Birdnet Hotline Highlights
October 2004

Review Species Reported This Month:

    Cackling Goose  Salt Lake Co.
    Brant  Box Elder Co.
    Broad-winged Hawk  Washington Co.
    Long-tailed Jeager  Uintah Co.
    Eurasian Collared-Dove  Washington Co.
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Washington Co.
    Red-breasted Sapsucker  Washington Co.
    Yellow-throated Vireo  Washington Co.
    Blue-headed Vireo  Box Elder Co.
    Magnolia Warbler  Davis Co.
    Black-throated Blue Warbler  Utah Co.
    Palm Warbler  Utah Co.
    Clay-colored Sparrow  Washington Co.
    Rusty Blackbird  Morgan Co.
    Lawrence's Goldfinches  Iron Co.  San Juan Co.  Washington Co.


Dennis Shirley (4 Oct 2004) - Last evening ...I stopped at Minersville Reservoir west of Beaver. The reservoir is just a shallow puddle down by the dam. Very few birds were there, but a small flock of nine shorebirds included eight Pectoral Sandpipers and one Short-billed Dowitcher...


Betsy Beneke (28 Oct 2004) - One of our refuge volunteers...has had a Blue Jay coming to her feeders for about a week. Her name is Pat Hansen, a very nice lady, who is happy to have birders come to visit...The address is: 220 South 300 West, Brigham City

Kristin Purdy (26 Oct 2004) - Mantua Reservoir...This morning I also saw: ...Greater Scaup ...The Greater Scaup were primarily at the northwest curve of the reservoir, although I also saw two males on the east side. ...The Horned Grebe was also swimming around the northwest curve; sometimes with Eared Grebes, sometimes with Ruddy Ducks...

Mark Stackhouse - At about 11:30 am on Sunday (24 Oct.), Harold John (of MO) and I saw an apparent Blue-headed Vireo at Willard Bay SP. We watched it devour a very large dragonfly for about 15-20 minutes in the brush to the north of campsite 29 in the new campground (Cottonwood CG). David Wheeler and Larene Wyss tell me that they saw the bird later the same day, and that it moved to the north into the hedge to the south of the pond in the old campground. Also at Willard Bay, we saw a Nashville Warbler behind campsite 19 in the old (Willow Creek) campground, and a Swamp Sparrow across from campsite 15 in the old campground. The Brant was also in the same place at Bear River Refuge Sunday morning.

Julie Van Moorhem (17 Oct 2004) - Pomera, Jack and I saw the Brant on Sunday in approximately the same location it has been hanging out--about 100-200 yards out.

Bruce Robinson (14 Oct 2004) - As of 4:00 this afternoon, the Brant was still at the same location as previously reported (well, maybe 100 yards west of where it had been seen). I, Steve Summerfeld, and Cindy Summerfeld were able to watch it for 15-20 minutes as it worked it's way back out to the middle of the unit.

Betsy Beneke (13 Oct 2004) - Bridget Olson just radioed in to say she was looking at the Brant at 4:15 p.m. It is located 6/10 of a mile west of the observation platform, which is on the SE corner of the auto tour route. Quickest way to get there is to head south from the outdoor restrooms (clockwise on the auto tour route), and when you're going to run smack dab into the viewing platform, make a 90 degree turn to your right (west) and go 6/10 of a mile.  She said it was only about 100 yards off the dike road in Unit 2.

Karen Welch (11 Oct 2004) -  Brant ...At Bear [River] Migratory Refuge 10/10/04. South end of the main loop in the big lake. Mixed in with Coots.


Stephen Peterson - The wintering waterfowl are starting to show up in Cache Valley. On Sunday, 10/31, at 1st dam at the mouth of Logan Canyon I saw 5 beautiful Barrows Goldeneyes (3 male, 2 female)...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (31 Oct 2004) - We also visited the Blue Jay locales in Brigham City and Clarkston on Saturday morning. No Blue Jay seen in Brigham City, but we did see the jays in Clarkston. We saw two at the feeders at 211 So. Main, but at the house at the end of the block (2 houses west) we saw four, and possibly five, Blue Jays flitting around on the fence and ground by the plastic blue tub. I don't know what the attraction was, but it was also very enticing to the Magpies.
At Hyrum Lake we found the Pacific Loon at the west end, near the dam, along with a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes. We didn't see any Surf Scoters.

Jack Binch (29 Oct 2004) - Bob Huntington and I went to Clarkston for the Blue Jays. We saw two at about 9:00 AM in the yard south of Tom's house and one at his feeders at about 10:00.  Next we went to Hyrum Reservoir and found seven Surf Scoters at the east end and a Pacific Loon by the banks southeast of the dam.

