Utah Bird Report for 3/22/00
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Double-crested Cormorant Davis Co.
Tundra Swan Davis Co.
Snow Goose Box Elder Co.
Ross's Goose Box Elder Co.
Wood Duck Utah Co.
Greater Scaup Davis Co.
Red-breasted Merganser Davis Co.
Bald Eagle Davis Co.
Gunnison Sage Grouse San Juan Co.
Sandhill Crane Davis Co., Uintah Co., Utah Co.
Whooping Crane Uintah Co.
American Avocet Box Elder Co., Davis Co., Salt Lake Co.
WHIMBREL Box Elder Co.
Williamson's Sapsucker San Juan Co.
Tree Swallow Davis Co.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Washington Co.
Western Bluebird San Juan Co.
Mountain Bluebird San Juan Co., Utah Co.
American Tree Sparrow Utah Co.
Sage Sparrow San Juan Co.
Savannah Sparrow Davis Co., Salt Lake Co.
Lincoln's Sparrow Davis Co., San Juan Co.
Yellow-headed Blackbird Davis Co.
Red Crossbill San Juan Co.
Evening Grosbeak San Juan Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


An apparent WHIMBREL was seen at BRMBR on Sunday, 03/19 (BO). It was along the east side of the auto-tour loop, just north of the southeast corner.

Other birds seen at BRMBR on Sunday, 03/19 included a number of AMERICAN AVOCETS (BO).

West of Corinne, at least 10,000 SNOW GEESE, including at least 10 "Blue Geese," were seen along with 6 or more ROSS'S GEESE on both Saturday and Sunday, 03/18 and 03/19 (BO).

DAVIS COUNTY Along the AIC, two GREATER SCAUP were seen about 1/4 mile from the east end of the causeway, and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen near the island on Saturday, 03/18 (BH).

Birds seen at FBWMA on Thursday, 03/16, included 50 BALD EAGLES, 6 TREE SWALLOWS, and 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. In the pond at the west end of Glover Lane near FBWMA, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 4 TUNDRA SWANS, and AMERICANS AVOCETS were also seen on 03/16 (JVM).

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at the west end of Clark Lane, north of FBWMA, on Thursday, 03/16 (JVM).

At the Layton Wetlands Preserve, near the west end of Gentile Street in Layton, 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 6 SANDHILL CRANES, 10 TREE SWALLOWS, and 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen on Tuesday, 03/14 (A&MP,MS).

SALT LAKE COUNTY A HARRIS'S SPARROW and an immature GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were seen coming to a feeder in Murray on Sunday, 03/19 (TS). The feeder is located near the JRP at about 5100 South, close to where an immature Golden-crowned Sparrow was seen on the Salt Lake City CBC.

Several Spring arrivals are being reported in the Salt Lake Valley, including 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS along the JRP at about 106th South on Sunday, 03/19 (B&TC), and 13 AMERICAN AVOCETS at Decker Lake on Wednesday, 03/15 (JH).

SAN JUAN COUNTY On Saturday, 03/18, 10 GUNNISON SAGE GROUSE and several SAGE SPARROWS were seen on private land at Hickman Flats, about 15 miles northeast of Monticello. On the same day, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at the Hatch Trading Post near Hovenweep NM (MS,YS,DW,others).

Birds seen at Devil's Canyon, between Monticello and Blanding, on Sunday, 03/19, included WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, RED CROSSBILL and EVENING GROSBEAK (MS,YS,others).

UINTAH COUNTY A WHOOPING CRANE, part of the recent re-introduction program (as evidenced by leg bands and radio collar), was seen among 17 SANDHILL CRANES at Ouray NWR on Wednesday, 03/15 (MDL).
UTAH COUNTY A SWAMP SPARROW was seen near the north end of 4000 West in Lake Shore on Wednesday, 03/22 (CPe). The bird was in the marshy area on the west side of the road.

At Five-mile Pass, west of Fairfield, 5-6 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were seen on Sunday, 03/19 (B&TC).

On Friday, 03/17, several AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at the north end of 4000 West in Lake Shore, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the fields south of Lincoln Beach (J&KBa,MM,CP).

A female WOOD DUCK was seen along the Provo River Parkway, about 1/2 mile upstream from Utah Lake SP, on Friday, 03/17 (WC).

WASHINGTON COUNTY The year's first report of NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS comes from St. George, where they were seen on Monday, 03/13, at Pine View High School (JK).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Wednesday, March 22, 2000.

Observers: J&KBa=Jared & Kylie Barnes, B&TC=Brad & Traci Clemens, WC=Wade Covert, MDL=Manuel De Leon, JH=Jack Holley, BH=Bob Huntington, JK=Josh Kreitzer, MM=Milton Moody, BO=Bryant Olsen, A&MP=Ann & Maunsel Pearce, CP=Christian Peay, CPe=Cheryl Peterson, TS=Terry Sadler, MS=Mark Stackhouse, YS=Yvonne Stroup, JVM=Julie Van Moorhem, DW=David Wheeler

Abbreviations used:
AIC = Antelope Island Causeway
BRMBR = Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
CBC = Christmas Bird Count
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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