Birdnet Hotline Highlights

  
AUGUST 20
11

Review Species Reported This Month:
    Little Blue Heron  Uintah Co.
   
Least Flycatcher   Davis Co.
    Scarlet Tanager   Washington Co.


BOX ELDER  COUNTY

Kristin Purdy (26 Aug 2011) [Willard Bay] -  ... A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was using the nearly impenetrable brush along the shoreline north of the Eagle Beach Day Use area...

Kris Purdy (24 Aug 2011) -  - Juveniles were representing the celebrity sandpipers of the day today west of Willard Bay in Box Elder County, with two STILT SANDPIPERS and two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS foraging on a mudflat amid Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpipers and Franklinís Gulls... A female-type Red-breasted Merganser was an intriguing bird for August out there sitting in the shade of weeds at the west tip of one of the two peninsulas...

Jason St Sauver (14 Aug 2011) - Had a great drive out along Promontory late this afternoon into evening. Saw 51 dif. species. Some highlights: ... Also had two owls - I never drive this road with out at least one species of owl...tonite it was one Burrowing Owl and then later - a nice Great Horned Owl perched low on a stump under a cottonwood right near a lil pond.

Jason St Sauver (2 Aug 2011) - Today - being privileged to work for USFWS - we were posting boundaries in the wetlands on the south portion of the Refuge and had several BLACK TERNS feeding with some Forsters terns. Also - lots of babies still - including white-faced ibis young, eared grebe chicks and more. And a large flock of Dowitchers...amongst many other great birds. (also - a Common Loon was just over the dike in the Willard SP marina).

Mike Fish (1 Aug 2011) - [Promontory] - I just saw something I havenít seen before. I was driving up the ATK mountain and saw what I thought were swallows swarming over a large rock outcrop on the mountain side. When I got closer I realized the birds were larger than swallows and were in fact Common Nighthawks. There were 23 of them all together, flying in circles and slowly drifting down the mountain. They were all calling and making quite a ruckus. ...
  

CACHE  COUNTY

Kristin Purdy (28 Aug 2011) The feast or famine nature of Sherwood Hills Resort in Cache County was a small feast this morning, at least around the water features at the wedding gardens. A female INDIGO BUNTING was in the trees around the south water feature, now overgrown because it's not maintained anymore. I got several excellent looks at her and she was very active, taking multiple perches exposed enough to see her streaked breast more reminiscent of a Pine Siskin, and narrow lateral throat stripe which contrasted with a somewhat paler
malar stripe and throat...

Ryan O'Donnell (26 Aug 2011) -  ...In scouting for this trip the day before (Friday, Aug 26), the most interesting birds were one adult male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER (expected this time of year but always a treat) at Sherwood Hills Resort...

Ryan O'Donnell (20 Aug 2011) - I birded a few locations around Cache County this evening. The only surprise was a first-year STILT SANDPIPER at the part of the Logan Polishing Ponds visible from 3200W at 1800N...

  
DAGGET COUNTY

Oliver Hansen [1 Aug 2011] - Went up to Daggett Co. this week to continue some botanical research that I started last summer...During my 9-10 hour hike the closest thing to a human I saw was a very curious fox at Daggett Lake He stared me down for about 2 minutes. I was greeted at the summit by a flock of American pipits. Pretty cool to see them hanging out above 12,000 feet. Plenty of the normal Uinta Mountain birds back at camp at Spirit Lake: Clark's nutcrackers, chickadees, woodpeckers, etc. Great day...

  
DAVIS COUNTY

Joel Beyer (23 Aug 2011) - Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park was extremely quite today,
with a total of 20 species, and maybe 100 birds in all. Fortunately, this included a female American Redstart and a Least Flycatcher. Both were seen at the spring pond....

Oliver Hansen (16 Aug 2011) - Saturday morning at about 8:30 am, several Utah Co. and Salt Lake Co. birders met at the Antelope Island entrance gate for what turned out to be a beautiful summer morning field trip... Nothing out of the ordinary, although several people were able to see some Red-necked Phalaropes for the first time... We then spent about 45 minutes near a few miles down the road to Garr ranch and got some great looks at Grasshopper Sparrows and a few Blue Grosbeaks...

Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Aug 2011) - [Antelope Island] - The causeway was craziness. Birds everywhere, thousands of birds. Not a great variety in species, but lots to count. One fun note, we counted 26 Grasshopper Sparrows. That's the largest number of Grasshopper Sparrows we've ever recorded.
  

DUCHESNE COUNTY

Bryant Olsen (16 Aug 2011) - [Uinta Mountains] - Today's Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip to the Uinta Mountains was something of a success in that most of our target species were found, including BLACK ROSY FINCHES (2 fledglings being fed by an adult on Murdock Mountain, the peak due south of Bald Mountain on Bald Mountain pass, GRAY JAYS, CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS, PINE GROSBEAK and a probable TREE-TOED WOODPECKER (brief look at a fly over)...

