Utah Bird Report for 2/26/00

Birds mentioned

American White Pelican Salt Lake Co.
Greater White-fronted Goose Washington Co.
Snow Goose Millard Co.
Ross' Goose Millard Co.
Hooded Merganser Washington Co.
Tree Swallow Washington Co.
Western Bluebird Kane Co.
Hermit Thrush Utah Co.
Common Yellowthroat Washington Co.
White-throated Sparrow Utah Co.
Blue Grosbeak Washington Co.


Approximately ten WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen about two miles outside of the Zion NP east entrance, along SR 9, on Monday, 2/14 (J&KB).

MILLARD COUNTY At least two ROSS' GEESE were seen along with several hundred SNOW GEESE at Gunnison Bend Reservoir, west of Delta, on Monday, 2/21 (J&KB).

SALT LAKE COUNTY A group of 150 to 200 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was seen on Saturday, 2/19, just west of 3100 South and 5600 West. The birds were flying north toward the Great Salt Lake (JH).

UTAH COUNTY A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW has been reported at the Springville Fish Hatchery. The bird was seen on the east side of the highway, along the road/path that leads east toward the ponds. Originally it was described as being on the right side of the path, near the ponds, in the bushes west of the little yellow wooden building on Tuesday, 2/15 (BW). It was seen again on Saturday, 2/19, in the same area (DS). A HERMIT THRUSH was also located in the same vicinity on Tuesday, 2/15 (BW).

WASHINGTON COUNTY The YELLOW-BILLED LOON is still being seen on Quail Creek Reservoir. The most recent sightings were on the morning of Monday, 2/21 (J&KB, DG, DS). Also on the reservoir on the 2/21 were four HOODED MERGANSERS (DG).

There are two locations where immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS are being seen. One bird was seen at the east end of Schmutz Hill, along the road east of the Springs Estates Pond, in Washington Fields on the morning of 2/19. Later that day, the immature bird that has been intermittently seen 4 1/2 miles west of Enterprise was relocated. This bird was along Shoal Creek, where a white trailer and a red shack are located. According to the observers, this is exactly where the bird was originally seen on 1/16 (RF, JK).

The two GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS are still being seen at the Red Cliffs Recreation Area, near Leeds. Observers have reported seeing the birds on Sunday, 2/13 (J&KB), and on Friday, 2/18 (RF, JK).

Other birds seen on Saturday, 2/19, include a ROSS' GOOSE at the middle pond of the Sunbrook Golf Course in Green Valley, 50+ HOODED MERGANSERS at Ivins Reservoir, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Southgate Golf Course, and three TREE SWALLOWS flying over the Springs Estates Pond in Washington Fields (RF, JK).

At Tonaquint Park, a female BLUE GROSBEAK and a singing COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were observed on Monday, 2/14 (J&KB). This same COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was relocated on Saturday, 2/19 (RF, JK, MT).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Saturday, February 26, 2000.

Observers: J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer, RF=Rick Fridell, DG=Dana Green, JH=Jack Holley, JK=Josh Kreitzer, DS=Dennis Shirley, MT=Marshall Topham, BW=Bonnie Williams

Abbreviations used:
AIC = Antelope Island Causeway
BRMBR = Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
FBWMA = Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area
NM = National Monument
SP = State Park
SR = State Route

Please report your sightings by calling the Utah Birdline at: (801) 538-4730 or by e-mail to: birdnet@utahbirds.org.

Kathy Beyer