Eric Huish (30 Apr 2013) - There is a Solitary Sandpiper at
Lakeshore Drive Pond in Provo.
Eric Huish (28 Apr 2013) - I woke up this morning to the sound of
Evening Grosbeaks outside my bedroom window. A flock of about 20 have been
here all morning long...
Jeff Cooper (28 Apr 2013) - [Pleasant Grove] - 1
summer Common Loon on Manila Creek Pond.
Douglas Mead (28 Apr 2013) - [Lehi] - 3 Glossy
Ibis now along with the other species previously reported on Powell Lake..
Eric Peterson (27 Apr 2013) - [Lehi] - I visited
Powell Lake this evening...was able to locate a Horned Grebe in the north
pond close to where the Baird's had been seen...
Dennis Shirley (27 Apr 2013) - A SOLITARY
SANDPIPER was seen this afternoon by Steve and Cindy Summerfeld and I at
Powell Lake , west Lehi in the north mud flat. Least, Western, Baird's,
and Spotted Sandpipers were also present.
Eric Huish ( 27 Apr 2013) - I birded the foothills at the south end of
Saratoga Springs early this morning to look for the Grasshopper Sparrows ....
Eric Huish (26 Apr 2013) - I birded the east end of the Provo Airport
Dike this morning...A Western
Kingbird and Green-tailed Towhee were new arrivals.
--Last night at my feeders in Pleasant Grove I had new arrivals, 3
Lazuli Buntings and 1 male Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Cassin's
Dave Hancom (25 Apr 2013) - I visited Dennis
Shirley's favorite little marsh yesterday in hopes of
finding a Blue-winged Teal. No luck on that, but there was a lone Red-necked
Eric Huish (25 Apr 2013) - I birded Powell's Lake
and Pioneer Crossing Ponds in Lehi this afternoon. At Pioneer Crossing Ponds
there were over a hundred Marbled Godwits and about 50 Red-necked
Phalaropes and 20 Wilson's Phalaropes.
Felicia Pimentel (22 Apr 2013) - Just barely had
the first LAZULI BUNTING (male) briefly at my feeders. Feels way early,
but exciting, too. I live in Highland by the mouth of AF canyon.
Douglas Mead (21 Apr 2013) - Observed 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the
sage and grass near the SE corner of Camp Williams in Saratoga Springs at 3:20
Kay Stone (18 Apr 2013) - Have just been to Powell's Lake west of
Lehi and have seen the following birds: Great Egret, ... Black Crowned Night
Heron,... Lesser Yellowlegs, Lesser and Western Sandpipers, Baird's Sandpipers...and many, many AW
Jeff Cooper (13 Apr 2013) - [Provo Airport Dike] - Northern Mocking
Bird, fence line and phragmites 200 yards south of control tower.
White-throated Swifts, south of control tower mixed with swallows.
Brad Stevenson (11 Apr 2013) - [Pioneer Crossing,
American Fork] - Thanks to reports from others I was able to find the Eurasian Wigeon at the Far East side of the Pioneer Crossing ponds.
Eric Huish (10 Apr 2013) - I woke up early this
morning and drove up Spanish Fork Canyon to check out the Emma Park
Sage-Grouse lek... Yesterday evening I stopped at Lindon Beach and saw 3 Bonaparte's Gulls fly by. One landed on the beach
for a moment. I also got my FOY Violet-green and Cliff Swallows.
On Monday Morning there was a small flock of Red-breasted Mergansers in
Utah Lake near the Southwest Corner of the Provo Airport Dike.
Alona Huffaker (7 Apr 2013) -[Springville] -
I have had a few Evening Grosbeaks visiting my feeders off and on
yesterday and today. They are also in the trees just south of my house and I can
hear them in the trees about a block west of here. 1195 S 700 E.
Jeff Cooper (4 Apr 2013) -[Provo Airport Dike] - I
saw and photographed an adult Neotropic Cormorant around 2:40 this
afternoon. The bird was in the moat on the east side of the airport. I took 3110
West from Center Street to get onto the dike road. It was about 1/4 of a mile
south on the dike road. The bird had the white "V" bordering the bill and dark
Bryant Olsen (4 Apr 2013) - This past Sunday I headed down
to Washington county for some spring fun and birding. First stop was Skipper Bay
trail in Utah county, where I finally got the EURASIAN WIGEON about a 1/4
mile north of the gate,50 feet off the trail. ...Stopped by Lincoln beach and
saw 2 SNOWY PLOVERS. Spring has definitely sprungeth.
Jeff Cooper (3 Apr 2013) - I did a little drive
yesterday afternoon along SR 68 (aka Redwood Rd) near Saratoga Springs to do
some thinking and try for a glimpse of my first Burrowing Owls of the season. I
ended up seeing my first Sage Thrasher and Burrowing Owls for the
Eric Huish (1 Apr 2013) - There were 23 Turkey Vultures at the
Provo Center Street Roost this morning.
Eric Huish (30 Mar 2013) - I stopped at the Pioneer
Crossing Ponds at 8:15 this morning. The ponds and field were full of birds,
mostly gulls and ducks. There was a EURASIAN WIGEON with American Wigeons
in the field past the close pond on the south side of the road about 200 feet
east of mile post 1. You will want a scope to get a good look. Other good birds
at the ponds were 34 Marbled Godwits and 2 Franklin's Gulls, both
FOY for me. There were also Am. Avocets and a Peregrine Falcon.
Kendall Watkins (28 Mar 2013) - At about 1 this
afternoon I found two Baird's and one Spotted Sandpiper out on the
beach at Lincoln Point. Other shorebirds included 4 Am. Avocets, a
Snowy Plover and many Killdeer. Also at the beach I saw 2 Bank
And 5 Tree Swallows flyover.
--At Benjamin Slough we saw a single Eared Grebe, 1 adult
male Hooded Merganser, and a Greater Yellowlegs amongst the
numerous duck species...Also in the area was one, maybe two Say's Pheobe and a
Doug Mead (24 Mar 2013) - Some
Burrowing Owls near
Eric Huish - [18 Mar 2013]
- In spring I drive by the Provo Center Street Turkey Vulture roost on my
way to work each morning watching for the first vulture to show up. This morning
there was one vulture at the roost. ...
David Wheeler (17 Mar
2013) - The beautiful male Eurasian Wigeon was still (as of 2:30) in a flooded
pasture east of the Skipper Bay Trail just a few hundred feet north of the
Less than a quarter mile from the north end of the trail was a flock of
Canada geese, one Lesser Canada goose, and three of what appeared to
be minima Cackling geese...
Eric Huish (16 Mar 2013) -
The UCB field trip has only just started but we've already found a EURASIAN
WIGEON, Peregrine Falcon, Snow Goose, and Tundra Swans. The Eurasian
Wigeon is a bright male in the fields just off Skipper Bay trail. Just a little
ways down from the parking area, before you get to the woods.
Bryan Shirley (15 Mar 2013) - I just had a group of 7 swans at
Santaquin Reservoir. Of the 7, at least 3 were Trumpeter Swans.
Jeff Cooper (12 Mar 2013) - I heard the dawn song of a Say's Phoebe
this morning as I was taking my daily walk along the newly improved Murdock
Canal Trail along the Pleasant Grove/Cedar Hills border. The Phoebe was singing
from the rooftop of a home bordered by a large open field.
Danny Nelson (8 Feb 2013) - Went for a ride up
Payson Canyon this morning. The snow has started to melt and the temperature was
above freezing. We could hear Northern Saw-whet Owls in two of the large
parking spaces. The first parking lot is before the N.F, sign at the Payson
campground the owl was by the restrooms. The next parking lot is before the
switchbacks, an owl worked its way all around the parking lot.
Bryan Shirley (6 Mar 2013) - Say's Phoebe in my yard today in
Payson - five days earlier than last year.
Dennis Shirley (6 Mar 2013) - I spent this
afternoon checking out the waterfowl areas of south Utah County... Of special note --- two
pair Cinnamon Teal and a single Hooded Merganser at Lincoln Point,
five Tundra Swan at Benjamin Slough, a single Ross's Goose at the
north Salem fields just east of the water treatment plant in a flock of gulls,
and two Greater Scaup on Salem Pond...
Bryan Shirley (5 Mar 2013) - Benjamin Slough is
starting to melt and fill with water and birds. Last week there was no water and
not a bird to be seen, today there was a couple large flocks of CA Geese,
hundreds of ducks (mostly Pintail but some of everything), and 10
Bryan Shirley (4 Mar 2013) - I had almost given up
in seeing a Common Redpoll in Utah county, but just had one at my dads
feeder in Elk Ridge! There was one here nearly 2 months ago, but only for one
Kendal Watkins (2 Mar 2013) - [Pleasant Grove] - After seeing the Winter
Wren this morning (Grove Creek park) my dad and I found a huge flock of
Blackbirds consisting of about 4,500 birds (4650 N 2000W). In this were about
180 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, 4 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 1500
Red-wings, and 2000 Brewers. ... Another thing of note was an escapee
Eric Huish (1 Mar 2013) - This afternoon there were
3 Snow Geese and 2 Ross's Geese with a large flock of Canada Geese
on the sod farm north of the town of Vineyard, south of Lindon Boat Harbor.
There were 2 swans in an open area in the ice out on the lake at Lindon Boat
Harbor. They kept their heads tucked in and were too far to ID...
Bryan Shirley (28 Feb 20913)- There's a couple
Bohemian Waxwings eating Russian olives at Goshen Warm Springs
Norm Jensen (26 Feb 2013) - Sandhill Cranes,
west of 4800 W about 5500 S in county.
Bryan Shirley (25 Feb 2013) - GREATER SCAUP
at Salem pond. Lots of Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye,
and other ducks.
Eric Huish (19 Feb 2013) - I was just at Grove Creek
Canyon in Pleasant Grove where I saw a WINTER WREN (1:00 pm, Feb 20th).
The wren was in the bushes (skunkbrush) right near the picnic tables next to the
parking area at the mouth of the canyon. It was moving around a lot (or there
may have been two birds). Grove Creek Canyon is at the East end of Grove Creek
Dr (500 North) in Pleasant Grove, Utah County.
Eric Huish (15 Feb 2013) - Early this morning (7:20 am, Feb 15) there
were 3 Sandhill Cranes in a field just off Boat Harbor Dr in West Provo.
They were Northeast of the Provo River Parkway Oxbow parking lot. .... I
walked a short distance along the Provo River Parkway downstream from the Oxbow
parking lot and saw a Barn Owl fly from the trees and hunt out over the
field for a few minutes (7:30 am). Stopped at River Lane this evening. There
Clark's Grebe at the end of River Lane, where the river enters the lake.
There were also a few Bald Eagles on River Lane and a Prairie Falcon
on a power pole next to the road on my way out to River Lane.
Jeff Cooper (8 Feb
2013) - I got a call from Eric Peterson yesterday after he found a bird he knew
I was trying to add to my year list--Northern Pygmy Owl. I joined him
near Aspen Grove and observed the bird for a while. Watching it heave and cast a
pellet was a unique experience. (posted in Birding In Utah)
Bryan Shirley (4 Feb 2013) - A few Bohemian
Waxwings at Goshen Warm Springs. Spring Lake has 34 Canvasbacks and 2
Goldeneye - 1 Common and 1 Barrows.
Milton Moody (4 Feb 2013) - Yesterday at about noon I
saw about 20 Bohemian Waxwings with about 12 Cedars about 100 yards down
the path going west along the stream at Kuhni's Wetlands.
Keeli Marvel (1 Feb 2013) - [American Fork] - Just
pulled up outside my house and I could hear waxwings. I grabbed my binoculars,
and sure enough, there were at least 20 Bohemian Waxwings in the
neighbor's tree. They were keeping company with a dozen or so Cedar Waxwings,
and a handful of American Robins and Starlings. Ten minutes later
the majority of the flock took off heading east. Glad they decided to pay a
(25 Jan 2013) - Yesterday afternoon there was a flock of about 50 waxwings in
northern Utah County. It looked like about half of them were Bohemian
Waxwings. I think it was Eagle Mtn, but I still haven't figured out where I
am out there. They were at the intersection of Pony Express Parkway and Saddle
Rock Road (7870 North). Also I heard a report of a flock of 300-400
Black/Gray-crowned Rosy Finches between Elberta and Eureka along the hwy.
(19 Jan 2013) - [Elk Ridge] - I finally had a
COMMON REDPOLL at my feeders this morning between 8:30am and 9:30am. I
thought the winter was going to end before one showed up. It was mixed in with
the large flock of Pine Siskins, common Goldfinches and other everyday feeder
birds that have been hanging around. I also am still feeding 13 WILD TURKEY.
Eric Huish (17 Jan 2013) - I made a quick stop at East
Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo. There was a flock of about 40 Cedar
Waxwings with 2 or 3 Bohemian's mixed in. There were also a few
Wild Turkeys wandering around.
Ned Bixler (17 Jan 2013) - At 8:00am this morning, the
three Sandhill Cranes, reported on Lakeshore Dr. Provo, 3100W & Lakeshore
on the West side, in a large field.
Eric Huish (15 Jan 2013) - Twice in the past week I
saw a Barn Owl hunting in the early morning near the East end of the
Provo Airport Dike, in the field by the paintball obstacle course...
--Last week I drove up to Aspen Grove (above Sundance) to hike in
the snow. I saw almost nothing at Aspen Grove but on my way up there I found a
Northern Pygmy-Owl sitting in a tree right next to the road between
Sundance and Aspen Grove. Then on my way down Provo Canyon I spotted another
Pygmy-Owl in a tree over the Provo River next to the highway. Across the highway
from the Squaw Peak turn off.
--I have a Screech-Owl nest box in my backyard in Pleasant
Grove. Usually the owl sits down in the box, out of sight, but the past few
weeks I have seen it almost every day sitting up at the nest box entrance
Eric Huish (14 Jan 2013) - [Pleasant Grove] - I drove
by my neighbor's feeders on my way home today (4:00 pm Jan 14th) and found the
WHITE-WINGED DOVE up in their tree above the feeders. The feeders are
near the corner of 700 East 100 North in Pleasant Grove.
Jeff Cooper (1 Jan 2013) - The first bird species I
photographed for the new year was unexpected, a PYGMY OWL. ... Eric
Peterson and I came across a small flock of these birds frolicking in the
freshly-fallen snow at Canyon View Jr High in Orem on New Year's Day. ... We saw
some Red Crossbills down there at the [Provo] cemetery, but we missed the Parula
during our brief visit.
John Kreitzer (10 Jan 2013) - While on a birding field
trip with some high school students, I found two American Avocets in the
shallow pond at the West end of the Kuhni Wetland trail (next to I-15). They
were present on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Other birds at the pond
included: American White Pelican, many Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Canada Geese, and two Wilson's Snipe. A
flock of Evening Grosbeaks was present along the trail just before you
can see the pond. They were apparently feeding on the Russian Olives....
Jeff Cooper (7 Jan 2013) - I came across a Barn Owl
engaged in daylight hunting on my way home from grocery shopping Saturday.
This is likely one of the Barn Owls that roost in some silos near my home...
Dennis Shirley (1 Jan 2013) - This afternoon while
unsuccessfully searching for the white-throated sparrow at the previously
described location at the Kunhi's ditch bridge, SE Provo, Dave Wheeler, Josh
Kreitzer, and I, found a 1st year HARRIS'S SPARROW. It was mixed in with
a flock of White-crowned Sparrows, in the Russian olive tree just east of
the RR tracks at the D track sign 50 yards south of the bridge. Later, a hen
HOODED MERGANSER, three WOOD DUCK, and a pair of CINNAMON TEAL
were seen at the black-crowned night heron island at East Bay. Dave also
reported a flock of 15 EVENING GROSBEAK in trees west along the north
side of the ditch...
Milt Moody (1 Jan 2013) - At about 2 PM today the
Provo Cemetery (Center and 4th South) Northern Parula was seen for
the first time this year by Josh Kreitzer, Leena Rogers and Milt Moody ...
Keeli Marvel (1 Jan 2013) - Thirteen birders met this
morning in single digits temps to kick off
the new year with a new list of birds and bird a couple of hotspots in southern
Utah County. Our first stop was the Lewis' Woodpecker spot in Woodland Hills
where we saw at least 2 Lewis' Woodpeckers, and got good looks at several
In one of the ponds in northwest Payson [Salem] we found a female Cinnamon Teal.
We ended the trip with around 38 species of birds for our 2013 list.
Eric Huish (1 Jan 2013) - KC Childs and I searched through thousands of
Horned Larks this morning around Eagle Mountain and Fairfield. We were
hoping for Snow Buntings or Longspurs but couldn't find any. Neither of us has
ever seen a lonspur in Utah County. There was a smattering of Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches and at least 1 Black Rosy-Finch with the thousands of
Horned Larks in Eagle Mountain. They were along Pony Express Parkway near where
the new school is being built.
Eric Huish (30 Dec 2012) - I drove by my neighbors
house on my way out this morning and stopped to check their feeders at the
intersection of 700 E 100 N in Pleasant Grove. They had a White-winged Dove
up in a tree with several collared-doves...
Bryan Shirley (28 Dec 2012) - ...Glad I did. I just
got great looks at the Northern Parula in the Provo cemetery...
--This evening after seeing the Northern Parula in the Cemetary I
birded my way through East Bay and found a White-throated Sparrow. It was
at the entrance to the Kuhni's Wetlands...
Norm Jenson (23 Dec 2012) - [Provo City Cemetery] -
...I walked underneath the Ponderosa tree and saw a few Ruby Crowned
Kinglets in the top of the tree. ...It was then I saw what I first thought
was a Yellow-rumped Warbler, but there was no streaking, just a yellow breast
and throat and clean white belly. ...The Northern Parula was polite
enough to give us a top view, olive colored back a couple of wing bars and a
faint eye ring. ... What a great way to end the year with a beautiful bird, and
Alton Thygerson (22 Dec 2012) - While snowshoeing with
a son and three grandsons, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen about 1/4 mile
from the Aspen Grove trailhead on the trail the Stewart's Falls.
Eric Huish (18 Dec 2012) - I just saw a NORTHERN
PARULA in the Provo City Cemetery. (1:45 pm Dec 18). It was hanging out with
a mixed flock of about 10 kinglets, 5 nuthatches, 5 chickadees and a Yellow-rumped
Alan Jensen (17 Dec 2012) - I observed an Osprey
sitting on a post along I-15 just north of Payson today about 11 am.
Bryan Shirley (16 Dec 2012) - [Provo CBC] - It
looks like we ended up with 92 species - the lowest we have had since 2000.
Besides the snow, Utah lake had no ice at all and that probably hurt our
waterfowl numbers (all the ducks stay in the middle of the lake too far to see).
We did have a couple of both Prairie & Peregrine Falcons, a
few Bohemian Waxwings, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, and our East Bay
resident AW Pelican.
Eric Huish (16 Dec 2-12) - Found a flock of about 30
Cedar and 15 Bohemian Waxwings at about 815 Heather Road, Orem,
Just north off Skyline Drive which is south of Dry Canyon.
Eric Huish (11 Dec 2012) - There were several Evening Grosbeaks
and Red Crossbills in the Provo Cemetery today. They were just north and
west of the cemetery intersection Main St and 400 West.
Eric Huish (8 Dec 2012) - KC Childs and I saw a flock
of 16 COMMON REDPOLLS up Spanish Fork Canyon this morning. We were on
Dairy Fork WMA on the south side of hwy 6. We were between somewhere around 2
miles up Dairy Fork road when a flock of small finches flew in. A few landed up
in the trees and a bunch landed down in the willows by the stream. ... On our
way home we stopped at Evergreen Cemetery (Springville/Mapleton). We found a
flock of 7 or 8 Red Crossbills in
one of the ornamental cedar trees.
