Utah Bird Report for 07/20/98
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Short-eared Owl Salt Lake Co.
Black Swift Utah Co.
Williamson's Sapsucker Utah Co.
Three-toed Woodpecker Duchesne Co.
White-breasted Nuthatch Ducesne Co.
Black Rosy-Finch Duchesne Co.
Pine Grosbeak Duchesne Co.
Evening Grosbeak Salt Lake Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse 
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse 


A THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen and heard drumming in the trees east of the parking area at the Bald Mountain Trailhead on Sunday, 07/19 (AG,SH,D&MS,YS). The bird was later seen in one of the dead trees at the southwest corner of the parking lot.

A female BLACK ROSY-FINCH was seen at the south end of the eastern face of Bald Mountain on the morning of Sunday, 07/19 (AG,SH,D&MS,YS).

A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was working the trees in the same area.

Several PINE GROSBEAKS were working the area around Mirror Lake on Sunday, 07/19 AG,SH,D&MS,YS).

JUAB COUNTY A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen and heard along Tom's Creek, South of Callao in western Juab County on Saturday, 07/18 (AB). The bird was found during a bird survey for Utah State University. This is only the third record of White-eyed Vireo in Utah. To get to Tom's Creek, take the dirt road south from Callao, which is about 25 miles west of Fish Springs, and go four miles to the CCC Campground. Either walk or drive up the four-wheel drive road which starts opposite from the campground and follows the creek upstream. The bird was singing vigorously from a Cottonwood about 500 yds upstream on this road.


A SHORT-EARED OWL has been seen regularly near the junction of State Route 111 and 11800 South, near Butterfield Canyon in southwest Salt Lake County. The most recent sighting was Saturday, 07/18 (DG).

A male EVENING GROSBEAK was observed feeding a juvenile along the boardwalk at Silver Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Sunday, 07/19 (KJ,TJ).


In case you've missed them, the VAUX'S SWIFTS which have been apparently nesting at the intersection of 100 East and 500 North in Lehi were still present as of Sunday, 07/12 (DG,JVM).

The pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS which was seen along the Squaw Peak Road last Tuesday, was seen for the next few days, with the last reports from Thursday, 07/16 (MW). They may still be in the area, though some groups of birders have failed to see them since then. The birds were seen at mile 13.1, in the tall aspens which are in the middle of the horseshoe bend in the road at that point. A high-clearance vehicle is required on the upper reaches of the Squaw Peak Road.

The BLACK SWIFTS at Bridal Veil Falls were seen again on Sunday, 07/12 (DG,JVM).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Monday, July 20, 1998.

Observers: AB=Ann Braun; AG=Alan Godwin; DG=Dana Green; SH=Stan Heath; KJ=Kevin Johnson; TJ=Tony Jones; D&MS=Dee & Mark Stackhouse; YS=Yvonne Stroup; JVM=Julie VanMoorhem; MW=Merrill Webb

Please report your sightings by calling the Utah Birdline at: (801) 538-4730 or by e-mail to westwings@sisna.com.

You may e-mail questions and comments to westwings@sisna.com or you may call (801) 487-9453.