Review Species Reported This Month:
Flicker Iron Co
Flycatcher Washington Co.
Vireo Davis Co.
Warbler Washington Co.
Warbler Summit Co.
Warbler Sevier Co.
Tanager Salt Lake Co.
Bunting Washington Co.
Oriole Juab Co.
Finch Grand Co
Ryan O'Donnell (20 Sep 2009) - Craig Fosdick, Ron Ryel,
and I birded around several locations in Cache Valley today. The Amalga Barrens
area had the best birds of the day. We saw 12 species of shorebirds here (on
private land), including 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
and one BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Along the public road through the area we
saw one SAY'S PHOEBE and one SAGE THRASHER, both firsts in the county for me...
At the Polishing Ponds we had one HORNED GREBE among over a thousand
Ryan O'Donnell (14 Sep 2009) - This afternoon I relocated
the juvenile SABINE'S GULL at the Logan Polishing Ponds (part of the
wastewater treatment complex) that Ron Ryel found on Saturday. The bird was at
the northeast corner of the northeast pond. It was sitting on the water for most
of the time I saw it and at first was surprisingly difficult to pick out from
the hundreds of Franklin's Gulls that were there. When it flew, the distinctive
wing pattern was obvious.
Ryan O'Donnell (1 Sep 2009) - I took a birding break this
afternoon and hit a few spots around Cache Valley. Sues' Ponds, just west of the
Logan Landfill, had a few new shorebirds, including four BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS,
three WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, my first of
that species in the county. The Lewiston Cemetery had almost no birds. Below
Newton Reservoir I found a single CLAY-COLORED SPARROW with two or three
Vesper Sparrows and 30-40 Chipping Sparrows...
Kathy and Joel Beyer (20 Sep 2009) - This morning at Garr
Ranch (Antelope Island) we refound the Blue-headed Vireo seen earlier in
the day by the Sommerfields. Otherwise, it was mostly Hermit Thrushes,
Audobon's Warblers, and flycatchers.
Tom Fletcher (12 Sep 2009) - There was a juvenile
American Golden Plover at Glover's Lane Ponds this morning. It was hanging
out with several Killdeer on the mud bank in the middle of the two ponds, near
the south end. Juvenile plover id's are tricky, but I studied this bird for
quite a while, and it had long primary projections and a well-defined dark cap
contrasting with a broad white supercilium. Also, I walked the trail around the
ponds and saw a Solitary Sandpiper along the north side.
Jason Pietrzak (22 Sep 2009) - First and foremost, I was
driving home from bird banding when on my street I saw two doves on a power-
line...After getting out, the coverts seemed to have disappeared, however, I did
see the white band on the dark tail and the bird's shape looked right so I went
closer until the dove finally turned around and revealed his coverts again! So
that's my first WHITE-WINGED DOVE in Utah and it was pretty much a yard
bird (at least a neighborhood bird). Next: bird banding in Moab at
Matheson... Last thing, in speaking with area bird watchers, I learned
that somebody in the Monticello area has had Purple Finches at his
feeders lately (although not in the last 5 days, so they may have moved on). The
person who told me this is a highly-skilled birder, and knows the difference
between House, Cassin's, and Purple Finches very well so I am inclined to
believe his report...
Mark Stackhouse (29 Sep 2009) - FYI (I received this
message, I can't vouch for the accuracy of the identification, but thought
I should pass it along in case it's true) [From: Andrea Taylor] "I live in Cedar
City, Utah and I saw a gilded flicker today in my backyard. I identified
it using the whatbird website both by sight and by call. Thanks, Andrea
Tim Avery (18 Sep 2009) - Just talked to Colby Neuman. He,
Carl Ingwell, and Jeff Bilsky found a first year male Baltimore Oriole in
the housing area at Fish Spring NWR today...They said the bird was very
difficult to see and they spent several hours trying to get a good view of the
Weston Smith (2 Sep 2009) - I had a White-winged Dove
stop by the backyard here in Croydon (Morgan County) about 7pm tonight. It
stayed for about 10 minutes then flew off with the resident Collard-doves.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Jack Binch (25 Sep 2009) - Strange day today at Jupiter
Hill... we sat in the cold wind until 10:07 when a medium hawk went over
the ridge from the north. It was low and fast until it got over the ridge
and started up on the thermals. As luck would have it, it was a juvenile
light phase Broad-winged Hawk...