Alona Huffaker (4 Aug 2011) - Bonnie, Leila and I watched some Three-toed Woodpeckers at the  trailhead at Mirror Lake for awhile today.  They were down off the hill from the trailhead  parking lot, about half the way along  the distance of the parking lot...
  

SALT LAKE COUNTY

Joe Donaldson (4 Aug 2011) - Just wanted to share that for the past couple of days weíve had a male INDIGO BUNTING at our feeders, along with the scores of Lazuli Buntings. We live in Salt Lake City near Wasatch Blvd and 4500 South.

Eric Blair (1 Aug 2011) - Yesterday near the airport I saw what I believe was a Couches Kingbird. It was flying from a barbed wire fence, fly catching, then returning to the fence. I couldn't watch it for to long because I forgot my medication at home.
  

SAN JUAN COUNTY

Bryant Olsen (25 Aug 2011) - Earlier in the week I went down and spent a couple nights in the La Sal Mountains east of Moab in San Juan co.... I did see some interesting birds, including a couple TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, which I presume are early migrants heading south, and a pair of NORTHERN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS, one of which was a fledgling based on the yellow on the forehead... I had an unusual experience while fishing Dark Canyon Lake, I suddenly looked up and saw over 100 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, which then descended on the lake, even skimming the surface drinking? or eating some bugs. ...Also I saw a couple BAND-TAILED PIGEONS near the same lake.

Bryan Shirley (24 Aug 2011) - I saw my first Nashville Warbler of the fall last night near Lloyd's Lake (just outside of Monticello).  Surprisingly, they are fairly regular migrants here.  Last year on Aug 26,  I saw 6. Also in town I saw a flock of 15 Evening Grosbeaks.
  

UINTAH COUNTY

Chris Eliot (of NY) - (1 Aug 2011) - photographed a Little Blue Heron at Ouray NWR on July 29th per ebird.
  

UTAH COUNTY

Jeff Cooper (29 Aug 2011) -  [mountain above Timpooneke Campground]  ... I've not confidently seen Calliopes before so I was excited to get the photo at the next link below. I've checked my ID with a couple of sharp birders and they concurred that this is most likely a female Calliope Hummingbird based on the shape of the central tail feathers, the white around the base of a short bill, and the length of wings to tail.
       A juvenile Northern Goshawk was a surprise sighting on the way down from the mountain above the campground...

Douglas Mead (25 Aug 2011) - Yesterday on the Nebo loop rd while returning from summiting Mt. Nebo I had a bird fly across the road in front of me at close range. My immediate ID was a Lark Bunting--mostly black with obvious white on the wings and tail. It did not perch and was too fast for a photo. It seemed out of habitat but I can't think of any other options.

Bryan Shirley (18 Aug 2011) - [Nebo Loop] - Northern Pygmy-Owl... American Three-toed Woodpecker... Purple Martin... Pine Grosbeak (Heard Only)...

Eric Peterson (7 Aug 2011) - [West Desert] I went out to the west desert Friday and had a blast... I started at 9600 West and headed west to Chimney Rock Pass up to Homansville Road. Along the way I found the Black Throated Sparrows that I had been looking for to photograph...I was able to see a Pinyon Jay towards the top and saw 3 Clark's Nutcrackers at the top. I saw another Rock Wren at the top and a few minutes later saw 2 Bewick's Wrens. I then headed over to Dividend road. I came across three Juniper Titmouses or Titmice. It looked to be two adults trying to teach a young how to feed...
  

WASHINGTON COUNTY 

Eric Peterson (25 Aug 2011) - Jeff Cooper and I went to St. George this weekend to do some birding. We did a lot of birding.... On Saturday we got up at 5 am and headed to Lytle Ranch. We found a couple of Lesser Nighthawks in Santa Clara along with a Barn Owl hanging around them. We continued on to the ranch and coincidentally met up with Steve and Cindy Summerfield. We saw 2 Roadruners among other birds. We birded at the ranch for a few hours til it got hot. We then decided to find the Vermilion Flycatcher at Cox Park. ...
   -- Sunday morning we got up and headed up Kolob Terrace Road and birded along there. We were able to find all three Nuthatches and an Acorn Woodpecker...We then headed back towards St. George. Along the way we found a White-winged Dove in Laverkin and the Inca Doves behind the Chevron in Hurricane...
   --Monday morning...We decided to take the road along Gunlock Reservoir up to Enterprise and over to Cedar City... [we] headed to Mountain Meadow Road to find Black-chinned Sparrows. We found them along with a couple Juniper Titmice...

Cindy Sommerfeld
(20 Aug 2011) - This morning Steve and I birded Lytle Ranch. We found a Scarlet Tanager up atop tree along the fence next to the alfalfa field. It sat quietly and let us study it for about five minutes.
  

WEBER COUNTY

Paul Higgins (19 Aug 2011) - Common Tern, Willard Bay (West Side).

   

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