Birdnet Hotline Highlights
December 2004

Review Species Reported This Month:

    Cackling Goose  Utah Co.
    Lesser Black-backed Gull  Davis Co.
    Eurasian Collared-Dove  Salt Lake Co.  Washington Co.
    Common Ground-Dove  Washington Co.
    Red-headed Woodpecker  Washington Co.
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Washington Co.
    Red-breasted Sapsucker  Washington Co.
    Rufous-backed Robin  Washington Co.


Brian J. Mickelson (28 Dec 2004) - At Mayor's Pond this morning I saw many birds including the Greater Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck and American Wigeons...


Stephen Peterson (20 Dec 2004) - ...Another interesting bird I saw over the weekend, with Carolee Lavery, was a Northern Pygmy Owl, in the parking area of Wood Camp, yesterday (Sunday) afternoon at about 3:30 - 4:00 pm...


Scott & Cynthia Porter (5 Dec 2004) - Just got back with my family from Historic Jarvie Ranch in Daggett County along the Green River celebrating an old time x-mas. While we were there, I saw a flock of about 70 Bohemian Waxwings. Their chatter was very distinctive.


Kristin Purdy (27 Dec 2004) - I stopped briefly at Kaysville Ponds late this afternoon and saw three Cinnamon Teal--two drakes and one hen...

Colby Neuman (21 Dec 2004) - ...I went there [the Bountiful Landfill] today and saw a third-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (the 2nd winter bird from last year?) among the California, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (5 Dec 2004) - We birded the Antelope Island Causeway this afternoon. The female Long-tailed Duck was on the north side of the second bridge. At about mile marker 1.4, we found a basic-plumaged Dunlin, in company with 10 or so Sanderlings. They were more than 100 yards north of the causeway, on the edge of the mudflats, so a spotting scope is needed.

Kristin Purdy (2 Dec 2004) - I was surprised to see a lone Snowy Plover at Antelope Island Causeway today. The plover was on the north side at mile 2.6. ... at the bridge west of mm 1 produced one female Barrow's Goldeneye and two Long-tailed Ducks. One of the Long-tails was an adult female and the other was a juvenile...


Jim Rafferty (26 Dec 2004) - Today at about 3pm my wife and I saw a pair of Eurasian Collared-Doves along the Jordan River Parkway. They were on the east side of the river perched above a platform feeder that was placed on the fence at the back of a house at about 1200 North.

Lu Giddings (16 Dec 2004) - ...a flock of about 30 rosy finches was seen at 11:30 a.m. at Alta. The birds were observed at the first house north of the bridge on the upper end of the Alta By-Pass road, i.e., in the usual place just west of the Powder Ridge development. The flock was mostly Black Rosy-Finches with a few Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches; they were extremely skittish, which, combined with the amount of cover at the site, made it impossible to be specific as to numbers of each.

Pomera Fronce (9 Dec 2004) - I saw a flock of about 15 Red Crossbills at the Salt Lake City Cemetery today in the general area of Central Avenue (940 East) and Grand Avenue (270 North).

Pomera Fronce (1 Dec 2004) - Participants in the monthly GSLA survey located a female Long-tailed Duck this morning on Mountain Dell Reservoir.


Deedee O'Brien (17 Dec 2004) - A large flock of Bohemian Waxwings is still in the Uinta/Kamas area. Lucky for us, they flew over our car as we headed home from hiking along the North Fork trail. They landed in a small group of trees near the highway, so got very good looks with my scope. This was just east of Upper Setting Rd and 8.4 miles east of the high school in Kamas at 2:10pm today Friday, Dec 17th. A long-looked for lifer!


Bryan Shirley (5 Dec 2004) - East Bay. I should have posted this earlier, but there was a great Cackling Goose in with all the canadas. You could pick it out with your bare eye due to the size. It also had a great white patch under the black on the neck (like shown in sibley)

Leila Ogden (5 Dec 2004) - Sunday afternoon. I have Bohemian waxwings (7+) in my back yard. High in the Neighbor's tree. 198 West 1700 So. Orem . . . . . Don't know how long they will stay around.

Dennis Shirley (2 Dec 2004) - Today about noon I found a Cackling Goose at the mouth of the Provo River at the Utah Lake State Park. It was in a flock of 50 or so Canada's. I think it was B. c. minimus, due to it's extremely small size,short neck, small stubby bill, and lack of any neck collar. I guess it could have been B. c. hutchinsinii but either way it was a "little honker"...


canyonwren - Red-breasted Sapsucker seen at Zion River Resort in Virgin, UT on December 31, 2004. It was sighted in the pine tree in front of the RV campground registration from 9:50 a.m. to 10:10 a.m..

