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2018 Christmas Bird Count Schedule for Utah
County Checklists have been updated

Feature Articles:

A new species for Utah!
On September 19th Nikki Emanuel discovered a Blue-footed Booby at Warm Creek Bay, an out-of-the-way corner of Lake Powell in Kane County.  She got some great photos of this bird and sent them into the Records Committee along with a sighting report which was  unamimously accepted, making the Blue-footed Booby the 464th species.on Utah's bird checklist.

Update of pages showing newly-hatched birds:
A feature article from 4 years ago highlighted photos in our Photo Gallery of 35 species of recently hatched birds -- the cutest birds you'll ever see! The number is now up to 88 species.  Here is a link to the updated page.

2017: A Banner Year for New Species in Utah!
Six New Utah Species were observed and documented in 2017.  Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Arctic Tern, Bell's Sparrow, Black-throated Green Warbler and Common Crane.       (
Click of thumbnails below to see records)



Sending Links to Bird Photos:
The "Bird Index" allows you to look up "Photo Gallery" pictures listed alphabetically by the type of bird.  If you want to send a link to a page of photos (usually has up to 7 photos showing a particular aspect of the bird), you can use the EZ Link (found on the "Bird Index"  menu line) which will put the URL address in the brower's web address blank, where you can copy it and send it in a message.  This makes access to the over 15,000 photos in the Photo Gallery more usable and sharable.

Hummingbird Haven:
The 2018 version of the "Hanna Hummingbird Haven" is in full swing at the cabin of Dena & Jim Reid in Hanna, Utah,. The Rufus males start leaving after the 1st week of August, so now is a good time to go.   Visitors are welcome!
(Here are two slow-motion videos by Paul Hunsaker:  Video 1 Video 2)

Three Jays Meet for Unique Photo Opp:
A rare Blue Jay, normally found in the Eastern part of the country had been coming to Bill Pier's yard since the middle of December of last year.  The last week of January of this year, Bill got a photo of three jays feeding together a one time.  This may be a unique picture for Utah.

Two Great Gray Owls in Utah:
One Great Great Owl was reported near Midway on 29 Jan 2017 and another was reported in Mountain Green on 2 Feb 2017. The last sighting of this species in Utah was in 1989.  Here's how it played out for Weston Smith.  Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two birds.  Many birders got to see these rare birds.     [
Documented Sighting of this Species in Utah]

Follow Utah's Pelicans at they return to their nesting grounds:
The Utah DWR along with its partners have developed a tracking system for the pelicans that nest in the Gunnison Island colony in the Great Salt Lake.  You can monitor their movement on a regularly updated map, as they make their way through New Mexico, Arizona and California back to Utah. 

Utah DWR data on Yellow-billed Cuckoos:
The Utah DWR has kept track of the occurrence of Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the diet of the Salt Lake City peregrine falcons since 1986.  Here's a list of the dates and findings.

Feature Article:
Bald Eagles come to Utah mainly in the winter and rarely stay over to nest.  Jim Bruce took pictures of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles west of Cedar City.  He found the nest in March and followed the rapid growth of the chicks, the fledging process and harassment by smaller birds until the eagles left at the end of August.

Feature Article:
Here's a series of pictures taken by Ernest Harlow of a Barn Swallow nest in Brigham City.  This shows everything from eggs, to featherless hatchings, to downy chicks, to feathered chick ready to go, to the empty feather-lined nest. 

Records Committee:
Five new species were added to the Utah Checklist in 2014 giving us 256 documented species for Utah:
 252nd -- Bar-tailed Godwit; 253rd -- Streak-backed Oriole; 454th  -- Allen's Hummingbird; 255th -- Mississippi Kite; and 256th -- Nelson's Sparrow.  What a year!

eBird Data:
The Utah Birds website has been incorporating eBird Data into it county pages, Rare Bird Finder, and birding location pages through links to reports, graphs, and maps generated by eBird.  The birding location links are only partially done right now but you can check out the locations in Utah County and Salt Lake County to see the links to the eBird data for each specific location (
Click on the name of the location and go to the bottom of the write-up).

Types of Bird Nests:
Many excellent photos of bird nests, birds nesting and young birds fresh from their nests, have been sent in by Utah photographers.  A new article on "Bird Nests and Nesting Schemes" with some of these photos and information about eleven different types of nests or nesting schemes has been posted on our website.  A big "thank you" to the photographers who have shared their photos with us.

Utah Winter Gull Identification:
At the October meeting of the Utah County Birders, Dennis Shirley gave a presentation on identifying "Utah Winter Gulls," which has now been adapted and expanded for the
Utah Birds website.  It's become a "work in process" and we'd like you to take a look and give us some feedback on how we can improve it -- and you may be able to learn to better identify the winter gulls in Utah at the same time.

Feature Article:
Ted Fitzgerald took photos of some nesting robins capturing a couple of fortuitous photos of the "fecal sac" phenomenon. Here's a link of the series from incubation to fledglings producing the "Next Generation of Robins."

Bird Humor:
Here are some links to the "Bird Humor" section of our feature pages:
  - "Change is in the Air"  (A stealthy Starling is up to something).
  - "Mom's Favorite"  (How you can tell you're NOT).
  - "Snack-lifting "  (A clever little gull is hooked on junk food).
  - "Heavenly Smiley Faces"  (Smiley faces are use in emails and...)




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(A special "thanks" to the Salt Lake Birders for a generous contribution in 2008 and to the Utah Ornithological Society for a similar generous contribution in 2013 to support this website).

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