Utah Bird Report for 3/11/00
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

PACIFIC LOON Washington Co.
Horned Grebe Washington Co.
Snow Goose Cache Co., Millard Co.
Ross's Goose Millard Co.
LONG-TAILED DUCK (Oldsquaw) Davis Co.
Say's Phoebe Davis Co.
Northern Shrike Box Elder Co.
Mountain Bluebird Davis Co.
American Tree Sparrow Juab Co.
Sage Sparrow Cache Co., Juab Co.
Common Grackle Millard Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse

BOX ELDER COUNTY An adult, alternate-plumage GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at BRMBR on Saturday, 03/04 (MJ). The bird was on the east side of the auto-tour loop, about 500 yds. north of the southeast corner.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen at BRMBR on Saturday, 03/04, along the east side of the auto-tour loop (MJ).

CACHE COUNTY A SAGE SPARROW was seen along Kuntzler's Lane in Benson on Sunday, 03/05 (BD). To get there, go north on 3200 West from SR 30 (200 North west of Logan) for about 2.75 miles to 2600 North, and turn west. After about 1/2 mile, turn south onto a small, dirt lane (which looks private, but is a county road), and continue until you reach a copse of trees on both sides of the road, where the bird was seen.

SNOW GEESE were also seen on Sunday, 03/05, at the oxbow of the Bear River just north of Benson (BD).

DAVIS COUNTY A female LONG-TAILED DUCK (Oldsquaw) was seen along the AIC on Tuesday, 03/07 (TS). The bird was feeding on the south side of the causeway about 1/2 mile east of the island.

Early Spring songbirds continue to arrive in northern Utah. A SAY'S PHOEBE and two pairs of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were seen on Antelope Island on Tuesday, 03/07 (BH).

JUAB COUNTY At Fish Springs NWR, an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at the feeders at the refuge headquarters on Saturday, 03/04, and a group of SAGE SPARROWS was seen along the road on the west side of the refuge (DG,DS).

MILLARD COUNTY At Gunnison Bend Reservoir west of Delta, many SNOW GEESE, including a few "Blue Geese," were seen, along with a number of ROSS'S GEESE on Friday and Saturday, 03/03 and 03/04. A group of COMMON GRACKLES was also seen near the reservoir (JR,BW).

WASHINGTON COUNTY Two PACIFIC LOONS were seen at Quail Creek Reservoir on Wednesday, 03/08 (RF). They were near the dam in the back corner of the reservoir.

Also at Quail Creek Reservoir, a HORNED GREBE was seen on Wednesday, 03/08 (RF).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Saturday, March 11, 2000.

Observers: BD=Bryan Dixon, RF=Rick Fridell, DG=Dana Green, BH=Bob Huntington, MJ=Mike Johnson, JR=June Ryburn, TS=Terry Sadler, DS=Drucilla Seward, BW=Bob Walters

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

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