Utah Bird Report for 7/2/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Common Loon Wasatch Co.
Black-bellied Plover Box Elder Co.
Greater Yellowlegs Box Elder Co.
Lesser Yellowlegs Box Elder Co.
Williamson's Sapsucker Summit Co.
Grasshopper Sparrow Box Elder Co.


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


Numerous GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS have been seen and heard singing in the Johnson Canyon and White's Valley area north of Tremonton. On Wednesday, 06/23, they were found near the Nucor Steel plant at the east end of Johnson Canyon, near the summit of the canyon, and at several locations in the north half of White's Valley (RF,CG,MS). On Saturday, 06/26, they were found again in the north part of White's Valley (LW).

Fall migration has already started at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. On Tuesday, 06/22, numerous GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, along with one BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at the refuge, and at several places along the road to the refuge (RF,CG,MS).


The CASSIN'S SPARROW continues to be seen in the Wah Wah Valley. It was seen on Saturday, 06/26 (NA,DW). To get there, take State Highway 21 west from Milford about 25 miles to the Wah Wah Ranch, which is about 1/2 mile north of the highway, and the only spot of green in the valley. Take the county road north through the ranch for about 12.5 miles to the cairn on west side of the road. On Saturday, the bird was singin frequently all around the area of the cairn. This is the first documented record of Cassin's Sparrow in Utah.


The pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS nesting along the Mirror Lake Highway were seen again at the nest on Thursday, 06/24 (RF,CG,MS). They are exactly 1/2 mile past the Provo River Falls viewpoint on the west side of the highway, about 25 yards from the road. There is a rough dirt road which leaves the highway at this point, and goes to an informal campsite. The nest tree is on the south edge of this campsite.


A COMMON LOON in basic (non-breeding) plumage was seen at the north end of Deer Creek Reservoir on Monday, 06/28 (BM).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Friday, July 2, 1999.

Observers: NA=Nora Avila, RF=Roland Franz (of CA), CG=Cathy Gill (of CA), BM=Brian Maxfield, MS=Mark Stackhouse, DW=David Wheeler, LW=Larene Wyss

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