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24, 2019, 7:00 PM - Bird Challenge Awards Dinner at
the Golden Corral in Orem. Pay on on your own. We will have a room
reserved for our group.
1 Jan 2019 - East Bay
and Salem Pond: Led by Josh Kreitzer. Meet at 8am at Sam's Club,
in Provo. After visiting East Bay and Salem Pond, we may check for recent
rarities depending on time.
January ?? (date/timeTBA)
Gull ID "meeting/field", presented by Billy Fenimore at the
and Dolores Dorť Eccles Wildlife Education Center. (by Farmington Bay)
Utah County Birders
Captainís Log: January 2019
by Keeli Marvel
Happy New Years
another challenge on the books. If you havenít sent me your
challenge totals yet, now is the time! We will celebrate with our
awards ceremony dinner towards the end of January on the 24th. Hope
to see yaíll there! Iíve postponed the dinner a couple weeks later
than usual because Iíll be traveling for work the first couple weeks
in January, so I hope you donít mind! My first trip is to Florida
(Florida in January, so rough, right?!) and Iím hoping to nab a few
lifers on my trip, so Iíll have some awesome birds to write about
for our Feb newsletter.
As we start the new year it might be fun to focus our birding in a
little closer to home. I wrote an article awhile back about a
favorite blogger of mine who came up with the concept of the Five
Mile Radius (5MR) birding challenge. A non challenge year might be a
fun time to focus on the hot spots in your neighborhoods and local
parks and see how many species you can round up.
Another idea for added birding fun in
2019 comes from eBird. Anyone who enters one eBird checklist every
day for the entire year - 365 checklists - will be entered in a
drawing to win a pair of binoculars. Doesnít matter if itís the
birds in your yard or the grackles you spot in the Walmart parking
lot when you go grocery shopping. More info on participating in that
challenge can be found here:
Iím writing this as our New Years party is getting underway, so Iím
gonna keep it short tonight. Hopefully next month Iíll have some
awesome life birds from Florida to report on!
I wish all of you a very happy and Birdy new year! Happy Birding!
BIRD OF THE MONTH:
by Alona Huffaker
know the Grey Catbird has been done a few years ago, but I wanted to
do it again because of an experience I had this summer.
The Grey Catbird is about 9 inches
long, mostly grey with dark on the wings and tail. The cap is black
and he has a rusty patch under his tail. They eat insects, spiders and
berries that they find in the dense shrubs and bushes where they live.
The Grey Catbird lives in most of the United States (except the far
western states) and in the winter migrates to the South and East and
down into parts of Central America and the Caribbean Islands.
The Grey Catbird makes various calls, one of which sounds like a cat
mewing, hence its name.
I sometimes see a Catbird along the Provo River Trail heading west
from the Vivian Park area, and near the bridge in the Diamond Fork
Campground. This summer, while birding along the Spanish Fork River
trail by the ball parks Kathleen and I heard the typical "mew" and
thought we would call it out, so we played the song. Sure enough it
answered and was coming closer and closer through the dense bushes. As
we heard it again, we were getting more excited to see it and out came
a grey...Ö..kitten! What a laugh we had! The real thing is a treat to
hear and see, too!
by Leena Rogers ©Leena Rogers
Field Trip Reports
26 Dec 2018 -
Payson Christmas Bird Count
For the Payson count on December 26th
we donít have final results yet, but it looks like we will be around 85
species including all 4 zonotrichia species: White-crowned,
White-throated, Harrisís, and a count week Golden-crowned Sparrow.
We had another Sayís Phoebe and a couple of Juniper Titmice
as well. Thanks again to everybody who participated.
15 Dec 2018 -
Provo Christmas Bird Count
- The 2018 Audubon Society Provo Christmas Bird
Count was held on December 15. 32 participants enjoyed nice weather and
ended up finding 98 species (+4 others for count week). A few of the
rarities were Anna's Hummingbird, Lesser Black-backed Gull,
and White-winged Dove - all three of these species has only been
recorded once before. We also had a Say's Phoebe & a Pacific
As usual, thanks to Milt for hosting the pot luck compiling party and
thanks to everybody who participated!