Kristin Purdy (28 Oct 2004) - The scoters at Hyrum Reservoir in Cache Valley yesterday were all juvenile Surf Scoters. ...I spoke with Jack Rensel of WAS this evening and he said that after Richard left, the remaining birders were able to validate that the six juvenile scoters were Surfs.

Stephen Peterson (26 Oct 2004) - I went out yesterday afternoon to Clarkston (northern Cache Valley) to see the 3 Blue Jays that Tom Gordon reported yesterday morning. Tom said the 3 Blue Jays have been there for about a week. I was able to see all 3 come to the bird feeders and then dive to the ground and snatch up the fresh peanuts in the shell that Tom put out for them...


Lynn Carroll - (27 Oct 2004) - Just thought I'd mention that the Sabine's Gull was still hanging out at the west end of the Antelope Island causeway Saturday 10/23. Participants in the Wasatch Audubon Society field trip saw it then.

Jack Binch (22 Oct 2004) - [Brant] For all of you procrastinators and diehards, it was still in the same spot at 8:30 this morning. It was close enough to id with binoculars. There is a white rag on a cocklebur bush at the spot.

Pomera Fronce (18 Oct 2004) - Julie and I found a Varied Thrush at Garr Ranch. It was near the stream about 100 feet from the springhouse - beautiful bird!

Tim Avery (18 Oct 2004) -...I headed upto AI causeway around 9 am and after searching for about two horus I located the lil guy [Sabine's Gull] after a group of Gulls on the southside of the road, about 350 meter west of the first bridge flushed. The triangular white wing mark caught my eye, before it landed and I was able to watch it for abotu 15 - 20 minutes.

Glenn B. Barlow (17 Oct 2004) - Jim Poulter, who works at the Wild Bird Center in Layton, told me that his daughter has Evening Grosbeak coming to her feeders. the trailhead of the nature trail we spotted a Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (juv.), and a Golden-crowned Sparrow (juv.) ... As we patiently waited a long Evening Grosbeak was spotted at the feeder.

Brian Currie - As of yesterday (10/15/04) at 6:00 PM the Sabine's Gull was still at the bridge closest to the island. It was still on the north side of the bridge, and it was VERY close. One didn't even need binoculars to see it. It was swimming/feeding immediately north of the bridge in that "pool" of water you see just as you look over the bridge. I observed it from 4:30 to 6:00 PM...

Merrill Webb - Yesterday, October 12, among some more common birds not listed below, I saw the following at Garr Ranch: ...Magnolia Warbler 1 male The warbler was in the thick grove of trees south of the spring house. Watched it for approximately 10 minutes from 2:45 to 2:55 PM

Joel and Kathy Beyer (10 Oct 2004) - A juvenile Sabine's Gull was at the Antelope Island causeway today. It was feeding at the breakwater just north of the second bridge (the one closest to the island). We saw it there at 11:00 and again at 2:00. It flew once to the opposite side of the road, landed on the shore and preened for 5 minutes, and then flew back to the breakwater to resume feeding... Two Long-billed Curlews and a Horned Grebe were also seen along the causeway....We observed 20 or so Long-billed Dowitchers and one Stilt Sandpiper near the south end of the west dike at Farmington Bay WMA. They were last seen feeding in one of large shallow pools about 200 yards west of the dike.


Nick & Marian Eason (18 Oct 2004) - We currently have an Eastern Blue Jay visiting our feeder. He first appeared about 8:35 a.m. this morning and has been back and forth a couple of times. I don't see an observation on the Preserve list so don't know if one has been observed in the Moab area before. If you have seen one in the past, let us know.


Joel and Kathy Beyer (15 Oct 2004) - We saw the pair of Lawrence's Goldfinch this morning in Kanarraville. They were in a tree on Main Street across from the LDS church. We only got to look at them for less than a minute before they flew to parts unknown. An hour of diligent searching was goldfinchless.

Steve Summers (12 Oct 2004) - This afternoon around 4 pm a visiting birder from Washington state reported to me a pair of Lawrence's Goldfinches in the town of Kanarraville, Iron Co. This is about 18 miles south of Cedar City. She saw the birds very well and certainly described this species to me. She is familiar with the species from California. They were seen along the street between the LDS Church and the Red Lodge R.V. park about a half block west of the main road...


Nonna (31 Oct 2004) - ...A female Rusty Blackbird was sighted at the Morgan Water Treatment Facility today Saturday October 30th. The bird was first seen by Arnold Smith and then seen by Aaron, Weston, Shauna, and Louise Smith. The bird was seen several times over a two to three hour period foraging in an empty pond on equatic insects. Several pictures were taken of the bird. Also of note was a Green Heron and the Surf Scoter was back. Anyone wanting to try and see these birds should call Arnold Smith on his cell at 801-791-5390 or at home 801-829-3383.

