Utah Bird Report for 11/15/98
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe Davis Co.
Great Egret Salt Lake Co.
SURF SCOTER Davis Co., Washington Co.
Barrow's Goldeneye Davis Co.
Red-breasted Merganser Box Elder Co.
Peregrine Falcon Salt Lake Co.
Wilson's Phalarope Davis Co.
Bonaparte's Gull Box Elder Co.
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD Salt Lake Co. * not seen since 11/09 *
Lewis' Woodpecker Utah Co., Weber Co.
Northern Shrike Davis Co.
BLUE JAY Weber Co.
Winter Wren Salt Lake Co., Utah Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A female NORTHERN PARULA, first seen on 11/07, continues to be seen at Willard Bay State Park. The bird was seen on Wednesday, 11/11 at about 4:45 pm (J&KB), and on Satruday, 11/14 in the morning (RJA,KJ,CO), and in the afternoon (M&PD,TR). The bird has been in the campground, with most sightings either near the campground host site, or in the trees and brush on the west or north side of the pond. The bird has been moving with a mixed flock of Black-capped Chicadees and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, which also has an Orange-crowned Warbler and at least one Golden-crowned Kinglet. This is only the third record of Northern Parula in Utah.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was again seen in the campground at Willard Bay SP, this time on Thursday, 11/12. It was near campsite 2 (SA).

On the lake at Willard Bay, many BONAPARTE'S GULLS have been present throughout the week (many obs.), and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was along the shore near the parking area on Saturday, 11/14 (RJA,KJ,CO).


Winter ducks continue to be the main attraction along the Antelope Island Causeway, with this week's special being BLACK SCOTERS. Two female Black Scoters were seen just west of the first bridge on the south side of the causeway on Friday, 11/13 (BS,SG), and at least three female Black Scoters were seen on Saturday, 11/14, one on the south side of the causeway at about mile marker four and two on the south side between mile markers 1 & 2 (M&PD,TR,MS,DW).

A female SURF SCOTER was seen on Friday, 11/13, on the north side of the causeway between mile marker 3 and the island (BS,SG).

Female OLDSQUAW also continue to be seen on the Antelope Island Causeway, with sightings of single birds on Wednesday, 11/11 (SH), and Friday, 11/13 (BS,SG). Two Oldsquaw were seen on Saturday, 11/14 (RJA,KJ,CO)The sightings have been scattered all along the causeway.

Other birds seen along the Antelope Island Causeway include several groups of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES on Saturday, 11/14 (many obs.), and a late WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the marina, also on Saturday, 11/14 (MS,DW).

At Farmington Bay WMA on Saturday, 11/14, a HORNED GREBE was seen in the main pond near the first bridge on the western dike road, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen just east of where the main entrance road bends west (MS,DW).


The female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD which was visiting a feeder in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City has not been seen since Monday, 11/09.

A GREAT EGRET was seen flying over Nibley Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, 11/11 (JVM).

WINTER WRENS continue to be seen in City Creek Canyon. One one has been near the entrance gate, with a first report from this area on Saturday, 11/07 (GW), and another report on Wednesday, 11/11 (JVM). Wrens were also found between picnic areas 3 & 4 and at picnic area 6 on Wednesday, 11/11 (JVM).

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Friday, 11/13 (RJA).


A LEWIS' WOODPECKER was seen in the town of Alpine on Saturday, 11/14. The bird was in the trees behind a house which is under construction on Westfield Cir. (AG,YS). To get there, go north on 6000 West in Alpine until you reach Westfield Cir.

A WINTER WREN was again seen at Canyon Glen Park in Provo Canyon on Saturday, 11/14 (AG,YS).


BLUE JAYS continue to visit a feeder in Pleasant View. Two Blue Jays were seen on Saturday, 11/14 (M&PD,TR). To get there, take exit 352 from I-15, turn east on 2700 North, go to the end at 1000 West, turn north to the end at Pleasant View Drive, turn east for one block, and turn north on 900 West. Go north until you reach a gate. You can either park here and walk to the house, or call Ingrid Payne at 782-1787 to open the gate. The birds have been visiting feeders at the first house on the left through the gate.

A LEWIS' WOODPECKER was seen in the oak trees near the gate on 900 West in Pleasant View, just below the house with the Blue Jays, on Saturday, 11/14 (RJA,KJ,CO).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Sunday, November 15, 1998.

Observers: RJA=R.J. Adams; SA=Sharon Andrus; J&KB=Joel and Kathy Beyers; M&PD=Matt & Pia DeVries; SG=Sharon Gander; AG=Alan Godwin; SH=Sue Hinde; KJ=Kevin Johnson; CO=Carrie Oliver; TR=Tuula Rose; MS=Mark Stackhouse; YS=Yvonne Stroup; BS=Barbara Stubblefield; JVM=Julie VanMoorhem; GW=Glen Warchol; DW=David Wheeler

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.