Review Species Reported This Month:
Cackling Goose Davis
Co. Salt Lake Co. Utah
California Condor San Juan Co.
White-tailed Kite Washington Co.
Western Gull Davis
Lesser Black-backed Gull Davis
Co. Washington Co.
Snowy Owl Davis
Boreal Owl Duchesne
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Salt
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Jason St. Sauver (18 Dec 2011) - Another lovely
little morning of birding with a light snow falling.
Mayor's pond continues to have a nice array of ducks:...2 female Hooded Mergansers...Then - quick stop by Perry Nature Park was also rewarding. Lots less ducks
there today - but 4 Hooded Mergansers (2 pair) and the Northern
Mockingbird is still there. Also - today - got lucky enough to see 2 of the
3 Virginia Rails I was hearing there.
Craig Fosdick (11 Dec 2011) - Heath Weaver and I
birded Box Elder County today (Bear River MBR, Salt Creek WMA, Blue Creek Valley
north and south of I-84) hoping and looking for a Snowy Owl, which, of course,
we did not find. Best bird of the day were 4 Western Grebes at Bear River
MBR (they got flagged in eBird) and perhaps two Northern Shrikes, one
each on the road to BRMBR and at Salt Creek WMA. There was also a dark-morph
Rough-legged Hawk at BRMBR;...
Jason St. Sauver (4 Dec 2011) - First stop was my
fav, Perry Nature Park and it didn't disappoint. Not frozen over - this is an
amazing loafing pond for lots of waterfowl and MAN was it packed. Only bad thing
is - getting near it to see and count unfortunately means you flush the ducks.
BUT - there was easily over 200-300 ducks on that lil pond of mixed species
including Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon,
Green-winged Teal, N. Pintail, N. Shoveler AND 8 Wood Ducks.
There was also a Belted Kingfisher and couple of Virginia Rails,
Towhees, Sparrows and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Andy Kleinhesselink (31 Dec 2011) - I went out
briefly this afternoon and while at the very west end of 1000 N in Logan, near
the Cowley Walk-In Access Gate, I heard the distinctive phoebe-like call of a
SWAMP SPARROW. I stood and waited for several minutes and it popped up into
view south of the road in the weeds among some dilapidated wooden fencing, this
is right where a flowing irrigation canal crosses the road. I got good looks at
it for several minutes but unfortunately didn't have my camera with me.
Mike Fish (27 Dec 2011) - I can't believe I just
saw a GRAY CATBIRD in Logan in the winter. I don't know if that is highly
unusual, but I haven't seen one before at this time of year. I was in the
parking lot of the USU Water Lab sitting along the river in the upper part of
the parking lot. I could hear the bird singing across the river but couldn't see
it for a while...
Mike Fish (27 Dec 2011) - A flock of 25 Northern
Bobwhite have taken up residence in our Logan neighborhood this fall. Every
morning they visit my neighbor's feeders to scratch around. I took this photo of
them last month when they were snuggled up next to our house. Apparently a woman
down the road raises and releases a new quail species every so often...
Craig Fosdick (22 Dec 2011) - Ryan O'Donnell
just called to report a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the
Logan Fish Hatchery Ponds
on Utah 30 just west of Logan.
Ryan P. O'Donnell (10 Dec 2011) - This morning I
led a field trip for the Bridgerland Audubon Society. Nine brave souls made it
out in the bitterly cold wind coming down the canyon in the morning. Here are
some of the highlights:...At
Spring Hollow, we had several more AMERICAN DIPPERS. One PACIFIC WREN
was heard calling, but only twice and only by two observers...
Andy Kleinhesselink (9 Dec 2011) - I found a couple
of birds of local and seasonal interest today, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,
and a Lincoln's Sparrow. These birds were in a flock together at
approximately 1100 N, 1200 W on the west side of Logan--Behind Gossner's Cheese
Factory where a small ditch crosses underneath 1200W...
Craig Fosdick (4 Dec 2011) - Birded First Dam this
afternoon. The usual suspects, including 30 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, a male
CANVASBACK, and a continuing female HOODED MERGANSER were present,
along with an Andrew Durso and a Bob Atwood...As I drove past USU on US-89 after birding First Dam, there was a
MERLIN getting hassled by a magpie near one of the parking lots along the
south side of the road.
Kris Purdy (31 Dec 2011) - My Antelope Island CBC
team enjoyed an adult HARRIS’S SPARROW on 4000W. in Syracuse, Davis
County, a few car lengths south of the intersection with Antelope Drive...
