Utah Bird Report for 7/17/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Common Goldeneye Davis Co.
Bald Eagle Salt Lake Co.
Long-billed Curlew Tooele Co.
Marbled Godwit Davis Co.
Semipalmated Sandpiper Davis Co.
Western Sandpiper Box Elder Co., Davis Co.
ELF OWL Washington Co.
Short-eared Owl Tooele Co.
Rufous Hummingbird Millard Co.
Williamson's Sapsucker Summit Co.
Gray Jay Summit Co.
Red Crossbill Summit Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A remarkable flock of over 10,000 WESTERN SANDPIPERS was seen along the east side of the auto-tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Sunday, 07/11 (CN).

DAVIS COUNTY On the mudflats to the south of the entrance to the Antelope Island Causeway, about 50 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, along with a lone SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and a MARBLED GODWIT, were seen on Thursday, 07/15 (R&SC,MS).

A female COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen at Farmington Bay WMA on Sunday, 07/11. The bird was to the east of the dike, about 200 yards south of the Egg Island observation point (CN).

MILLARD COUNTY Two male RUFOUS HUMINGBIRDS have been visiting a feeder in Oak City, as reported on Friday, 07/16 (DA).

SALT LAKE COUNTY A first year BALD EAGLE was seen in the area of Cudahay Lane where it crosses the Jordan River, from Wednesday, 07/07 through at least Wednesday, 07/14 (BW).

SUMMIT COUNTY Four GRAY JAYS were seen at the trailhead parking area for the Highline Trail along the Mirror Lake Highway on Thursday, 07/15 (R&SC,MS).

At the Lost Creek Campground, also along the Mirror Lake Highway, three RED CROSSBILLS were seen at campsite number 6 on Thursday, 07/15 (R&SC,MS).

A pair of RED CROSBILLS was seen at campsite number 28 at the Mirror Lake Campground on Friday, 07/09 (JC,MS).

The pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS nesting along the Mirror Lake Highway were seen again feeding young in the nest on Friday, 07/09 (JC,MS), and the female only was seen feeding young in the nest on Thursday, 07/15 (R&SC,MS). The nest is on the west side of the road 1/2 mile past the Provo River Falls viewpoint.

TOOELE COUNTY Over 100 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS were seen at the south end of the Fairfield Sinks, about 3 miles southeast of the state park at Fairfield, on Saturday, 07/10. In the same area, over 70 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along an approximately 7 mile stretch of road (PD).

WASHINGTON COUNTY The ELF OWL, which was heard calling in a large cottonwood tree at Lytle Ranch on 06/29, was again heard in the same place on the morning of Thursday, 07/15 (TS). The bird was calling for a few minutes at about 5:45 A.M. 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 Friday, July 16, 1999.

Observers: DA=David Allan; JC=Jeffery Carlson (of IN); R&SC=Rena & Sandy Cooper (of FL); PD=Phil Douglas; CN=Colby Neuman; TS=Terry Sadler; MS=Mark Stackhouse: BW=Bob Walters

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