (24 Mar 2006) - After looking for many months, I finally located a Winter Wren at Mountain Dell. Walk the paved road toward Washington Park, take the fork to the right that goes down by the stream, and walk upstream about 50 yards. The bird was in the general vicinity of the bridge with the big red rock on it.

Mark Stackhouse (17 Mar 2006) - So my son and I were leaving the house yesterday afternoon when I heard the shrill cries of Cedar Waxwings overhead. Looking up, I saw about a dozen Cedars, but no Bohemians, in the maple tree above us... Today there were about twice as many waxwings, with at least two Bohemians amongst the Cedars...

Jack Binch (4 Mar 2006) - Bob Huntington just called me to report both Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-finches in Alta at the Thomas House.

Feb 2006

Sylvia Gray (12 Feb 2006) - Bohemian Waxwings seem to be everywhere right now but for those who live in the Salt Lake City area there are some close to home. Bill and I saw a flock of around 50 in Mountain Dell Recreation Area near Washington Park Picnic Area this afternoon.

Jan 2006

Pomera Fronce (31 Jan 2006) - At the Salt Lake City Cemetery on Tuesday, I found two Bohemian Waxwings mixed in with a flock of about 30 cedars. They were working the juniper trees near Baby Pearl's grave just west of the intersection at 990 East (Central) and 330 North.

Jim Bailey (28 Jan 2006) - Judy & I saw a Northern Pygmy-Owl at 10:45 this morning. It's a hundred yards or so west of the Millcreek Canyon fee station on a bare branch overhanging the road on the south side. There's a little pulloff on the south side of the road. The owl was just west of this pulloff.

Colby Neuman (23 Jan 2006) - ...I was rewarded (albeit driving by at 40mph) with a Northern Pygmy-Owl perched in a cottonwood at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County at about 5:20-5:30pm.

Glenda Cotter (23 Jan 2006) - I visited George Washington Park on Saturday afternoon...I was able to relocate the Varied Thrush reported by the Beyers. It was feeding with robins in bushes south east of the main parking lot and was extremely secretive. ..Also in the area was a mixed flock of Cedar and Bohemian Waxwings, though the latter were the more abundant species!

Terry Sadler (18 Jan 2006) - A Common Grackle visited my backyard bird feeder this afternoon, Jan.18. I was able to get get a photo and sent in on to Utah Birds for posting. I live fairly close to the Jordan River in Murray. I had a Common Grackle at my feeder about 5 years ago. I believe it was in the springtime.

Joel & Kathy Beyer (16 Jan 2006) - We found another Varied Thrush this morning, this time at George Washington Park at Mountain Dell in Parley's Canyon. It was seen where the stream crosses under the road, just down the hill from the closed entrance gate. A Northern Pygmy Owl was also seen in the park, near golf course hole #16.

Pomera Fronce (13 Jan 2006) - Jack Clark and I found a Horned Grebe on Little Dell Reservoir today around 11:00. The bird was toward the south end of the water and working near the west shore. The best way to view this area of the reservoir as you are traveling north on UT 65 is to pull off the road right after the water comes into view and look for the raft of ducks. This is before (south of) the parking area/pay station.

Pomera Fronce (7 Jan 2006) - There were some nice birds at Lee Kay Ponds today, the best being a Great Egret. He was in the west pond when I initially found him. Eventually, he flew to the east and I didn't see where he came down.

Jim Bailey (7 Jan 2006) - Judy and I spotted a White-throated Sparrow up City Creek Canyon this morning around 11 am. It was all by itself, looking very lonesome and lost. ...The location was just below picnic area #12, which is the spot on the left, right before where the covered reservoir used to be.

Tim Avery (6 Jan 2006) - Based off a tip from Pomera Fronce I ran over to City Creek Canyon and picked up a Winter Wren (not literally, but that would be nice), just above site # 5 on the south side of the creek...

Tim Avery (4 Jan 2006) - On a tip from Edson Leite I headed to 106th south along the Jordan River to look for a Harris's Sparrow seen during the Jordan River CBC. Despite construction where the bird was originally seen, I managed to find it about 200 yards north of the original location. I began pishing and it immediately flew to the top of the bushes along the west side of the path.

Sylvia Gray (4 Jan 2006) - The first Wednesday of every month GSL Audubon does a bird survey in Mountain Dell Recreation Area, in Parley's Canyon. This morning it was pretty quiet and we had seen only 12 species until Jack Clark noticed a round lump sticking out on the end of a bare branch.... moving forward cautiously we were able to get very close to the tree and sure enough a Northern Pygmy-Owl it was! What a cutie. This was by the stream that forms the northern edge of the recreation area. ...we wandered back towards the car ...I saw a small flock high up on a bare tree....there were 17 Evening Grosbeaks, both male and female. This was in the Washington Park area. Another treat, we couldn't believe our luck. We have been surveying this area for a little under two years now and had seen 100 species before today. The owl made it 101 and the grosbeaks 102. I wonder what 103 will be?