David Wheeler - This morning (Dec 30th) just before 9 am, Larene Wyss & I went out to see the Red-headed Woodpecker at the pecan farm by Hurricane. ...later I was staring at an odd little dove in the driveway of the rental house at the pecan grove (see previous e-mails regarding this site). This was clearly NOT the target woodpecker.... Could it be?? Oh, Lordy Child... Yes it was. A lovely little Common Ground-Dove. We watched it and took several photos of the little beast as it flew between various locations around the house (the first big house as one enters the farm, on the right (west) side of the road). It was there from before 9 to a little after 10 when we left...

Glenn Barlow (27 Dec 2004) - This morning a group of nine of us, including the Jense's, K.C. Childs, Eric Huish, Bruce Robinson, Colby Neuman, Tim Avery, and I, saw the Rufous-backed Robin this morning at 8:15 and between 8:45 - 9:15 a.m., at the designate place in Springdale. We had great looks at the birds, which was a life bird for all of us. Beautiful bird! ...After Quail Creek we went toward Leeds. In the narrows, about 50 yards before the stop sign, we stopped and looked into the creeks flowing into the reservoir. There we saw a flock of sparrows, which included a pair of the ever-elusive Rufous-crowned Sparrow. We had close-up looks and the eye-ring was very apparent! ...Just out of Leeds, as we headed north to Salt Lake City, I called Merrill Webb to find out what had happened on his CBC for Washington County. He told me he had spotted a Red-headed Woodpecker at Wilson's Peach and Pecan Farm, which is located southwest of Hurricane and SSW of the Hurricane Sewage Ponds!! We immediately turned around to try and find it! We did!

Kevin Wheeler (28 Dec 2004) - Highlights of the count [St.George CBC] included: ...A Greater White-fronted Goose at Springs Park Pond ...A Common Moorehen at Red Hills Golfcourse ...3 Vermilion Flycatchers (all males) at scattered locations across the circle ...And remember how excited we were to get Eurasian Collared-Doves a couple years ago? They're up to 73 now!

Pomera Fronce (27 Dec 2004) - ...Steve, Cindy and I saw in southern Utah this weekend...Best birds at Lytle Ranch were a Brown Thrasher (in the same area as last winter) and a Long-eared Owl...

Kevin Wheeler (27 Dec 2004) - Wonderful day on the Silver Reef Christmas Bird Count today. Some highlights include:
Red-headed Woodpecker in the Pecan Fields south of Hurricane. This bird was reportedly photographed, and documentation will be sent to state and CBC records committees. ...20 Long-eared Owls seen in some tamarisk south of Hurricane. Some of these were also photographed...Eurasian Collard-Doves reported for the first time in this count - 9 (with one Ringed Turtle-Dove) in LaVerkin

Larry Tripp (24 Dec 2004) - I got to Springdale today at 8:50 AM and the Rufous-backed Robin was in the same spot where is has been previously reported. It was easily observed from the road. I watched it for about 20 minutes feeding on the ground and perching in the trees until it moved further back into the orchard out of sight...

Dennis Shirley (23 Dec 2004) - Lou, Bryan and I made a late last night decision to try for the Rufous-backed Robin reported in Springdale, Washington County, inspite of the private property situation...spotted the bird at 9:05am, each had it in our spotting scopes at 9:08am, and then had it fly back away from the highway at 9:10am, never to be seen by us again. We did get great looks at it, even if it was for just a few minutes...There is a definite chance of seeing the bird through the property fence along the highway. The apple orchard it's been seen three times in is on the right side of the highway just as you are entering Springdale, having gone around a couple of turns after leaving Rockville. There is an 8ft high green field fence separating the property from the highway. Go to the north end of the property, past a fruit market[which is also on their property and therefore shouldn't be used to park in or bird around], and park on the west side of the road across the street from two locked gates. ...The bird has been seen feeding on the fallen apples in the first few rows of trees....The property owners have said they don't mind birders outside the fence looking in, but again don't want people wandering around their property...

 Kristy Sholly (21 Dec 2004) - A Rufous-backed Robin was sighted on Saturday, December 18 during Zion National Park's Christmas Bird Count. It was discovered in the Springdale area.  Photo and video documentation are available. The observers were Ken Hinton, Don Hinton, Marshall Topham, Seth Topham and Todd Calico from St. George, UT

Lu Guddings (11 Dec 2004) - Dennis Shirley and I drove to Washington county early yesterday morning...This morning we visited Lytle Ranch with Kevin Wheeler....A second-fall male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was observed, and also a second bird that may also be a yellow-bellied sapsucker of similar age or younger. Four or five red-naped sapsuckers were also readily available for comparative purposes. Other birds of interest: ...a merlin in Washington, and also Eurasian Collared-Doves and White-winged Doves ...a Greater White-fronted Goose on the Springs Estates pond...two White-winged Scoters were seen on Sand Hollow Reservoir as were previously reported...