Utah Bird Report for 8/13/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Common Loon Beaver Co.
Semipalmated Plover Beaver Co., Box Elder Co.
Solitary Sandpiper Beaver Co.
Red Knot Box Elder Co.
Pectoral Sandpiper Box Elder Co.
Short-billed Dowitcher Box Elder Co.
Common Tern Box Elder Co.
ELF OWL Washington Co.
Purple Martin Cache Co.
Bendire's Thrasher Millard Co.
Black-and-white Warbler Washington Co.
Indigo Bunting Washington Co.
Bobolink Rich Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


At Minersville Reservoir, two COMMON LOONS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER were seen on Sunday, 08/08 (SS).

BOX ELDER COUNTY Tens of thousands of shorebirds and other birds have been congregating at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (BRMBR) over the past few weeks. On Tuesday, 08/10, good birds seen on the refuge included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RED KNOT, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and COMMON TERN (JC,KF,MH,MS,KU,JV).

CACHE COUNTY A female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen in the top of a spruce tree in the campground at Tony Grove Lake in Logan Canyon on Tuesday, 08/10 (JC,KF,MH,MS,KU,JV).

A small flock of PURPLE MARTINS has been seen along the road to Tony Grove Lake, about 2 miles below the lake. On Sunday, 08/08 there were more than a dozen birds perched in a tree near the road (CR), and on Tuesday, 08/10, eight martins were seen in the same location (JC,KF,MH,MS,KU,JV).

MILLARD COUNTY BENDIRE'S THRASHERS continue to be seen along the Sinks Road between Lynndyl and SR 125. On Thursday, 08/05, one was seen about 1 mile south of Lynndyl, near the Sevier River crossing, and another was seen about 1 mile further south (DA). On Saturday, 08/07, one was seen again near the Sevier River crossing (J&KB).

RICH COUNTY A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in the top of a tree just south of the Home Town Drive-In in Garden City on Tuesday, 08/10 (JC,KF,MH,MS,KU,JV).

About 20 BOBOLINKS were seen in Round Valley, south of Bear Lake, on Wednesday, 08/04 (SA). The birds were along the road into Round Valley from Laketown, near the "T" intersection.

WASHINGTON COUNTY The ZONE-TAILED HAWK, which was seen at the Pine Park Campground west of Enterprise on 07/31, has been reported again. A forest service worker reported seeing the bird about 1 mile before the campground (fide. SS). To get to Pine Park, go west from Enterprise for 16 miles to the road to Pine Park, and follow that road for 10 miles to the campground. This is the third record of Zone-tailed Hawk in Utah.

An ELF OWL was again heard calling at Lytle Ranch between 10 and 11 pm on Saturday, 08/07 (J&KB). The owl was in the trees on the west side of the field just south of the pond. This is the first record of Elf Owl in Utah.

Other birds seen at Lytle Ranch on Saturday, 08/07 included a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and an INDIGO BUNTING (J&KB).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Friday, August 13, 1999.

Observers: DA=David Allen, SA=Sharon Andrus, J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer, JC=Joe Chronowski (of MD), KF=Kevin Fehskens (of MD), MH=Matt Hafner (of MD), CR=Cal Robbins, MS=Mark Stackhouse, SS=Steve Summers, KU=Kermit Updegrove (of MD), JV=Joe Vangrin (of MD)

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