Bryant Olsen (28 Dec 2011) - Todays GSL Audubon
field trip to Farmington Bay turned up some good birds. First was a GREAT
EGRET at the pond to the left of where the road turns right. At the second
bridge was an adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, then one to the end of
the west dike,where a large flock of gulls were feeding about 100 yards or so to
the south.. First good gull among them was a 3rd winter immature WESTERN GULL,
then an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL turned up, and there were several
possible adult THAYER'S GULLS, based on the dark eye. Then we went on to
Jensen Park in Syracuse, where we found 27 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, but no
cackling geese, then on to the AIC, which was deader than I have never seen
it although 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at the 2nd bridge, plus many
Kestrels everywhere. Back at Farmington Bay as I was leaving I heard the woow of
TUNDRA SWANS, and saw at least 100 in flight over unit 1 to the south,..
Kris Purdy (26 Dec 2011) - I birded in Syracuse and
unincorporated Davis County today in the slice of the Antelope Island CBC circle
that falls on the mainland. ...A CACKLING GOOSE and
at least one CINNAMON TEAL at Jensen Nature Park in Syracuse off Bluff
Road. The Cackler was small and stubby with a steep forehead and a cute look,
and while I don’t think it was a minima subspecies, I’m not quite sure which one
it was until I do some follow-up study...A Prairie Falcon on the cell phone
tower at the Syracuse Equestrian Park. A Great Horned Owl in the rafters
of an open hay storage facility on the west side of 4000W. just south of
Lauire Letz (9 Dec 2011) - [Bountiful] Much to my amazement and
delight, a Peregrine Falcon made 5 passes over my house, trying to get
under a piece of tar paper we have hanging down on our unfinished entryway....
Bryant Olsen (6 Dec 2011) - ...I went to Ogden Bay WFMA, where I saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE, then Howard
Paul Higgins (5 Dec 2011) - Snowy Owl
reported by Earl Nelson on the Antelope Island Causeway.
Kris Purdy (4 Dec 2011) - There were fourteen
Hooded Mergansers at Kaysville Ponds this afternoon around 2; looked like an
even split between drakes and hens...
Bryant Olsen (3 Dec 2011) - Took a quick trip to the AIC
(Antelope Island Causeway) this morning in the bitter cold wind....at the 1st bridge. 2 WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS and a SURF SCOTER at 2nd bridge. 1 BONAPARTE'S GULL...
Cindy Sommerfeld (2 Dec 2011) - December Antelope
Island Survey - We had 49 Species. Last year we only had 34. We did have one
surprise, a Least Sandpiper, hanging out with a group of Killdeer. Seen:
Ross's Goose...Tundra Swan...Surf Scoter...Horned Grebe...Virginia Rail...American Avocet...Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl...Horned Lark, Rock Wren...,
American Tree Sparrow...
Brian Maxfield (5 Dec 2011) - Today I stumbled upon a
BOREAL OWL while out working. I was completely surprised to see a small owl
sitting in a pinyon tree along a small road I had just been on minutes before. It
was right next to the road and gave me some great looks. I was able to get the
video camera out and get a bit of footage. I found in on the Skitzy Wildlife
Management Area southwest of Duchesne. Skitzy is pretty remote and is mostly
pinyon-juniper with openings created by chaining. The owl was in a small patch
of trees left in the middle of a chained area.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Kenny Frisch (31 Dec 2011) - Today while playing
some ultimate frisbee at Sugarhouse Park, I had some nice raptor sightings. An
adult Bald Eagle flew in from the east low heading towards the pond.
There was also a Golden Eagle flying over and 2 Red-tailed Hawks
plus a Cackling Goose in the pond.
Bryant Olsen (30 Dec 2011) - This afternoon I went
to Decker Lake to scan the geese. Mixed in with the thousand or two Canada's
were more Cackling Geese than I have ever seen. One flock of 16
Richardson's Cackling Geese were moving together on the pond, and a smaller
flock of 4 were grazing on the grass, plus 2 more single darker individuals,
which I presume were the Taverner's Cackling Geese...
Bryant Olsen (20 Dec 2011) - Yesterday I saw a flock of 4 very late A.
W. Pelicans in the International center west of the SLC airport. All of them
appeared to have wing tags.
