Utah Bird Report for 4/8/2001
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Turkey Vulture  Salt Lake Co. 
Blue-winged Teal  Salt Lake Co. 
Swainson's Hawk  Utah Co. 
GYRFALCON  Box Elder Co. 
Caspian Tern  Salt Lake Co. 
Band-tailed Pigeon  Salt Lake Co. 
Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler  San Juan Co. 
Sage Sparrow  Utah Co. 
White-throated Sparrow . Summit Co



Utah Birdline
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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


An immature gray-phase GYRFALCON was seen in northwestern Utah on Saturday, 04/07 (JL,MV). The bird was seen about 23 miles southwest of Park Valley on SR 30. At this point, a gravel road, signed for "BLM Rosebud Field Station" heads off to the northwest. The bird was seen along this road about 1/2 mile from the highway, and was last seen about 1/2 mile north of the road.


BAND-TAILED PIGEONS have returned to the Holladay area, where they were seen coming to a feeder on Wednesday, 04/04 and Thursday, 04/05 (DO).

Along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, near the Great Salt Lake SP marina west of Saltair, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and CASPIAN TERNS were among a number of spring arrivals seen on Friday, 04/06 (HG,GG,MH).

TURKEY VULTURES have returned to the traditional roost site near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, where seven were seen on Monday, 04/02 (BW).


A MYRTLE-type YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at the Hatch Trading Post southeast of Blanding on Saturday, 04/07 (DW,v.o.).


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues to visit a feeder near Summit Park. It was seen there on Monday, 04/02 (LL).


A SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen at Powell Slough, along the east shore of Utah Lake, on Wednesday, 04/04. That same day, a SAGE SPARROW was seen along the west side of the Provo Airport dike, just north of the pump station (RS).


A possible LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported from the west side of Ogden on Thursday, 04/05 (RW). The bird was seen only briefly, in a pond on the north side of 20th street, just west of Wall Ave.

Observers: HG=Hugh Gillilan, GG-Gary Grubb, MH=Mike Higgiston (of NY), JL=Jerry Ligouri, LL=Letitia Lussier, DO=Deedee O'Brien, RS=Reed Stone, MV=Mark Vekasy, BW=Bob Walters, DW=David Wheeler, RW=Ron Wheeler

Abbreviations used:

BLM=Bureau of Land Management, SP = State Park, SR = State Route, v.o. = various observers

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Saturday, April 8, 2001.

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