Utah Bird Report for 9/20/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe Davis Co.
Great Egret Millard Co., Utah Co.
Merlin Box Elder Co.
American Golden Plover Box Elder Co.
Semipalmated Plover Beaver Co., Box Elder Co., Juab Co.
Pectoral Sandpiper Beaver Co., Box Elder Co., Juab Co., Utah Co.
Bonaparte's Gull Beaver Co.
Common Tern Juab Co.
Northern Pygmy-Owl Cache Co.
Cassin's Vireo Juab Co.
Nashville Warbler Weber Co.
Northern Waterthrush Box Elder Co.
White-winged Crossbill Cache Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


At Minersville Reservoir, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 8 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and a BONAPARTE'S GULL were seen on Sunday, 09/12 (JK,LWi).


Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Wednesday, 09/15. The birds were on mudflats to the west of the road along the west side of the auto-tour loop, about one mile south of the northwest corner (MS).

Several PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen at Harold Crane WMA on Monday, 09/13. The birds were on the mudflats to the east of the entrance road, about 100 yards past the gate (MS,LW).

A MERLIN and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were seen at Willard Bay SP on Monday, 09/13. Both birds were in the wooded area south of the campground, just north of the beach. The Merlin was of the dark "suckleyi" subspecies (MS).


At the campground at Tony Grove in Logan Canyon, a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen on Saturday, 09/11 (JB,RR).


An immature PARASITIC JAEGER was seen at Farmington Bay WMA on Friday, 09/17. The bird was seen in the afternoon, about 100 yards south of the Egg Island observation point (RJA). Attempts to locate the bird on Sunday, 09/19, were unsuccessful.

Four HORNED GREBES were seen at Farmington Bay WMA on Sunday, 09/19 (MS). They were along the western dike road about one mile north of Egg Island, with two on the east side and two on the west side.


A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was seen at Fish Springs NWR on Sunday, 09/19 (C&TN). The bird was a juvenile, molting into first-winter plumage, and was first seen at 9 AM in the trees at the picnic area north of the headquarters, and was still there at 2:30 PM. This is the seventh record of Red-breasted Sapsucker in Utah, and the third for Fish Springs.

Other good birds at Fish Springs NWR over the weekend included SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, seen on Saturday, 09/18, and a CASSIN'S VIREO and two COMMON TERNS on Sunday, 09/19 (C&TN).


A GREAT EGRET was seen at Clear Lake WMA on Sunday, 09/12 (JK,LWi).


At Swede Lane, four PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen on Friday, 09/17 (BM). Swede Lane can be reached by taking the southern Springville exit from I-15 (exit 263), and heading west about 1.5 miles to Swede Lane. Take Swede Lane north until you reach the south shore of Provo Bay.

Two GREAT EGRETS were seen at Provo Airport on Tuesday, 09/14. The birds were to the east of the southeast corner of the dike road (RS).


A male NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen at the North Arm Natural Area at Pineview Reservoir on Wednesday, 09/15. The bird was just west of the first trail junction past the bridge (MS). To get to the natural area, take 12th Street in Ogden east up Ogden Canyon to the dam at Pineview Reseroir. Turn north across the dam, and take this road around the west side of the reservoir until you reach the natural area.

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Monday, September 20, 1999.

Observers: RJA=R.J. Adams, JB=Jeanie Boynton, JK=Josh Kreitzer, BM=Brian Maxfield, C&TN=Colby & Tom Neuman, RR=Ron Ryel, MS=Mark Stackhouse, RS=Reed Stone, LWi=Lew Wilkinson, LW=Larene Wyss

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