Review Species Reported This Month:
Box Elder Co., Washington
Blue Jay Weber Co.
Curve-billed Thrasher Grand Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Jason St. Sauver (28 Feb 2011) - While checking the
waterfowl (and there was a bunch) at Salt Creek WMA this morning...in amongst
the thousands of Canada geese and hundreds of Tundra swans...was one lil
Ross's Goose. There were also plenty of Northern pintails, mallards, common
goldeneye and common mergansers around - as well as a few Sandhill Cranes.
Also - on the road to the WMA...i must have seen in the thousands of Horned
Kristin Purdy (27 Feb 2011) - A CACKLING GOOSE,
subspecies minima, was at Salt Creek WMA in Box Elder County this afternoon... A pair of GRAY PARTRIDGES crossed
the road in front of my truck and ran up the south sage-covered hill. That was
actually the second group of Huns for the day.
--Eight SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were roosting in Howell in the
tall trees of the house at SR-83, mile 27.7. ... I also flushed a flock of about
a dozen GRAY PARTRIDGES from the yard of an abandoned-looking house on
East Canal Road in the extreme southeast corner of Blue Creek Valley. A
PRAIRIE FALCON was resting in a tree in the yard as well...
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were in the Russian Olives along the back road out of
Thatcher to Salt Creek WMA.
--Finally, I saw a MERLIN on a power pole in Corinne.
David Hanscom (26 Feb 2011) - The good news was a
small flock of Tree Sparrows behind one of the houses just beyond the
Bear River Refuge Visitor Center. Also a few flocks of Horned Larks here and
there, but I couldn't find any rarities.
Kristin Purdy (25 Feb 2011) - No fooliní, no
debatiní, no Graylagginí about this report. An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE was hanginí with about 250 Canada Geese in a field off 2600W.
northwest of the Bear River MBR visitorís center in Box Elder County this
Craig Fosdick (26 Feb 2011) This afternoon I had
three GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES make a very brief appearance (less than 2
minutes) on the gravel shoulder of 3000 N, about 1.5 miles west of Benson
Marina, and almost to the intersection with Utah 23. They were by themselves-and
were not seen again after they took off and flew west...
Craig Fosdick (17 Feb 2011) - [Benson Marina] -
Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, duck sp., Northern Harrier,
Larus sp., Horned Lark, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow
Craig Fosdick (5 Feb 2011) - I birded the area
around 2900 E 4727 N in Liberty for about 1.75 hrs today, but could not find the
Blue Jay, although I did find a Ned Bixler. The trip was worth it though for
the minimum of 7 Lewis' Woodpeckers along the road, seemingly one every
1/4 mile, usually on one of the wooden telephone poles...
Dave Hanscom (5 Feb 2011) - David Wheeler and I
spent a collective couple of hours in Liberty awaiting the arrival of the Blue
Jay, but no such luck. The special bonus was when David spotted a Ruffed
Grouse hunkered down under a scrub oak.
Joel and Kathy Beyer (27 Feb 2011) - This morning
the Snow Bunting was still on the Antelope Island Causeway, south side, at
approx. mile marker 2. At Farmington Bay WMA a Least Sandpiper was
feeding with a flock of Killdeer, and two groups of American Avocets (50 birds
total) flew over.
Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld (26 Feb 2011) - Today was a good day at
Farmington Bay. We saw an American Bittern. The Bittern's location was
next to the west parking lot at the end of the road. The Bittern was standing at
the water's edge just behind a sign that read "Boat Launching Area, No Parking."
Near the lookout hill, (Goose Egg Island?), Steve saw a flock of birds land on
the west face of the hill. We drove on top of the overlook, and looked down the
hillside. It was a flock of 30 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches. Among them was
one Black Rosy-Finch. What a great find. We watched them for about half
an hour. Then they took flight and headed east toward the foothills.
Jeff Bilsky (27 Feb 2011) - Tim Avery and I located a
Snow Bunting in a group of Horned Larks near mm2 on the Antelope
island causeway this morning...
David Wheeler (22 Feb 2011) - Yesterday at
Farmington Bay WMA, on the large ("main") pond east of the dike road, there was
an immaturish Trumpeter Swan, all off by itself, possibly pouting....The
swan had a ginormous (per Wheeler, 1992[c]) bill, ginormer than the Tundra swans
on the pond, with a convexesque bill, noticeably and notably convexer than the
Tundras, and the little black peninsula of tissue connecting the eye to
ginormous bill was very short and thick, in a Trumpetous manner clearly distinct
from the Tundras...