Jeff Cooper (6 Dec 2012) - [Pleasant Grove] - I had another one of those
experiences when the feeders seemed eerily quite when they should have been
buzzing with finches, juncos, and sparrows. I checked the perimeter of the yard
and discovered and adult Sharp-shinned Hawk perched in a locust tree.
Eric Huish (24 Nov 2012) - There was a Pacific Wren
at the Mouth of American Fork Canyon this afternoon (11/24). It was at the east
end of the Highland Irrigation Facility parking lot at the Mouth of AF Canyon. I
birded the area for 30 minutes and this was the only bird I could find.
Jeff Cooper (14 Nov 2012) - I stopped by Highland Glen
Park this morning on the way to work. There were a couple hundred MALLARDS and
more flying in, lots of COOTS, and a handful of WOOD DUCKs on the pond.
--Eric Peterson and I have noticed a beautiful dark Red-tailed
Hawk along the north side of SR-92 (Timpanogos Hwy) in Lehi in recent weeks.
It tends to be on the north side of the highway a half mile or so west of
Smith's Market. The bird has a beautiful chocolate color.
Eric Huish (3 Nov 2012) - I stopped at River Lane this
morning (11/3). There was a Pacific Wren hopping around in some low brush
right next to the road (north side of the road) about 0.1 miles east of the
beach end of the road. The wren was calling loud enough for me to hear as I was
driving up the road. ...
--There were two Say's Phoebes on Swede Lane just south of
the boat launch parking area.
--There were about 20 Least Sandpipers at Lincoln Beach.
Jeff Cooper (2 Nov 2012) - I'm now seeing two adult
Peregrines daily at the River Park business complex in South Jordan. I have
not seen a band on the leg of either bird. They have several perches on two
separate buildings that appear to be their favorites. They seem to prefer
perching in some nooks that are shaded so they change their perch throughout the
day based on the location of the sun.
Eric Huish (30 Oct 2012) - I stopped at River Lane
today. On Sandy Beach at the end of River Lane there were a few shorebirds. 50
Killdeer, 8 Greater Yellowlegs, a Wilson's Snipe, 5
Least Sandpipers, 3 Western Sandpipers and 5 DUNLIN. ...There
was a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets on River Lane. I don't often see
them down in valley.
--There was a late Savannah Sparrow on Swede Lane.
--I stopped at the Provo Airport Dike to look for the
White-throated Sparrow Bryant Olsen reported there last week. But I couldn't
find it. ... but there was a late Wilson's Warbler there...
Bryant Olsen (25 Oct 2012) - Monday I headed down to
Washington county to get some warmth before the cold set in, and do some birding
along the way. First stop was at Provo Airport dike on the way down, found a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW just west of the tower.
Kay Stone (15 Oct 2012) - Today about noon I saw a
White-Throated Sparrow, tan striped morph, along the Jordan River Parkway
southwest of Lehi...Just
before the river there is a parking lot where people fly model air planes; go
north on the trail until you come to a little abandoned pump house on the east
side of the trail; its is about a half mile walk....
Eric Huish (6 Oct 2012) - I had a single Evening
Grosbeak at the Provo River Oxbow earlier this week. This spot is down in
the valley. The oxbow is just upstream from Utah Lake.
Nancy Matro (6 Oct 2012) - [Jeremy Ranch, Park City,
UT] - I had males and female Evening Grosbeaks at my house today, eating
some seed off the ground below my feeders.... First time I've seen them this
Eric Huish (30 Sep 2012) - Several Utah County Birders
met yesterday (sat 29th) to do some hawkwatching at the Squaw Peak Overlook
Parking Lot. Some of us stopped at Hope Campground on our way up. The campground
was very quiet at first but our patience paid off with a little flock of birds
that included a Townsend's Warbler, Brown Creepers and RB
--We hawkwatched from the overlook for about 3 hours. We saw
several hawks (I counted at least 42 while I was there) and many of them gave us
great close views. The best bird was a Northern Goshawk.
Bryan Shirley (28 Sep 2012) - I hiked up White-Pine
Hollow (trail starts just above Tinney Flat campgroud) in Sanatquin Canyon today
looking for Ruffed Grouse. I never found a Grouse, but was surpirsed to find 2
different Pacific Wrens. Both were located by their call ("chip" not
song). They were probably about 1-1.5 miles up the trail...
Eric Huish (24 Sep 2012) - This evening at the Provo
Airport Dike there was a Horned Grebe in the moat at the Southwest corner
of the dike. One of the Great Egrets that has been regular at the south
extension over the past week was still out there...There was a Cattle
Egret between the south extension and the southwest corner...
Eric Huish (22 Sep 2012)- The Prothonotary Warbler was
still at the end of River Lane this morning (Sat 22nd)... --There was a lot of bird activity all along River Lane. Mostly
Yellow-rumps and Orange-crowned Warblers. I saw one Nashville
Warbler today. Last Wednesday there was also a few Townsend's Warblers
and a Cassin's Vireo in the mix.
Eric Huish (21 Sep 2012) - [Pleasant Grove] - I was
sitting at the table eating supper and watching the birds at the feeders this
evening when a White-winged Dove flew in and landed on my platform
feeder. New yard bird! Yay!
Eric Huish (21 Sep 2012) - There is a PROTHONOTARY
WARBLER at River Lane (Utah County). Out at the end of River Lane on Sandy
Beach. In the willows and brush pile on the beach just east of the river...
Dave Hanscom (15 Sep 2012) - We got a phone call from
the Sommerfelds saying that they found a juvenile NORTHERN PARULA at
River Lane. Also, they had a HUDSONIAN GODWIT in their sights at about
noon at Provo Airport dike, in the mudflats east of the south extension.
Jeff Cooper (13 Sep 2012) - I ... had a hankering to
drive up to the summit of the Alpine Loop via American Fork Canyon...I drove back over the summit toward the Utah
County side and pulled over at another one of my favorite owling spots. We
immediately heard one coyote calling from about 100 yards away and several
yelping back from a much more distant location. As soon as the howling stopped I
heard the faint call of a Flammulated Owl. Soon there were two others
calling and one sounded closer than the others... I was able to get a light on it
while my wife looked through the binoculars to see her very first Flammulated
Ned Bixler (13 Sep 2012) - There was a Common Loon
at Deer Creek Reservoir this afternoon.
Eric Huish (11 Sep 20122) - [Provo Airport Dike] - Possible Tropical
Kingbird. I am right now looking at what I think may be a Tropical
Kingbird on the South side of the South Extension of the Provo Airport Dike.
I've been watching it for about 40 minutes at it seems to be staying right here...
Bryan Shirley (11 Sep 2012) - There was a Solitary
Sandpiper at Spring Lake in the northern pond.
Bryant Olsen (11 Sep 2012) - Yesterday I twitched and
headed down to River Lane to look for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I didn't find
it, but I did see some interesting birds...at least one was a
female PURPLE MARTIN...Not a lot of Warblers, but I did find 1 NASHVILLE WARBLER
among the butter-butts and orage-crowneds... --Then I went to Lincoln Beach boat launch area, and found many
peeps and plovers, including 1 SNOWY PLOVER,5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS...
Keeli Marvel (10 Sep 2012) - I hiked Mt Nebo for the
first time yesterday, and while birding was not my focus (getting up and down
the trail in one piece was), I saw/heard some great birds along the way.
Clark's nutcrackers were everywhere along with Steller's jays and
or so up the trail, in a thick wooded area, we heard what we think was a
Western Screech Owl calling a couple of times. We also heard it once in the
same area along the trail on the way back down... Other species spotted along the way
included...Mountain Chickadees,...and a Ruffed
Grouse that our four-legged hiking companion, Amos, flushed on the hike back
Jeff Cooper (8 Sep 2012) - Eric Peterson and I were on
River Lane Friday morning and discovered a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
(probably the same one located by Eric Huish about a week ago). We watched it
for several minutes before it flew across the road and provided further views.
We also observed Townsend's, Nashville, MacGillivray's, and
Wilson's Warblers along the road. There was a lot of activity in the
trees at the end of the road near the lake. I assume some of these warblers had
flown across the lake and stopped at the first sight of trees...
Norm Jenson (1 Sep 2012) - There were several
Cattle Egrets at about 2600W on Hwy 77. [west of Springville]
Mike Hearell (1 Sep 2012) - The GWF geese were no
longer there when we came back through around 12:15 pm. We found 1 Pectoral
Sandpiper @ Lincoln. Three roosting Common Nighthawks and how many
birds, were the highlights at River Lane.
Eric Huish (1 Sep 2012) - This morning KC Childs and I ran out to River
Lane and Lincoln Beach. At the end of River Lane on sandy beach was a lone
Stilt Sandpiper. Afterwards we ran to Lincoln Beach and ran into Mike
Hearell and Taylor Abbott. They told us of Greater White-fronted Geese they saw
near Palmyra. Best bird at Lincoln beach were a few Semipalmated Plovers.
We ran out to 1402 W 4000 South ( highway 77 ) we saw a flock of 7 Greater
White-fronted Geese on north side of road in the harvested yellow field with
Mallards and Sandhill Cranes.
Eric Huish (29 Aug 2012) - There were some good
shorebirds at Lincoln Beach this morning just before sunrise. 3 Stilt
Sandpipers, 6 Snowy Plovers, a Semipalmated Plover, several
Western Sandpipers and a few Baird's, Semipalmated and
Eric Huish (29 Aug 2012) - There was a
Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Black-and-White Warbler at River Lane this
Eric Huish (27 Aug 2012) - [Provo Airport Dike] - I
made a quick stop to check the mudflats at the SW corner of the Provo Airport
Dike this afternoon... I couldn't stay long but they looked like mostly Western
Sandpipers. I picked out 2 Juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers before I
Eric Huish (22 Aug 2012) - I ran out to Lincoln Beach
this morning and on my way back made a quick stop at 4000 West Lake Shore. Best
birds at Lincoln Beach were a dozen Baird's Sandpipers, a Peregrine
Falcon and thousands of swallows. At 4000 West Lake Shore there was a
Northern Waterthrush along the canal South of the Observation Tower. It
looks like warbler migration has begun.
Eric Huish (25 Aug 2012) - 17 birders birded the Provo
Airport Dike this morning. Here are some Highlights.. --An immature Sora feeding at the edge of the marsh. Seen
from the east side of the south extension... --Baird's Sandpipers and Marbled Godwits out on the
mudflats at the Southeast corner... --A Northern Mockingbird and a Sage Thrasher just
east of the south extension... --Two immature Black-crowned Night-Herons and a
Green-tailed Towhee at the Southwest corner... --4 Sandhill Cranes flew by on the east side of the dike
KC Childs (10 Aug 2012) - ...I would check to see if migrants had started moving on River
Lane. Despite not seeing anything incredibly rare, it was evident to me that
migrants had started to move through the area. A Hairy Woodpecker was a
surprise down in the middle of the valley. Also a good number of Virginia's
Warblers, Yellow Rumped and Orange Crowned Warblers meant that
migration is slowly beginning. Other birds like Empids and Rufous
Hummingbirds were other clues...
Jeff Cooper (5 Aug 2012) - I went for a drive up
American Fork Canyon Saturday night before the
sun went down... I decided to stay up near the summit until after the sun went down to
check the responsiveness of Saw-whet and Flammulated Owls now that their young
have fledged. That effort proved productive for the Saw-whet Owl, but not
a hoot from a Flammulated.
Eric Huish (30 Jul 2012) - I stopped at Lower Hobble
Creek WMA this morning before work to look for the
reported in eBird by Rindee. I found it! A bright male singing a little over
half way down the trail from the parking area. I also spotted a Solitary
Sandpiper down at the end of the trail.
Jeff Cooper (20 Jul 2012) - Recently, I've made a
couple of trips up American Fork Canyon to check out Mutual Dell for
hummingbirds and the birds along the first few miles of the unpaved Timpooneke
Road--at about 8000 ft and on the NW end of Mt Timpanogos....We watched large flocks of Pine Siskins
fly circles above us for several minutes. It was cool to see such large flocks.
We stopped and spent some time in one spot and found some Clark's
Nutcrackers, a Cooper's Hawk, Chipping Sparrows, a Dusky
Flycatcher, a Western Wood-Pewee, Fox Sparrows, a family of
Red-naped Sapsuckers, and some Rufous and Broad-tailed
Hummingbirds, to name a few....
email@example.com (19 Jul 2012) - [Highland,
UT] - July 5 or 6, 2012 I was standing on our back porch when a gray bird with a
hooked bill lit in our tree. The tree is not more than 10 feet from the porch &
I saw it very clearly. I called to my husband, who was in the garden, but the
bird flew away toward the south. When I described the bird, my husband thought
it was a falcon. However, just now when I looked it up, I immediately knew it
was a GRAY HAWK. It looked exactly like the picture on this website, & I
had a very good look at this hawk as it was in the tree at my eye level. It was
magnificent! Exact location is 5324 W. 10280 N., Highland.
Alona Huffaker (13 Jul; 2012) - [Springville, UT] -
Lazuli Bunting, Black Headed Grosbeak, Black Chinned Hummingbird, Broadtailed
Hummingbird, a couple of Rufous Hummingbirds and a couple glimpses of
a male Caliope Humming bird! Fun times!
Jeff Cooper (10 Jul 2012) - I was talking to Eric
Huish the other day about how I've missed more frequent birding and photography
over the past few months due to other priorities. I told him I really wanted to
see Blue Grosbeaks this summer... --This morning I got a text from Eric indicating he had found my
summertime friends near the Lindon Beach, about a half mile south of the boat
harbor and settling ponds. I had a meeting with a potential client in Lindon
this morning so I dropped by the boat harbor area on my way back to house. I
observed two adult males and one female so I'm not sure if territory has been
established, unless they are willing to share close territories. The females
tend to stay down low so there may have been two pairs in the area.
Jeff Cooper (9 Jul 2012)- I would have questioned it
had I not seen it myself, but an unmistakable male Calliope Hummingbird
was just at my feeder.
Donel Jensen (7 Jul 2012)-
Summer Tanager in lower Provo Canyon. It was
down the paved trail on the South side of the river from the
parking area that is on the south side of the river before the diversion.
Lot is on the south side of the river from the Mt. Timpanogos Park, Provo
Canyon. The T
Tanager was in a cottonwood overhanging the trail about 130 meters west on the
foot path from the end of the parking lot.
Alona Huffaker (24 Jun 2012) - I had a Rufous
Hummingbird at my feeder this afternoon. I also have a Lazuli Bunting
from time to time--they are usually here in May and then gone!
Jeff Cooper (23 Jun 2012) - ... I decided to try the
Alpine Loop (SR92) via American Fork Canyon to see if I could find success. I
did not hear or see a Saw-whet Friday night, but I found a number of places on
the loop (both the Utah County and Wasatch County sides) where I heard then
located Flammulated Owls rather quickly and easily. I stopped looking for
them after seeing a few and stopped counting them after hearing more than ten.
All my usual saw-whet locations were occupied by multiple flammulated owls...
--Saturday morning I drove over to SR68 (Redwood Road south of
Saratoga Springs) to check out the burrowing and short-eared owls Doug Mead has
been reporting... I was fortunate enough to see four Whimbrels and a
Eric Huish (16 Jun 2012) - I noticed in eBird that a
couple of Williamson's Sapsuckers were seen Thursday afternoon on the
Nebo Loop (Utah County).
Jeff Cooper (16 Jun 2012) - I got a late start, but I
was able to spend a couple of hours in American Fork Canyon this afternoon... I
just happened to look up to a peak as I was leaving Mutual Dell and noticed two
adult No Goshawks flying circles above and below the ridge...
Douglas Mead (14 Jun 2012) - It was a banner day for
owling today. I went to look for the Sharp-tailed Grouse I have seen before
between Saratoga Springs and Lake Mountain. I didn't locate the grouse today but
did find a Burrowing Owl family with 6 fledglings. I also had good looks
at 3 Grasshopper Sparrows singing their hearts out on territory near
where Eric Huish and I found them a couple of weeks ago...From that area I
continued south to the Soldier Pass road to check on some other BO's that I knew
about. I didn't find them, but I did have great close-up views of a mature (F?)
Short-eared owl with 2 fledglings.
Scott Abbott and Lyn Bennett (10 Jun 29012) - A
Hooded Oriole visited us in Woodland Hills Thursday.
Eric Huish (3 Jun 2012) - KC Childs and I went out to Soldiers Pass at
the south end of Lake Mountain in Utah County this morning. Our goal was to find
Gray Vireos for our Utah County year list....We also saw a few
Black-throated Sparrows, Mockingbirds, several Gray Flycatchers and a
Prairie Falcon. We spotted a Short-eared Owl, some Long-billed
Curlews and Mockingbirds along SR 68 on our way out to Soldiers Pass
and a couple of Burrowing Owls on our way back...
Caren (27 May 2012) - We were on Skipper Bay Trail
today at about 1:30-3:00. We saw a female Wood Duck and 4 babies that she
kept very close to her. She was in one of the little marsh ponds. Among
lots of birds that we spotted one of the better ones were spotting 2 different
Soras. One in clear view.
Jeff Cooper (24 May 2012) - Eric Peterson and I set out before
sunrise today for an early morning of birding, exploring, and photography... in the Chimney Rock area...We got target birds such as
Black-throated Sparrow and Sage Thrasher along with some other
regulars for the area,...Highlights
included two Northern Mockingbirds, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and a single
Pinyon Jay. A complete surprise, in the middle of the desert, was hearing
the call of a bird I grew up hearing back in Kentucky--a NORTHERN BOBWHITE...
Eric Huish (20 May 2012) - I birded with Doug Wheeler
yesterday... behind his house in Saratoga Springs... When I stepped out of the car I heard a Grasshopper
Sparrow singing! A County lifer for me! I also discovered a
Burrowing Owl burrow
just North of where I stopped...also spotted a Short-eared Owl
flying around just up the road from this spot. ...
Eric Huish (14 May 2012) - There was a female
Northern Parula at the very east end of the Provo Airport Dike early this
Eric Huish (12 May 2012)- Milt Moody and I walked
Skipper Bay Trail this morning. We found a Northern Waterthrush in the
flooded woods at the north end of the trail, on the lake side of the trail... --The flooded fields were full of birds including 3 Horned
Grebes in full breeding plumage...
Yvonne Carter (11 May 2012) - Kaye Stone saw a
COMMON LOON at the Highland Glen Park pond, which is behind the Lone Peak
High School, on Thurs. May 10th...
Milt Moody (11 May 2012) - Eric Huish and I just saw three BAND-TAILED
PIGEONS in northeast Provo. ...go to 930 East and 2620 North and go three or
four houses west and look north on the telephone lines behind the houses...
Eric Huish (11 May 2012) - The Bank Swallow
colony is nesting in the bank at Lindon beach again this year...
Also a Semipalmated Plover out on the beach just south of the south
pavilion. Lindon Beach is south of the Lindon Boat Harbor and Settling Ponds.
Jeff Cooper (7 May 2012) This evening I drove SR92
into American Fork Canyon just before sunset to see if flammulated owls had
returned... I was fortunate to see one DUSKY GROUSE
cross the road in front of me just before the hair pin turn below Pine Hollow
trail head....just above the Mutual Dell
turn off... I was able to hear (no visual)
several FLAMMULATED OWLS giving simple hoots from the pine trees...