Stephen T Carlile (19 Dec 2011) - I don't know if
it matters for the CBC, but this afternoon (12:30 p.m.) there were two
Peregrines at the JSMB nest box in downtown SLC. I guess I can't assume they
are "the" pair, but they were making a lot of noise and within a few feet of
Pomera Fronce (18 Dec 2011) - We had a great count
yesterday. Thanks to all who participated! We logged some great birds we don't
often see, some of which are new to the count since I started coordinating
several years ago: [highlights] Dusky Grouse, Double-crested Cormorant, White-faced Ibis,
Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Pygmy Owl, Clark's Nutcracker, Rock Wren,
White-throated Sparrow, Common Grackle...Cackling Goose, Wood Duck, Horned Grebe, Northern Goshawk, Greater Yellowlegs,
Herring Gull, Red-naped Sapsucker, Pacific Wren,
Bohemian Waxwing, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill... In the "where did you come from" category: Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker (count week), Common Yellowthroat
David McCoy (18 Dec 2011) - Yesterday, the 17th, I looked up from my
reading to see the final seconds of what appeared to be a lengthy splashing by a
Red-naped Sapsucker in my heated bird bath. Finished with its bath, it
hopped into the Gambel Oak and went up about 10 feet and proceeded to face and
belly rub the trunk, splaying its wings and tail and generally having a good
Bob Walters (13 Dec 2011) - A Merlin perched and,
as is typical, soon flighted to the west: north of 2200 N. along west side of
3200 W. (north of SLC International Airport) Salt Lake City. A sharp-looking,
adult male, which, from what I know 'bout it, appeared to be a Prairie Merlin
(F. c. richardsonii).
Bryant Olsen (11 Dec 2011) - This morning... I swung by Lee Kay ponds on the way home. First good bird was a
dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK by the train tracks, the ponds were almost
completely frozen over...one large very pale gull took flight and flew over toward the
dump. It must have been a 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL therefore. Should
mention there were still 24 AMERICAN AVOCETS at the GSL Marina...
SAN JUAN COUNTY
Jim Hook (16 Dec 2011) We now have 4 different
sightings from yesterday and today of a California Condor soaring and
perching on a power pole about 5 miles south of Blanding near the White Mesa
Uranium Mill on Highway 191. All 4 persons have seen condors at the Grand Canyon
and all 4 persons had a Red-tail Hawk on the next power pole for comparison,
with the Condor being 3x taller. There have been many road killed mule deer in
this area over the last 3 weeks. Yesterday Tanner Desrosier and Thomas Hook saw
the bird from the school bus, today Luanne Hook and later Brandt Hart parked and
watched the bird fly away. All viewers are residents of Bluff. Good enough for
me, I hope to see it tomorrow!
Jeff Cooper (27 Dec 2011) - ...near Highland Glen Park in Highland I saw an adult Bald Eagle
perched in a tree on the west side of the park and south of Lone Peak High
School...I pulled into the area for a
better look at the eagle and noticed a large flock of Canada Geese
(probably 100 or so) in an adjacent field. Mixed in with that flock was a
Snow Goose and at least one Cackling Goose...
Bryant Shirley (26 Dec 2011) - Today was the Payson Bird Count. I don't know
how other groups did or how the count went as a whole, but my group covered the
Salem area. Here are the highlights for us: Say's Phoebe, White-faced
Ibis, Canvasback, Hooded Merganser, (on the part of Salem pond
North of the hwy), 10 Wild Turkeys terrorizing my dad's bird feeders.
Alona Huffaker (21 Dec 2011) - I found a couple of Juniper Titmice at
the Springville Evergreen Cemetery today. They were on both sides of the main
road going between the East side of the cemetery and the West side of the
cemetery, not through the cemetery...
Eric Huish (21 Dec 2011) - I saw a 1st winter Harris's Sparrow south
of Lindon Boat Harbor this morning. It was in a bush out in a field along the
road about 1.5 miles south of the boat harbor. It was across the street from the
south end of the paved walking trail...
Bryan Shirley (19 Dec 2011) - [Provo CBC] - Highlights of the Provo
Bird Count included:
--3 Say's Phoebe (only seen one other year), 1
Ferruginous Hawk (only seen one other year), 25 White-faced Ibis, 1
Am White Pelican, 2 Lincoln's Sparrow, 8 Am Tree Sparrow.
For count week we had a Eurasian Wigeon in the East Bay Golf Course
Ponds. We were unable to relocate it on our count, but did get over 800 Am.
