Utah Bird Report for 4/15/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Common Loon Salt Lake Co., Sevier Co., Wasatch Co., Weber Co.
Horned Grebe Cache Co.
American Bittern Sevier Co.
Snow Goose Cache Co.
Blue-winged Teal Wasatch Co.
Osprey Wasatch Co.
Northern Goshawk Cache Co.
WHOOPING CRANE (introduced) Wasatch Co.
Long-billed Curlew Cache Co.
Marbled Godwit Box Elder Co.
Sanderling Davis Co.
Baird's Sandpiper Box Elder Co.
Long-billed Dowitcher Davis Co.
Bonaparte's Gull Box Elder Co., Davis Co.
Caspian Tern Box Elder Co, Davis Co.
BLUE JAY Cache Co.
Black Rosy-Finch Salt Lake Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


Birds seen at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Sunday, 04/11, include BONAPARTE'S GULLS, CASPIAN TERNS, and 100's of MARBLED GODWITS at the northwest corner of the auto-tour loop. A flock of about 20 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were also seen about 5 miles east of the refuge (MB,SB,MS).

CACHE COUNTY The BLUE JAYS at James Mack Park in Smithfield continue to be seen, with recent sightings on Thursday, 04/08. The jays appear to be moving between the park and the nearby Smithfield Cemetery (DM).

A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen in a pond on 9800 North, west of Richmond, on Sunday, 04/11. A HORNED GREBE was on the same pond (RR). The grebe was seen again on Monday, 04/12 (RDA).

Two SNOW GEESE were seen along the Valley View Highway west of Logan on Monday, 04/12 (RDA).

In a field just north of Mendon, 30-40 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS were feeding and displaying in the afternoon on Sunday, 04/11 (MB,SB,MS).

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen flying over the parking area at Beaver Mountain Ski Resort on Sunday, 04/11 (MS).

DAVIS COUNTY Along the Antelope Island Causeway, four SANDERLINGS were seen on Saturday, 04/10 (CG), and two BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen on Sunday, 04/11 (J&KB).

At Farmington Bay WMA, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and CASPIAN TERNS were seen on Saturday, 04/10 (CG).

JUAB COUNTY An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen in the Harrison Unit of Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, 04/07 (SuB).

SALT LAKE COUNTY BLACK ROSY-FINCHES were seen at the feeder at Alf's Restaurant, at the base of the Sugarloaf ski lift at Alta Ski Resort on Friday, 04/09 (LL).

Two COMMON LOONS were on Little Dell Reservoir on Saturday, 04/10 (CG).

SEVIER COUNTY An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen east of Richfield on Saturday, 04/10. The bird was in a small pond which can be reached by taking Glenwood Road east to 2450 East, and going south 1.2 miles to the pond on the right (LW).

COMMON LOONS were seen on Koosharum Reservoir on Saturday, 04/10 (LW).

UTAH COUNTY A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues to be a regular visitor to a feeder near 930 East and 2780 North in Provo. It was seen most recently on Wednesday, 04/14 (MM).

WASATCH COUNTY A pair WHOOPING CRANES has been seen this week in the fields between Deer Creek Reservoir and the Midway Fish Hatchery (m. obs.). The most recent reports come from Wednesday, 04/14. These individuals are birds which have been released into the wild in an effort to establish a population of Whooping Cranes in the Rocky Mountain area, and because they are not yet established, do no constitute a valid Whooping Crane record for Utah (they're great to see anyway!).

Other birds which have been seen in the area around Deer Creek Reservoir and the fish hatchery include BLUE-WINGED TEAL, seen on Tuesday, 04/06 (CN), Wednesday, 04/07 (CC,JVM) and Monday, 04/12 (MS). Also, many COMMON LOONS on the reservoir and up to 25 OSPREY near the fish hatchery have been reported through the week (m.obs.)

WEBER COUNTY Two COMMON LOONS were reported from Pineview Reservoir on Friday, 04/09 (LL).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Thursday, April 15, 1999.

Observers: RDA=Bob Atwood; J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer; MB=Matt Billerman (of NY); SB=Shawn Billerman (of NY); SuB=Suzanne Boshane; CC=Calleen Cox; CG=Carol Gwynn; LL=Leslie Loeffel; DM=Don McIvor; MM=Milton Moody; CN=Carol Nelson; RR=Ron Ryel; MS=Mark Stackhouse; JVM=Julie VanMoorhem; LW=Lew Wilkinson

Please report your sightings by calling the Utah Birdline at: (801) 538-4730 or by e-mail to westwings@sisna.com

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