Review Species Reported This Month:
Little Blue Heron Uintah Co.
Least Flycatcher Davis 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
Jason St Sauver (14 Aug 2011) - Had a great drive out
along Promontory late this afternoon into evening. Saw 51 dif. species. Some
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. ...
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...
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...
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.
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
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
Chris Eliot (of NY) - (1 Aug 2011) - photographed a
Little Blue Heron at Ouray NWR on July 29th per ebird.
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
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...
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.
Paul Higgins (19 Aug 2011) - Common Tern,
Willard Bay (West Side).