Wigeon on the Golf Course, so the Eur Wigeon is probably still in there
somewhere. We also had 1 Hooded Merganser for count week. We ended up
with 96 species total.
Eric Peterson (7 Dec 2011) - ... I took a trip around the Provo
Airport Dike... I saw a Great Horned Owl at the south end at the turn to
Jeff Cooper (4 Dec 20-11) - ... drove a short piece of Vineyard
Rd in Vineyard (in Utah County and bordered by Lindon, Orem, Utah Lake and
Provo). I stopped at a spot where a small water hole is bordered by cattails...I was able to see several
Virginia Rails and one surprise Sora
there this weekend. I also saw a late Lincoln's Sparrow near the rails
Dave Wheeler (27 Dec 2011) - Cactus Wren on a
wooden power pole in the very SE corner of Washington Fields--did not expect to
see that species there. That genus is full of goofy characters.
Crissal Thrasher and Black Phoebe by the pond at Spring's Estates.Western
Bluebirds and a Lewis' Woodpecker on the Kolob Terrace Rd. north of
Virgin. Hooded Mergansers -- at least seven on Grandpa's Fishing Pond in
Ron Hellstern (21 Dec 2011) - I saw what appeared to
be a Varied Thrush at Menu Falls in Zion
National Park on Tuesday 12/20, at 3:00pm.
Rick Fridell (21 Dec 2011) - This evening (12/20)
Quinn and I located a female SHORT-EARED OWL in the Washington Fields,
Washington Co., UT. We watched and photographed the owl as the sun set in the
southeast corner of the fields (along 2550 South....I believe). Short-eared Owls
are extremely rare in Washington Co., and this is only the second I've ever seen
in the county...
Rick Fridell (17 Dec 2011) - Today (12/17) Quinn and I found an
immature WHITE-TAILED KITE in the Washington Fields, Washington Co., UT.
...It typically perched low to the ground on fence
posts, and also spent alot of time kiting and hovering over these areas. Several
additional observers including Steve & Cindy Sommerfeld, Dan Trujillo, Jane Day,
Kevin & Pam Wheeler, Larry Tripp and Barbara, and a women from Springdale who's
name I never caught showed up quickly and were treated to great views of the
kite. Quinn and I also saw at least six Lark Buntings remaining in the
southeast area of the fields including three in the original reported location
(along 2000 / 4200 South) and three more along 2550 South.
Rick Fridell (9 Dec 2011) - This afternoon (12/9)
there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and a first-winter
Thayer's Gull among the hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls at Quail Creek State
Park, Washington Co., UT. There was also a first-winter Herring Gull that
has been hanging around the last week and a drake Barrow's Goldeneye was
still around through at least 12/8.
Larry Tripp (4 Dec 2011) ... Today I drove around the back roads north of Enterprise looking
for Raptors. 11 different species with Rough-legged Hawks being numerous
compared to recent years. I counted 17. I haven't seen that many in the area for
10 years... 14 Ferruginous Hawks was a little lower number than the last few
years but a dark adult was nice.
Kris Purdy (18 Dec 2011) - Brian and Jeannette Nosker
found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER in Uinta, Weber County, during yesterday’s
Ogden Christmas Bird Count. I went to visit the bird today. She’s an adult and
appears to have been working on her chosen tree for quite awhile; perhaps even
wintering there for multiple years. Her choice pine is ringed with many parallel
rows of holes. Most are not fresh implying she’s got a long-term history with
that tree, but the fresh ones are productive enough that a Ruby-crowned
Kinglet was feeding from them yesterday also.
Kris Purdy (14 Dec 2011) - Thanks to Pomera for the
encouragement to scout our CBC areas for count week species. A WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW was in Riverdale today, Weber County, in the backyard at 1127 Ritter
Kris Purdy (10 Dec 2011) - Beus Park in Ogden, Weber
County, is hosting three Mandarin Ducks: Two drakes and a hen. The hen
appears to be paired with one of the drakes, and he seems to have a gimpy right
leg. I have dutifully staked out a Western Screech-owl for the Ogden CBC
in his usual spot at Glasmann Park in Ogden, and this morning, I saw a
Prairie Falcon in my sector near the Adams Parkway toll booth at I-84 exit
85. It’s about the only place likely to see a Prairie Falcon in my sector.
Couldn’t tie him down until next Saturday, however.