Utah Bird Report for 11/22/98
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan Summit Co.
Wood Duck Utah Co., Weber Co.
Oldsquaw Davis Co.
Black Scoter Davis Co.
Surf Scoter Davis Co.
White-winged Scoter Davis Co.
Barrow's Goldeneye Cache Co.
Hooded Merganser Cache Co., Summit Co.
Common Merganser Wasatch Co.
Red-breasted Merganser Davis Co.
Bald Eagle Wasatch Co.
Blue Jay Weber Co.
Winter Wren Salt Lake Co.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Box Elder Co., Davis Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


The female NORTHERN PARULA, first seen on 11/07, continues to cooperate with birders at Willard Bay State Park. The bird has now been seen by many birders. Reports of successful birders came from every day this week, including many reports from Saturday, 11/21 (AG,CN,AS,many obs.), and the most recent report from Sunday, 11/22 (IP). Most birders have reported finding the bird in the trees and brush at the north end of the campground. It 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.

A late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen in the campground at Willard Bay SP on Wednesday, 11/18 (KE,JR).


On the pond at First Dam, at the mouth of Logan Canyon, two female HOODED MERGANSERS and many BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were seen on Saturday, 11/21 (RJA,KJ,MS,DW).


Winter ducks continue to be seen along the Antelope Island Causeway. OLDSQUAW, BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, along with a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were all reported from the causeway on Monday, 11/16 (C&SA,CG,CW).

A HARRIS' SPARROW was seen just north of the Davis County line along the Jordan River on Tuesday, 11/17 (DW) and again on Wednesday, 11/18 (MS). A late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was also seen in the area on Wednesday, 11/18 (MS) and Thursday, 11/19 (DW). To get to the area where the birds were seen, take Redwood Road north to a point about 1/2 mile north of the intersection with 2300 North, to where the Jordan River first swings close to the road. You can park here and walk along the parkway. The birds were in a mixed flock of juncos and White-crowned Sparrows just upstream (south) of this point.


A SNOW BUNTING was seen on Friday, 11/13, on a rock jetty across from the Harbor Village Resort at Bear Lake (J&KBa).


WINTER WRENS continue to be seen in City Creek Canyon. Three wrens were seen or heard between picnic areas 3 and 6 on Sunday, 11/15 (CC,JVM).


HOODED MERGANSERS have been seen over the past week at the small ponds just below the dam at Echo Reservoir. A male and three female mergansers were seen there on Saturday, 11/14 (DG), and two males and two females were seen on Saturday 11/21 (MS,DW). A TUNDRA SWAN was also there on Saturday, 11/21 (MS,DW). To get there, take exit 169 from I-80, and go right. The ponds can be viewed from a bend in the road just past the railroad overpass.


A pair of WOOD DUCKS were seen at Salem Pond on Saturday, 11/21 (LH,MM).


A BALD EAGLE and several COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at Strawberry Reservoir on Saturday, 11/14 (RM).


The BLUE JAYS visiting a feeder in Pleasant View are reported to be most regularly seen between 10 am and 1 pm (IP). To get there, take 900 West in Pleasant View north until you reach an open gate. The birds have been visiting feeders at the first house on the left past the gate.

About 30 WOOD DUCKS were seen on Beus Pond in Ogden, on Wednesday, 11/18 (KE,JR). Beus Pond is located at the corner of 42nd St. and Country Hills Dr., above Harrison Blvd. in Ogden.

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Sunday, November 22, 1998.

Observers: RJA=R.J. Adams; C&SA=Cal & Sharon Andrus; J&KBa=Jared & Kylie Barnes; CC=Calleen Cox; KE=Kieth Evans; AG=Alan Godwin; DG=Dana Green; CG=Carol Gwynn; LH=Larisa Harding; KJ=Kevin Johnson; RM=Robin McDuff; MM=Milton Moody; CN=Colby Neuman; IP=Ingrid Payne; JR=Jack Rensel; AS=Arnold Smith; MS=Mark Stackhouse; JVM=Julie VanMoorhem; CW=Cliff Weisse; 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.