Eric Huish (4 May 2012) - I spotted a GLOSSY IBIS
this evening along the dirt cutoff road between River Lane and Swede Lane. It
was with a flock of White-faces Ibis in high grass. Probably the same bird
Dennis and Alton saw near this area a couple of weeks ago.
Dennis Shirley (1 May 2012) - I was going to rest my
eyes today and not even pick up my binoculars. But when I noticed the flock of
powder blue headed birds at my feeder I couldn't resist. Sure enough 8 male
Lazuli Bunting arrived this morning...
Bryan Shriley (30 Apr 2012) - 2 Dunlin at
Lincoln beach. Also Semipalmated Plover, Western and Least
Sandpiper. Seen on the field trip this morning. Still there as of 5:30.
Eric Huish (29 Apr 2012) - KC Childs and I drove up
American Fork Canyon this morning to try to find the Evening Grosbeaks at
Mutual Dell. --On our way home we stopped at Highland Glen Park in hopes of
seeing the Lazuli Buntings that have been reported there. We never saw a Lazuli
but we got our first Black-headed Grosbeak of the year.
Dennis Shirley (28 Apr 2012) - ... --We fared much better on #12, with 23 birders seeing about 35
species on the Tintics Saturday morning. New trip birds included: Gray
Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Bewick's Wren, Virginia's Warbler, Green - tailed
Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting (At Lyle Bingham' yard in Payson-
Thanks Lyle and Katrina!!!
--Other birds seen by birders on off field trip days have included:
Glossy Ibis - In a flooded field with 90 W. F. Ibis near the Spanish Fork
River Bridge at River Lane, Lake Shore; Purple Martin - In large flocks
of swallows west side of West Mt.; Caspian Tern and Snowy Plover
at Lincoln Point.
Alton Thygerson (26 Apr 2012) - The following birds
were seen in the Dairy Fork Wildlife Management: BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER...
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CLARK'S NUTCRACKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, MOUNTAIN
CHICKADEE, CHIPPING SPARROW, JUNIPER TITMOUSE...CASSIN'S FINCH...MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD...
Dennis Shirley (26 Apr 2012) - ...Alton and I on Wednesday (April 25th) saw the following:
The last needed swallows - Cliff and Bank at Goshen Reservoir;
Green-tailed Towhee - Tintics; Gray Flycatcher - Tintics; Bewick's
Wren - Tintics; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Tintics; Virginia's
Warbler - Tintics; Wilson's Phalarope - Phil Green's Pond (NW
Alton Thygerson (23 Apr 2012) - For the 10th UCB April
Big Month field trip, 19 birders met at the mouth of American Fork Canyon.
Over 20 species were seen which included these highlighted birds: RUFFED
GROUSE only heard, WILD TURKEY only heard, COOPER'S HAWK,
GOLDEN EAGLE, PEREGRINE FALCON, WHITE-THROATED SWIFT,
STELLER' S JAY, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH,
AMERICAN DIPPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, FOX SPARROW,
Keeli Marvel (22 Apr 2012) - I went for a walk down
the Skipper Bay trail in Provo this afternoon and spotted a FOY Bullock's
Oriole. There was at least one Blue-winged Teal still present in the
flooded fields east of the trail and it was keeping company with a whole
smorgasbord of other birds that included 7 Cattle Egrets... I also heard a Virginia Rail call while I was scoping out the
bird party going on in the field.
firstname.lastname@example.org (20 Apr 2012) - My family and I saw
a pair of Northern Bobwhites in our back yard in Eagle Mountain! It was a
fun sighting. We still hear them every once in a while in the horse fields next
Eric Huish (20 Apr 2012) - I saw a hybrid Gadwall x
Mallard on the Provo Airport Dike early this morning. It was down the gated road
past the pump house on the east side of the dike loop. I also saw my first
Caspian Terns and Brown-headed Cowbird of the year this morning.
Keeli Marvel (18 Apr 2012) - Just stopped at the ponds on Pioneer
Crossing on my way home from work. There was a GREAT EGRET in the pond
right next to the north side of the road...
Dennis Shirley (14 Apr 2012) - This mornng 17 UCBABM
birders spent 5hrs birding the Sheep Creek - Ray's Valley - Diamond Fork loop.
We saw 31 species...including;
Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Fox Sparrow, Canyon Wren (only
heard singing), Belted Kingfisher, and RUFFED GROUSE. The grouse
was first heard drumming, then with a little sneaking around in the thick stuff,
located on its drumming log, and then great close up looks by all. It was a
dynamite moment and Life Bird by many. On our way back home we stopped and saw
the Lewis' Woodpecker in east Salem. It was not the best weather day, but
Douglas Mead (10 Apr 2012) - ...a hike of about a mile along
the Jordan River Trail near the RC Park provided views of SONG SPARROWS,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, SAND HILL CRANES, and a HERMIT THRUSH,
which permitted a long examination...
Keeli Marvel (7 Apr 2012) - ...We started the trip in the
fields north of Goshen along the road to Goshen Bay where the highlights were a
GOLDEN EAGLE on the nest, 16+ GREAT BLUE HERONS in the rookery, a
FOY CATTLE EGRET flying over the field west of the rookery, several
CURLEW, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, TREE SWALLOWS, HORNED LARKS,
and a HORNED GREBE in the pond on private property on the little spur
road west of the Goshen Bay Road...
Jeff Cooper (7 Apr 2012) - ... --9 new bird species for the year made it an exciting day to be
with a fellow birder & photographer
GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the Pioneer Crossing Ponds
--Lots of VESPER and LINCOLN'S SPARROWs around the
Provo Airport Dike. The Lincoln's are showing very bright yellow/buff coloring
in their chests and malars. Fresh breeding plumage is always nice to observe
--NORTHERN HARRIERS doing flight displays as part of
courtship ad Provo Airport Dike
Getting two first-of-the-year birds in a graceful and impressive white egret
flyover. Ten SNOWY EGRETS and a single CATTLE EGRET flew a large,
lazy circle about forty feet or so above us on the Provo Airport Dike. That
really was an impressive sight
--Running into Ned Bixler at the head of Skipper Bay trail and then
spotting the male BLUE-WINGED TEAL which was located earlier in the week
by a Utah County Birder's group
--A GREAT EGRET fly-by at Pioneer Crossing Ponds
--Finding a mix of dabbling ducks, GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, a pair of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS,
and a pair of BAIRD'S SANDPIPERs in and around the marshy area on the
south side of the Saratoga Springs Public Works facility.
Jeff Cooper (7 Apr 2012) - I saw two Baird's
Sandpipers at the Saratoga Springs Public Works marsh Friday evening. I did
not see them fly or hear them call before having to leave for other business.
... I also saw two Long-billed Dowitchers in non-breeding plumage there.
Other birds were expected birds.
Jeff Cooper (6 Apr 2012) -
south pond Geneva Settling Ponds, Lindon.
Jeff Cooper (5 Apr 2012) - [American Fork] - ...with my kitchen door open I
can hear the soft song of a Say's Phoebe high on the rooftop of some
homes behind me. I sure hope he gets a mate because I want him to stick around.
Alton Thygerson (5 Apr 2012) - ...I drove to Pioneer
Crossing and westward on the parkway....immediately on the north side of the parkway in a small pond were 2
Snowy Egrets and 1 Great Egret.
Milton Moody (5 Apr 2012) - 17 Birders showed up at
Sam's Club for this morning's "Big Month" UCB field trip. ...At the Skipper Bay trail we saw a lot of
waterfowl in the flooded fields east of the path, including a nice
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and a late RING-NECKED DUCK. We also saw some more
Sandhill Cranes, another pair of Osprey on the platform and an early
WHITE-FACED IBIS. About half the group dropped by to see the local WOOD
DUCKS on the way back, which brought the total number of species to 46 for
the half-day trip.
Bryan Shirley (31 Mar 2012) - Yesterday I birded along
the road between Elberta and Saratoga Springs. Curlews are back, as well
as a pair of Burrowing Owls toward the North end... it was about mile 12
or 13). Also in that same area we spotted our first Short-eared Owl. It
was soaring quite high, so maybe migtrating?... Near the dairy south of Elberta we found another pair of
Short-eared Owls, then a 4th at the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve parking area
between Goshen and Genola... Our other birding stop
was in 5 mile pass. Both Sage Sparrows & Sage Thrashers were
easily located just west of there. Lots of Pinon Jays a bit north of
Alton Thygerson (31 Mar 2012) - While hiking up Rock
Canyon (east of Provo) just west of the first bridge (this bridge is about a 30
minute hike up the canyon from the parking lot) and near a slide area, a small
flock (7 or 8) of Bushtits were seen. Also, in the canyon this morning
were: Townsend's Solitaire, Canyon Wren, Steller's Jay, Spotted Towhee,
Chuckar (heard only), Mountain Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee, and
Alona Huffaker (30 Mar 2012) - I just saw and heard a
Juniper Titmouse at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville--the west part of
Eric Huish (19 Mar 2012) - I stopped at Grove Creek
Canyon this afternoon and found a flock of about 150 Rosy-Finches up on the
cliffs at the mouth of the canyon, south side. They were mostly Gray-crowned
with a few Black Rosy-Finches mixed in. They flew up and moved around a
lot and gradually moved up the canyon. Jeff Cooper joined me and we hiked
farther up the canyon to get a closer look. About 30 seconds after we rounded a
bend in the trail and finally had a closer look at part of the flock a
Sharp-shinned Hawk dove in and took a Rosy-Finch mid-air! ...It all happened so
fast. Very exciting.
Eric Huish (17 Mar 2012) - KC Childs and I drove up
Spanish Fork Canyon very early this morning to get a Sage-Grouse on our Utah
County Year List... We only found 4 Sage-Grouse. Three strutting birds appeared to be just
on the Carbon County side and one was walking down the hillside behind them in
Jeff Cooper (16 Mar 2012) - For lunch I drove by the Lindon Marina and
Geneva Settling Ponds area. I observed about ten first of season (FOS) TREE
SWALLOWS flying between the ponds and the road. I also saw BREWER'S
BLACKBIRDS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS
(mostly females), and a single FOS BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD in a tree in the
field east of the north pond. I heard the whistle call of a male BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRD about a minute before locating it on the tree. Hearing that call
prompted a "where is Waldo" scan of the birds in the tree. I followed the birds
in my binoculars when they flushed from the tree further east and then to the
ground. I noticed a few birds on the wires above where the bulk of the birds
were foraging and quickly recognized a SAY'S PHOEBE.
Ned Bixler (7 Mar 2012)- Yesterday, I saw 4 Sage
Sparrows at Hobble Creek WMA, and 6 at River Lane.
Jeff Cooper (7 Mar 2012) ... --Pioneer Crossing Ponds & Marshes: Great Egret,
hundreds of gulls worth studying more closely, but raptor-induced ADD kicked in
and caused me to give chase to a Peregrine Falcon instead
J.Peter Maughan (7 Feb 2012) - I saw a Great Horned
Owl up South Fork in Provo Canyon about 100 yards past the parking lot of
Big Springs. Looked like it wad just sunning or hurt. ...I was not more than 10
Reed Stone (7 Mar 2012) - Yesterday (3/7/12) I saw at
least four SAGE SPARROWS on the Provo, Utah airport dike. They were
spotted about 100 yards north of the S. W. corner of the dike road. I also saw
a flock or 10 SNOW GEESE fly over. Good birding!
Eric Huish (3 Mar 2012) - [Pleasant Grove] - This morning (Saturday at
8:00 am) I birded Dry Canyon again. This time I found a small flock of about 40
birds feeding up in the canyon between the 1st and 2nd cliff on the north side
of the canyon...They were mostly Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches including a few "Hepburn's"
Gray-crowned and 2 or 3 Black Rosy-Finches...
Eric Huish (1 Mar 2012) - Highlights at Dry Canyon
included Wild Turkeys up past the top cliffs, a couple of Golden
Eagles and a large flock of Juncos. There was a Northern Shrike
along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above the water treatment plant just north
of Provo Canyon."
Jeff Cooper (29 Feb 20123) - Turkey Vulture
seen in Lehi Field north of Lehi block. Jerry Liguori, Mike Shaw and I saw it
soaring above the field.
Jeff Cooper (28 Feb 2012) - I drove by the small
wetland area on the south side of North Vineyard Road (Vineyard, Utah County) on
my way back to Pleasant Grove following a meeting in Provo. I noticed a lone
WILSON'S SNIPE and stopped to observe and photograph it.
Doug Mead (28 Feb 2012) - Flock of 50 American
White Pelicans just flew north at low alt over Saratoga Springs.
Ned Bixler (27 Feb 2012) - [Skipper Bay Trail -
...Cinnamon Teal...Sandhill Crane...Great Horned Owl...
Alan Jensen (18 Feb 2012) - [Payson] - We had four
Pine Siskins on our thistle sock feeder yesterday in Payson - first of the
Jeff Cooper (10 Feb 2012) - So I took a late lunch
today and then called and met up with Eric Huish near the Lindon Marina/Geneva
Settling Ponds area in Utah County. We didn't see a lot of birds, but we did
find some wintering White-faced Ibises, a female Hooded Merganser,
and what we believe was a 1st winter Glaucous-winged Gull....
Eric Huish (10 Feb 2012) - Jeff Cooper and I just had
a Glaucous-winged Gull fly past, heading south, at the south end of the
settling ponds south of the Lindon Boat Harbor...
Donna Thorum (7 Feb 2012) -My husband Glen and I went
to see if we could find the Pygmy Owl up South Fork Canyon this midmorning.
Couldn't find it. Found Eric and Jeff looking for it too. No luck! However I did
find a flock of 20+ Wild Turkeys in the field on the right side of the
road just south of the beaver pond. That was good. Haven't seen them for a
Eric Huish (1 Feb 2012) - Eric Peterson and I went
birding up American Fork Canyon today. There weren't a lot of birds around. Our
best bird was a Pacific Wren on the left side of the road (not river
side) just above the Roadhouse Picnic Area. It was calling and flitting about
when we first spotted it, but it quickly disappeared and we couldn't relocate
email@example.com (29 Jan 2012) - I have seen a Northern
Pygmy Owl twice now in the same tree. I found him off the parking lot of the
first National Forest access road up South Fork Canyon..
Eric Huish (26 Jan 2012) - I saw an adult Northern
Goshawk in the woods along the river at River Lane today (2:30 pm). KC
Childs was able to refind it at 3:10 pm.
Felicia Pimentel (26 Jan 2012) - I had a couple of
hours to kill this morning and stopped at the Lindon Marina. The best sightings
for me were the 6 WHITE-FACED IBIS and 2 adult BALD EAGLES having
a midair scuffle.
Oliver Hansen (22 Jan 2012) - LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
4:30 pm in Springville 1400 N exit. Turn right at the first street (heading
towards the Stoffer's outlet) look in the ponds in the fields to the east.
That's where I saw it if anyone is interested.
Jeff Cooper (20 Jan 2012) - On my way home from work
at 5:35 I saw two White-faced Ibis flying near the Pioneer Crossing
exit of I-15. I guess some are still wintering here.
Eric Huish (16 Jan 1212) - I went birding this morning
with KC Childs and Oliver Hansen. We decided to head up Provo Canyon even though
the weather was ominous... We saw a flock
of Wild Turkeys and a flock of Pine Siskin in the Sundance area...Down in Provo Canyon we found a PACIFIC WREN in the 'usual spot',
the swampy area on the Provo River Parkway about 0.1 miles down stream from
Canyon Glen Park. The only other birds we saw in this area were two Dippers.
We found a NORTHERN PIGMY OWL up South Fork Canyon. The owl was in a tree
on the North side of the road 3.1 miles after turning off Provo Canyon Road,...
Erich Huish (4 Jan 2012) - I just got a call from Reed
Stone. He spotted a White-winged Scoter in the Provo River between the
Provo Center Street bridge and the small foot bridge in Utah Lake State Park.
Deedee O'Brien (1 Jan 2011) - [Saratoga Springs] - 37
species (+3 other taxa)...Species seen: [highlights] - Snow Goose...Great
Egret, White-faced Ibis...Sandhill Crane...
Oliver Hansen (1 Jan 2012) - There were 27 (that I
could count) Wood Ducks at the "wood duck spot" just N. of Provo Center
street. I think this is the most I've counted here. I'm pretty sure there were
probably more in the willows that I couldn't see. Great way to start the new
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
Oliver Hansen (27 Nov 2011) - One drake Wood Duck
was at the "Wood Duck spot" off of Provo Center Street this evening about 4:30.
A few Cedar Waxwings and a Ruby-crowned kinglet flew in to say hi to me
Eric Huish (22 Nov 2011) - birded the Provo
Airport Dike this evening with Ned Bixler and KC Childs. There are still large
numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers hanging out around the dike. On the
south side of the airport, between the south extension and the southwest corner
we found a flock of yellow-rumps that included a 'Myrtle' Yellow-rump and a
Wilson's Warbler. I was surprised to see a Wilson's this late. It was a
Douglas Mead (6 Nov 2011) - I observed my
first-of-the-season American Tree Sparrow this afternoon while on a
walkabout West of Redwood Rd. in Saratoga Springs. Also two Prairie Falcons
and a large flock (30+) of Horned Larks and an even larger flock (200+)
Rock Pigeons in a field just below Camp Williams.
Jeff Cooper (6 Nov 2011) - I worked in Spanish Fork Friday so I hit a few of
the hot spots between Spanish Fork and Pleasant Grove on the way home.
--Two Snowy Egrets in the midst of cattle on the north side
--At least 25 Sandhill Cranes working a field east of Swede
Lane (I'm sure there were more, but a large group of trees kept me from seeing
the whole group
--An unexpected Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on River Lane
--Western Screech Owls calling from the trees at the turn
off from Provo Center Street to the Provo Airport Dike Road (Just before
crossing the river and entering Utah Lake SP)...
--Four Snowy Egrets in the settling ponds and a small flock
of American Pipits on the rocks along the shoreline of Utah Lake, opposite side
of the dike forming the settling ponds...
--Finished the night with a Northern Saw-whet Owl at Mutual
Dell in American Fork Canyon
Eric Huish ( 5 Nov 2011) - Ned Bixler and I drove around the Provo
Airport Dike this morning. The White-throated Sparrow is still there...We also saw a Northern Shrike on the west extension of
Milt Moody (5 Nov 2011) - This morning (Saturday)
there were somewhere between one and two hundred (maybe more!?) Sandhill
Cranes in the fields north of Salem. The most I've ever seen.
Ned Bixler (4 Nov 2011) - Two Snowy Egrets at
the Geneva Settling Ponds.
Eric Huish (2 Nov 2011) - I drove past the old Geneva
Settling Ponds and Lindon Boat Harbor today. Best bird was a female Hooded
Merganser on the south end of the pond...
Eric Huish (1 Nov 2011) - There as a bright white striped
White-throated Sparrow on the west side of the Provo Airport Dike. It is
hunkered down in some willows on the lake side of the road just north of the
Ned Bixler (26 Oct 2011) - My first mature Bald
Eagle of the season - entrance to the West Provo airport dike.
Joel Beyer (15 Oct 2011) - This evening I saw a
female Tennessee Warbler at River Lane (Utah Co.)...Only other birds about were YR Warblers, robins and RC
Tim Avery (14 Oct 2011) - A RED-NECKED GREBE at the
Thanksgiving Point Golf
Course in the
Eric Huish (11 Oct 2011) - First winter
Blackpoll Warbler in the last bunch of tamarisk on the left as you are
headed east from the southwest corner of the Provo Airport Dike.
