Utah Bird Report for 08/06/98
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Eared Grebe (albinistic) Davis Co.
Snowy Plover Salt Lake Co.
Marbled Godwit Davis Co.
Baird's Sandpiper Salt Lake Co.
Acorn Woodpecker San Juan Co.
Cassin's Kingbird San Juan Co.
Blue Grosbeak Davis Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen on Friday, 07/31, also along the Antelope Island Causeway. This bird was in the rocks on the north side of the causeway, at the point where the causeway makes its final bend towards the island (AP).

Other sightings from the causeway include an apparently albinistic EARED GREBE which was seen in the same area as the turnstone on Friday, 07/31 (AP), and a MARBLED GODWIT, which was seen on the mudflats at the causeway entrance on Sunday, 08/02 (J&KB).

A LEWIS' WOODPECKER was seen in the town of Farmington on Saturday, 08/01 and Sunday, 08/02, in a large, dead cottonwood tree across the street from the house at 1313 West 1800 North. To get there, take US 89 north towards the Cherry Hill Campground, turning left at the Chevron gas station, then immediately left again onto 1800 North. In about 200 yds., there is a church on the right, and then the house at 1313 on the left. The woodpecker has been in the dead tree in the pasture across the street, and on the utility poles along the street (BF). This bird was again reported on Wednesday, 08/05 (CG).

A male and two female BLUE GROSBEAKS were seen along Glover Lane in Farmington on Sunday, 08/02. They were at the point where the railroad crosses the lane west of I-15 (J&KB).

SALT LAKE COUNTY Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Saltair exit off I-80 on Sunday, 08/02. They were in the pond to the west of the exit, north of the highway. Also in the area were several BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, and a single SNOWY PLOVER was seen about 1 mile east of Saltair (J&KB).

On Tuesday, 08/04, 10 COMMON TERNS were seen feeding in the pond south of the marina at the Great Salt Lake State Park, just west of Saltair (SS).

SAN JUAN COUNTY An ACORN WOODPECKER was seen from US 191, where it crosses Devil Canyon about 12 miles south of Monticello on Saturday, 08/01. The woodpecker was in the large, dead Ponderosa Pine on the south side of the canyon just east of the highway (MS).

A CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was seen in the "A" loop of the Squaw Flat Campground in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park on Saturday, 08/01 (MS).

UTAH COUNTY The VAUX'S SWIFTS which are apparently nesting at 100 East and 500 North in Lehi continue to be seen as recently as Monday, 07/27 (JM).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Thursday, August 6, 1998.

Observers: J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer; BF=Bill Fenimore; CG=Carol Gwynn; JM=Jens Munthe; AP=Ann Pierce; SS=Stan Smith; MS=Mark Stackhouse

Please report your sightings by calling the Utah Birdline at: (801) 538-4730 or by e-mail to westwings@sisna.com You may e-mail questions and comments to westwings@sisna.com or you may call (801) 487-9453.