Utah Bird Report for 12/10/2000
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw)  Utah Co. 
Barrow's Goldeneye  Box Elder Co. 
Hooded Merganser  Box Elder Co., Salt Lake Co., Utah Co. 
Merlin  Cache Co. 
Bonaparte's Gull  Davis Co. 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  Utah Co. 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  Salt Lake Co. 
Bohemian Waxwing  Salt Lake Co. 
White-throated Sparrow  Summit Co. 
Harris's Sparrow  Salt Lake Co., Utah Co. 
Lapland Longspur  Washington Co. 
Red Crossbill  Salt Lake Co., Utah Co.


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


At BRMBR, 2 male and 1 female HOODED MERGANSERS were seen, along with 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, on Monday, 12/04 (BP). They were in the canal along the north side of the auto-tour loop.


A MERLIN was seen at Benson, in central Cache Valley, on Tuesday, 11/28 (BA).


At least 50 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at the second bridge (closest to the island) along the AIC on Sunday, 12/03 (AR).


A late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen along the JRP just south of 126th South on Sunday, 11/26 (B&TC). At the same location, 3 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Tuesday, 11/28 (TS).

A HARRIS'S SPARROW was reported visiting a feeder near the JRP at about 50th South on Tuesday, 11/28 (TS).

A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS was seen at the marina at Great Salt Lake SP, just west of Saltair, on Sunday, 12/10 (E&JC).

RED CROSSBILLS have been reported from several locations around Salt Lake City. About 20 were seen near the greenhouse in Liberty Park on Monday, 11/27 (D&HG), a flock of about 30 was seen in the Salt Lake City Cemetery on Saturday, 12/09 (MS,m.ob.), and several flocks have been reported to be on the University of Utah campus over the past few weeks (BO).


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen at a feeder in the Timberline neighborhood near Summit Park on Monday, 11/27 (LL).


A female LONG-TAILED DUCK (Oldsquaw) was seen along the south jetty at Utah Lake SP on Friday, 12/01 (J&KB).

A HARRIS'S SPARROW was seen in the southeast end of Provo on Tuesday, 11/28 (DS,m.ob.). It was feeding along Bullock's Lane, which runs between the East Bay area and Ironton Hill.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen roosting in a tree in Bicentennial Park in Provo, on Saturday, 12/02 (M&PD). Bicentennial Park is in the southeast part of Provo, and can be reached by taking State St. to 1440 South, and turning east for a couple of blocks. The bird was near the second "hole" of the Frisbee Golf Course.

A male HOODED MERGANSER was seen on the pond at 400 North and Main St. in Salem on Saturday, 12/02 (M&PD,MM).

RED CROSSBILLS also continue to be seen in the Provo Cemetery, with reports from Tuesday, 11/28 (DS,m.ob.), and Thursday, 11/30 (BB,MS).


Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the Washington Fields diversion along the Virgin River on Wednesday, 11/29 (KW).

Observers: BA=Bob Atwood, K&JB=Kathy & Joel Beyer, BB=Bob Bond, B&TC=Brad & Traci Clemens, E&JC=Ed & Joseph Conrad, M&PD=Matt & Pia DeVries, D&HG=David & Hugh Gillilan, LL=Letitia Lussier, MM=Milton Moody, BO=Bryant Olsen, BP=Bill Pollack, AR=Alan Rogers, TS=Terry Sadler, DS=Dennis Shirley, MS=Mark Stackhouse, KW=Kevin Wheeler

Abbreviations used:

AIC = Antelope Island Causeway BRMBR = Bear River Migratory Bird refuge GC = golf course JRP = Jordan River Parkway m.ob. = many observers SP = State Park

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Sunday, December 10, 2000.

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