Utah Bird Report for 12/20/2001
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe  Salt Lake Co., Washington Co. 
Snow Goose  Utah Co., Washington Co. 
Ross's Goose   Washington Co. 
Surf Scoter   Davis Co. 
White-winged Scoter   Washington Co. 
Long-tailed Duck   Davis Co. 
Hooded Merganser   Davis Co., Salt Lake Co., Washington Co. 
Northern Goshawk    Salt Lake Co.
Merlin  Salt Lake Co., Washington Co. 
RUFF Box   Elder Co. 
MEW GULL   Davis Co. 
Herring Gull   Washington Co. 
Thayer's Gull  Salt Lake Co. 
Glaucous-winged Gull  Box Elder Co. 
Northern Pygmy-Owl  Salt Lake Co., Washington Co. 
Juniper Titmouse  Salt Lake Co. 
Pygmy Nuthatch  Salt Lake Co. 


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A RUFF was seen on Wednesday, 12/19, during the BRMBR CBC (JB,KE,JR,ASm,AS). It was seen near Stinky Springs, about 8 miles west of Corinne along SR 83, in some open water near the south end of Little Mountain. This is the second record of Ruff in Utah, following the first sighting in September of this year.

A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was seen at BRMBR on Thursday, 12/13 (JM). It was at a culvert along the south side of the auto-tour loop.


The first-winter MEW GULL, which was seen along the AIC on 12/13, was seen again on Sunday, 12/16 (J&KB). It was on the south side of the causeway at MM 2. The LITTLE GULL, which was also seen on 12/13, has not been seen since.

Other birds seen along the AIC on Sunday, 12/16, included a female LONG-TAILED DUCK, seen at the first culvert, and a female SURF SCOTER, seen on the south side at MM 1 (J&KB).

At Mueller Park in Bountiful, a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL was seen on Tuesday, 12/18, about 200 yards above the gate (LW).

Two pairs of HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at the Kaysville Ponds on Monday, 12/17 (SC). They were at the north end of the ponds, which are located adjacent to I-15 just south of exit 331.


Birds seen on the Salt Lake City CBC on Sunday, 12/16, included 3 PYGMY NUTHATCHES in Liberty Park (JL,RS,HW), a JUNIPER TITMOUSE at Mount Olivet Cemetery (AR), a NORTHERN GOSHAWK above the state capital building (B&GB), a MERLIN at Wingpoint GC near the airport (MS,DW,LW), a first-winter THAYER'S GULL at the entrance to the Salt Lake landfill (MS,DW,LW), and two male HOODED MERGANSERS west of the airport (MS,DW,LW).

Five PYGMY NUTHATCHES were seen in Liberty Park on Wednesday, 12/19, in the southeast part of the park just north of the pond (MS).

A HORNED GREBE was seen on Warm Springs Lake on Wednesday, 12/19 (MS). Warm Springs Lake is located just west of I-15 at the 2300 North exit in Salt Lake City.


A COMMON REDPOLL was seen visiting a feeder in Mapleton on Monday, 12/17 (BW). Efforts to see the bird after Monday were not successful.

A SNOW GOOSE has been seen for about a week at the Tri-City GC in American Fork, as reported Sunday, 12/16 (JF).


A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Quail Creek Reservoir on Tuesday, 12/18, near the shore opposite the SP entrance. A first-winter HERRING GULL was also at the reservoir (RF).

Birds seen on the Silver Reef CBC on Saturday, 12/15, included a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL at the inflow to Quail Creek Reservoir; a HORNED GREBE, a first-winter HERRING GULL, and HOODED MERGANSERS at Quail Creek Reservoir; and two MERLINS in the Flora Tech fields south of the sewage ponds along SR 9 (KW).

A ROSS'S GOOSE and a SNOW GOOSE were seen at the pond at SunRiver GC in St. George on Monday, 12/17 (BH).

Observers: JB=John Bellmon, J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer, B&GB=Bob & Georgine Bond, SC=Steve Coleman, KE=Keith Evans, JF=Joel Flory, RF=Rick Fridell, BH=Bill Hunter, JL=Jeanne LeBer, JM=Jim McIntyre, JR=Jack Rensel, AR=Alan Rogers, ASm=Aaron Smith, AS=Arnold Smith, RS=Ray Smith, MS=Mark Stackhouse, DW=David Wheeler, KW=Kevin Wheeler, BW=Bonnie Williams, HW=Helen Winegarner, LW=Larene Wyss

Abbreviations used:

AIC = Antelope Island Causeway 
BRMBR = Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 
CBC = Christmas Bird Count 
GC = golf course 
MM = mile marker 
SP = State Park 
SR = State Route 
v.o. = various observers

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