David Wheeler (2 Feb 2011) - By mid day there were
several hundred gulls, including a Western adult, a Thayer's adult, and
the regular stuff.
Tim Avery (2 Feb 2011) - Farmington Bay yesterday
including Iceland Gull, Western Gull with Mew Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Glaucous Gull.
Jeff Foote (15 Feb 2011) - Curve-billed Thrasher
has been coming to feeder at Moab.
Bob Walters (17 Feb 2011) - [Delta, UT] - It was
reported to me (February 16, 2011) that about 15k Snow and Ross's
Geese are present at Gunnison Bend Reservoir, just outside Delta, Utah.
We're hoping to double that number by the time of the 2011 Utah Snow Goose
Festival (February 25-27).
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Tom Fletcher (28 Feb 2011) - I went up City Creek
Canyon this evening to do some owling. I missed my target bird (Saw-whet), but
it was an amazing trip all the same. I did hear 2 Great Horned Owls and a
Western Screech Owl. The best bird of the trip was a
Ruffed Grouse right before
mile marker 2.
Jerry Liguori (27 Feb 2011) -
Still a small flock of Rosy Finches above the
Bonneville shoreline trail just east of 3300 south in SLC
was passing through Salt Lake, changing residence from Everett, WA (near
Seattle) to Longmont, Colorado. Tim Avery suggested Farmington Bay WMA for a
good few hours of birding in the morning. The highlights were two, yes two (and
yes, I know how incredibly unusual this is) Western Gulls... quite
Jeff Cooper (18 Feb 2011) - I took lunch today just
after 1 pm and dropped by Sandy Pond and then the little pond at
Mulligan's Golf Course,
just up the road from my office. I saw three TREE SWALLOWS (at least one
male) playing in the wind just over the Jordan River and next to the Sandy
Fishing Pond. I think I agree with others that the warm weather and then strong
winds blew them in. ...From Sandy Fishing Pond I went back toward work and
noticed a BUFFLE HEAD in the pond at Mulligan's Golf Course ... and a
male and female HOODED MERGANSER.
Jeff Cooper (17 Feb 2011) - I cut out of work a
little early this afternoon to drive up to Snowbird to check out the area around
the feeder that Tim Avery kindly put out. I saw a few Mountain Chickadees,
but there wasn't much else moving about. ... On the way out of the canyon I
spotted my fourth Northern Pygmy Owl of the year (and my life for that
Tim Avery (16 Feb 2011) - I took a quick trip up Little
Cottonwood Canyon to check the feeder I put up over the weekend... The best bird though, was a flyover PINE GROSBEAK
headed towards Snowbird Resort. Wish it would have stopped by the feeder--maybe
Jeff Bilsky (15 Feb 2011) - [Sugarhouse] - I have
had a Western screech Owl singing away in my backyard just about every
night for the last couple of weeks. I wish him well in his quest.
Bryant Olsen (11 Feb 2011) - Went up Neff's Canyon
(Salt Lake co.) today to see what owls I could find, and the NORTHERN PYGMY
OWL that I found last spring, and re-found again a few months ago, is still
Shelly Spencer (2 Feb 2011) - Peregrine Falcons
have returned to their traditional roost in downtown Salt Lake. Hopefully
they'll use the nesting box that was moved from the JSM building (old Hotel
Utah) to the LDS church office building.
Eric Peterson (19 Feb 2011) - I went out with a
group from the zoo today to continue our winter raptor survey. Today we went to
the Sanpete County area.
We started in Fountain Green and went down to Manti and then back up to Fountain
Green again... Here is
my list of what we saw.
-- Ring-necked Pheasant,
Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's),
Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo sp.,
Great Horned Owl,
Robert Williams (19 Feb 2011 - I birded the Skipper
Bay trail today, definitely a hot spot right now! There were 1000+ Northern
Pintails, 500+ Green-wing
Teals, 200+ American Widgeon, 150+ Canada Geese, 6
Teal, 100,000,000 Mallards (slight exaggeration), and the best bird of
the day a Snow Goose. The airport dike is still closed due to the Ice
Reed Stone (19 Feb 2011) - Female Red Breasted
Merganser - # 132 on my yard list.
Jon Watkins (19 Feb 2011) - Kendall and I drove along
the western edge of Utah Lake this morning, birded around Goshen and Elberta,
and then swung over to Lincoln Point. Highlights for us was a Great Horned
Owl roosting in the Goshen cemetery, several Juniper Titmouse along
Goshen Canyon road (struck out on the Pinyon Jays), a flock of 200+ Cedar
Waxwings at Warm Springs...
