Utah Bird Report for 5/8/2001
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe  Cache Co. 
Green Heron  Grand Co. 
Greater Scaup  Box Elder Co. 
Broad-winged Hawk  Wasatch Co. 
Black-bellied Plover . Davis Co., Uintah Co. 
Semipalmated Plover  Box Elder Co. 
Solitary Sandpiper Box Elder Co., Weber Co.
Whimbrel  Iron Co. 
Sanderling  Davis Co. 
Short-billed Dowitcher  Box Elder Co. 
Thayer's Gull  Box Elder Co. 
Lewis's Woodpecker  Salt Lake Co. 
Three-toed Woodpecker  Salt Lake Co. 
Northern Waterthrush  Box Elder Co., Davis Co., Washington Co. 
Lark Bunting  Washington Co. 
White-throated Sparrow  Utah Co. 
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK  Iron Co., Uintah Co., Washington Co. 
Indigo Bunting  Grand Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at BRMBR on Sunday, 05/06 (J&KB). It was seen along the east side of the auto-tour loop, 1.5 miles south of the restroom at the refuge entrance.

Other good birds at or near BRMBR included a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER on a mudflat on the south side of the entrance road about 1/2 mile east of the entrance, and a first-spring THAYER'S GULL along the south side of the auto-tour loop, both on Saturday, 04/28 (MS,v.o.), and on Sunday, 04/29, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on the mudflats at the entrance to the Chesapeake Duck Club, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER about half-way along the north side of the auto-tour loop (C&TN).

A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was seen at the pond at Lucin, west of the Great Salt Lake, on Thursday, 05/03 (KE,PK,JR,LS).

At Mantua Reservoir, a GREATER SCAUP was seen on Sunday, 04/29 (MS,v.o.).


A HORNED GREBE in breeding plumage was seen at the Logan sewage treatment ponds on Sunday, 04/29 (B&JD).


A CURLEW SANDPIPER was seen along the AIC on Sunday, 05/06 (J&KB). The bird was not yet in full breeding plumage, and was seen amongst a flock of SANDERLINGS near mile marker 2. Efforts to re-locate the bird on Monday, 05/07 were not successful, however, the bird was seen again in the same location on Tuesday morning, 05/08 (TS).

A single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen along the shore of the Great Salt Lake at the west edge of the Layton Wetlands on Saturday, 05/05 (PM).

A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was heard at the Fielding-Garr Ranch at Antelope Island SP on Friday, 04/27 (MS,v.o.). It was along the stream east of the buildings, in the thick brush near where the stream enters the lakeshore marsh.


At the Matheson Wetlands Preserve in Moab, a GREEN HERON and an INDIGO BUNTING have been seen over the past week, as reported on Monday, 05/07 (DF).


A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at Canyon Park in Cedar City on Saturday, 04/28 (SH,v.o.).

The WHIMBREL, which was seen at Quichapa Lake west of Cedar City on 04/23, was most recently reported on Saturday, 04/28 (MW). Quichapa Lake is just south of SR 56, about 7 miles west of Cedar City.


A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was seen at about 3200 North and 2200 West in Salt Lake City on Sunday, 05/06 (MZ), It was last seen flying southeast from that location.

A female THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen at Brighton on Wednesday, 05/02 (MS,v.o.).It was about 100 yards west of the footbridge over the outlet of Silver Lake, working the trees along the west shore of the lake.


A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has been visiting a feeder in Jensen over the past week, as reported on Friday, 05/04 (KP).

Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Ouray NWR on Saturday, 05/05 (B&LR).


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen in a yard in Elk Ridge in south of Salem on Thursday, 05/03 (DS).


A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was recorded by volunteers at the Hawkwatch International count site above Jordanelle Reservoir at about 11:30 am on Wednesday, 04/25 (fide LW).


The PAINTED REDSTART, which was seen in Zion NP on 04/22, has been seen by many over the past two weeks, with the most recent reports from Friday, 05/04 (MS,v.o.) and Saturday, 05/05 (MD). It continues to be seen in the riparian woodland near the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop and in a Douglas Fir tree on the side of the canyon about 1/4 downstream.

A female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at Lytle Ranch Preserve on Thursday, 05/03 (MS,v.o.). It was in the cottonwoods near the preserve entrance.

A flock of LARK BUNTINGS, which included 5 males and 2 females, was seen in the Flora-tech fields west of Hurricane on Saturday, 05/05 (RF). To get there, take Flora-tech Road south from SR 9 through an area of fields and orchards to a newly-constructed cement building along a dirt road west of the main road. The birds were in the edge of the fields near this building.

A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was seen at Lytle Ranch on Thursday, 05/03 (MS,v.o.). It was about 1/2 mile north of the ranch house along the stream.


A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen at a small pond at 2600 South 5100 West, west of Ogden, on Sunday, 05/06 (J&KB).

Observers: J&KB=Joel & Kathy Beyer, MD=Matt DeVries, B&JD=Brian & Jean Dixon, KE=Kieth Evans, DF=Damian Fagan, RF=Rick Fridell, SH=Steve Hedges, PK=Pam Kramer, PM=Paul Merola, C&TN=Colby & Tom Neuman, KP=Kathy Paulin, JR=Jack Rensel, B&LR=Bruce & Lynn Robinson, TS=Terry Sadler, DS=Dennis Shirley, LS=Lee Shirley, MS=Mark Stackhouse, SS=Steve Summers, MW=Merrill Webb, LW=Larene Wyss, MZ=Max Zoeller

Abbreviations used:  AIC = Antelope Island Causeway BRMBR = Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge NP = National Park NWR = National Wildlife Refuge SP = State Park SR = State Route v.o. = various observers

This concludes the Utah Bird Report for Tuesday, May 8, 2001.

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