Utah Bird Report for 2/3/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

"BEWICK'S" SWAN Box Elder Co.
Ross' Goose Salt Lake Co.
Cinnamon Teal Utah Co.
Greater Scaup Box Elder Co., Utah Co.
Barrow's Goldeneye Box Elder Co.
Ferruginous Hawk Tooele Co.
Merlin Box Elder Co.
Gray Partridge Box Elder Co.
hybrid "YS x RS" No. Flicker Salt Lake Co.
Northern Shrike Box Elder Co., Davis Co.
BLUE JAY Cache Co.
Bewick's Wren Utah Co.
Hermit Thrush Utah Co.
Bohemian Waxwing Utah Co.
American Tree Sparrow Box Elder Co., Utah Co., Weber Co.
Lapand Longspur Box Elder Co.
Yellow-headed Blackbird Weber Co.
Black Rosy-Finch Davis Co.
Red Crossbill Weber Co.


Utah Birdline
(801) 538-4730
Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


Two GLAUCOUS GULLS, and adult and a first-winter bird, were seen at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (BRMBR) on Saturday, 01/30 (RJA,KJ,CN).

A "BEWICK'S" SWAN was seen at BRMBR on Thursday, 01/28, at the southwest corner of the auto tour loop (AC). The "Bewick's" Swan is the Eurasian race of the Tundra Swan, and has much more extensive yellow at the base of the bill than North American Tundra Swans.

About 4 miles east of the entrance to BRMBR, hundreds of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and a "suckleyi" MERLIN were seen on Thursday, 01/28 (AC).

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and several GREATER SCAUP were seen on Maheur's Pond in Brigham City on Sunday, 01/31 (DG,JVM).

Near the White's Valley exit from I-84 northwest of Tremonton, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Saturday, 01/30, and on the same day, about 30 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen about 3/4 mile from the exit on the White's Valley Road (RJA,KJ,CN).


Three BLUE JAYS were seen on Sunday, 01/31, at James Mack Park in Smithfield, in the thick brush along the stream (JM).


About 30 BLACK ROSY-FINCHES were seen near the Visitor's Center at Antelope Island State Park on Thursday, 01/28 (DH).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Farmington Bay WMA on Saturday, 01/30 (RJA,KJ,CN).


A female WESTERN TANAGER has continued to come to a suet feeder in Holladay, with sightings as recently as Saturday, 01/30 (JB).

The ROSS' GOOSE at the International Center west of the Salt Lake airport continues to be seen, with reports of the bird from Saturday, 01/30 (DJ) and Sunday, 01/31 (AS). The bird is in the pond to the south of the Hilton Hotel.

A hybrid "Yellow-shafted X Red-shafted" Flicker was seen in a yard north of Olympus Cove at the base of Grandeur Peak on Sunday, 01/31 (RA).


An immature FERRUGINOUS HAWK was seen just north of Stockton on Saturday, 01/30 (DJ).


The FIELD SPARROW which has been at the Lindon Boat Harbor since Saturday, 01/09, continues to be seen. It was reported most recently on Saturday, 01/30 (DA). The bird is still in a mixed flock with juncos and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, but may be expanding its area of activity, and is increasingly difficult to find, with many birders failing to locate the bird. On Saturday, it was seen in the afternoon about 150 yards west of the gate.

In the brush to the south and east of the Lindon Boat Harbor, a BEWICK'S WREN was found on Saturday, 01/30 (DJ,MS,many obs.).

About 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGs were seen in the Provo Cemetery on Thursday, 01/28 (AH).

A male GREATER SCAUP was seen again on Salem Pond on Saturday, 01/30. Also on Salem Pond, a male CINNAMON TEAL was seen on Saturday, 01/30 (DS,MS,many obs.), and 3 male and 2 female Cinnamon Teal were seen on Tuesday, 02/02 (DS).

On Saturday, 01/30, two HERMIT THRUSHES were seen at Warm Springs WMA south of Utah Lake (MS,many obs.).


RED CROSSBILLS were seen again in the Ogden Cemetery on Sunday, 01/31 (KM). Ogden Cemetery can be reached by taking 20th East from Washington Blvd.

At about 7500 West and 12th Street west of Ogden, a flock of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a few YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen on Sunday, 01/31 (DG,JVM).


The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be holding it's annual Bald Eagle Day at seven locations statewide on Saturday, February 6. The locations are:
Salt Creek WMA - Box Elder Co.
Willard Bay SP - Box Elder Co.
Farmington Bay WMA - Davis Co.
Rush Lake and Ophir Canyon - Tooele Co.
Along Dinosaur Quarry Road in Jensen - Uinta Co.
Rush Lake Ranch - Iron Co.
Gordon Creek, between Helper and Price - Carbon Co.

For more information, call Bob Walters at (801) 538-4771.

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Wednesday, February 3, 1999.

Observers: RA=Roy Adams; RJA=R.J. Adams; DA=David Allan; JB=Jim Bailey; AC=Alan Condie; DG=Dana Green; AH=Alona Huffaker; DH=Dick Hurren; DJ=David Jensen; KJ=Kevin Johnson; JM=Jim Messinger; KM=Keith Morlock; CN=Colby Neuman; AS=Arlene Sant; DS=Dennis Shirley; MS=Mark Stackhouse; JVM=Julie VanMoorhem

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.

Mark Stackhouse
Westwings, Inc.
1432 Downington Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 487-9453