Jeff Cooper (19 Feb 2011) - This morning I drove SR 73
through Lehi, past Eagle Mountain and then through Cedar Fort and Fairfield to
watch my first Utah Sky Trials (Falconry Competition). I half birded along the
way and saw typical birds until just before entering the very small community of
Cedar Fort where I was fortunate to come across a flock of about 50 PINYON
Douglas Mead (17 Feb 2011) - [Saratoga Springs] -
Says Phoebe. Observed in my N Saratoga Springs yard this morning. Blew in
with the storm.
Tim Avery (16 Feb 2011) - [American Fork] - Tree
Swallows. Had 8 "flying" (I mean how much flying can you in 40 MPH winds
anyway? More like pushed around.) over I-15 in American Fork this afternoon.
Might be a rough couple days for them with the incoming storms.
Eric Huish (9 Feb 2011) - saw a Northern
Shrike in my backyard this morning!
Ned Bixler (9 Feb 2011) - Lower Hobble Creek WMA - Snow
Geese along with other ducks, and Canada geese.
Jeff Cooper (4 Feb 2011) - I was above Sundance this
morning between 8 and 8:30, before heading to work. The Evening Grosbeaks
were there in the same spot I found them last week. Pass mile marker 24, make
the hairpin turn to the right and look left where the snow is absent due to an
underground spring. There is a small pullout just past this spot on the right. I
saw two Pygmy Owls as well.
Ned Bixler (2 Feb 2011) - [Sundance] 3:30 PM -
Sundance. From a sign that reads "North Fork Fire Department" continue (.1
mile), and on the left there is a small tree. A northern pygmy owl was sitting
on the top branch. The owl is only 20 feet from the cars on the road.
Bryan Shirley (2 Feb 2011) - [Utah Lake State Park] - Yesterday afternoon
there were 8 Swans on the ice at UT Lake SP. They were a couple of hundred
yards west of the dike sitting on the ice. All but one had their heads tucked
under a wing, but I assume they were all Tundra Swans.
Paul Lombard (1 Feb 2011) - [Sundance] I visited the
area reported by Bryan Shirley yesterday. Temperature was 7 degree F. and a
brisk wind at about 1:30 pm today. I waited about 45 minutes and a flock of
better than a dozen Red Crossbills arrived and began feeding on the cones
in the conifers next to the road. I watched for about 15 minutes as they moved
from one tree top to another. Thanks Bryan for the tip. No Grosbeaks but a
couple of Steller's Jays crossed the road.
Eric Huish (22 Feb, 2011) - I birded a few stops on my
way to visit family in Tooele on Sunday. Best birds were a flock of almost 50
Evening Grosbeaks in Middle Canyon, East of Tooele. I hiked past the
road-closed-for-winter gate and first saw the grosbeak flock about .4 mile past
the gate then again closer to the gate. Didn't see many other birds in the
Joel and Kathy Beyer (19 Feb
2011) - [St George are] - Red Cliffs SRA: Bushtit, Verdin
-Silver Reef: Anna's Hummingbird (male), Red-naped
Sapsucker, White-winged Dove, Cooper's Hawk
-SR9 sewage ponds: Snow Geese, Cackling Goose, Lincoln's
Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawk, Savannah Sparrow
-Tonaquint Park: Wood Duck, Cooper's Hawk, Abert's Towhees
-Beaver Dam Slope: Cactus Wren, Crissal Thrasher, Greater
Roadrunner, Loggerhead Shrike, Pinyon Jay...
-Springs Pond: Lincoln's Sparrow, Ross's Goose, singing
Crissal Thrasher, Abert's Towhee
-Hurricane area: Yellow-rumped 'Myrtle' Warbler, Merlin,
Inca Dove, Greater White-fronted Goose (2 at Sky Mountain Golf
Course), Virginia Rail
-Sand Hollow State Park: Long-tailed Duck (f), Least
Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Bald Eagle, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted
-Grandpa's Pond: Hooded Merganser, Greater Scaup
-Dixie Red Hills Golf Course: Great Egret, Abert's Towhee,
Joel and Kathy Beyer (17 Feb 2011) - After a couple of
days of intermittent searching we finally managed to locate some Inca Doves!
It was a group of 6, and they were hanging out in the area of 3560 West 290
North in Hurricane.