Kristin Purdy (27 Oct 2004) - I birded East Canyon Reservoir in Morgan County today and came up with a slightly eclectic mix of goodies. First, three juvenile Surf Scoters swam on the far side of the reservoir across from mile 16.5 on SR-65... Six Hooded Mergansers (five of which were males--gorgeous) swam down near the south end. I also saw a small flotilla of Red-breasteds and Commons throughout...

Glenn B. Barlow (17 Oct 2004) - ...Our next stop, thanks to Arnold's son, Aaron, was in Mountain Green, searching for a Blue Jay. ... we patiently waited the return of the jay. Merrill finally spotted it in a pine tree next to the house. We finally decided the best place for viewing was the platform feeder to the east of the house, which was near some scrub oak.... Shortly thereafter it appeared again on the feeder and we had a very nice view of the bird feeding on the feeder.

Dennis Shirley (14 Oct 2004) - Milt, Tuula, and I spent the day in several northern Utah counties today. Here's a list of the rarities we chased and the results....Surf Scoter - An immature has shown up at the Morgan Water Treatment Facility. We saw the bird at noon. It's apparently been around for a few days. The gates are locked to the ponds. You can either park at the gate and climb thru the fence or call Arnold Smith, who will let you in if he's available.  Hm #829-3383 Cell #791-5390


Kathleen Robins (27 Oct 2004) - A Blue Jay was seen and heard at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday October 22nd in the Millcreek area in Salt Lake. It was calling from the top of a large green ash tree then flew toward the north west. The sighting was on 3020 South and 2225 East.

Tim Avery (22 Oct 2004) - This morning while driving by Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake I noticed a large flock of geese on the water. I decided to take a look and found that there were at least 4 Cackling Geese in the flock. There may have been more but all I had was my camera and no binoculars. Sugarhouse Park is located between I-80 and 2100 south and between 1700 east and 1300 east... at Liberty I managed to locate one Cackler with a flock of Canada on the south end of the big pond.  This has made the 7th Cackling Goose I have seen this week in Salt Lake County.  So when you see a flock of Canada Geese it is quite worth it to check and see if there are any Cackling Geese, especially now with waterfowl migration in full swing.

Tim Avery (19 Oct 2004) - Along the North Jetty of Salt Air Marina I managed to pick out a juvenile Surf Scoter about 200 yards north of the mouth where the Marina meets the Lake. The bird was mixed in with a flock of several hundred Eared Grebe, a dozen or so Lesser Scaup and Common Goldeneye...At Warm Spring I was excited to see 2 Cackling Geese.  My first for the county.  At Warm Springs there were maybe 3-4 dozen Canada Geese, along with the 2 individual Cackling.  There was also one Lesser Yellowlegs present, and a few Northern Shoverlers.

Carol Davis (17 Oct 2004) - ...about 11:00 am I glanced out at the birdbath on my deck and there was a female Evening Grosbeak taking a drink.... At 3:00 pm it returned to take another drink...


Leslie Loeffel - On Friday afternoon, Oct. 15, a Varied Thrush was seen in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The bird was either a female or a juvenile; it had a partial breast band and white under the tail and halfway up the belly... David Deutch and Leslie Loeffel observed the bird hopping in the road on the Salt Creek Road 2.7 miles from the gate. (This is a 4WD drive road which requires a backcountry permit to enter.)...

Nick & Marian Eason - ...Audrey & Bill Evoy...a couple from Ontario who spent a couple of months here and are avid birders. I received an email from Audrey saying they had sited a Lawrence's Goldfinch at Hovenweep NM on October 7. She report they were only about 9 yards away from it and saw it in good light...


Kristin Purdy (31 Oct 2004) -...this afternoon. Three Surf Scoters swam at the south end of Rockport Lake. One scoter was an adult male in Beeee-YOU-teous breeding plumage, and the other two were juveniles. They were adjacent to the Pinery Day Use area and close enough to see daylight through the adult's nostril (not that I was looking up its nose or anything, but...) with a scope at 20x...

Dennis Shirley (18 Oct 2004) - ...On the way home I stopped at Echo Reservoir and found three more Surf Scoters... They were all immature birds...

Tim Gorman (11 Oct 2004) - I got three good looks this morning of an adult male Williamson's Sapsucker at mile 45.3 of the Mirror Lake Highway (UT 150)...


Diane Penttila (12 Oct 2004) - This notice is long past due, but ...Don Ruh saw a Long-tailed Jeager around the shoreline of Pelican Lake on 9/29 and again on 10/1. He said the bird still had breeding head feathers but non-breeding tail feathers. Waterfowl season opened on 10/2 so it is likely the bird was chased off.

Diane Penttila - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge General Waterbird Survey 10/7/04... The following birds were seen within the survey route: ...American Bittern 1...Pectoral sandpiper 7...