Eric Huish (11 Oct 2011) - ...Around 10:30 am we
started seeing flocks of Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows flying past/over us
heading south. While scanning the swallows we were surprised and excited to see
a Vaux's Swift fly past. It flew by pretty close and we got a good look
at it but It didn't stick around...
Eric Huish (25 Sep 2011) -There was an albino
Barn Swallow on the East side of the Provo Airport Dike early Friday
Bryan Shirley (15 Sep 2011) - 7 Townsend
Warblers in Payson Canyon today. 5 at the Nebo trail head, 2 a bit below
that.1 Three-toed wp at the trail head as well. Later had a Peregrine Falcon
in Benjamin at the observation tower on 40th west.
Jeff Cooper (5 Sep 2011) - [Labor Day birding] - I
started out this morning at 6 am with a BARN OWL in the field near my
home in Pleasant Grove. I drove south about an hour and fifteen minutes and
visited the Nebo Bench Trailhead high above Payson and Santaquin and was able to
locate two AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS and one PINE GROSBEAK
along with DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-TAILED
HAWK, several flocks of Pine Siskins, scattered Red-breasted
Nuthatches, Kinglets, and a few other species.
-- On River Lane, near Palmyra, I was able to locate a COMMON NIGHTHAWK
resting on the branch of a mostly-dead tree. The Nighthawk held my attention
long enough to see the following in the same location: GRAY CATBIRD,
YELLOW WARBLER, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS, GREAT EGRET
Jeff Cooper (2 Sep
23011) - I got off work a little early today and decided to look for migrants on
American Fork Boat Harbor Road (100 West American Fork/6000 W
Utah County Rd), where I have had a fair amount of success with migrants
in the past. The timing was fortuitous as the first bird I raised my binoculars
for was a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. It appeared to be a female. I made a couple
calls to local birders and lost sight of the warbler. I relocated it in the same
area about 20 minutes later. Eric Peterson arrived shortly thereafter. We looked
for a while without success and then decided to look at that group of trees from
a field on the east side by walking to a gate about 50 yards east of 100 West.
We located a
from that angle.
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 Huish (27 Jul 2011) - Went out to the west desert yesterday.
Eagle Mountain and took the gravel road to
Fairfield. The first bird I ran into was a Ferruginous Hawk
perched on a power line. I saw many Sage Thrashers as I was looking
for. I then went to Fairfield and took the gravel road to Allen's Ranch road.
I saw some Horned Larks and a rather friendly pronghorn. There was also a
large flock of Lark Sparrows right at the ranch. I also saw 3
Loggerhead Shrikes. I then went over to
Chimney rock pass. There I was able to find a Rock Wren and more
Shrikes. By the time I got to Chimney Rock it was kind of windy so the birding
was a little slow.
Oliver Hansen (20 Jul 2011) - I hiked powerhouse
mountain last night. Powerhouse mountain is the large chunk of rock that is on
the N. side of hobble creek canyon near Springville (across the street and up a
few thousand feet from the golf course).... I got great
views of quite a few birds on the road that I would most likely have driven past
including WILD TURKEY and a family of RUFFED GROUSE... Another highlight was when I hit the top of the
ridge (about 7800 ft) at around 9:00pm I heard COMMON POORWILLS calling
(at least 2).
Milt Moody (17 Jul 2011) - There are PURPLE MARTINS
in their usual place on the Nebo Loop road (Payson Canyon) and at least one
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER at the Monument Tail head just a bit further
down the road.
Jeff Cooper (16 Jul 2011) - I had to drop off some
people at a trail head around 6:30 this morning above Timpooneke Campground (up
American Fork Canyon). I decided to walk about a mile above the campground (Timpooneke
Rd # 056) after leaving them. I spotted a WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER and
watched it for a few minutes... Closer to the campground area I stopped to attract
some MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES to see if I
could get some decent photos. I did get some close shots of a Mountain
Chickadee. Just as I stopped photographing the Chickadee an adult NORTHERN
GOSHAWK flew through the trees about five feet above ground. It flew past me
and then above the road leading down to the campground. That was a pleasant
surprise that didn't last nearly long enough.
Milt Moody (11 Jul 2011) - There are at least 3
BAND-TAILED PIGEONS at the corner of 2680 North and 880 East in Provo on the
telephone wires behind the house to the south. (Go to Robin and Julia Tuck's
house then 1/2 block west and 1/2 block south). I saw them on an early morning
walk and went back with binocs to confirm what they were.
Carol Jean Nelson (6 Jul 2011) - A GREEN HERON at the
first part of the east side of the Provo Airport Dike in a dead bush across from
the "practice helicopter."
Eric Huish (20 June 2011) - Alona Huffaker saw
Bobolinks in Springville. Take I-15 exit 260, drive west on SR 77 (4000 South)
to 2000 West and turn right. She two males in these fields this evening.
Lyle Bingham (15 Jun 2011) - Eight birders visited three hotspots in and
near Payson. We visited two wooded areas with walkways and Spring Lake, between
Payson and Santaquin. Highlights included a Black-chinned Hummingbird on a nest,
discovered by Alona's sharp eyes. And we found Yellow-breasted Chats near
the mouth of Payson canyon ( Payson-Greenridge Hollow).
Eric Huish (13 Jun 2011) - Last night Dennis Shirley
led 12 Utah County Birders out to Goshen for an evening field trip. Our target
species were Short-eared Owls and Bobolinks. Target acquired!...
Ryan O'Donnell (7 Jun 2011) - This morning I was one
of the lucky ones who saw the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER near the tower on the
Provo airpot dike. After seeing my first lifer for the day, I took a good walk
Provo River parkway, where I saw an adult male COMMON GRACKLE, and
saw 4 GREAT HORNED OWLS (momma with 3 chicks, and heard a WESTERN
SCREECH OWL at 10:30 am,which was weird.
--After that I headed to Bridal Veil Falls,where I saw several
Jeff Cooper (6 Jun 2011) - [Provo Airport Dike] -
Northern Bobwhite. This bird was walking along the road going west toward
the southwest corner of the dike. Closer to the extension that goes further
south from the airport.
Eric Huish (6 Jun 2011) - SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER
Provo Airport Dike
south end of west extension!
Eric Huish (4 Jun 2011) - [Lake Mountains - Utah
Co. UT] - Birding with KC Childs. We birded the Soldiers Pass Road area at
the South end of the Lake Mountains. We went hoping for Scott's Oriole, Lu
Giddings and Dennis Shirley reported one there 4 years ago. Number of species:
...Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk, Black Swift ...Gray Flycatcher,
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Gray Vireo... Pinyon Jay... Juniper Titmouse,
Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren...Northern Mockingbird...
Eric Peterson (3 Jun 2011) - [Highland Glen Park] - I
was at my favorite place other than my house that I like to bird which is
Highland Glen. I was really excited cause I had never seen a
Western Grebe there in the pond. I then ran across a
Common Nighthawk. I was on my way out and I saw yet another
I am wondering why they keep following me...
Eric Huish (30 May 2011) - Scarlet Tanager on
Provo airport dike in moat north of control tower. Red-eyed Vireo at
north end by Center Street bridge.
Glenda Cotter (29 May 2011) -
At least two
Yellow-breasted Chats in the gully at the first turnout in Goshen Canyon
(and several farther up the canyon)...
Eric Huish (17 May 2011) - KC Childs and I drove the
Provo Airport Dike this afternoon... Our best birds
were 2 small groups PURPLE MARTINS along the west side of the dike. 3
males and 1 female sitting on top of a short tree south of the control tower.
Then 3 males and 2 females sitting on top of the tree and flying around at the
Eric Huish (14 May 2011) - KC Childs and I drove the
Provo Airport Dike this morning (May 14). Our best bird was a male Northern
Parula on the West side of the Dike Loop, West side of the road, just South
of the control tower. ... We walked down the gated road on the East side of the
loop and were treated to were a Great Egret...
Milton Moody (14 May 2011) - For a couple of hours,
yesterday (Friday) morning, I went with my sister, her husband, her daughter and
four grandkids to explore the birds around Salem. I was surprised to see a
COMMON LOON at Salem Pond this late in the year...
Eric Peterson (8 May 2011) - [American Fork, UT) -
I just got home from showing dogs this morning and my wife said what kind of
bird is that on the feeder. I looked out to see a
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and a
Grosbeak on the feeder together.
KC Childs (6 May 2011) - I went hiking today up
Slate Canyon which is located on the south end of Provo about 900 S. and Slate
Canyon Drive. I hiked up about 2.5 miles from the parking lot and was quite
surprised when I ran across a Pacific Wren being very vocal about a half
mile up from the red gate...
Jeff Cooper (6 May 011) - I dropped by the ponds by
mile marker 1 at PIoneer Crossing last night on the way home from work. This
time there was a lone RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the pond off the road ..
Bryan Shirley (6 May 2011) - There are 2 Common
Loons at Santaquin Reservoir. (To find the reservoir take 500 South west
past where it turns to a dirt rd)
Norm Jenson (5 May 2011) - Snowy Plover,
Bryan Shirley (3 May 2011) - This evening at about
7:30 pm I observed a Short-Billed Dowitcher at the Benjamin Slough. It
was just north of the corner where you can park to look over the wetlands...
Felicia Pimentel (3 May 2011) - I walked a big chunk of the Provo Airport
Dike road today. The first bird I saw was right at the entrance of the road by
the river. It was about 6 inches or so, very dark (almost black), with a
contrasting white lower breast. ... It looked to me like it had to be a BLACK
PHOEBE, but I know they don't usually get up north this far.[hightlights:]... LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE...
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER...VESPER SPARROW... Another great sighting
today was a small flock of 13 EVENING GROSBEAKS at my feeder, seen right
after I sent in a report of other feeder birds this morning...
Mike Mahoney (2 May 2011) - Plenty of Green-tailed
Towhee's on the Skipper Bay Trail. Saw the first one 5/1/11 Mike
Bryan Shirley ( 2 May 2011) - Black-Bellied Plover at SR-77 and 1750
west. It is just north of the intersection. SR-77 is the rd to River Lane from
Eric Huish ( 30 April 2011) - 15 Birders met at 8:00
this morning to bird the Provo Airport Dike and nearby areas. We saw Wilson's
Snipe, 2 Solitary Sandpipers and a couple of Savannah Sparrows
in the fields along Harbor Road (Lower Provo River Parkway area). There were 6
Solitary Sandpipers at the Pond on the North end of Lakeview Drive. Also at the
pond a Forester's Tern and Spotted Sandpiper were year firsts for
most of us. On the Provo Airport Dike in the Flooded Field on the South
extension we saw a Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope and a
Marbled Godwit. Between the South extension and the Southwest corner we saw
a Clay-colored Sparrow (unfortunately not seen well by everyone) and a
Rock Wren. On the West side of the loop, by the control tower, a Sage
Thrasher gave everyone great views. In the woods along the river at the
North end of the Dike Loop we saw 2 Townsend's Solitaires and a Yellow
Warbler was a year first for everyone in the group.
KC Childs (30 April 2011) - Today on a field trip to
Provo Airport Dike a
Clay-colored Sparrow was spotted. It was only seen by the first
car. It was seen halfway along the southern road of the dike. It was halfway
between the extension and the southwest corner of the dike. There are a lot of
sparrows along this road. It was coming into breeding plumage, but not quite
Mike Mahoney (30 April 2011) - Spotted two Wilson's
Phalarope on Boat Harbour dr. 3/10ths of a mile West of Lakeshore dr. in Provo.
in the little ponds on the South side of the road.
Eric Peterson (29 April 2011) - ... I started to wash the inside windows,
when what would appear on my humming bird feeder, a bright orange Bullock's
Oriole. Right behind him on the seed feeder was a male Lazuli Bunting trying
to share a few seeds with the Cassin's finches, Chickadees and White
Alona Huffaker (28 April 2011) - I've had a couple of
pretty male Lazuli Buntings at my feeders in South Springville this
week!. Still getting some Evening Grosbeaks once in awhile, too.
KC Childs (24 April 2011) - Today while going to study the Glossy Ibis
more in west Provo I stopped by the pond at the end of Lakeshore Drive in Provo.
Take 1520 north off of Geneva Road and Lakeshore Dr. is about 3100 west. The
road dead ends and the pond is on the other side of the chain link fence. I was
able to view 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Semi-palmated Plover, 2
Sanderlings and a peep that didn't wanna show itself very well...
Norman Jenson ( 23 April 2011) - [Pioneer Crossing, Lehi, UT] -
stopped by PCP today and in the field west of the mile marker, the area without
the concrete fence I saw this Sandhill Crane. The little pond at the mile
marker was virtually empty, but the area just east had a nice collection of
birds including one Blue-winged Teal cavorting with half a dozen
Casey Day (22 April 2011) - Spotted a SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER mixed in with BLACK-NECKED STILTS, AVOCETS, and KILLDEER.
There were also a couple of YELLOWLEGS, I think lesser but who knows. The birds
are at a pond visible from 3110 west in provo. If you head west on 1390 north
off of lakeshore drive and follow the road you will pass right by the pond.
KC Childs (21 April 2011) - Stopped by on my l
lunch break at the pond on the south side of Pioneer Crossing at mile post 1.
The majority of all the birds sighted were still there, but in much smaller
numbers. With the exception of Marbled Godwits, there was easily over 50
of them. I was not able to find a Hudsonian in with the flock though. Also a
Blue-winged Teal was there, as was a few Bonaparte's Gulls and
Franklins. I was able to observe 1 Cattle Egret. I also saw a few
peeps flying out into fields to the west, but could not locate them.
Ned Bixler (20 April 2011) - Today, in a field on North Harbor Road, Provo,
there were 200-300 ibis. There was at least one Glossy Ibis in this
group. They were on the South side of the road. This road leads to Skipper Bay
Trail. There were also several cattle egrets along with other birds.
Dave Walton (20 April 2011) - A lone Bar-headed
Goose caught my eye while watching BC Night Herons on East Bay island. The
goose was crossing the golf green just north of the island about 11:30 am this
KC Childs (19 April 2011- I was out in the
area of mile marker 1 on Pioneer Crossing for work today ... Highlights were an
all together impressive number of birds. I estimated low on my number below.
Highlights included the continuing Bonapartes Gulls. A Peregrine
Falcon that was working on catching some dinner. A first of the year
Blue-winged Teal was gorgeous. There were more Great Egrets then
there were Snowy Egrets, that was interesting.
Jeff Cooper (18 April 2011) - This evening I dropped
by the ponds near mile marker 1 on Pioneer Crossing in Lehi and saw my FOY
Cattle Egrets. There were four of them mixing with nine Snowy Egrets. The
place was hopping with birds.
Jeff Cooper (16 April 2011) - BLACK-THROATED
SPARROW on Provo Airport Dike (west side of airport between the tower and
the bend in the road, closer to the bend at the south end of the dike).
Alona Huffaker (14 April 2011) - There are a dozen or
so Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders in my yard this morning. They were
here this time (7:45 am) yesterday, too. There were many more on Saturday
afternoon. (1195 S 700 E Springville)
Bryan Shirley (14 April 2011) - Today had a great day.
Started with a Pacific Wren in the Provo South Fork Canyon, It didn't get
the mileage, but I think less than 1 mile up the canyon near the gate and Provo
city water signs. Next there were a bunch of Wild Turkeys displaying in
the road just above Sundance and then a Nor. Pygmy Owl enjoying the sun
just above Aspen Grove. This afternoon there was a Whimbrel just east of
milepost 15 on the hwy from Saratoga Springs to Elberta. It was with a few
Flora Duncan (10 Apr 2011) - Saturday afternoon
sighted Blue-wing Teal on east edge of the water just south of Lindon
Ned Bixler (10 Apr 2011) - North Harbor Road, in the
fields, there were Greater Yellowlegs, and a Great Egret this
Dennis Shirley (9 Apr 2011) - In between snow squalls I took a couple
hour spin around southern Utah County this afternoon. New FOY birds included:
Red-necked Phalarope - Benjamin Slough, Snowy Plover - Lincoln Beach,
Barn, Cliff, Bank, and Violet-green Swallows, mixed
in large flock of Tree Swallows - Lincoln Beach. Additionally, Lewis's
Woodpecker along the Salem canal and Osprey at Salem Pond are still
Eric Huish (9 Apr 2011) - ...7 Utah
County Birders stood on the side of the road overlooking beaver ponds in South
Fork Canyon. We listened to the babbling brook, singing Robins, a
Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrows and Fox Sparrows. We patiently
waited over 30 minutes before we heard what we had come for. -- Thump...thump...thump..ump..ump..mp..r-rrrrr, a drumming
Ruffed Grouse. Heard Only. It was on the far side of the beaver ponds
just downstream from South Fork Park...
Alton Thygerson (7 Apr 2011) - Close-up and prolonged looks occurred this
afternoon (4:30 p.m.) in Diamond Fork Canyon of a FOX SPARROW, a RED-NAPED
SAPSUCKER, and a FERRUGINOUS HAWK...
Douglas Mead ( 4 Apr 2011) - At 12:15 today there were 3 Lesser
Yellowlegs in the remainder of the pond on 2300W in Lehi. Also present were
several Mallards, 4 Canada Geese and 3 very frisky Sandhill Cranes.
Dennis Shirley (4 Apr 2011) - Alona Huffaker just
called to report
EVENING GROSBEAKS in her next door neigbors yard in Springville this
morning. In years past Alona and Bonnie Williams have periodically had them at
their feeders, so there's a good chance they may stick around.
Dennis Shirley (30 Mar 2011) - We had a fun night,
owling, last night. Fifteen UCB's first tried to locate a Short-eared Owl at
several locations, but had no luck. Our luck changed in Payson Canyon after
dark, where we got great looks at Western Screech Owl, a brief look and
accompaning hooting of a Great Horned Owl, and a dynamite eye-level look
at a Saw-Whet Owl. It was one of those "golden birding moments" for all.
Eric Huish (29 Mar 2011) - count at the Provo
Center Street Roost this morning was 34 Turkey Vultures. There were only
9 yesterday. 400 east Center, Provo.
Eric Huish (26 Mar 2011) - This morning (Mar 26) 17
Birders met at the mouth of American Fork Canyon for field trip #9 in the 'Utah
County March Big Month' series. ... After everyone arrived, instead of heading
up the canyon we drove along the foothills south of the canyon toward Cedar
Hills to chase the finches. We found the flock of 150 ROSY FINCHES feeding in a
sandy cut in the foothills about 1/2 mile south of A.F. Canyon. There were
about 140 Gray-crowned and 10 Black Rosy-Finches. We
got very close long looks at the flock as it fed on the open ground. ...
--On our way back up the canyon the last car in our group saw a
Golden Eagle feeding on a carcass near the road. The rest of us missed it...
Dennis Shirley (23 Mar 2011) - Twenty four species
were seen by seven "stick-with-it" March Big Month UCB on Tuesday morning in
the P/J/sage areas of southwestern Utah County. Target species seen included:
Juniper Titmouse (2), Pinyon Jay (2 flocks), Praire Falcon,
and Ferruginous Hawk. Misses included: Sage and Brewer's Sparrow,
Bushtit, Loggerhead Shrike, and Long-eared Owl.
Jeff Cooper (16 Mar 2011) - I stopped by the Geneva
Cooling Ponds this evening about 5:30 on the way home from working in Spanish
Fork for the day. The cooling ponds are just south of the Lindon Boat Harbor
(Utah Lake). There was one male HOODED MERGANSER among the regular
species for the ponds. I also saw AVOCETS in the same pond for the first
time this year.