Joel Beyer (22 Sep 2009) - I found a Northern
Waterthrush this afternoon along Mill Creek, in the appropriately named
Millcreek township in SLC. The location was about 3550 So. Oakwood Drive (2550
Tim Avery (7 Sep 2009) - Female [Scarlet Tanager],
between the Canal and the Railroad Tracks along Wright Brothers Drive.
Travis Cooper, San Diego, CA (30 Sep 2009) - There
was a 1st year Hooded Warbler this morning along Clear Creek about 5
miles west of Fremont Junction along Hwy 70 in the Fishlake National Forest. The
bird was foraging low among willows and other dense vegetation along the creek
calling conspicuously and constantly fanning its tail giving views of its white
outer rects. I only stopped for a moment this morning on my way out of the
forest, the bird was seen about 8am and as seemed to be working its way down
stream. The only other birds seen were i male Wilson's Warbler and two
kinglets though they all seemed to been in the same small foraging flock.
Tim Avery (20 Sep 2009) - I photographed what looks like a
fall Bay-breasted Warbler in the French Hollow area above Strawberry
Reservoir Saturday Evening. I didn't have binoculars and only snapped one
picture before the bird flew off into the forest.
Candy Zaffis (3 Sep 2009) - That is funny. I also have a
White-winged Dove. It has been here about a week. It is sitting on the
back fence right now with some collared doves.
Jeff Bilsky (22 Sep 2009) - A trip to River Lane this
evening. Only two warblers seen were ORANGE
CROWNED and YELLOW-RUMPED. Biggest surprise were 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
list for tonight below. Last night in this same general area I saw a large
(20ish) flock of SANDHILL CRANES.
Dave Hanscom (9 Sep 2009) - I had a meeting in Provo this
morning and decided to try for the Green Heron reported a week or so ago
in the southeast corner of the airport dike. No luck on that, so I walked
the dirt road east from there... Not much activity, other than a bunch of
Caspian Terns, stilts, and gulls out on the mud flats, and a few Marsh
Wrens and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the trees about a quarter mile from
the gate where the road turns north. Also in those trees, down by the
canal, was a WHITE_THROATED SPARROW...
Tim Avery (20 Sep 2009) - This morning there were 2 juvenile
Sabine's Gulls foraging off shore from Renegade Marina on the south end
of Strawberry Reservoir. Renegade Marina is 14 miles from Highway 40 and the
Fish Hatchery on the northwest corner of the lake.
Larry Tripp(19 Sep 2009) - Today in Washington Co. Tayla and
I went on are usual Saturday birding loop from Veyo around both Sand Cove Res.
down into Gunlock. The big highlight was a Blackburnian Warbler in the
town of Gunlock. It was in the trees directly across the creek from the
playground behind the post office... Other highlights today were a Least
Flycatcher and a Fox Sparrow both near the Power plant between the
Res. And my first Merlin of the Fall in Gunlock...
Larry Tripp (12 Sep 2009) - There was a Stilt Sandpiper
at upper Sand Cove Res. this morning. The only other Shorebirds there were 2
Least Sandpipers and a Spotted Sand. It was still there when I left just after
10:00 AM. Not much else interesting in the area today but a Lewis Woodpecker
and a couple Nashville Warblers.
Larry Tripp (8 Sep 2009) - A late post of a few birds I saw
in So. Utah over the weekend. There was a Clay-colored Sparrow in weedy
fields on the east side of the Santa Clara in Gunlock on Saturday. And at Lytle
Ranch on Monday I saw a Bendire's Thrasher ( my first at Lytle and only
the 2nd in Utah in 7 years. I don't think they are as easy to find here as the
field guide range maps would make you think they are). Other birds I saw at
Lytle were a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak a N. Waterthrush and a
Rick Fridell (4 Sep 2009) - This evening I observed a
first-fall female Painted Bunting in the orchard at Lytle Ranch,
Washington Co., UT. The Painted Bunting was with a large flock of Lazuli
Buntings (and a couple Blue Grosbeaks) feeding on the tall grasses in the
orchard. Observing the the Painted Bunting in large moving flock of Lazuli
Buntings (25-30) was challenging and I only managed a couple poor (but
Rick Fridell (4 Sep 2009) - There is currently an adult
Neotropic Cormorant at Ivins Reservoir, Washington County, Utah. As far as I
know the two immature Neotropic Cormorants observed May - July were not present
in August (although, admittedly, I didn't look very often). So I'm not sure if
this is one of those two individuals that has reappeared and molted into adult
plumage (?) or more likely, a different cormorant.