Utah Bird Report for 7/8/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Peregrine Falcon Davis Co.
Western Sandpiper Box Elder Co., Uintah Co.
Greater Yellowlegs Davis Co.
Marbled Godwit Box Elder Co.
ELF OWL Washington Co.
Lewis's Woodpecker Duchesne Co., Uintah Co.
Williamson's Sapsucker Salt Lake Co., Summit Co.
Three-toed Woodpecker Summit Co.
Gray Jay Summit Co.
Gray Catbird Wasatch Co.
OVENBIRD Salt Lake Co.
Pine Grosbeak Duchesne Co., Summit Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


At Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Saturday, 07/03, a flock of MARBLED GODWITS was seen on the north side of the auto-tour loop, and some apparent WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen along the eastern side of the auto-tour loop (KH,YS,BS).

DAVIS COUNTY A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Farmington Bay WMA on Tuesday, 07/06, in the large dead trees south of the entrance road, after the road turns west (CG).

Four GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen on Tuesday, 07/06, in the pond at the end of Glover Lane, west of the entrance to Farmington Bay WMA (CG).

DUCHESNE COUNTY A MOUNTAIN PLOVER was seen southwest of Myton on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW). To get to the place where the bird was seen, take 5550 West (the Nine Mile Canyon/Sandwash Boat Ramp road) south from US 40 for 6.1 miles to the Monument Butte Road, go west for about 4 miles to oil well number 44-33B. The bird was about 150 yards southwest of this well.

Two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS were seen along US 40 west of Myton on Saturday, 07/03, one at about mile 103.3 and the other near mile 105 (MS,DW).

A PINE GROSBEAK was seen along the Mirror Lake Highway, at the turnoff to the Mirror Lake CG, on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW).

SALT LAKE COUNTY An OVENBIRD was found on the White Pine Lake Trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Monday, 07/05 (R&TS). The bird was heard singing to the left of the trail about 1.75 miles from the trailhead. A cairn was placed at the point where the bird was found.

A pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS is again nesting in the largest of three dead trees along the shore of Lake Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon. They were reported on Tuesday, 07/06 (J&KB).

SUMMIT COUNTY At the Lost Creek Campground, along the Mirror Lake Highway, a THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen on Thursday, 07/01 (AT), and again on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW). It was seen near campsites 6 and 7. Other birds in the campground were GRAY JAYS on 07/01 (AT), and a pair of PINE GROSBEAKS on 07/03 (MS,DW).

The pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS nesting along the Mirror Lake Highway were seen again feeding young in the nest on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW). The nest is on the west side of the road 1/2 mile past the Provo River Falls viewpoint.

UINTAH COUNTY At Ouray NWR, at least two LEAST BITTERNS were heard calling at the first large pond south of the observation tower along the Sheppard Bottoms auto-tour loop on Saturday, 07/03 (MS,DW).

Other birds along the Sheppard Bottoms road at Ouray NWR on Saturday, 07/03, included six WESTERN SANDPIPERS, in the first flooded field on the right side of the road, and a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, along the east side of the loop (MS,DW).

WASATCH COUNTY A GRAY CATBIRD was seen below the dam at Deer Creek Reservoir on Sunday, 07/04 (M&MSm).

WASHINGTON COUNTY An ELF OWL was heard calling in a large cottonwood tree at Lytle Ranch on Tuesday, 06/29 (LR). According to the ranch caretaker, the owl has been there for some time. It was in the very large, lone cottonwood about 1/4 mile north of the caretaker's house, just south of the pond, at the junction of the hillside trail and the main trail up the wash. This is the first record of Elf Owl in Utah.

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Observers: J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer; CG=Carol Gwynn; KH=Karen Halliday; LR=Larry Ryel; R&TS=Ryan & Terry Sadler; M&MSm=Margaret & Mike Smith; MS=Mark Stackhouse, YS=Yvonne Stroup; BS=Barbara Stubblefield; AT=Alton Thygerson; DW=David Wheeler

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