Utah Bird Report for 12/09/98
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe Utah Co.
Tundra Swan Summit Co.
Oldsquaw Davis Co., Salt Lake Co.
Barrow's Goldeneye Salt Lake Co.
Hooded Merganser Cache Co., Summit Co., Utah Co.
Northern Goshawk Utah Co.
Marbled Godwit Box Elder Co.
Sanderling Davis Co.
Red-necked Phalarope Davis Co.
Herring Gull Davis Co., Salt Lake Co.
Thayer's Gull Davis Co.
Burrowing Owl Davis Co.
Winter Wren Cache Co., Washington Co.
Bohemian Waxwing Wayne Co.
Orange-crowned Warbler Box Elder Co., Morgan Co.
American Tree Sparrow Box Elder Co., Davis Co.
Common Grackle Wayne Co.
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Salt Lake Co., Wayne Co.
Black Rosy-Finch Salt Lake Co., Wayne Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


The most recent report of the female NORTHERN PARULA at Willard Bay State Park was from Wednesday, 12/02 (BA,KE,JR,LS,AS,MSo, m. obs.) Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen there on Wednesday as well (AS).

Hundreds of MARBLED GODWITS were at two different locations along the west side of the auto tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (BRMBR) on Saturday, 12/05. On the same day, a lone AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen on the road to BRMBR, about 6 miles west of I-15 (D&MS).

CACHE COUNTY A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen visiting a feeder in Richmond on Sunday, 12/06 (JB,AC). The feeder is located at 11530 North 2000 East in Richmond. To get there, turn east at the traffic light, then north on 3rd East, and follow the road 1.6 miles to the house.

On the pond at First Dam, at the mouth of Logan Canyon, two female HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Saturday, 12/05 (D&MS)).

DAVIS COUNTY A number of birds have been reported from along the Antelope Island Causeway. At least 4 female OLDSQUAW were seen on Saturday, 12/05, two in the marina and two more at about mile marker 5 (D&MS). On both Saturday 12/05, and Sunday 12/06, a small flock of SANDERLINGS, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and several HERRING GULLS were seen (DG,D&MS,JVM). A THAYER'S GULL was seen on Sunday, 12/06 (DG,JVM).

On Antelope Island, a BURROWING OWL was still present southwest of the visitor's center on Saturday, 12/05 (D&MS).

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen along Gentile Street west of Layton on Sunday, 12/06 (DG,JVM).

MORGAN COUNTY An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Morgan Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, 12/02 (AS).

SALT LAKE COUNTY A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen just north of the marina at Saltair on Saturday, 12/05 (SC) and again on Monday, 12/07 (MS). On Monday, the bird was about 150 yds. off the northeast corner of the marina.

Other birds at the Saltair marina on Monday, 12/07 included a male OLDSQUAW, two BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, and a HERRING GULL (MS).

Both BLACK and GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES were reported visiting feeders at Alta on Tuesday, 12/01 (ST). The feeders are located along the Alta Bypass Road between Snowbird and Alta Ski Resorts.

SUMMIT COUNTY At Rockport Reservoir, a HOODED MERGANSER and a TUNDRA SWAN were seen on Thursday, 12/03 (LL). The birds were near the inlet to the reservoir.

UTAH COUNTY A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen visiting a feeder in Orem on Wednesday, 12/02 (CP). Unfortunately, the bird visited the feeder for that day only, and has not been seen since.

Two HORNED GREBES were seen on Monday, 12/07 at the north end of 4000 West in Lake Shore (west of Springville) (MM).

A male and a female HOODED MERGANSER were seen near Swede Lane, along the south shore of Provo Bay west of Springville, on Tuesday, 12/01 (CPe). The birds were at the end of the short road that goes west from near the end of Swede Lane.

A female NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Secret Pond, just north of the town of Goshen at the south end of Utah Lake on Tuesday, 12/08 (DA).

A WINTER WREN was seen in Canyon Glen Park in Provo Canyon on Tuesday, 12/01 (CPe).

WASATCH COUNTY An apparent RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Deer Creek reservoir on Tuesday, 12/08. The bird was near the mouth of the Porvo River as it enters the reservoir at Charleston (SC). If confirmed, this would be the third record of Red-necked Grebe in Utah.

WASHINGTON COUNTY A WINTER WREN was seen at the Oak Grove Campground, west of Leeds, on Sunday, 12/06 (NH,MW).

WAYNE COUNTY BLACK ROSY-FINCHES and a few GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES were reported from Capital Reef National Park on Monday, 12/07 (ASch).

A COMMON GRACKLE and a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in downtown Torrey on Monday, 12/07 (ASch).

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Wednesday, December 9, 1998.

Observers: DA=Darlene Amott; BA=Bob Atwood; JB=Jared Barnes; SC=Steve Carr; AC=Allen Christensen; KE=Kieth Evans; DG=Dana Green; NH=Ned Hill; LL=Letitia Lussier; MM=Milton Moody; CP=Christian Peay; CPe=Cheryl Peterson; JR=Jack Rensel; ASch=Alan Schmierer; LS=Lee Shirley; AS=Arnold Smith; MSo=Mort Somers; D&MS=Dee & Mark Stackhouse; MS=Mark Stackhouse; ST=Susan Thomas; JVM=Julie VanMoorhem; MW=Merrill Webb

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Mark Stackhouse
Westwings, Inc.
1432 Downington Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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