Eric Huish (16 Mar 2011) - Ned Bixler and I birded
the Provo Airport Dike this morning. Police barricades are still blocking the
south part of the loop. New PAD Arrivals - Tree Swallows, Clark's
Grebes, Western Grebe, DC Cormorants. I saw a large flock of
cormorant flying north at Powell Slough. On the Lower Provo River Parkway we saw
a pair of Wood Ducks sitting high in a cottonwood tree.
Bryan Shirley (16 Mar 2011) - Just after somebody
reported a Fox Sparrow a couple of days ago I found one in the Campground
in Diamond Fork on Monday evening. Yesterday there was a FOY Marbled Godwit
and Bonaparte's Gull in Lehi.
Dennis Shirley (16 Mar 2011) - Eight UCB spent four
hours Tuesday morning on #6 March Big Month Field Trip in the Genola, Goshen,
Elberta, Goshen Canyon areas. We saw 45 species of which several were new for
the month: Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Sage Thrasher,
Merlin, Say's Phoebe, and Bewick's Wren. Other good birds
included: Ferruginous Hawk, Evening Grosbeak, and Sandhill
Douglas Mead (16 Mar 2011) - At 4:30
yesterday afternoon I observed a Northern Goshawk near 10400 W and Jordan
River in Lehi. I approached on foot across a field and was able to observe it
from a distance of 50 yds for abt 10 minutes before it flew to the West across
the river. Way Cool!!
kd7mnr (14 Mar 2011) - A Long-eared Owl has
been seen at this address last 3 weeks check at 31 North 775 East American Fork
so as to not frighten it away.
Dennis Shirley (12 Mar 2011) - A large group of 24
UCB went on the field trip this morning to the Payson,Spring Lake, Santaquin,
Genola, areas. Forty six species were seen. New birds for our field trips
included: Tundra Swan at Santaquin Reservoir, Virginia Rail and White Pelican at
Goshen Warm Springs, Spotted Towhee in Santaquin Canyon, and Yellow-headed
Blackbird at Santaquin (for those who got a look at it). Other
always-good-birds-to-see included Barn and Great Horned Owl and Mountain
Bluebird. Our total for the five morning field trips now stands at 89.
Jack Binch (11 Mar 2011) - [Provo Airport Dike] -I
down this afternoon prepared to walk the west side. It was very pleasant and I
had the place to myself. ... I saw a bird
doing an imitation of a chipmunk. It was running down the side of the road with
its tail straight up in the air. I did not need to look in the binoculars to
know it was a Sage Sparrow. It stayed fifty feet ahead of me, but I got
some good looks at it. Along the road were Cinnamon Teal, Coots,
Canada Geese, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbirds,
Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Flickers, Mallards,
and kind of a surprise Northern Shrike.
Kay Stone (10 Mar 2011) - This morning I saw a pair
of Hooded Mergansers on Powell's Lake west of Lehi. To get there go west
out of Lehi on main street which becomes U-73 until you come almost to the
Jordan River. It will be the last left lane turn out before the Jordan River. It
is called Willow Lane. Proceed south until you come to a stop sign and turn
right on Willow Reed and you will find the lake.
-- The Evening Grosbeaks were found on the Jordan River
Parkway, just north of the R.C. Flying Field about a half a miles north on the
Jack Binch (5 Mar 2011) -
... I drove around a bit
and saw some Sandhill Cranes fly over River Lane, but nothing else
Ned Bixler (3 Mar 2011) - [North Boat harbor Rd] -
Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk,
Sandhill Crane, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling, Song Sparrow,
Dennis Shirley (1 Mar 2011) - We started the Utah
County Big Month field trips this morning in west Provo. Six birders saw 45
species at Skipper Bay Trail, Utah Lake State Park, Provo Airport Dike(part),
Provo River Trail, and the "Wood Duck Pond." Best birds of day were: Northern
Shrike, Herring Gull, Snow Geese, Great Horned Owl,
Brown Creeper and Wood Duck.
Douglas Mead (1 Mar 2011) - Observed 34 American
Avocets near 145S 2300W Lehi/Saratoga Spgs. today...
Bryan Shirley (1 Mar 2011) - After leaving the
group this morning me and my 2 girls birded at Goshen Warm Springs where we saw
several hundred Cedar Waxwings and 1 Bewick's Wren...
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.
Bryan Shirley (31 Jan 2011) - After reading
about the Evening Grosbeaks seen
on Saturday near Sundance, I thought I would give it a try this morning.
Sundance a couple hundred yards above
mile marker 24 the road makes a big corner. On the left there are a lot
of pines full of cones. I found 12 Evening Grosbeaks in the top of one of the
pines and about 15 Red Crossbills working the
pine cones of another tree.
Robert Williams (28 Jan 2011) - Made a quick trip up
to Aspen Grove today, we found 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Ruffed Grouse
sitting in a tree at the far end of the parking lot (the big one at the
end of the road). My
girlfriend Jen spotted a Goshawk that flew over giving semi decent but
short looks, and finally we saw one Pygmy Owl about .5 miles above the
turn off for the ski resort, very close to where I saw one a few weeks ago.
Lu Giddings (22 Jan 2011) - Spotted an American
Pelican in the water at East Bay as I drove north on the freeway
yesterday at about 10 am. ... The bird was seen in the water east of I-15
between the north Springville
exit and the University Avenue exit.
Bryan Shirley (20 Jan 2011) - I relocated the
Barrow's Goldeneye reported last week at Salem Pond this morning. There was
also a drake Red-Breasted Merganser. They were both on the main pond. The
Snow Goose at the small pond behind the houses North of the HWY was still
there as well.
KC Childs (18 Jan 2011) - I ran out to
Utah Lake State Park in
Provo this afternoon. Where the
Provo River meets Utah Lake
on the south side of the park was one female
Greater Scaup loosely mixed with two Lesser Scaups...
Brian Shirley (15 Jan 2011) - A beautiful Merlin
landed on the top of Peteetneet in Payson today (while I was there sledding).
There is a lot of poop up there so maybe he perches there often. Also there are
Wood Ducks hanging out in the regular place in West Provo. I counted 16
today, but Reed Stone said there were 25 there a few days ago.
Robert Williams (15 Jan 2011) - I drove around the lake today between
Saratoga Springs and Elberta. I saw 3 Rough-legged Hawks, two
Ferruginous Hawks, 6 Red-tail Hawks, two were dark morphs, tons of
Kestrels, Horned larks and Ravens, 1 Meadowlark and
that was about it. In Goshen Canyon I found Song Sparrows and a
Pacific Wren near the bridge at the far side of the canyon, and a
Black-billed Magpie. I stopped at the Salem ponds on the way home and along
with the regular things saw a pair of Barrows Goldeneyes.
Eric Huish (12 Jan 2011) - KC Childs and I drove
around Utah Lake today (Jan 12) ... We didn't spend a lot of time at any of
these spots. Most interesting birds were; two Northern Shrikes, a few
Titmice and a Pinyon Jay in the Goshen Canyon area, Mountain
Bluebirds at Warm Springs WMA, and a few Prairie Falcons and 5
Rough-legged Hawks on the West side of the lake.
Eric Peterson (12 Jan 2011) - This morning my wife
Holly and I went for a drive up South Fork Canyon in Provo Canyon. We were
looking to see some moose but didn't find one. We saw lots of Mule Deer and Elk.
Some of the other animals of interest were the Northern Pygmy Owl at the
top of the canyon right by the Big Springs turn off. It was roosting in the tree
in the field. We saw a small flock of Bushtits...
Robert Williams (12 jan 2011) - Yesterday I birded
around Sundance ski resort saw 1 Pygmy Owl, lots of Chickadees, Steller's
Jays .... I did hear a Golden Crowned Kinglet.
KC Childs (9 Jan 2011) - I decided it was too nice of
a day to not get out and take advantage of some of the beautiful weather today.
I started out at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville. The highlight there was a
White-Breasted Nuthatch. Beautiful bird to watch...
Eric Huish (8 Jan 2011) - Robert Williams and I birded Dry Canyon this
morning from 8:20 am - 10:40 am. We went specifically hoping to find
Rosy-Finches. ... We hiked up to where we last saw them but it took another hour
to find them. Robert spotted them working around the top back of the second
cliff up on the North side of the canyon. ...They were mostly Black
Rosy-Finches with at least a couple Gray-crowns. Back at the parking
area on our way down we saw a Northern Shrike and a Bald Eagle
-- After Dry Canyon Robert and I met up with KC Childs and we headed up to South
Fork, Provo Canyon. Not a lot of birds there but we did get a good look at a
Northern Pygmy-Owl about 3.4 miles up the canyon.
Leena Rogers (8 Jan 2011) - Milt Moody, Tuula Rose and
I spotted a GREAT EGRET this morning at the FlowServ pond, in south
Provo. There were also several Belted Kingfishers in the same area.
Robert Williams (2 Jan 2011) - at the East Bay golf course this
morning there was a flock of maybe 200 Canada Geese amidst these geese there
were at least four and maybe up to six CACKLING GEESE. I am not an expert
but these little guys were little, dark and had very stubby short bills. Also of
note were 3 Common Mergansers, 2 Wood Ducks, and about 300
- (1 Jan 2011) - Ned Bixler, Jeff Cooper and I birded around Utah Lake in Provo,
Orem and Lindon this morning from 9:00 - Noon. .. .Most interesting birds were;
an American White Pelican at Utah Lake State Park out on the ice in the
harbor, a Prairie Falcon and Merlin west of the park in Vineyard.
Close looks at Virginia Rails out in the open where the water spills into
the cooling ponds South of Lindon Boat Harbor, and an American Tree Sparrow
and Hermit Thrush at the Sportsman's access at Powel Slough.
David Wheeler (30 Jan
2011) - Above Wasatch Mtn State Park, above Midway: I saw two flocks of
EVENING GROSBEAKS a mile or so above the little power station. The
first flock was in conifers, the second in aspen. Both were noisy. Also present
were CASSIN'S FINCHES and PINE SISKINS, along with tits, etc.
Dave Hanscom (30 Jan 2011)
- The Homestead Resort, just south of WMSP headquarters. As I drove in their
access road, I ... was pleasantly surprised to see a flock of Evening
Grosbeaks in a nearby tree. There were many more all through the grounds.
Kris Purdy (29 Jan, 2011)
-- A bakerís dozen of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS made an
appearance briefly this afternoon at about 4:00 along the Pine Creek Nature
Trail (snowshoe trail) at
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Wasatch County.
Dave Hanscom (9 Jan 2011) - headed for South Fork of
Provo to look for Northern Pygmy-owl. This continues to be my nemesis bird, I'm
afraid, but did see Kingfisher reported yesterday and a flock of Turkeys. Also
took a side trip to Wallsburg to see if the LEWIS' WOODPECKERS were in
their usual spot, and indeed they were. Best sighting of the day was at the Deer
Creek Marina, where there was just a bit of open water. Two HORNED GREBES
were hanging out with some Common Goldeneyes.
Jeff Bilsky (21 Dec 2010) - [Lower Provo River
Parkway] -Birded around the Provo River/Skipper Bay. The bird that captured
the majority of my interest was a yellow, ragged looking warbler that didn't give
me another look after my initial view - must've snuck out the back of the
thicket. It's chip note was quite reminiscent of an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER as
was it's appearance. I'd like another look, but I'm sure that's what it was.
Where the heck were the White-Crowned Sparrows.
Number of species: 25.
- Wood Duck, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, California
Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed
Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, American Coot, Northern
Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, American
Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American
Goldfinch, House Sparrow .
Robert Williams (16 Dec 2010) - I saw a Red-napped
Sapsucker on BYU campus on my way to final today (it was in the trees
on the north-east corner of the law building). Also had a Townsend's
Solitaire at my house just off Ninth East behind Gold's Gym.
Robert Williams (15 Dec 2010) - At Utah Lake State
Park today there were 6 Herring gulls 2 adults 3 third years, and one 1st
winter. Also there were about 6 California gulls and about 20 Ring-billed gulls.
There was one fly over Pipit, 2 Buffleheads, some Golden-eyes and
not much else.
Eric Huish (11 Dec 2010) - This morning
Jeff Cooper and I saw a flock of Rosy-Finches flying around the
cliffs in Dry Canyon as we were walking up the road to the canyon. Jeff ran back
to the car for the spotting scope then we hiked up the canyon but we never got a
close enough look to determine species. They wouldn't land near us. All we saw
were the flocks flying over the canyon. ..
Robert Williams (11 Dec 2010) - Birded the Airport dike, Utah Lake State
Park, and Provo River Parkway trail today not much around but there was a Black
Swan on the river that was a bit unusual, the two Nuthatches seem to be
hanging around there were present at the trail parking lot, i had bad, and short
looks at a what i think was a Prairie Falcon on the dike, also saw a
a few days back (last Sunday) there was mixed flock of black birds mostly
Red-winged that had to be 3-5 thousand strong!
Gloria A - (4 Dec 2010) - I've been seeing one
Black Swan on the Provo River for several days. I've never seen one before
so I am assuming it is unusual and worth reporting.
Jeff Cooper (27 Nov 1010) - This morning, I stopped by
the Lindon Boat Harbor/Geneva Cooling
to see if the ponds were frozen. They were lightly frozen over along with Utah
Lake. A BELTED KINGFISHER announced its entry with a lot of chatter and
it flew in from behind and down into what turned out to be a small oasis of bird
activity. It was the one place where the water had not frozen due to water that
was pouring in from the Geneva area. I watched the Kingfisher feed and then
notice that VIRGINIA RAILS were frolicking and foraging. I counted at
least ten over about a 30-minute period. I have never seen so many in one spot.
In the same small area I saw the following: GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SNIPE,
DOWITCHER, COOT, MARSH WREN, GREAT BLUE HERON, one
shore bird I'm stilling working on identifying with my photos, and SORA
(heard calling only). It was a busy little place with more to share, I'm sure,
if I would have stayed longer.
Jeff Cooper (22 Nov 2010) - Sorry about not being more specific about the
location in my previous report of the WHITE-WINGED DOVE. I didn't think
it likely the dove would return so I didn't give the specific address. However,
several people have asked for the address. I saw it at about
1200 N. 900 E. in American Fork (the road
leading from the Mt Timpanogos LDS Temple toward
Lone Peak High School).
Eric Huish (20 Nov 2010) - KC Childs and I drove
Provo Airport Dike today (Nov 20). The most
interesting birds were; a late
Barn Swallow on the West side of the
airport, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers right at the beginning of the dike loop
(the Airport Entrance side not the
Provo River side), a
Hooded Merganser in the moat just East
of the South extension and an
American Tree Sparrow at the same spot
as the mergansers.
Dennis Shirley (9 Nov 2010) - At about 2:00pm today
I found a single SNOW BUNTING on the south jetty at the Utah Lake State
Park west of Provo in Utah County. It was seen about half way out the dike after
it turns back to the north. It was skiddish and would fly a short distance down
the dike each time I got too close. It appeared to be a 1st year male, with much
buffy coloration, but still lots of white. A nice looking bird and a pleasant
Alona Huffaker (9 Nov 2010) - 20-30 Sandhill Cranes
were flying way high above North Mapleton about 2:30 this afternoon. There were
twice that many on Sunday morning near the same area.
KCChilds (7 Nov 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike] -I
decided today to run down around the airport dike to see what was moving down
there. The first bird of note I saw while I was on the dike was a great close
look at a Horned Grebe. It was seen along
the slightly paved section in the moat when coming from the airport side on the
east end. It was seen with a
Pied-billed Grebe. I had to look through
gaps in the Tamerisk to be able to view the bird. A good bird for Utah county.
Where the pavement ended I had a pair of
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. It's getting late in the year for these species
to still be around in northern Utah. Out on the mudflats were still a good
number of American Avocets. I am sure
they will be
taking flight soon for the south. Also
flying over the moat on the dike was
Caspian Tern. This is also starting
to be late in the year for this species. Nothing incredibly rare but still
wonderful to be out on a beautiful day like today.
Robert Williams (5 Nov 2010) - Birded the park and
dike for a little this morning, of note were the 12-15 AMERICAN PIPITS out on
the pier in the state park, 12-15 fly over TUNDRA Swans (truth be
told the swans were yesterday) and a pair of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS also
the regular wc sparrows, yellow-rumped warbler, coots, western/clarks grebes,
pheasant, harrier, flicker, etc etc...
Jeff Bilsky (27 Oct 2010) -There are about a dozen
American Crows feeding on the ground at 960 North and University in Provo
Jeff Bilsky (26 Oct 2010) - Drove through both last
night. Lots of Clarks/Western Grebes at the State Park and a bunch of
Ringbilled Gulls. Not much else. At the airport dike: some later Barn
Swallows, a few American White Pelicans, Dowitchers,
Caspian Terns and Avocets were the highlights. Bring on the old squaw
(long-tailed ducks) and scoters.
Eric Huish (23 Oct 2010) - At
Deer Creek we saw a
Herring Gull and 2 Bald Eagles from the pull-out on hwy 189
just west of the Charleston
turn-off. There were Common Loons scattered around at various places on
the reservoir and at the Provo
River inlet there were Pintail,
Bufflehead, Coots, a couple Caspian Terns and some pipits
Jeff Bilsky (18 Oct 2010) - There's an Eastern
Phoebe at the provo airport dike. It is on the south straightaway that runs
east to west. It was flycatching from the fence and hanging out with a yellow-rumped
warbler. The frantic downward tail wagging
was my first indicator then I saw the dark head and light belly. Cool bird.
Eric Huish (9 Oct 2010) - Yesterday at the Provo
Airport Dike several Utah County Birders spent the day birdwatching in one spot
at the East corner of the dike road. Best birds were a Peregrine falcon
in the morning and a Barn Owl, our last bird of the day, at 7:30 pm...
Eric Huish (9 Oct 2010) - I ran out to the Provo Airport Dike
this morning (Oct 9th) to pick a spot for the Big Sit. On my way along the East
side of the dike loop I saw a Merlin and a Wilson's Warbler. Out
on the mudflats at the East corner of the dike loop there were 4 Great Egrets
all standing together...
Alona Huffaker called me about an hour ago. She saw a
Lewis's Woodpecker at the East corner of the Provo Airport Dike on a
power pole. She also said the Great Egrets were still there.
Jeff Bilsky (16 Sep 2010) - I decided to hike Skipper Bay (Utah County)
after work tonight. There were
pockets where it was quite prolific. Nothing rare or unusual that I found, but
some nice migrants with CASSIN'S VIREOS and 6 species of Warblers....
Jack Binch (12 Sep 2010) - ...River Lane had a
warbler-fest today. I saw Black & White, Nashville, Townsend's, Virginia's,
lots of Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumps, MacGillivrays, Yellow, and Wilson's
Warblers. Also present were a couple of Warbling Vireos, Common Nighthawks,
Lincoln Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadees, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and of
course some Song Sparrows...
Ned Bixler (6 Sep 2010) - ... Today, lake side of
Provo Airport, I saw an American Tree Sparrow...
Jeff Bilsky (4 Sep 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike -
Blackpoll Warbler] We were never able to relocate but I had fantastic
initial looks. If you want to try to find it, go to the southwest corner by the
lake and work your way north, looking in the thickets on the river side. That's
where I initially found it before it played disappearing warbler...
Jeff Bilsky (3 Sep 2010) - At the Provo Airport dike,
just before sunset, I observed a bird on the road that was flying short
distances, running, and repeating as I pursued it (reminiscent of a sage sparrow
in behavior)... I believe that indeed what I saw were LARK BUNTINGS.
The one I studied was a female and the others seemed similar in appearance but
could've been winter males as well as my looks were brief on these other 3.
