Utah Bird Report for 10/18/99
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe Davis Co.
Wood Duck Box Elder Co.
Merlin Box Elder Co.
Western Sandpiper Davis Co.
Pectoral Sandpiper Box Elder Co.
Dunlin Box Elder Co.
Wilson's Phalarope Davis Co.
Bonaparte's Gull Box Elder Co.
Common Tern Box Elder Co.
Three-toed Woodpecker Utah Co.
Townsend's Warbler Box Elder Co.
Sage Sparrow Davis Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A juvenile-plumaged YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen at Lucin on Sunday, 10/17 (MS). It was seen again at the same location on Monday, 10/18 (DW,LW). Lucin is located west of the Great Salt Lake, about 40 miles north of Wendover. To get there, take exit 4 from I-80, go north about 3/4 mile until the road turns NE, and take the gravel road to the left at this point. Follow this road for about 40 miles to Lucin. This is the third record of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Utah.

On Sunday, 10/17, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER and two DUNLIN were seen at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (CN, m.obs.).

At Willard Bay SP, two WOOD DUCKS and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER were seen on Sunday, 10/10 (J&KB). The Wood Ducks were in the wooded pond south of the campground, and the warbler was in the campground.

Another TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and a MERLIN were seen on Promontory Point on Thursday, 10/14 (TB).

Many BONAPARTE'S GULLS and at least three COMMON TERNS were seen on Sunday, 10/10, just north of the entrance to Harold Crane WMA, along the dirt road which goes around the west side of Willard Bay (MS).


The juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER, which was seen at Farmington Bay WMA on 10/06, has been seen intermittently since then. It was seen on Friday, 10/08 at the parking area at the south end of the western dike road (J&KB,DW), and on Friday, 10/15, near the Goose Egg Island observation point (LW).

Many observers have reported numerous HORNED GREBES and WESTERN SANDPIPERS at Farmington Bay WMA over the past week. A late WILSON'S PAHALAROPE was also seen there on Monday, 10/18 (MS).

A SAGE SPARROW was seen at Antelope Island on Monday, 10/11 (DJ). The bird was along the dirt road which parallels the shore of White Rock Bay.


A THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen along the Nebo Loop Road above Payson Canyon on Sunday, 10/17 (DS). The bird was at the top of the canyon near the Nebo Bench Trail.

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Monday, October 18, 1999.

Observers: J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer, TB=Todd Black, DJ=David Jensen, CN=Colby Neuman, DS=Dennis Shirley, MS=Mark Stackhouse, DW=David Wheeler, LW=Larene Wyss

Please report your sightings by calling the Utah Birdline at: (801) 538-4730 or by e-mail to westwings@sisna.com

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