Jeff Bilsky (14 Feb 2011) - [Various
locations around Washington County,
2/5/11] - Ross's Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Greater Scaup, Hooded Merganser,
Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle,
Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American
Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove,
Say's Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler,
-Tonaquint Nature Center - Wood Duck, Mallard,
Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Gambel's
Quail, Bald Eagle,
Ferruginous Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned
Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser
-Red Cliffs Campground - Anna's
Hummingbird, Western Bluebird
-Quail Creek Reservoir -
Green-winged Teal, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Common Loon,
Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron,
American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Say's Phoebe, Rock Wren, House
Sewage Ponds - Snow Goose,
Ross's Goose, Cackling Goose...
Rick Fridell (14 Feb 2011) - Regarding wintering
Common Yellowthroats in Utah. They rarely but occasionally winter in
Washington Co. This is the fifth (known anyway) Yellowthroat that has wintered
in Washington Co. in the last ten to 12 years (and the first adult male; all
others were first-winter birds). The others were found in Washington City,
Seegmiller, Tonaquint Park, and Red Hills GC.
-Speaking of other rare wintering birds, there is a House
Wren wintering in Zion Canyon. It's usually in the large field area between
the nature center and amphitheater (immediately up canyon from the South
-Also Also of note around Washington Co.:
- the female Long-tailed Duck is continuing (through
2/12) at Sand Hollow State Park
- there have been a couple Inca Doves starting to call
around my neighborhood (Canyon Ridge subdivision in Hurricane).
- white geese are starting to come through, on 2/12 there was
a large flock of geese in the fields behind the SR-9 (Hurricane) Sewage Ponds
including ~150 Canada Geese, a few Cackling Geese, 46 Snow Geese,
and 14 Ross's Geese.
- the two wintering Greater White-fronted Geese
remained at the Sky Mountain GC through 2/13.
Carl Ingwell (14 Feb 2011) - A week and a half ago, Jeff Bilsky and I
went to St George for some birding. We found some Cackling Geese (3),
Ross's Geese (3), and Snow Geese (6) at SR-9 Sewage Ponds. We had a
Greater Scaup at Springs Estate Park and not much else...
Steve Christensen (27 Feb 2011) - I photographed 11 of what I believe are
Greater White-fronted Geese and a Ross's Goose near Loa, UT
Ted McGrath (22 Feb, 2011) -
at about 11:00 AM, a small flock of Red Crossbills came into our back
yard to feed on the sunflower seeds in our feeders. They came and went for
a couple of hours after that. The most we ever saw at once was six, and we
saw mature males, mature females, and at least one immature male...
Ryan O'Donnell (12 Feb 2011) - I took an
expedition to Weber County today to hit some birding spots. My main goal was
the feeders at Powder Mountain,
where I found about 30 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES. Two of them were the
coastal "Hepburn's" race, one appeared to be a Hepburn's x interior intergrade
(?) and the rest were the interior subspecies. ... On the drive down the
mountain, I stumbled upon a flock of about 400 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, a great find
for a non-irruption year...
Kris Purdy (4 Feb 2011) - Diana and Jon LeVasseur saw and photographed a
BLUE JAY on 2900E. in Liberty, Weber County, at about 1:30 pm today. ...
The bird was off the west side of the road just south of house number 4727 (on a
wooden garage at the base of the driveway on the west side of the road). It was
keeping company with a Stellerís Jay. 2900E. runs north-south at the base of the
North Ogden Divide Road in Ogden Valley. Six or seven Lewisís Woodpeckers are
spending the winter along this part of the road as well.
Kris Purdy (2 Feb 2011) - Thanks to Cindy and Steve
Sommerfeld and Paul Higgins for reporting the NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL at the
base of the North Ogden Divide in Ogden Valley, Weber County, on Sunday. I saw
the bird early this afternoon and it seemed to be in the same place (on a branch
over the road) doing the same thing (hunting the snow-free south-facing slope)
as what the earlier crew reported. The bird was in the area of a deer crossing
warning sign for the eastbound lane only. Between my first two
unsuccessful passes along the base of the divide and my last two successful
passes, I turned north from the divide road (4100N.) onto 2900E. and found 6
LEWISíS WOODPECKERS using the power poles or dead cottonwoods, or in the
groves of oak along the road. I havenít known Lewisís to winter at this location
in the past. ... I also noticed Stellerís Jays at the feeders well-hidden
at the house on the northwest corner of 4100N. and 2900E.