Joel and Kathy Beyer (1 Jan 2006) - We found a Varied Thrush this morning near Millcreek Canyon, on the east side of Salt Lake. From Wasatch Boulevard, drive east on Millcreek Canyon Road (3800 South) to the 4-way stop. Turn left (north) onto Millcreek Road. Drive to the 3-way stop sign. Turn right onto Gilroy Road. Start looking. The thrush was seen in the yards on both sides of Gilroy Road, before it flew to the yards on the adjoining Gilroy Circle.  There were about 100 robins in the area, as well as some 20 other species.

Dec 2005

Susan Prescott (29 Dec 2005) - I had a Varied Thrush in my backyard, which is in the foothills on the east side of Salt Lake City near the mouth of Emigration Canyon. My husband and I watched and photographed the bird for about 15 minutes before it flew away.

Kristin Purdy (28 Dec 2005) - Pennsylvania visitor Win Shafer persistently watched the feeders at the house named Ben Hame on the Alta Bypass road above Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon/Salt Lake County this past week, and was rewarded with sightings of Black Rosy-finches. Win said a flock visited the feeders repeatedly and there may have been other species of rosy-finches present.

Barbara Watkins (22 Dec 2005) - A first winter Harris Sparrow was in a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows at 700 North Desoto Street in the Salt Lake City avenues area on Saturday, December 17th. This is the last house on the street and there is a field on the north side. The sparrow was in shrubs on the fenceline of house and field.

Pomera Fronce (19 Dec 2005) - A Harris's Sparrow visited our backyard feeders today for about ten minutes.  He was in loose company with a very small flock of White-crowned Sparrows.  This is the second time this beautiful bird has graced us with his presence since we moved to Holladay. 

Tim Avery (17 Dec 2005) - This morning at 7:20 am I spotted a lone Cackling Goose with around 500 Canada Geese at Decker Lake. At 8:30 I returned with Jim Rafferty who also was able to see the bird...We also saw a female Hooded Merganser, and a pair or Cinnamon Teal near the Oxbow on the Jordan River.

Pomera Fronce (14 Dec 2005) - Jack Clark and I thought we saw a Winter Wren last Sunday in City Creek Canyon, but could never get a clean look at the bird. We went back today to check it out and the looks we got left no doubt...Sunday we saw the bird above area 5 by the red bridge. Today it was working the stream just above area 4. Beautiful little bird!

Tim Avery (13 Dec 2005) - Yet again the Barrow's Goldeneye are back along the Jordan River for the winter. I just took a quick stop at around 2300 south and saw 1 male Barrow's Goldeneye, 1 male Common Merganser, 1 male Lesser Scaup, several Common Goldeneye, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, and several 100 Canada Goose.

Nov 2005

Deedee O'brien (29 Nov 2005) - I was shocked Sunday afternoon when a Band-tailed Pigeon showed up at my feeder in Holladay! Hadn't seen any since Nov 6th, so had assumed all had migrated. He's still coming around each day.

Tim Avery (25 Nov 2005) - I took a quick trip out to Lee Kay Ponds and Saltair this morning. At Lee Kay I noted one adult and one 1st winter Thayer's Gull on the main pond out from the gazebo. There were also around 25 Herring Gull, 100~ Ring-billed Gull, and probably around 5,000 California Gull. I scanned as much as my eyes could take but couldn't pick anything else out.

Tim Avery (1 Nov 2005) - This morning I headed out to Saltair to see if there were any signs of bird life... A big fat negative...However, on the way out along SR-201 just past the 5600 West exit to Lee Kay Ponds was a light juvenile Broad-winged Hawk. This seems like a rather late migrant, okay a VERY LATE MIGRANT, but several have been seen over the last 2 weeks still coming through Wyoming so... The bird was perched right along the highway on top of a large silver box, literally just past the on-ramp to SR-201 westbound from 5600 West. A silver lining to a birdless day... I watched the bird for about 5 minutes, before continuing on my way.

Oct 2005

Terry Sadler (16 Oct 2005) - I had a White-winged Dove visit my backyard feeder this afternoon, October 16. My home is in Murray near the Jordan River at appox, 50th So. and 9th West. I was able to get a photo...

