Utah Bird Report for 5/18/2000
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net


Birds mentioned
LEAST BITTERN  Washington Co.
Great Egret  Davis Co.
Osprey  Salt Lake Co.
Black-bellied Plover  Utah Co.
Semipalmated Plover  Utah Co.
Solitary Sandpiper  Rich Co.
RED KNOT  Juab Co.
Short-billed Dowitcher  Utah Co.
Bonaparte's Gull  Utah Co.
Black Tern  Davis Co.
ELF OWL  Washington Co.
Calliope Hummingbird  Salt Lake Co.
Gray Flycatcher Davis Co.
Ash-throated Flycatcher  Salt Lake Co.
Eastern Kingbird  Rich Co.
Northern Mockingbird . Salt Lake Co
LARK BUNTING  Rich Co., Summit Co.
White-throated Sparrow  Salt Lake Co.
Bobolink  Juab Co.
Common Grackle  Rich Co.

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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A GREAT EGRET was seen on the Kaysville Ponds, along I-15 in Kaysville, on Friday, 05/12 (SC).

At FBWMA, two BLACK TERNS were seen at the south end of the west dike road on Saturday, 05/13 (JHi).

Two GRAY FLYCATCHERS were among a strong wave of migrants seen at the Garr Ranch at Antelope Island SP on Sunday, 05/14 (AM). Among the migrants were many warblers, thrushes and grosbeaks.


Ten RED KNOTS were seen at Fish Springs NWR on Wednesday, 05/17 (JB). The birds, which are the first record of Red Knot at Fish Springs, were seen in the Avocet Unit of the refuge.

Also at Fish Springs, a BOBOLINK was seen on Tuesday, 05/16 (C&TN).


A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at the ponds by the guest house at Deseret Ranch on Sunday, 05/14 (MS,DW). Efforts to relocated the bird on 05/15 were unsuccessful. Deseret Ranch is private property, and birding is allowed
only on organized tours. This is the first record of Louisiana Waterthrush in Utah.

Two LARK BUNTINGS were seen on Tuesday, 05/16, along Crawford Mountain Rd. north of Randolph (BW). Crawford Mountain Rd. goes east from SR 16 about 1.5 miles north of town.

Other good birds seen at Deseret Ranch included a SOLITARY SANDPIPER on Thursday, 05/11, and an EASTERN KINGBIRD and a COMMON GRACKLE on Monday, 05/15 (MS,DW).


A possible RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen along the JRP near 3900 South on Sunday, 05/14 (JH). The bird was in immature plumage, and was last seen flying north along the river.

Other birds which have been seen recently along the JRP include a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, both seen near the Redwood Center near 3300 South on Wednesday, 05/17 (JH), a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW near 3900 South on Sunday, 05/14 (JH), and an OSPREY, which was seen near
5300 South on Saturday and Sunday, 05/13 and 05/14 (JH), and on Monday, 05/15 (CD).

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was seen at Parley's Creek near Mountain Dell Golf Course on Wednesday, 05/10 (AM). The bird was in the willows just east of the East Canyon Rd. at the north edge of the golf course, in the same location where a Calliope Hummingbird has been seen for at least seven years.


A LARK BUNTING was seen in the Snyderville Basin near Park City on Tuesday, 05/16 (LL). To get to where the bird was seen, take the north-side frontage road east from Kimball Junction until the pavement ends, and continue for about one mile further. Please respect private property in this area.


A VAUX'S SWIFT was seen on Friday, 05/12, along Boat Harbor Dr. just east of Utah Lake SP (MS,DW). It was flying over the fields to the north of the road.

Birds seen at the Swede Lane mudflats on Friday, 05/12, included BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (RS).

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen in the fields southeast of the intersection of 1750 West and 4000 South in Springville on Friday, 05/12 (CR).


An ELF OWL was heard calling at Lytle Ranch on Sunday, 05/14 (MS,DW). It was in the smaller cottonwoods and brush just southeast of the pond, near where Elf Owls were seen for much of last summer.

A LEAST BITTERN was heard calling at Seegmiller Marsh in Washington Fields on Sunday, 05/14 (B&GB). Seegmiller Marsh is located along the Virgin River just northeast of the Springs Estates subdivision.

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Thursday, May 18, 2000.

Observers: JB=Jay Banta, B&GB=Bob & Georgine Bond, SC=Steve Coleman,
CD=Carol Davis, JHi=Joe Hill, JH=Jack Holley, LL=Letitia Lussier, AM=Alan
Miller, C&TN=Colby & Tom Neuman, CR=Corey Riding, MS=Mark Stackhouse,
RS=Reed Stone, DW=David Wheeler, BW=Bonnie Williams

Abbreviations used:

FBWMA = Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area
JRP = Jordan River Parkway
NWR = National Wildlife refuge
SP = State Park
SR = State Route

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Saturday, April 15, 2000.

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