Reed Stone (20 Oct 2004) - Three Great  Egrets in the moat west of the south extension of the Provo Airport dike Tuesday, Oct. 19th 2:00 PM.

Bryan Shirley (18 Oct 2004) - I just got back from Evergreen Cemetery in Springville. There are Evening Grosbeaks in most of the trees. I counted over 40 in one tree before they all flew to another tree. It was really fun to see that many. I think that 100 would be a conservative estimate...

Glenda Cotter (18 Oct 2004) - ...On Sat. at approximately 5:00 p.m. we observed a Blue Jay in the southeast corner of Evergreen Cemetery in Springville. We got good looks at it for about 10 minutes, but when last seen it was flying south and away?  Also observed: a flock of 9-12 Evening Grosbeaks, 5 or 6 Juniper Titmice, and 2 Townsend's Solitaires...

Matt Williams (13 Oct 2004) - At about 5:00pm today (Wed.), my wife alerted me to some interesting birds in the trees near my humble tube feeder here in Provo. I ran out to find at least 5 Evening Grosbeaks with at least 2 nice males. I'm on the west side of town, a little ways south of the Provo River...

Matt Williams - Today (10/6), my wife and I hiked up to Big Springs up South Fork Canyon off the Provo Canyon. On the way back, we stopped to look at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and, out of nowhere, a nice adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler appeared close enough to ID without binoculars. This was at about noon. Once I was over the shock, I saw it in my binoculars. Beautiful bird. ...Location: From the National Forest Access in South Fork Canyon, we parked in the upper lot. The bird was seen nearly 0.5 mile up the fire road (not the singletrack)....

(5 Oct 2004) - Dennis Shirley found a Golden-crowned Sparrow on the road going to Santaquin Canyon. The bird was with 3 White-crowned Sparrows in some Rabbit Brush along a chain link fence going around a water facility (?) on the left side of the road between where the road goes under I-15 and the mouth of the canyon.

Tuula - I saw the Palm Warbler around 2:30 pm, Tuesday Oct 5th, while looking for the Golden-crowned Sparrow Dennis reported at the mouth of Santaquin Canyon (Utah County). It appeared to be a non-breeding adult of the brown (Western) race. It was flitting around in a cottonwood in a group of yellow-rumps, orange-crowns and kinglets and I watched it for a couple of minutes and had good looks at all angles noting the white supercilium and darker stripe through the eye, and the bright yellow undertail coverts, and the black and white tail pattern.


Larry Tripp (23 Oct 2004) - A nice surprise today in Central was a 1st year Broad-winged Hawk. Yesterday in St. George Rick Fridell and I saw a Black and White Warbler and a White-throated Sparrow...The Greater White-fronted Goose was still in the Washington Fields Yesterday too.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (16 Oct 2004) - You won't believe this (we hardly do!), but we saw another Lawrence's Goldfinch this afternoon at Lytle Ranch (Washington Co.). It was a male and was seen in the orchard about 12:30 (sorry Larry!), in company with a large number of White-crowned Sparrows that were feeding in the grass. A Clay-colored Sparrow was also seen (after four hours of searching)...Before going to Lytle Ranch we stopped at Welcome Springs and found several Red-naped Sapsuckers and one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, as well as a Rufous-crowned Sparrow.

Larry Tripp (15 Oct 2004) - This morning there was a first year male American Redstart in the trees around the boat launch parking lot at Gunlock Res.

Charlie Sheard (15 Oct 2004) - This morning, about 9:00am, I observed a pair of Pectoral Sandpipers at Sand Hollow Reservoir. The birds were seen on a recently exposed sandbar on the north shore near the west dike. Plus a bonus bird in Hurricane fields: an adult, female Vermilion Flycatcher.

M. Topham ...This evening (October 11, 2004) I arrived home (Quail Valley Estates - 1850 South on River Road in St.
George, Utah) at approximately 6:00 PM to find the neighborhood filled with doves. It was a mixed flock of Eurasian Collared-Doves and White-winged Doves. Both species are known to exist in small numbers in the area, but this flock spent the night in a large Mondale Pine across the street from my home. I counted at least 4 White-winged doves and approximately 45 Eurasian Collared-doves...

Lu Giddings (8 Oct 2004) - Several birds of interest were seen at Lytle Ranch this morning. A Yellow-throated Vireo was seen in the berry/bramble patch just north of the orchard and east of the road. Shortly after that, Jack Binch and I found the mixed flock of Brewers and chipping sparrows and with much perseverance were able to find a Clay-colored Sparrow with them in the short grass in the orchard. While watching the sparrows, many red-naped sapsuckers were flying about. One of the birds was a Red-breasted Sapsucker, a juvenile southern race bird that appeared very nearly as pictured in Sibleys. It was definitely *not* a hybrid bird, two of which I saw last week elsewhere. While Jack was trying to get photos - which unfortunately was not possible...