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2014 Christmas Bird Count Schedule for Utah
Tracy Aviary's "Christmas Bird Count for Kids" - December 20th

Records Committee:
Another new bird for Utah!  The Allen's Hummingbird is very similar to the Rufous Hummingbird, but as one records committee member said:  "The tail tells the tale."  The bird was first observed by Carla Ritter in Ivin, Washington County.  It was, banded by Ned Batchelder and a sight record was submitted by Rick Fridell. This is the 454th species documented in Utah.

eBird Data:
The Utah Birds website has been incorporating eBird Data into it county pages, Rare Bird Finder, and birding location pages through links to reports, graphs, and maps generated by eBird.  The birding location links are only partially done right now but you can check out the locations in Utah County and Salt Lake County to see the links to the eBird data for each specific location (
Click on the name of the location and go to the bottom of the write-up).

Records Committee:
A new bird for Utah!  The Streak-backed Oriole found on the St. George Christmas Bird Count by Russell Schreiner has been confirmed by the Utah Bird Records Committee.  The sight record has three sets of convincing photos of this bird representing the 453rd species documented in Utah.

Feature Photo:
A "brilliant" example of hummingbird aerial acrobatics is captured by James McIntyre in the highlands of Costa Rica with a "remote-controlled, synchronized, ultrahigh-speed multiple-flash setup."  Impressive setup -- impressive photo!

Types of Bird Nests:
Many excellent photos of bird nests, birds nesting and young birds fresh from their nests, have been sent in by Utah photographers.  A new article on "Bird Nests and Nesting Schemes" with some of these photos and information about eleven different types of nests or nesting schemes has been posted on our website.  A big "thank you" to the photographers who have shared their photos with us.

Bird Index:
The Utah Birds website had a new "Bird Index" feature. The index is similar to those in the back of bird field guides and has links to the pictures, Utah profiles, songs and calls, feature and bird of the month articles, photo of the month pages, and for rare birds, the sightings lists.  Hopefully this will make the contents of the many thousands of website pages, more easily accessable.

Utah Winter Gull Identification:
At the October meeting of the Utah County Birders, Dennis Shirley gave a presentation on identifying "Utah Winter Gulls," which has now been adapted and expanded for the
Utah Birds website.  It's become a "work in process" and we'd like you to take a look and give us some feedback on how we can improve it -- and you may be able to learn to better identify the winter gulls in Utah at the same time.

Roseate Spoonbill in Utah?!:
Nathan Robinett from Dallas, Texas sent in a sight record with a video for a Roseate Spoonbill, that they saw on a rafting trip in Cataract Canyon in southern Utah.  Utah has only one vetted record of this species although there is a specimen in the University of Utah collection and also information on some sightings in the 1930's.

Feature Article:
Ted Fitzgerald took photos of some nesting robins capturing a couple of fortuitous photos of the "fecal sac" phenomenon. Here's a link of the series from incubation to fledglings producing the "Next Generation of Robins."

Records Committee:
Number 448 on the Utah Checklist is -- the Purple Sandpiper found by Rick Fridell at Sand Hollow State Park in Washington County.  Many birders got to see and photograph this "First State Record"

Bird Humor:
Here are some links to the "Bird Humor" section of our feature pages:
  - "Change is in the Air"  (A stealthy Starling is up to something).
  - "Mom's Favorite"  (How you can tell you're NOT).
  - "Snack-lifting "  (A clever little gull is hooked on junk food).
  - "Heavenly Smiley Faces"  (Smiley faces are use in emails and...)

Feature Articles:
There are photos of at least 34 species of bird chicks in our Photo Gallery.  Here is a page with links to most of them.
  
    

     

  

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(A special "thanks" to the Salt Lake Birders for a generous contribution in 2008 and to the Utah Ornithological Society for a similar generous contribution in 2013 to support this website).
  

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