Jeff Bilsky (2 Sep 2010) - Not too birdy at Swede and River after
work this evening but I did have 5 Warbler species: Nashville (1),
Yellow-breasted Chat (2), Yellow (3), Yellow-rumped (7), Orange-Crowned (1)
Other highlights included several Common Nighthawks, a Savannah
Sparrow, and a couple Loggerhead Shrikes.
Eric Huish (28 Aug 2010) - I went birding with Jeff
Cooper this morning to Lindon Boat Harbor and American
Fork Harbor (Utah County). Best birds at Lindon Boat harbor area were 3
Solitary Sandpipers where the water runs out of the Settling Pond into the
lake, South of the Boat Harbor....
At American Fork Boat Harbor we birded the road North
of the Harbor. At the first T intersection up from the harbor we found a little
flock of birds that included Townsend's, Orange-crowned, Virginia's, Wilson's
and Yellow Warbler and at least 3 Blue Grosbeak.
Alona Huffaker (5 Aug 2010) - I've had a couple
of Lazuli buntings visiting my feeders again! Cool! Nice for my August
Craig Fosdick (26 July 2010) - Yesterday evening Ryan
O' Donnell, Guillaume (sorry didn't catch your last name), and I made the trip
Bridal Veil Falls to look for Black Swifts returning to presumed nest
sites behind the falls. We watched from 750 to about 905, and spent most of our
time scanning the waterfalls and the cliffs. We saw White-throated Swifts
and swallow species, but no Black Swifts, although I did see one bird that I
think may have been a
Oliver Hansen (22 Jul 2010) - My brother and I hiked
Provo Peak yesterday. About 4-5 Clark's nutcrackers way up at the summit around
11,000 feet squawking their little hearts out...
Robert Williams (15 Jul 2010) - yesterday i went to
goshen to look for bobolinks, i did not find any but
i did find in some tall cottonwood trees about 20-25 great blue herons and one
pair of great egrets they flew in and circled above me for about 2-3
minuets and then both landed near a large nest that was much more tight nit than
that of the great blue herons...
Lu Giddings (10 July 2010) - Utah County Birders
enjoyed a trip up beautiful Santaquin Canyon and
along a portion of the Nebo Loop this morning. ... We enjoyed stops at Tinney
Flat campground, Santaquin Meadows, the Purple
Martin stop on Nebo Loop, and Nebo Monument trailhead. The best birds of
the day were arguably the pair of Red Crossbills Dennis Shirley spotted
at the monument trailhead, but the Olive-sided Flycatchers,
Cordilleran Flycatcher, and Purple
Martins were also favorites.
Lu Giddings (9 July 2010) - Just had my first
Rufous Hummingbird of the season stop by my feeders. I noticed earlier this
week that the Bullock's orioles nesting in a neighbor's trees are gone. It may
be the first half of July, but Fall migration has begun in the foothills.
Alona Huffaker (23 June 2010) - Bonnie and I were
surprised to see a beautiful male BOBOLINK west of Springville tonight at
about 8:30. Take the Walmart exit and go west on 4000 S to 2000 W. and go north,
he was not quite to the end of the road--before you get to the last house. Alona
Alona Huffaker (19June 2010) - [Goshen] - Bonnie and I
birded around the South End of Utah Lake and Goshen area
on Friday. We did not see any Bob-o-links or Blue
Grosbeaks . Has anyone else seen them there? We saw an adult CURLEW
with 2 chicks at the
end of the road going north out of Goshen and the Great-Blue Heron
rookerie was pretty neat. Be sure to roll down your windows or get out and
listen to them! Alona
David L Walton (14 June 2010) - Found my first ever
Yellow-breasted Chat at 7:30 this AM about a
quarter mile up the maintenance road which leaves the main pavillion at Mt
Timpanogos Park in Provo Canyon. I walked up the road to the first group of
scrub oak trees on the west side after the road turns northwest.
Jeff Bilsky (13 Jun 2010) - Today I led a small but
determined group...to Utah County in search of birds... Highlights were
EASTERN KINGBIRDS at almost every stop, a male BLUE GROSBEAK at River
Lane, and two PURPLE MARTINS at River Lane out near the end over the
water. Any questions let me know.
Kay Stone (4 Jun 2010) - This morning I
saw a Yellow-Breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak in Goshen Canyon along
the stream. I also saw a Burrowing Owl west of Utah Lake just about three
quarters of a mile south of the 14 mile marker on a post on the east side of the
road. I don't recall the number of the road [UT 68], but is Redwood road that
extends south to Elberta.
Leena Rogers (30 may 2010) [Provo] - Male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in my daughter's yard, foothills of Provo.
Dave Wheeler (23 May 2010) .....
went to River Lane and wandered the portion along the river. Saw many
warblers, plus a lovely Yellow-breasted Chat, again a bazillion
Western tanagers . ... and two Purple Martins (male & female) near
the lake .....
Eric Huish (22 May 2010) - Jeff Bilsky just called.
He is right now looking at an
American Redstart at
Utah Lake State Park. Walk the footbridge over the river then walk
the path downstream. The bird is near the open clearing.
Cheryl Peterson (21 May 2010) - Bonnie Williams
and I went up Diamond Fork this afternoon. In the campground we saw a
Black Phoebe (a few
yards upstream from the bridge flycatching from the rocks and bushes),
Red-breasted Sapsucker (possibly 2 since they were seen at opposite ends
of the campground) and
Eric Huish (21 May 20100 - [Lower Provo River Parkway]
- Jeff Bilsky and I birded the Lower Provo River Parkway this afternoon. We
walked around the oxbow then downstream from the oxbow parking lot. Among others
saw Barn Owls, Wilson's Warblers, MacGillivray's Warbler,
Willow Flycatchers, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Western Wood
sisterscott123 (21 May 2010) - Spotted a Plain-Grey
Eagle Mountain Foothills.
Lu Giddings (20 May 2010) - [Diamond Fork] -
The best bird sightings were an
Kingbird sitting on a cedar post about 0.5 miles above the Diamond
fork campground, and a Sora walking across the algae mat covering one of
Diamond Fork's lower ponds ... Red-naped Sapsuckers,
Wrens, and Green-tailed Towhees were common ....
were found in the Diamond Fork campground. Plumbeous Vireos are
Eric Huish (20 May 2010) -
[Highland Glen Park[ - Birded
Highland Glen Park this morning with
Milt Moody, Sirpa Grierson and Leena Rogers. Bird activity was down
from a few weeks ago. Black-headed Grosbeaks singing everywhere. No
loons in the pond. Among other sightings: MacGillivary's Warbler,
Belted Kingfisher, Horned Lark (heard), Black-chinned Hummingbird.
Eric Huish (18 May 2010) - [South Fork Canyon] - There
was a Yellow-breasted Chat singing next to the park-and-ride lot at the
mouth of the canyon. At the Beaver ponds, about half way up South Fork
Canyon, we saw a Wilson's
Warbler, heard Gray
Catbird and Fox
Sparrow singing and from across the ponds we could heard a
Ruffed Grouse drumming.
Yellow Warblers everywhere in the canyon
Jeff Bilsky (6 May 2010) - [Northern Parula]...I stumbled on a
presumed Warbler that confused me. Here's what I can tell you. Yellow throat.
Clean white from there on down, through to the undertail. Pure white. Not dingy.
No streaking. When I saw the head, the eyes appeared to have white arcs above
and below. I wasn't able to get a feel for the colors of the head, wings, body.
I have theories but none that fit perfectly...
Eric Huish (8 May 2010) - Jeff Cooper and I birded the
American Fork Boat Harbor area this morning. Best bird was a Northern
Waterthrush Jeff spotted along the American Fork River about a half mile
upstream from the boat harbor...
We saw lots of Yellow Warblers, a Black-throated
Gray Warbler, a few Hermit Thrushes and and a few Green Tailed
Towhees. A Warbling Vireo was a first-of-year for us.
Jeff Bilsky (6 May 2010) - In the hot spot that is my
office in Provo, I just had a NASHVILLE WARBLER and a couple BULLOCK'S
ORIOLES (M+F), as well as continued numbers of the other common Warblers - no
Reed Stone (6 May 2010) - This morning I got a
BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER in my yard. This is a new yarder making my list
up to 128...
Ned Bixler (5 May 2010) Today, along with the wind,
several birds showed up. Skipper Bay trail: warblers: yellow-rumped, yellow,
orange-crowned, Virginia's, and common yellowthroat. Several other
birds: chipping sparrows, hermit thrush, and Bullock's orioles.
At Utah Lake State Park the most interesting was a black and white warbler
along with the rest of the warblers listed at skipper bay trail. Also 2 lark
Jeff Bilsky (3 May 2010) - [From a list of 45 species
of birds seen at Provo Airport Dike] Red-breasted Merganser 1, Virginia
Rail 1, Sandhill Crane 1, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Greater Yellowlegs 1,
Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Western Sandpiper 1, Franklin's Gull 1, Caspian Tern
1, Forster's Tern 1
Eric Huish (1 May 2010) - Jeff Cooper and I
birded Highland Glen Park for about an hour this morning in the rain. One
of the Harris Sparrows Jeff has been seeing in the park this winter is
still there, in breeding plumage and signing. It was with a few White-crowned
Sparrows near the small parking area south of the playground.
There was a Common Loon on the fishing pond.
Loons can be hard to find in Utah County.
We also saw 5 species of warbler, a Hermit Thrush
and I'm pretty sure we had a Peregrine Falcon fly over.
Jeff Bilsky (22 April 2010) [Heron Island, East Bay
Golf Course, Provo] Saw with Eric Huish + scope during the past hour. All 4
Neotropic Cormorants are there.
Utah Birds (22 April 2010) A Great Horned Owl
was spotted April 20th at the Camp Floyd-Stagecoach Inn State Park in
Eric Huish (20 April 2010) Birded with Ned Bixler. A
Yellow Warbler and
Orange-crowned Warbler at the oxbow. A pair of
Wood Ducks flying down
the Provo River. A lone
Cattle Egret on the South side of
Provo Center Street about
1/2 mile East of Utah Lake State
Park and a Cattle Egret East of Lindon Boat Harbor...Got my first hummingbird of the year last Sunday (4/18) at my feeder in
Pleasant Grove. A Male
Calliope!! It came in
a few times
Sunday afternoon and was still here
Jeff Bilsky (19 April 2010) - After work drive around
the dike. 7 CASPIAN
TERNS off the Eastern shoot with a large flock of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS.
Lone LINCOLN'S and CHIPPING
SPARROWS were my first for the year in Northern Utah. .... Also
should note I saw the HARRIS'S SPARROW in the same area it has been seen
numerous times over by Skipper Bay.
Dennis Shirley (15 April 2010) - A neighbor, Alex
Leatham, and I birded Benjamin Slough area... Best three species were, 1] 20- Ross's Geese, 2] a lone
Teal, 3] and a Short-eared Owl. Have Fun!
Eric Huish (14 April 2010) - A
Black-throated Gray Warbler at
Battle Creek Canyon in Pleasant Grove this morning.
Kay Stone (12 April 2010) - The Varied Thrush
is still hanging around on the Jordan River Parkway west of Lehi.
Eric Huish (11 April 2010) - The
that started visiting my feeder in December had been a no show for almost a
month. It showed up again on April 7th ....
Jeff Bilsky (6 April 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike]
... I located a
BLUE-WINGED TEAL .... A FORSTER'S TERN flew over and a couple
were in a farm field to the North a bit. 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were
located in the nearby moat. ... The West
stretch produced a side by side view of a
SAGE SPARROW and a
SAGE THRASHER and a
couple of SAVANNAH SPARROWS
rounded out the drive. [Skipper Bay Trail] A quick stop in the vicinity of
Skipper Bay produced 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (same 3 as before I'd
surmise) and a PEREGRINE FALCON.
Dennis Shirley (3 April 2010) - This afternoon I
birded along the first two miles of the Santaquin Canyon road. The best birds
were 1] a FOX SPARROW in the thick squaw bush clump near the mouth of the
canyon ... 2] a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER on a telephone pole just up from the
canyon mouth, and 3] a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE...
Nathan Romney (3 April 2010) - I birded the southeast
corner of the airport dike ... I did see 5 Long-billed Dowitchers, a
Franklin's Gull, and a
David Wheeler (3 April 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike]... there was a profusion of Black-necked Stilts.
... there were DOWITCHERS ...
two MARBLED GODWITS ... a SNOWY EGRET... A little earlier, in the puddle NW of the SE
corner of the runway extension, a YELLOWLEGS ...
Finally found a silo with a Barn Owl.
Dave Hanscom (2 April 2010) - Drove down to Utah Lake
today to see what new arrivals could be found. Best birds of the day were:
Black-necked Stilts and one Blue-winged Teal at the Provo Airport
Dike. From the easternmost southeast corner, walk east along the road from the
pump house to where the road turns north. The birds were east of there.
Long-eared owl at River Road.
Jeff Bilsky (2 April 2010) - Quick drive down the west (lake) side of the
airport dike at lunch. ... I did verify:
American White Pelicans,
Turkey Vultures, Cliff Swallow,
Tree Swallow, couple Stray
Cats that perhaps ate an unseen rare migrant.
Jeff Bilsky(30 March 2010) - Decided to bird in the
high winds after work to
see what was in the vicinity of
Skipper Bay. On some
private property nearby I located 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE,
along with a moving flock of
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS. On the side of the road, I was lucky enough to
spot a SAGE THRASHER. ... Other returnees included a TURKEY VULTURE and several
TREE SWALLOWS. ...
Dennis Shirley (30 March 2010) - Hi All, Just made a
quick tour of the west side of the
Provo Airport Dike. The wind was really howling and the waves off the
lake looked like ocean breakers. But the hour I spent there was rewarded with a
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. It was seen first on the side of the dirt road
straight west of the airport traffic tower, then feeding in the short weeds to
the east of the dike. ...
Jeff Bilsky (29 March 2010) - Osprey were on
the platforms before flying to the west. Clark's Grebes were
walking on water at the
end of the trail out in the
Ned Bixler (29 March 2010) - [Lindon Boat Harbor &
Geneva Settling ponds] -
Great Blue Heron,
Eric Huish (28 March 2010) - Utah County Birders
Field Trip. Lu Giddings led
a great field trip (Saturday, March 27). Over 30 participants came on the trip
so my lists are lacking some of the birds on the group list. We saw a few spring
arrivals - A flock of Tree
Swallows, a few
Say's Phoebes in a couple locations and a Snowy Plover at
[Benjamin Slough] - Number of species seen: 29. Partial
list of species: Canada Goose,
Flora Duncan (24 March 2010) - I went around the
Provo airport dike to see
the Red breasted
Merganser and saw my first American White Pelicans.
Jeff Bilsky (23 March 2010) - There was a male
Red-breasted Merganser at the Provo airport dike road .... Drive in from the East side entrance (you
will be driving south) until the road bends directly to the West and you can
look North and back down the canal. The bird was here. Also, of note, saw a
Western Grebe and a couple of
Sandhill Cranes in the area.
Kay Stone (22 March 2010) - The Varied Thrush
was seen by me today at noon in the usual spot on the Jordan River Parkway west
Paul Higgins (20 March 2910) - Red-breasted Merganser,
Provo Boat Harbor, March 20, 2010 (2 males).
usavettes (19 March 2010) - [Alpine UT] - [Sighting
of a possible Bell's Vireo].
Matt Mills (17 March 2010) - This afternoon Stephanie
Alvarenga and I saw a lone TURKEY VULTURE in the sycamores at 400 E
Center St in Provo. Also in the neighborhood were 2 EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES,
a MOURNING DOVE and a COOPER'S HAWK.
Carl Ingwell (17 March 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I just
Skipper Bay Trail. It was on the ground just outside the portable
horse corral. We were also treated to 30 seconds of a
Harris's Sparrow song. We
relocated the 3 Greater White-Fronted Geese down the road from
Skipper Bay trail.
Davis Wheeler (15 March 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike] -
Yesterday afternoon, I took 5-year old, self-styled birdwatcher Petey and
Mojo birding at the
Provo Airport dike loop. I was seeking the
which I haven't seen in seven years of slacking off, and found one at the
southwestern corner of the loop.
Ned Bixler (12 March 2010) - [North Harbor Road &
Lower Parkway River Trail, Provo]
American Tree Sparrow was found along North Harbor Road on South side.
The Snipes were found in the last section of the Lower Parkway River
Jeff Bilsky (11 March 2010) - [Swede Lane] birded
Swede Lane in Utah County this evening just before sunset. Highlights: 1
PRAIRIE FALCON on a
pole on SR-77 heading west towards Swede Lane, 2
SANDHILL CRANES that flew by, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE that gave
great, diagnostic looks. The water at the end of the road ...
a good number of WESTERN and CLARKS GREBES and a couple
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS further out.
Ned Bixler (7 March 2010) - Along North Harbor
road (Provo) - half way between Lakeshore road and
Skipper Bay- . On North side of road. It was with
large groups of Canada Geese.
Mark Mossing (7 March 2010) -
... [Benjamin Slough] Observation date: 3/6/10.
Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard,
Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier,
Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Rough-legged Hawk,
Eurasian Collared-Dove, ...
Horned Lark, ...,
(Mountain), Dark-eyed Junco
Carl Ingwell (7 March 2010) - Brittany Badger and I
birded some Utah Co. spots this morning. I won't bore anyone with a complete
Jordan River trail @ Lehi-Sandhill
Crane; Provo Airport-Dike-Double
Bay Trail- Cackling
Ross's Goose and Snow Geese.
Eric Huish (6 March 2010) - [Skipper Bay Trail] Ned Bixler, Jeff Cooper and
I were out there from 3:00 pm to 5:45. We couldn't find the
Cackling Goose. We did see
a Peregrine Falcon,
Sandhill Crane, and
only 1 Starling!
Mark Mossing (6 March 2010) - Went out today searching for Sandhill Cranes
in Utah County. Found two pairs in and around Benjamin Slough and three pairs in
a stubble corn field about 3 miles east of Goshen just south of Route 6.
Carl Ingwell (6 March 2010) - [Skipper Bay trail] Steve
& Cindy Sommerfield, Jeff Bilsky and I found two Snow Geese, one
Ross's Goose and one
Cackling Goose at the end of Skipper Bay trail. Skipper Bay trail is
Utah Lake State Park.
Jeff Bilsky (5 March 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike] At the dike, the highlight was a
SAGE SPARROW close to
the Southeast Corner of the main drive. .... At Skipper Bay, the SNOW GEESE and ROSS'S GOOSE
continue near the North end ... There was a
SAVANNAH SPARROW that hopped up and gave a very brief song, and
allowed for great looks near the South end by the first East/West fence. A
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was the first I've seen there in awhile as well.
Eric Huish (5 March 2010) - [Lindon Boat Harbor and
Geneva Settling ponds] Saw
Clark's Grebe of the year in a narrow gap between the ice on Utah Lake
south of Lindon Boat Harbor. Utah Lake still 95% iced over. Long narrow gap in
the ice out on Utah Lake had the Common Mergansers, Northern Pintail,
grebe and others. Ice free settling ponds contained most of the geese,
Gadwall and Green-winged Teal.
Jeff Bilsky (4 March 2010) - A quick lunch time stroll
at Skipper Bay - mainly
just hoping for the Ross's
Goose and found it with the 3 Snow Geese towards the
end of the trail (North side) past the Osprey platforms and relatively
close to the trail providing great side by side looks. .... Killdeer numbers are
really growing over the past few days. Good Birding.