Tim Avery (4 Oct 2005) - This afternoon I birded Lee Kay ponds where there were at least 3 Common Tern circling over the first pond to the east. shorebirds were practically non existent, seeing just 1 Greater Yellowlegs. Another good bird was an early adult Herring Gull in the main pond with the 1,000's of California Gulls.

Sep 2005

Joel and Kathy (25 Sep 2005) - About noon today we saw a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk from the ridge between Guardsman Pass and Jupiter Peak (top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake Co.) It circled several times before heading southeast. Also seen flying over the ridge were Goshawk, Osprey, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, SS and Cooper's Hawks, RT Hawks, Swainson's Hawk, Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Other notable birds seen in the area were 2 Blue Grouse, a male Three-toed Woodpecker, and a Vesper Sparrow(!).

Aug 2005

Jack Binch (28 Aug 2005) - Bob Huntington and I were at it again this morning...and we got the Green Heron at the Jordan River Parkway just north of the Oxbow Jail. Must be the easiest target bird of  the year. We took Steve Sommerfeld's advice and went upstream. It was maybe a couple of hundred yards to the curve that overlooks the river and five minutes there and along flies an adult Green Heron (7:25 AM).

Jun 2005

Joel and Kathy (21 June 2005) - Sunday...while heading back south through Salt Lake we saw a Least Tern at the ponds around 2100 South and I-15. Caspian and Forster's Terns were also there.

Jim Bailey (20 June 2005) - Judy & I had dinner...this evening at the Silver Fork Lodge up Big Cottonwood Canyon. We dined out on the deck at the southeast corner table. All of the feeders were well stocked... Also on hand was a male Evening Grosbeak.  The grosbeak only showed up 3 times over the course of a couple of hours, so you may have to invest in a meal to see him.

Mar 2005

Deedee O'Brien (19 Mar 2005) - Band-tailed Pigeon in Holladay... This single pigeon was in our trees when I went out to feed the birds around 7:15a.m. He finally came into feeder, as well as getting a drink from the bird bath, then hung around for about an hour...

Mark Stackhouse (10 Mar 2005) - Yesterday I went out for a day of birding with a birder from near Galveston, Texas. ...Some of the highlights were: Both Black and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches at Alta...

Tim Avery (10 Mar 2005) - There were at least 2 Great-tailed Grackles at Lee Kay Ponds this afternoon...

Feb 2005

Pomera Fronce (25 Feb 2005) - ...I was out strolling in the sun and came upon a little flock of White-crowned Sparrows right along the side of a road in my neighborhood....I was able to tell that there was a different bird in the bunch. I went home, got my eyes and came back to find a beautiful Harris's Sparrow. The bird was in the general area of the Cottonwood Mall in Salt Lake City and was observed between 4:00 and 5:00...

Jan 2005

Deedee O'Brien (24 Jan 2005) - Around 10:30 this morning 3 Evening Grosbeaks were eating Russian Olives by the path heading north from the parking lot in the "duck pond park" behind the Senior Center accessed from Murray-Hollady Rd (4800 S between Highland Dr. and 13th E). This is the 2nd time I've seen them in the park in a week. Came home to find a new yard bird. 5 Red Crossbills were feeding on the cones at the top of the tallest pine in the backyard!! Both males and females.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (23 Jan 2005) - At the feeders on the Alta bypass road in Big Cottonwood Canyon we saw about 25 Gray-crowned and 4 Black Rosy Finches this morning (11 a.m.)

Jack Binch (17 Jan  2005) - ...We then went to Alta at the upper bridge on the bypass road and found Pine Siskins, Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Clark's Nutcrackers, Steller's Jays, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and one Black Rosy-Finch (a lifer for me). (11:30 AM)

Tim Avery (10 Jan 2005) - At Lee Kay ponds...was...two large flocks of mostly California Gulls on the main pond directly out from the gazebo. There were a number of Ring-billed Gulls mixed in, and I picked 2 Thayer's Gulls out of the group...

Dave Hanscom (4 Jan 2005) - I stopped by the [Salt Lake] cemetery yesterday to get a start on my 2005 list and was very surprised to see a flock of Red Crossbills in the tops of some evergreen trees feasting on cones. I didn't realize they hung out down here in town. They were moving around quite a bit, but I saw them at about 950 E. 400 N.

skalicky - This morning (Sunday, 1/2/05) I observed two Winter Wrens in City Creek Canyon. One bird was observed about 200 meters above area #5 on the north side of road. This is a large seep nearby. The second bird was about 200 meters further up and near the creek itself. There are three recently felled cottonwood trees in this area. Also observed were a large number of Brown Creepers (~15) and Golden-crowned Kinglets (~20).

   

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