Utah Bird Report for 4/29/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Common Loon Sevier Co.
Great Egret Davis Co., Juab Co., Kane Co., Utah Co
Tundra Swan Sevier Co.
Blue-winged Teal Davis Co.
Red-breasted Merganser Box Elder Co.
Common Black-Hawk Washington Co.
Peregrine Falcon Salt Lake Co.
Whooping Crane (introduced) Wasatch Co.
Red-necked Phalarope Washington Co.
Bonaparte's Gull Davis Co.
Bendire's Thrasher Washington Co.
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler Washington Co.
Great-tailed Grackle Juab Co.


Utah Birdline
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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A large number of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS was seen at the north end of Willard Bay, and in the adjacent outflow canal, on Monday, 04/26 (C&MSo).

CACHE COUNTY A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW has been seen at the east end of the canal trail, just above Canyon Road in Logan, from Saturday, 04/24 through at least Tuesday, 04/27 (RR).

DAVIS COUNTY A GREAT EGRET was seen just east of the Egg Island observation point at Farmington Bay WMA on Tuesday, 04/27 (TP). Also at Farmington Bay, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL and several BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen on Sunday, 04/25 (J&KB).

JUAB COUNTY A GREAT EGRET was seen at the south end of Mona Reservoir on Saturday, 04/24 (SC).

A GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE has been present in the staff housing area at Fish Springs NWR from Thursday, 04/23 through at least Monday, 04/26 (JBa). Birders wishing to bird the housing area need to request permission at the refuge office on weekdays, or at one of the residences on weekends.

KANE COUNTY At Lone Rock Beach on Lake Powell, a GREAT EGRET was seen on Sunday, 04/25 (MS,DW).

The YELLOW-FOOTED GULL which was seen at Lake Powell on Wednesday, 04/21, has not been seen since Friday, 04/23.

SALT LAKE COUNTY An apparent female DICKCISSEL has been visiting a feeder in Holladay. The bird was seen in the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, 04/26 and 04/27 (PJ). To make arrangemnts to see the bird, and to obtain more current reports of its visits, call 944-5001. If verified, this will be the fifth record of Dickcissel in Utah.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near the junction of I-215 and 21st South in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, 04/21 (BC).

SEVIER COUNTY An immature TUNDRA SWAN was seen about 4 miles east of Richfield on Thursday, 04/22 (TM).

A COMMON LOON was still on Koosharem Reservoir as of Friday, 04/23 (JF).

UTAH COUNTY A LITTLE BLUE HERON was found in Springville, south of the Mountain Springs Truck Stop, on Monday, 04/26 (SG). It was found again on Tuesday, 04/27, in the corner of a flooded field on the west side of I-15 (MW). Since Tuesday, it has been seen many times in the same location, with sightings as recent as Thursday, 04/29. To get there, take exit 265 from I-15, and go west to the frontage road, and then turn south. The pond is on the west side of the road about 1/4 mile south of the exit. This is the 8th sighting of Little Blue Heron in Utah.

Two GREAT EGRETS were seen at the north end of 4000 West in Lakeshore on Saturday, 04/24 (MM,m.obs.). This is the same area where Great Egrets nested last year.

WASATCH COUNTY A WHOOPING CRANE was seen flying with a small group of Sandhill Cranes between Midway and Heber City on Monday, 04/26 (SSm). This bird is no doubt one of the Whooping Cranes recently released to the wild.

WASHINGTON COUNTY An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD has been visiting a feeder in Hurricane from Tuesday, 04/20 through at least Monday, 04/26 (RF,P&SS,m.obs.). To get information on seeing the bird, call (801) 487-9453 and leave a message.

A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along the road through the Beaver Dam Mountains, at a pullout about 5 miles south of the junction with the road to Gunlock Reservoir, on Tuesday, 04/27 (MS).

A BENDIRE'S THRASHER was seen and heard singing just south of Zella Tank, on the southwest slope of the Beaver Dam Mountains, on Monday, 04/26, and again on Tuesday, 04/27 (MS,DW). To get to Zella Tank, take the Welcome Springs Pipeline Road south from the road to Lytle Ranch.

A pair of COMMON BLACK-HAWKS continues to be seen at Lytle Ranch, at the first grove of cottonwoods north of the ranch. They were seen on Saturday, 04/24 (DA), and on Tuesday, 04/27 (MS). Also at Lytle Ranch, a "Myrtle" race of the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen on Saturday, 04/24 (DA).

A flock of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES was on Quail Creek Reservoir on Monday, 04/26 (MS,DW).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Thursday, April 29, 1999.

Observers: DA=Dave Allen (of NV); JBa=Jay Banta; J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer; SC=Steve Carr; BC=Brandy Cox; JF=Joel Florey; RF=Rick Fridell; SG=Scott Gruwell; PJ=Pat Jividen; TM=Tom Madden; MM=Milton Moody; TP=Troy Parkin; RR=Ron Ryel; SSm=Stan Smith; C&MSo=Carolyn & Mort Somer; MS=Mark Stackhouse; P&SS=Priscilla & Steve Summers; MW=Merrill Webb; 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.