Ned Bixler (3 March 3, 2010) - [East Lawn Memorial
Hills Cemetery, Provo].
Western Scrub-Jay, Black-capped
(Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon).
Jeff Bilsky (1 March 2010 ) - [Provo Airport Dike] The
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at the bend in the moat on the East side of
Jeff Bilsky (1 March 2010) [Skipper Bay Trail] -
Snow Geese just North of the canal that runs adjacent to the Osprey nesting
American Tree Sparrow near beginning of trail. Other species observed:
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed),
Ned Bixler (27 Feb 2010) - [SKIPPER
BAY TRAIL] Seen:
Green-winged Teal; Great
Blue Heron; Northern Harrier;
Eric Huish (20 Feb 2010) - Birded
Skipper Bay Trail and
Dike with KC Childs and Jeff Bilsky late this morning. Best birds were a
large flock of [American] Pipits on Skipper Bay Trail and a Northern
Shrike south of the
control tower on the airport dike.
Jeff Blisky (20 Feb 2010) - This afternoon I birded over by
Swede and River Lanes in Utah County.The area had several BALD
EAGLES along with the usual
NORTHERN HARRIERS and
RED-TAILED HAWKS hunting the fields. A
HERMIT THRUSH was
located at the end of Swede Lane by the lake which was still frozen in this
area. River Lane was mostly devoid of birds except at the end of the road. ...There were some [Northern]
PINTAILS in the water here as well.
Carl Ingwell (20 Feb 2010) - The
Varied Thrush was still present at the
Jordan River Parkway in
Lehi. It was just south (3M) of the pumphouse. I saw it between 745 and
815 this morning. I also saw a
Double Crested Cormorant flying over.
Joel and Kathy Beyer (17 Feb 2010) -
Besides seeing the Varied Thrush yesterday morning, we also saw a
Bewick's Wren and heard Sandhill Cranes (east of the trail) while
walking to the pumphouse.
Matt Mills (13 Feb 2010) - Saw the Varied Thrush
briefly today at the previously described spot along the Jordan River parkway.
The bird was on the ground north of the old pumphouse.
Matt Mills (12 Feb 2010) - Spent the afternoon birding around
Utah county with some folks from BYU.
Highlights include: LONG-EARED OWL continuing at Provo Airport Dike.
NORTHERN SHRIKE: 1 ad. just north of the Owl in a tree on the dike.
COMMON GRACKLE: 1 ad. male with Red-winged Blackbirds at about 3370
Center Street West. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK: 1 at Benjamin Slough. Also at
Benjamin Slough amongst the many Canada Geese and Mallards were a few
AMERICAN WIGEONS and a good number of NORTHERN PINTAIL. In in the
area south of River Lane area there were at least 16 BALD EAGLES of
various ages (mostly adults). ... Of interest was a dark
morph RED-TAILED HAWK ('rufous' morph) near Lindon Boat Harbour.
Jeff Bilsky (12 Feb 2010) - [Skipper Bay Trail] 100's of
Canada Geese present. Personal highlights were 14
REDHEADS, a CANVASBACK, and a few AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.
Eric Huish (7 Feb 2010) - KC Childs and his roommate Sean
glimpsed a Hummingbird fly out of a tree in their front yard Friday (Feb
5) around 5:00 pm. KC saw it again on Saturday around 5:00 pm, again just a
glimpse. He is unsure of species. ...The sighting is in the area of 300 W 200 S,
Eric Huish (7 Feb 2010) - I saw a couple Northern
Mockingbirds on Friday (Feb 5) along the road about a mile south of the
Lindon Boat Harbor, or about a half mile south of the settling ponds.
Eric Huish (7 Feb 2010) - In my yard this morning I saw a Merlin in the
elm tree across the street. A Sharp-shinned Hawk on a big blue
spruce in the corner of our yard.
Kay Stone (22 Jan 2010) - Kay Stone called to report
a Varied Thrush on the Jordan River Parkway North of the Model Airfield (Lehi)
this morning (Jan 22).
Dennis Shirley (19 Jan 2010) - Just saw my first good
yard bird of the new year - NORTHERN GOSHAWK. It was an immature [female
I believe], and was perched near my backyard feeders, watching all the activity.
It hung around for about 20 minutes, then got tired of being harassed by four
magpies and a flock of chickadees. It dropped down the ridge into Loafer Canyon,
but could very well stick around for a while. Heaven help the pheasants and
quail. Come to think of it they haven't been around much the last couple of
days. I wonder why!!!
Eric Huish (6 Jan 2010) - Drove the Provo Airport
Dike and Utah Lake State Park with Ned Bixler this afternoon/evening...We also
saw a couple Long-eared Owls. One on the dike and one at the State Park.
Eric Huish (4 Jan 2010) - I saw a beautiful Male
Yellow-shafted Flicker at Bicentennial Park this afternoon. It was in the
woods on the back side of the boardwalk. There was also a Red-shafted there...
At home I saw the Screech-Owl poking its head out of the nest box.
Watching the deer below it.
Matt Mills (11 Dec 2009) - Randy Larsen, a professor here at
BYU, mentioned that there was a SAY'S PHOEBE just outside the Widtsoe
Building on BYU Campus at 9 am this morning. The bird was immediately south of
the building in one of the Locust trees before flying higher up on the side of
the building. It then flew across the street to the south...
Eric Huish (5 Dec 2009) - Keeli Marvel, KC Childs and I
birded the Saratoga Spring / Lehi area this morning... Most interesting birds
were 2 Snow Geese with hundreds of Canadas on the East side of Redwood
Road a mile South of Lehi Main Street. We heard a Screech Owl
calling from in a tree at Mitchell Hollow Wetlands...
Eric Huish (13 Dec 2009) - I just had a female Bullock's
Oriole visit my platform feeder! I got so excited to see an oriole I ran to
grab my camera thinking it could be something rare. I took a few photos through
the heavy falling snow. After I studied it for a moment I realized it was just a
Bullock's but still an interesting bird in December. The White-throated
Sparrow is still visiting the feeder and I had a Merlin fly through
the yard yesterday.
Eric Huish (9 Dec 2009) - I've got a White-throated
Sparrow at my feeders this morning. Yard Lifer!
Abbajoe (13 Nov 2009) - I see a Ruffed Grouse just off
820 N at 1200 W in Provo.11:45 Friday11/13/09
Eric Huish (11 Nov 2009) - Birded the Provo Airport Dike this
morning (Utah County). There were 5 Hooded Mergansers in the moat north
of the southeast corner and two 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers between the
south east corner and the south extension.
David L Walton (4 Nov 2009) - I found one Snow Goose
among a hundred or so Canada geese at the irrigation pond just (half a mile)
north of Lehi Costco...
Jeff Bilsky (21 Oct 2009) - I birded the Utah Lake State Park after work tonight
and found a 1st Winter SURF SCOTER. It moved around the marina area a lot
and when I last saw it was in the canal where the river comes in on the South
side of the park.
Jeff Bilsky (23 Oct 2009) - There is a large flock (75-100?) of mostly Wigeon at
the East Bay ponds
right near the Island... Mixed into this flocked were what were 2 probable
EURASIAN WIGEON. I say
probable because I guess I can't say for sure they weren't hybrids, but they had
Wigeon bodies with red heads and seemed to fit the bill pretty well for
Jeff Bilsky (2 Oct 2009) - Right now at the Kuhni Wetlands in Utah County there
are at least 15 COMMON
GRACKLES making a ruckus.
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...
Bryan Shirley (12 Aug 2009) - This afternoon I saw a Solitary
Sandpiper in the pond/marshy area on 5400 South 4800 West in Benjamin. It
was in plain sight on the edge of the pond, then flew into the grassy marshy
area just to the west of the pond.
Jeff Bilsky (10 Aug 2009) - Birded Swede and River Lanes
after work tonight. Swede Lane was packed with YELLOW WARBLERS. I had one tree
that had at least 10 of them. Also located at least 7 NASHVILLE WARBLERS,
and 5 BLUE GROSBEAK. River Lane had much of the same. Both locations
seemed to be pretty heavy with migrants.
Larry Tripp (30 Aug 2009) - Today in Washington Co. I saw a
Prothonotary Warbler along the creek near the power plant that is along
the dirt road between upper and lower Sand Cove Res. Not a lot of birds in that
area today but I did see 8 species of Warblers.
Keeli Marvel (11 Aug 2009) - On the way back down Kolob
Scenic Byway toward the town of Virgin we stopped at the overlook just south of
the little town of Kolob, where Kolob creek cascades past some dramatic looking
cliffs, and we were treated to a fanstastic look at California Condor #97
as it flew over our heads sharing
the thermals with a bunch of Turkey Vultures, a Red-tailed Hawk, an Osprey and
various swallow species.
Larry Tripp (17 Aug 2009) - This morning in Pine Valley (
Washington Co. ) there was a Hermit Warbler mixed in with a large flock
along the equestrian trail about a 1/4 mile from where it meets the Whipple
trail. It was a HY male/Female type looking bird. Different from the HY Female
type looking birds annually seen this time of year in S W Utah. The next 2 weeks
is probably the best time of year to look for them in any of the high elevation
areas in the S W part of the state...
Eric Huish (5 Jul 2009) - I drove the Alpine Loop this morning with my parents,
up American Fork Canyon and down Provo Canyon. Pretty quiet. Best birds were a
Pine Grosbeak along Timpooneke Road maybe a mile past Timpooneke
Campground and a Peregrine Falcon at Aspen Grove.
Eric Huish (29 Jul 2009) - There was a flock of 1500 White-faced Ibis in the
pasture southwest of where the road crosses the Spanish Fork River near the
beginning of River Lane this morning (8 am). While scanning the flock I
momentarily saw a Glossy Ibis then lost it shortly after. After 40
minutes I was able to find it again, this time it paused to preen. I should have
studied it carefully but instead wasted my time trying to take a photo through
my scope. The photos didn't turn out well. As soon as it started feeding again I
lost it. With its head in the grass it looked just like all the other ibis...
Dennis Shirley (1 Jun 2009) - The best birds of the morning were a very late
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a COMMON MOORHEN, both in Benjamin Slough. (Photo)\
Dennis Shirley (1 Jun 2009) - Early this morning I found an INDIGO BUNTING near
Elberta, southwest Utah County. It was a brilliant male who was singing from the
tops of scattered junipers when I drove up and continued until I left the area
45 minutes later. I was really surprised to find him here. The area is a
juniper/sage slope habitat more tyical for sage sparrow, Bewick's Wren, and
bushtits, but of course I couldn't find any of these.
Dennis Shirley (30 Jun 2009) - I was out in the Indigo Bunting area this morning
and found a GRAY VIREO. Actually there were three. I think there were adults and
young in the spot...
If they aren't calling and you have a tape place one quick note or two, then be
ready to duck. I played the call briefly to verify for sure that's what they
were and one almost flew in the truck with me...
Alona Huffaker (3 May 2009) - On Saturday, Bonnie Williams had Evening
Grosbeaks, a Blackheaded Grosbeak, Green-tailed Towhees and a Western
Tanager drop by her Mapleton yard, along with the Lazuli Buntings, Green-tailed
Towhees, Yellow Warbler and a Black-throated Gray Warbler she's seen this
week. Most have just visited briefly and been on their way!
Caroly Heaton (5 May 2009) - We have had some Band-tailed Pigeons ( I am
quite sure that is what they are) come to our feeder the past couple of days.
What a beautiful bird. I guess they are just passing through the area. I live in
Provo, north of Timpview High School.
Dennis Shirley (21 May 2009) - This afternoon I finally was able to find a
GLOSSY IBIS. There was a flock of about 400 White-faced Ibis just west of Goshen
on the north side of US50/6 in south Utah County. (breeding plumage adult)
Ben May (23 May 2009) - Subject: White-winded Dove 9:29am between
1742 and 1792 North Geneva Rd in Provo. In the pines just east of Geneva road.
Watched it for about 7 minutes.
Keeli Marvel (19 Apr 2009) - Birded around the Provo Airport Dike around noon
today. Saw all the usual species, plus a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the trees on
the east side of the road midway between corners where the road juts around the
south end of the airport ...
Josh Kreitzer (23 Apr 2009) - I saw a Grasshopper Sparrow on the Provo
Airport dike road on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in the mid-morning. It hopped onto
the road, crossed the road (going north) and then hopped through the fence and
Jeff Bilsky (16 Mar 2009) - Birded Swede Lane after work. Best bird was a
Matt Mills (25 Feb 2009) - Following Jeff Bilsky's post of the 'mounds of dead carp' at River Lane, Eric Huish and I headed out there this afternoon (Feb 25) to pick through the gulls. With the strong winds blowing we didn't smell a thing. Among the many Ring-billed, California, and good number of Herring Gulls we managed to find a definitive basic LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. There were at least 5 BALD EAGLES in the area so the gulls kept rising off the field and doing a few circles before settling again so we managed to get great views of the bird both standing and flying around. At one point it flew away and disappeared out in a flooded field further out, but returned a short while later. We also had 2 TREE SWALLOWS and 5 SANDHILL CRANES flying around over the field.
Eric Huish (22 Feb 2009) - I drove up American Fork Canyon in Utah County this morning to look for crossbills. AF Canyon...My final stop was at the gate into Mutual Dell Lodge... I just waited here for my crossbills to show up. After a half hour of waiting (~10:45 a.m.) a flock of about 20 White-winged Crossbills flew into a tree close enough for me to get great views in great lighting. While waiting for the crossbills I enjoyed watching several Clark's Nutcrackers, a Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, a few Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Townsend's Solitaire and an American Robin.
Eric Huish (20 Feb 2009) - I drove up to the Timpanogos Trailhead parking at Aspen Grove after work today. I'm nearly positive I had a female White-winged Crossbill in the top of a tree Southwest of the parking lot but it wasn't a satisfying look. There were crossbills in the area. I got a great look at a male Red Crossbill at the top of a tree right next to the road. I also found a couple Pine Grosbeak at the top of a snag south of the Parking area.
Eric Huish (15 Feb 2009) - I birded a couple local canyons here in Pleasant Grove this morning for the GBBC... Next I stopped at Grove Creek Canyon (East end of 500 North in PG). Walking through the snow at Battle Creek Canyon had tuckered me out so I had only planned on birding from the parking area but as I was watching a Golden Eagle up on the hillside I heard a flock of Rosy-Finches. By the time I located them they were flying into the canyon. So I hiked up the canyon after them. Less than a 1/4 mile up I found them at the top of some rock outcroppings on the North rim of the canyon. Looking through my scope I could only see Gray-crowned but I couldn't see the whole flock. A Sharp-shinned Hawk dove into the flock and they all flew over the canyon and disappeared over the South rim. I estimated around 60 finches.
Bryan Shirley (29 Jan 2009) - Today there was a Turkey Vulture in Spring
Lake along the hwy perched in a dead snag. He actually seemed to be enjoying
himself - just sitting with wings spread trying to soak up
some rays. I was very surprised to see him, but not sure if there are other
winter records for central utah.
Ned Bixler (7 Jan 2009) - Today on the Provo River Trail, I found a Winter
Wren. It was near Canyon Glen Park.
Lu Giddings (21 Dec 2008) - Early Friday afternoon a Western Kingbird was
observed on private property about one mile north of the Spanish Fork airport.
Unexpected as it was, I had pretty good looks at it for about 30-60 seconds in
decent light at about 15 yards. It was perched on a wire with several house
finches beside it. It was much larger than the house finches and - more or less
- uniformly gray on top, with a creamy yellow belly and a black tail with very
distinct white outers when it flew.
Tim Avery (7 Dec 2008) - [Snow Bunting] I decided I needed to finally
head down and add this bird to my Utah County list. Sam and I drove out to
Lincoln Point, and the bird was about 2/3 of the way down the south jetty in the
middle of the road. It flew off to the north jetty when we got within about 75
feet...While we were there it spent a lot of time on the north side, and only
flew back to the south side when a guy and his dog wandered out on the north
side. It landed on a rock right in front of the car and I snapped a few shots.
..We finally took off and the bird was last seen perched on the large rock on
the north jetty where it spent about 75% of the time.
Jeff Bilsky (21 Nov 2008) - I birded Lincoln Pt at about 4pm and the
Snow Bunting was present on the South jetty this time accompanied by a
much more jumpy American Pipit.
Milt Moody (19 Nov 2008) - Leena Rogers and I showed up at Lincoln Beach
this morning at about 9:30 and found the Black Scoter in the same place
as reported earlier. We may have been too late for the Snow Bunting -- it
Lu Giddings (16 Nov 2008) - Just returned from a few hours at Lincoln
Beach. I spotted the Black Scoter before I knew it had been posted. It
was there all afternoon, feeding in water so shallow that at times killdeer
were wading around it. Erich Huish, Ned Bixler, Cheryl Peterson, and Dennis
and Bryan Shirley came out and saw the bird as well. The Snow Bunting
was spotted late this afternoon on the north dike, near the end. A pair of
Least Sandpipers was spotted in the company of roughly 40 killdeer, also at
Dave Hanscom (16 Nov 2008) - I just got back from Lincoln Beach, where the
Snow Bunting was still hanging around the south dike. A special bonus
was the Black Scoter feeding in the shallow water with some coots just
south of the two dikes. Thanks to the couple from Alaska who pointed it out to
me. No luck on the Northern Shrike at Provo Airport dike.
Jack Binch (15 Nov 2008) - I decided it would be more fun to chase the
Snow Bunting at Lincoln Beach rather than sitting home. I went around the
Provo Airport Dike on my way down, and found a Northern Shrike in the
northwest corner. Next I ran out to the beach without stopping anywhere else.
The Snow Bunting was foraging in the rocks at the end of the south dike. I
first saw it from the north dike after driving along the south one without
seeing it. That was the only small bird I saw at the beach area.
Eric Huish (11 Nov 2008) - I spent the morning out at Lincoln Point. When
I got out of my car at the end of the South jetty of the marina a Snow
Bunting spooked up and flew low over the water to the back side of the
North jetty. I went around and walked slowly down the North jetty hoping to
get a good look at it. It flew up well ahead of me, circled in the sky a few
times calling while it flew, and landed again on the south jetty. It landed
very near a fellow and his dog but I couldn't see the spot where it landed. A
minute later I could hear it flying again but couldn't find it against the
Eric Huish (8 Nov 2008) - I made a quick trip around the PAD this evening
with KC Childs and his friend Sean... The Dunlin is still on the
mudflat on the East side of the dike loop. There were a few more Dowitchers
there today and a Least Sandpiper.
Eric Huish (6 Nov 2008) - Ned Bixler and I drove around the Provo Airport
Dike this evening after I got off work. Best bird was a nonbreeding plumage
Dunlin with 4 Long-billed Dowitchers on the mudflat at the East side of
the dike loop (where you first see the lake when driving the dike clockwise).
The Dunlin was a Utah County lifer for me.
Kay Stone (31 Oct 2008) - I saw a White-throated Sparrow on the
Jordan River Parkway this morning. It was just north of the Jordan River
Flying Field. It was located just where the dirt trail takes off to the left,
and was on the chain-link fence. I watched it for at least five minutes. It
was a tan striped morph. Finally it flew off to the west over the paved trail
into the tamarisk. I watched it for a minute or so and then I lost it.
Eric Huish (25 Oct 2008) - Birded the Provo Airport Dike this morning. Best
bird was a Northern Shrike at the Northwest end of the dike.
Jeff Bilsky (23 Oct 2008) - I birded Swede Lane yet again this evening. I
located my first Northern Shrike of the winter although he didn't
impale anything on the barbed wire while I watched much to my disappointment.
