Utah County Birders Newsletter
January 2011

    January Meeting
Upcoming Field Trips
    Meet the New Club President
    Bird of the Month
    Provo CBC Report

Backyard Bird of the Month
    December Hotline Highlights


Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This month's Utah County Birds meeting will be held at the Golden Corral on University Parkway in Orem (225 West 1300 South) starting at 7 PM. A back room has been reserved where we can meeting, eat and have the awards program for this year's Birding Challenge AND meet the new officers.

Everyone will pay for themselves as they enter the restaurant.

Meet at 7:00 PM at the Golden Corral on University Parkway in Orem (225 West 1300 South). Tel: 801-225-6299


January 22nd (Sat):  Bryan Shirley will lead a 1/2 day trip in Utah County in search of Rosy-Finches and other winter mountain birds. Meet at the Sam's Club Parking lot in East Bay at 8:00 AM.

We are actively recruiting people to lead local half-day field trips, any time, any place.  If you would like to lead a field trip or if you have any ideas for this yearís field trips, please contact Lu Giddings at - seldom74@xmission.com.

Meet the new club President, Bryan Shirley:

Just to make sure all members of our club know who I am, I thought this month it would be good to tell you a bit about me.  I was born in Provo and raised in the south end of Utah County.  I was lucky to have a birder for a dad, so I was looking at birds as far back as I can remember.  I remember going to meetings with my dad in the basement of the Bean Museum (back then it might have been an Audubon group).  In the front of my dad's field guide there was a picture with silhouettes of a bunch of birds.  I loved looking at it and trying to guess what all the birds were. I still can see the meadowlark in my mind.

For me birds were kind of just a part of life, but I never really went out of my way to see them until I was about 18. I moved to Hawaii after High School and there were birds I didnít know everywhere I looked.  I didnít have binoculars, but I bought a field guide and started trying to figure out what all the birds were. From there I went to Japan as a missionary. I learned my lesson in Hawaii and as a missionary I always had a small pair of binos in my suit pocket. I bribed more than one companion into spending p-day at a nature preserve looking at birds.

After I got back from Japan I took a job in Kentucky. I didnít like the job very much, but loved the birdingĖ especially during migration. I saw nearly every Eastern Warbler while I was there and they are still my favorite bird group. My job kept me so busy that I got pretty burned out and decided to take a break from work and try guiding birders while I debated where to go to graduate school. That was about 10 years ago. I quit thinking about grad school a long time ago, but I am still guiding birders. I started out guiding mostly around the US, but it has slowly evolved to me guiding more and more in South America.  Now I have birded in most countries in South or Central America and a few other places around the world. I love my job and I love birding. I canít figure out what people that donít bird do all day!

I live in Payson with my wife and 2 daughters, both named after birds (Tori, age 2.5, means bird in Japanese, and Elaenia, 13 months, is a kind of flycatcher.) Tori just got her first binos for Christmas and boy was I proud when she started trying to ID the gulls from a ferry in Seattle last week.

I am excited to serve as President of Utah County Birders and birding with you all.

Bird of the Month

No article this month.

If you would like to write an article for the Bird of the Month, please contact Junece Markham -- 373-2487.

Click here for past 'Birds of the Month'.

2010 Provo Christmas Bird Count Report

(taken from a list compiled by Ned Hill)

The Provo Christmas Bird Count was held on December 18. The day was snowy and rainy. The following is a list of birds seen:

Canada Goose 280
Wood Duck 26
Gadwall 43
American Wigeon 86
Mallard 989
Northern Shoveler 104 
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 153
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 3 
Bufflehead 11
Common Goldeneye 34
Common Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 19
Ring-necked Pheasant 21 
California Quail 338
Pied-billed Grebe 8 
American White Pelican 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Bald Eagle 12 
Northern Harrier 24 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17
Cooper's Hawk 6 
Red-tailed Hawk 44
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Golden Eagle 2
American Kestrel 91
Merlin 6
Peregrine Falcon 2 
Virginia Rail 2
American Coot 486
Killdeer 13
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Snipe 13 
Ring-billed Gull 553
California Gull 119
Herring Gull 4
Rock Pigeon 330
Eurasian Collared-Dove 266
Mourning Dove 85
Barn Owl 3
Western Screech-Owl 2
Great-horned Owl 3
Northern Pygmy-Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 9
Downy Woodpecker 16
Northern Flicker 276
Northern Shrike 3
Steller's Jay 3
Western Scrub-Jay 61
Black-billed Magpie 185
American Crow 4
Common Raven 9
Horned Lark 168
Black-capped Chickadee 172
Mountain Chickadee 20
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 11
Canyon Wren 3
Bewick's Wren 1
Marsh Wren 8
American Dipper 16
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 17
Townsend's Solitaire 17
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 1513
European Starling 8310
American Pipit 8
Cedar Waxwing 149
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Spotted Towhee 18
American Tree Sparrow 19
Song Sparrow 98
White-crowned Sparrow 819
Dark-eyed Junco 314
Red-winged Blackbird 5400
Western Meadowlark 4
Yellow-headed Blackbird 26
Brewer's Blackbird 85
Great-tailed Blackbird 55
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 904
Lesser Goldfinch 26
American Goldfinch 86
House Sparrow 816

Total Individuals Reported 23907 Total Species Reported 90



Backyard Bird of the Month

December 2010

Steve Carr - Holladay
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4 Audubon's and one Myrtle enjoying the peanut butter.

Yvonne Carter - Highland
I have had lots of Black Capped Chickadees and Juncos but was surprised the other day with a Spotted Towhee perched on one of my feeders.

Leila Ogden - Orem
I've had a Mountain Chickadee at my feeders for several weeks. I don't see him every day, but often.

Bruce Robinson - West Jordan
Sharp-shined Hawk - The birds ignore my feeders when she is around!

Milt Moody - Provo
Mountain Chickadees have started to come back after a long absence.

Alton Thygerson Ė Provo
Sharp-shinned Hawk ó a brief visitor and unsuccessful hunter around backyard feeders

Eric Huish - Pleasant Grove
I have two different Dark-eyed Juncos with big splotches of pure white feathering on their faces and head. Looks like they dipped their face in the snow.

Harold Clayson - Salem
Christmas morning outside testing bicycles I saw an American Crow.

Cheryl Peterson - Provo
A Sharp-shinned Hawk landed on the platform feeder (3 feet from the window -excellent view). It flew and an American Kestrel took its place a minute later.

Report your favorite backyard bird each month to Cheryl Peterson at 801-375-1914 or CherylPeterson@gmail.com