Utah Bird Report for 1/3/00
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Snow Goose Utah Co.
Ross's Goose Utah Co.
Sanderling Davis Co., Salt Lake Co.
Thayer's Gull Box Elder Co.
Northern Shrike Davis Co.
Winter Wren Washington Co.
Harris's Sparrow Washington Co.


Utah Birdline
(801) 538-4730
Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


The male gray-phase GYRFALCON, which was seen in Pocatello Valley on 12/26, was seen again in the same area, about one mile south of the Idaho border along 17200 West, on Monday, 12/27 (LC,LW). It was seen again on Tuesday, 12/28, about four miles north of I-84 along the same road (TS). Efforts to locate the bird since then have been unsuccessful, but the bird is apparently ranging widely, and may still be in the area. The general area where the bird was seen can be accessed from exit 24 off I-84, which is 17200 West.

On Thursday, 12/30, at BRMBR, a first-winter THAYER'S GULL was seen along the east side of the auto-tour loop (MS,DW).

DAVIS COUNTY Along the AIC, about 8-10 SANDERLINGS were seen on Sunday, 01/02, on the south side at the last curve before reaching the island (JM).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at FBWMA on Saturday, 01/01 (BF). The bird was along the entrance road at the point where the road bends west.

IRON COUNTY A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK continues to be occasionally seen in Cedar Valley west of Cedar City, with the most recent report from Sunday, 12/26 (C&SA). Efforts to find the bird since then have been unsuccessful, but the bird may still be in the area.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen in Cedar Valley west of Cedar City on Saturday, 01/01 (P&SS).

SALT LAKE COUNTY A lone SANDERLING was seen just north of the frontage road along I-80 at about 8500 West on Friday, 12/31 (BH). The bird was at the point where Lee's Creek crosses under the road and fans out on the flats along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake.

UTAH COUNTY A ROSS'S GOOSE and a SNOW GOOSE were seen behind a pond at the first stoplight to the east of the northern Springville exit from I-15 (exit 265) on Saturday, 01/01 (M&WM).

WASHINGTON COUNTY A HARRIS'S SPARROW was seen during the St. George CBC on Tuesday, 12/28 (CN,MS). It was seen along the Santa Clara River, just west of the town of Santa Clara, about 1/4 mile west of the Jacob Hamlin historical home.

Three WINTER WRENS were seen in the upper part of Zion Canyon in Zion NP on Monday, 12/27, during the Zion CBC (LJ,JK,CP).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Monday, January 3, 2000.

Observers: C&SA=Cal & Sharon Andrus, LC=Lyn Christiansen, BF=Bill Fenimore, BH=Bob Huntington, LJ=Lee Jones, JK=Josh Kreitzer, JM=Jim Messinger, M&WM=Mike & Wilma Monson, CN=Colby Neuman, CP=Cordell Peterson, TS=Terry Sadler, MS=Mark Stackhouse, P&SS=Priscilla & Steve Summers, DW=David Wheeler, LW=Larene Wyss

Abbr. used:
Abbr. = Abbreviations
AIC = Antelope Island Causeway
BRMBR = Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
CBC = Christmas Bird Count
FBWMA = Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area
NP = National Park

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