Eric Huish (12 Oct 2008) - There is a Stilt Sandpiper in with the
hundreds of Long-billed Dowitchers on the east side of the Provo Airport Dike
today (10/12/08). There is also a lone Pectoral Sandpiper and a Merlin in the
area. They are on the mudflats where you first see the lake when driving the
Jeff Bilsky (18 Sep 2008) - The River Lane area was quite birdy this
evening. ...highlights included a Cassin's Vireo...
Jeff Bilsky (14 Sep 2008) - Carl Ingwell and I birded River Lane on Sunday
morning and afternoon. It was pretty active - especially when hiking the
little chutes that go off the main drag. Best migrants were a Red-breasted
Nuthatch, 2 Cassin's Vireos, 2 Warbling Vireos, a Nashville Warbler and
a late Western Kingbird.
Lu Giddings (29 Aug 2008) - At about 3:15 p.m. today at LeBaron point I
spotted what I believe was a Parasitic Jaeger chasing a ring-billed
gull. The two birds were flying over the water, reeds, and fragmides, roughly
30 yards from the road. The bird was roughly the same size or slightly larger
than the gull it was pursuing. It was very darkly plumaged, and I first
thought it was a juvenile gull but quickly realized that its shape,
coloration, and behavior indicated otherwise. ...This pursuit last roughly
30-60 seconds, which gave me enough time to pull over, exit my truck, and pull
out my binoculars. As the bird flew north, away from me, it was still
sufficiently close to see a pair of feathers protruding about 1-1.5" from its
tail, one on either side of the tail's center line. I immediately consulted
Sibleys and National Geographic in an attempt to identify the bird, as
parasitic jaegers are not a specie I see on a frequent basis. I have since
returned home and also checked "Harrison's "Seabirds of the World" and there
is a photo in his book similar to the bird I observed. But I'd welcome any
informed suggestions. LeBaron Point is the Utah Lake sportsman's access found
Ned Bixler (9 Jul 2008) - 7:30 AM - Grant Jense and I birded Skipper Bay
Trail this morning. We heard and saw a Least Flycatcher in the small
woods at the end of Skipper Bay Trail.
Dennis Shirley (29 Jun 2008) - Thought I'd provide a recap of the ABA field
trips I conducted this past week. ...Highlights included: ... North Goshen
Fields - Boblink[5-6 males, 2 females] - numbers continue to drop each year,
White Ibis - Probably the rarest bird found during the conference. It
was seen on the east side of the north Goshen fields gravel road across from
the Bobolink colony in an irrigation flooded field on thursday. It was not
seen on saturday, nor has it been seen by other birders since then. By
saturday the fields in the immediate area were again dry and there were even
only a few white-faced ibis in the area. I believe to find it again we need to
search those areas where the fields are flooded and WFI are working...
Jack Binch (28 Jun 2008) - Somehow this morning on my way to work I must
have taken a wrong turn. I ended up sitting in the upper parking lot at Bridal
Veil Falls at 5:45 AM. Just before six I finally looked through my binoculars
and could see them [Black Swifts]. I guess there was not enough light
to see them with the naked eye. I set up my scope and got some pretty good
looks. (life bird)
Ned Bixler (27 June 2008) - Friday - 6:15 AM - Shortly after dawn this
morning - I had 7 Black Swifts in my scope at one time at Bridal Veil.
They circled in clear view for approximately 20 minutes.
Tim Avery (26 Jun 2008) - I figured with the ABA Convention in full swing a
few reports might get posted but nope. In passing I have gathered that at
least 4 and maybe as many as 6 Black Swift are in the Bridal Veil Falls
area this year. Many birders have gotten to see them, and the best times are
of course in the morning and late late late in the day.
Milt Moody (13 June 2008) - Reed Stone just called in a sighting of 3
Great Egrets on North Goshen Bay Road (the extension of Center St. in
Goshen going north) just after the road turns to dirt (and the paved road
Ned Bixler (4 June 2008) - Several Indigo Buntings were on the Provo
Merrill Webb (27 May 2008) - After the rain finally stopped and the clouds
lifted, my wife and I decided to drive around the Provo airport dike yesterday
and look for late migrants. We totaled 44 species in two hours including two
Purple Martins, five Forster's Terns and one Common Nighthawk...
Merrill Webb (16 May 2008) - As part of the Gt. Salt Lake Bird Festival, I
had the opportunity to lead a group of participants on a fieldtrip to Diamond
Fork Canyon Wednesday morning. The birds cooperated and we had a combined
total from all observers of 60 species, which is more than I had anticipated.
We did not find White-throated Swifts or Red-naped Sapsucker which I had seen
a couple days earlier, but the Lewis's Woodpecker and the Black Phoebe
were unexpected. The pond at the mouth of the canyon was very productive (at
least 22 species on or around it) as you can tell from the diversity of water
Lu Giddings (14 May 2008) - Ordinarily a Black Phoebe isn't a big
deal, or at least, not in the southern part of the state. But it's a different
story in the northern portion of the state. A black phoebe was spotted at
16:05 today in the Diamond campground, site #22. Diamond campground is about 5
miles up Diamond Fork, which is itself found several miles up Spanish Fork
canyon. The bird was extremely skittish. I never managed to get closer than
about 100' or so. But it was easily viewed with binoculars for about 10
Milt Moody (5 May 2008) - I saw four Common Grackles along the Provo
River parkway yesterday at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. They were
downstream from the 8th North bridge over the river and near the sign for 1050
West in Provo.
Milt Moody (30 Apr 2008) - A male Calliope Hummingbird showed up at
my feeder today at a little after 12 noon. I was a little late getting my
hummingbird feeders out this year -- I put one out yesterday -- but it looks
like it was just in time.
Deloy Pack (30 Apr 2008) - Yesterday afternoon and this morning I have had
a White-throated Sparrow at my feeder (a lifer for me)... If anyone is
interested, I am located at 882 S 1100 W Provo.
Tom Williams (26 Apr 2008) - I went to River Lane (Utah County) this
morning. - mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets Ė but I did
see a Cassinís Vireo and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Leila Ogden (21 Apr 2008) - I just got back from Bonnie Williams' home in
Mapleton. Some good birds are in her back yard: Lazuli Buntings (About 8),
Indigo Bunting (1). I waited a couple of hours and finally the Indigo
Bunting came in about 12 noon. She said it came back around 6 p.m. yesterday.
Also seen were: Chipping Sparrow, lots of Cassin's Finch, and a quick
appearance of a female Evening Grosbeak , besides lots of American and Lesser
Goldfinch, and Chickadees.
Alona Huffaker (20 Apr 2008) - An Indigo Bunting was seen by Bonnie
Williams in her yard in Mapleton for a couple of brief times this morning,
then it visited both Bonnie's and Alona's feeders at about 6 pm this
evening--briefly. Are they on their way north, too?
Ned Bixler (16 Apr 2008) - Provo Airport Dike - Wed. 16th afternoon - ...
one Great Egret...
Ned Bixler (3 Apr 2008) - afternoon at Skipper Bay Trail, seen were the
following birds: mallards, magpie, starlings, red-winged blackbirds, coots,
Canada geese, osprey, gadwalls, shovelers, cinnamon teals, flicker, wigeons,
tree swallows, juncos, black capped chickadees, ruby-crowned kinglets, robins,
pelicans fly over, and a Greater white-fronted Goose (at the North end
of the trail - East side). A scope is needed to see it among the Canada geese.
You can see the pinkish bill, and the speckled belly (black barring).
Dennis Shirley (7 Mar 2008) - I took a late afternoon spin around Benjamin
Slough and Lincoln point today. Among all the common waterfowl species there
was a drake and a hen Wood duck and a pair of Greater White-fronted Geese
along Beer Creek in the slough. I glassed the area from the West Mountain
hillside using a scope. They were found along the meandering "goosenecks" of
the creek about a half mile from Utah Lake.
(9 Feb 2008) - Kay Stone reports seeing an immature Harris's Sparrow
the last two days, at the model airplane field along the Jordan River parkway
near Saratoga Springs. The Harris's Sparrow is being seen with other sparrows
near the piled up snow at the east end of the parking area. Turn left off Lehi
Main Street onto Saratoga road (2300 W), The parking area is a few miles down
this road, on your right just before you cross the river.
Lu Giddings (9 Feb 2008) - Dennis Shirley and went in search of longspurs
and other winter birds this morning. We passed through Santaquin to Mona,
drove the west side of Mona reservoir and through Goshen canyon into Goshen
and Genola and then back into Payson and Salem pond. We did not see any
longspurs but did have a few noteworthy observations: ...- Bohemian
Waxwings were seen, in the company of cedar waxwings, in the Genola Warm
Springs area - a probable White-throated Sparrow was seen in the brush
along the Genola Warm Springs road, along with song sparrows and a hermit
Lynn Garner (7 Feb 2008) - Tuesday a couple of miles east of Goshen in Utah
County I found some trees full of Bohemian Waxwings. I've never seen so
many--must have been 600 or so. I could only see five or six Cedar Waxwings
Eric Huish (28 Jan 2008) - I just had a great new yard bird, a Northern
Shrike was sitting in the tree above one of my feeding areas (Pleasant
Grove, Ut Co.). It chased some juncos around for a while.
Carol Nelson (12 Jan 2008) - The Eurasian Wigeon surprised me today
with an appearance under my feeders. He was grazing with a large flock of
American Wigeons. Milt arrived in time to see him, but the flock flew back to
the pond before anyone else arrived. We all tried to relocate him again, but
to no avail. The backlighting of the sun made ID difficult. Perhaps this week
with snow still on the golf course, and warmer temperatures predicted, the ice
on the ponds will recede some more, and he'll stick around a while. If you are
interested in seeing him, my home is open if I am here. If I'm not the south
gate will be unlocked and you are welcome to use my patio at any time. If you
want to know if the flock is in, you may call me at 362-8288. If you want to
just come, do so. My address is 2831 N. Marrcrest West, Provo. (Turn west off
University Ave. at about 2900 North. Provo. I'm on the west side of the
Marrcrest circle, the only one level red brick, with white shutters.)
Milt Moody (11 Jan 2008) - Merrill Webb just called as he watched waves of
Bohemian Waxwings coming into the trees between 4th and 5th North and
1050 East in Orem (near his home). He estimated there were about 200 Bohemians
and about 40 Cedars in the waxwing flock.
Ned Bixler - Dec. 27 - 4 PM - North end of Provo Airport. Several Snow
Buntings were in the field on the West side of the Lakeside Storage
buildings. They were along the road that connects the airport road, and the
Lu Giddings (23 Dec 2007) - There have been a few sightings of interest in
southern Utah county over the last days. In our portion of the Provo CBC
yesterday Bryan and Justin Shirley and I turned up a few species of interest
including a white-faced ibis, a vesper's sparrow, 17 sandhill cranes, American
tree sparrows, a yellow-headed blackbird, a Northern Shrike, and a
Tuula Rose (17 Dec 2007) - Since I have not seen any reports of Bohemians
in Utah County, here goes. Sunday afternoon I was scouting around my CBC are
for this coming Saturday and found lots of waxwings eating the berries
of ornamental crabapple and pair trees that line the east end of Center Street
leading to the State Mental Hospital in Provo. About half and half Cedars and
Bohemians with a bunch of robins also. A couple of hundred birds total,
I'd estimate. They were flying back and forth from the fruit trees to the tops
of tall trees on the grounds. I hope they stick around.
Alona Huffaker (10 Dec 2007) - There's a Northern Pygmy Owl eating
an American Goldfinch in my Maple tree in Springville--a new one for my yard
Ned Bixler - SUNDAY 2 PM - DEC. 9TH - Utah Lake State Park - At the end of
the North dike, there were several Surf Scoters today. Birding over all
was EXCELLENT today, in Utah County.
Kevin Colver (25 Nov 2007) - There is also a flock of 20-40 Bohemian
Waxwings hanging out near the upper LDS chapel in Elk Ridge. They spent
half of Thanksgiving eating my juniper berries. They fly around with a few
Cedar Waxwings. They've been eating Bradford Pear berries at the church and
other berries, crabapples, ect. in surrounding yards.
KC Childs (10 Nov 2007) - I got a new yard bird today and a bird that I do
not see often to be honest. I have a male Evening Grosbeak on my
Dave Allen (28 Oct 2007) - I am sad to report that the Red-necked Grebe
that had been at Clegg's pond in Orem was found dead today in the last
described location. I believe that someone has been notified so that it can be
Stephen Carlile (27 Oct 2007) - Just got back from Orem looking for the
Red-necked Grebe at Clegg's Pond. When I arrived, around 10:00, Tom
Fletcher was already there looking for the bird. Tom had been there for about
an hour. It was a good day for grebes. We saw five species: Clark's,
Pied-billed, Eared, Horned, and the RED-NECKED. ...However, where we
found the Red-necked and its behavior raised some concerns. We had been
scanning the pond and as we walked around we literally stumbled onto the
Red-necked. It was found in a very small inlet of the pond just south (15-20
feet) of the large elm tree with the swing. (The tree is on the east side of
the pond "access road".) We were within 25 feet of the bird. (We probably
could have gotten closer, but decided to keep our distance.) The bird was up
against the shore in only two or three inches of water. The entire time we
watched it, 15 or 20 minutes, it did not move, except to reposition its head
and occasionally raise its head slightly so the rusty/red on the neck was
visible. The bird's eyes were closed as much as they were open. Unless the
bird was having a very slow morning or just being lazy, it was acting like it
wasn't feel very well.
Eric Huish (25 Oct 2007) - This morning Grant Jense called to tell me that
he found a White-winged Dove in our neighborhood on his morning walk.
The bird was with some Eurasian Collard-Doves at about 350 N 500 E Pleasant
Grove. I drove around the area on my way home from work but didn't see any
Carol Gwynn (13 Oct 2007) - The Red-necked Grebe was still at
Clegg's Pond in Orem at 8 a.m. this morning. It didn't seem to mind the rain
Merrill Webb (11 Oct 2007) - This morning, Thursday, I observed a single
Red-necked Grebe on Clegg's Pond (as it is known by the locals) in west
Orem. To reach the pond take the University Parkway exit off I-15 and turn
west. At Geneva Road turn north (right) and proceed to next stop light. Turn
west (left) onto Sleepy Ridge Drive (which goes to the Sleepy Ridge Golf
Course in west Orem) and travel for less than one mile to Golden Pond Way.
Turn left. This road goes past a black metal gate. After two houses on the
left turn south (left) onto a dirt road which takes you right down to the
pond, which is between the road and the golf course. I had three different
grebes in the same field of vision: Clark's, Pied-billed, and the Red-necked
for easy comparison...
Dave Hanscom (7 Oct 2007) - The Salt Lake Birders had a surprisingly good
morning yesterday at Utah Lake. ...Highlights were: - several hundred waders
at the southeast corner of the Provo Airport dike, the majority of which were
LB Dowitchers, but several Pectoral Sandpipers were in the mix, along
with Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Avocets, one lone Black-necked Stilt,
Caspian and Forster's Terns, Green-winged Teal, Black-crowned Night-heron,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, etc (but no Merlin) - west of the frontage road between
the two Springville exits were Great and Snowy Egrets, and more than
100 Sandhill Cranes flying in and feeding in the fields...
Eric Huish (7 Oct 2007) - Tuula Rose, Larry Draper and I saw a Great
Egret fly over at the southeast corner of the airport dike this morning.
Tuula and I also got a look at what appeared to be a very dark Peregrine
Falcon fly by. All the dowitchers, yellowlegs, avocets and gulls took off off
the mudflat and started swirling around in crazy frenzied flocks. We knew
there was something there but didn't see the falcon 'till it was past us.
Milt Moody (23 Sep 2007) - Eric reported a Common Tern at the
Airport Dike on Friday. Tuula saw one on Saturday morning and I saw two on
Sunday Morning about 9:30 AM. They were at the edge of the water on the
southeast corner of the Airport Dike.
Milt Moody (20 Sep 2007) - About 4:40 PM Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 Eric Huish
found a Stilt Sandpiper at the Provo Airport Dike between the southeast
corner and the southeast corner of the south extension.
Kris Purdy (8 Sep 2007) - Keith Evans and Jack Rensel saw a bird they were
very sure was a Great-crested Flycatcher on the dirt frontage road
about 100 yards north of the entrance to Camelot Woods in Utah County
yesterday afternoon. They saw a large flycatcher that they described as
obviously from the Myiarchus genus fly out from a Russian Olive, chasing a
bug. The bird had a bright yellow belly and a strong demarcation between the
yellow belly and the gray of the upper breast. The bird retreated into the
olive and they were unable to locate it again...
Larry Draper (7 Aug 2007) - The Green Heron is still hanging around
the dead tree at the south east corner of the Provo Airport dike (not the
extreme south east corner of the extension, just the south east corner). It
was sighted about 12:15 p.m. this afternoon as I ate my lunch.
firstname.lastname@example.org - 9:30 am July 31. Alison and I saw a Green Heron on the
canal side of the Airport dike just past the first south east corner. It
was in a dead tree preening just above the water.
Connie Norheim (24 Jun 2007) - Bill Fenimore had suggested we try Bridal Veil
Falls in Provo for our lifer Black Swifts. We struck out on the first attempt...
We were successful however at finding the Black Swifts on our return trip
this morning at 6:15. We watched about 10 or 12 of them fly around above the top
of the cliff above the highest waterfall, with the blue sky behind them.
Lu Giddings (4 Jun 2007) - I had a chance to make a quick trip up Payson Canyon
late yesterday afternoon. About six or so Purple Martins were seen in
their usual nesting spot about five miles beyond the Santaquin Canyon turn-off,
along with a single tree swallow and a number of violet-green swallows. A pair
of Three-toed Woodpeckers were seen and heard about 1.1 miles down the
Mona Pole Canyon road, essentially at the point where a large snow bank
currently blocks the road.
Milt Moody - (4 May 2007) - Reed Stone reported 2 Purple Martins in
the Palmyra / Lake Shore area at about 4100 West on 5400 South (Between the
Peacock place and the corner). This is located south and a bit east of the
geodesic dome home if you're familiar with that interesting landmark.
Cheryl Peterson (27 Apr 2007) - Bonnie Williams and I had a great morning. We
saw Solitary Sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal, Great Egret, Wilson's
Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Mockingbird, Cattle
Egret and Sandhill Crane at Swede Lane.
Dr. Wayne H. Whaley (20 Feb 2007) - On Monday 19 Feb. while on a hawk watching
trip with ornithology students we saw several what appeared to be Eurasian
Collared-Doves near Lake Shore along SR 147 and vicinity. They were
relatively common around dwellings.
Colby Neuman (19 Feb 2007) - We then walked the path that follows the shoreline
to the north of Utah Lake SP. We did find at least two Cackling Geese
that were mixed in with a large flock of Canada Geese in the fields to east of
Ned Bixler (16 Jan 2007) - This afternoon, while walking the Skipper Bay Trail,
I saw the Swamp Sparrow. It was about 1/2 way down the trail. The bird
was sitting along side the trail, out in the open. White-crowned, and song
sparrows were also in large numbers along the trail.
Jack Binch (13 Jan 2007) - I was scoping gulls at Lee Kay this morning when
Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld pulled up. They asked me if I wanted to go chase a
Swamp Sparrow. ...One had been found on the CBC in Provo at the end of the
Skipper Bay trail. We found it foraging on a little snow covered island just
north and west of the trail end. It was on the northwest edge of the little
island just outside of the cattails. Be patient, it took us about twenty minutes
to see it and another fifteen to get a picture.