Utah Bird Report for 12/14/2001
Submitted by Mark Stackhouse (westwings@sisna.com) to the bird net

Birds mentioned

Pacific Loon Washington Co.
Horned Grebe Salt Lake Co.
Great Egret Grand Co.
Greater White-fronted Goose Utah Co.
Long-tailed Duck Davis Co.
Hooded Merganser Grand Co.
Least Sandpiper Davis Co., Utah Co.
MEW GULL Davis Co.
Red-naped Sapsucker Salt Lake Co., Utah Co.
Juniper Titmouse Salt Lake Co.
Pygmy Nuthatch Salt Lake Co.
Nashville Warbler Box Elder Co.
White-throated Sparrow Davis Co.
Harris's Sparrow Cache Co.
Golden-crowned Sparrow Washington Co.


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Compiler: Mark Stackhouse
Transcriber: Mark Stackhouse


The immature RED-THROATED LOON, which was first seen at Minersville Reservoir on 11/27, was still present at least through Saturday, 12/01 (RF,SS,KW).


A late NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen at the campground at Willard Bay SP on Wednesday, 11/28 (C&MS,v.o.).


A HARRIS'S SPARROW was reported to be visiting a feeder on Nibley Hollow Road, northeast of Hyrum, at least through Sunday, 12/09 (BD).


A basic-plumage adult LITTLE GULL was seen along the AIC on Thursday, 12/13 at about 10 am at MM 3 on the south side (TS). It was seen and photographed later in the day at various points between MM 1 and MM 3, again on the south side (BB,MS,DW,LW). This is the second record of Little Gull in Utah. A first-winter MEW GULL was also seen along the AIC on Thursday, 12/13 (BB,TS,MS,DW,LW). It was on the south side of the causeway just west of MM 3. A female BLACK SCOTER was seen on the north side at the first culvert along the AIC on Thursday, 12/13 (MS,DW,LW). Other birds seen along the AIC on Thursday, 12/13, included a female LONG-TAILED DUCK, seen on the south side at the first culvert, and two LEAST SANDPIPERS seen on the mudflats to the north of the causeway near the east end (MS,DW,LW).

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was reported to be visiting a feeder in Layton on Saturday, 12/01 (WS).


HOODED MERGANSERS have been seen on the Colorado River near Moab. Four were seen about 5 miles northeast of U.S. 191 on Monday, 12/03 (BBr), and two males and two females were seen near the Matheson Wetlands Preserve on Tuesday, 12/04 and a single bird was also near the Matheson Wetlands on Wednesday, 12/05 (DF). Lone GREAT EGRETS were reported along the Colorado River near Moab on Monday, 12/03 (BBr), and on Wednesday, 12/05 and Monday, 12/10 (DF).


PYGMY NUTHATCHES were seen in the northeast corner of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Monday, 12/03 (JVM). They were seen again in the same area on Saturday, 12/08 (MS,v.o.). Also in the park on Saturday, 12/08 was a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, near the center of the park (MS,v.o.).

At the Salt Lake City Cemetery, a JUNIPER TITMOUSE was seen on Monday, 12/03 (JVM). A HORNED GREBE was seen on Warm Springs Lake on Saturday, 12/08 (MS,v.o.). Warm Springs Lake is located just west of I-15 at the 2300 North exit in Salt Lake City.


Eight GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported from the shore of Utah Lake east of the American Fork Marina on Sunday, 12/09 (KC,EH).

On Sunday, 12/02, 10 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen on the Utah Lake shore west of West Mountain, and a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was seen at Warm Springs, near the south end of Utah Lake (KC,EH).


A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in the campground at the Red Cliffs RA on Thursday, 11/29 (RF). The bird was at campsite #1. This is the same area where Golden-crowned Sparrows have been seen for the past several winters.

Two PACIFIC LOONS continued to be seen at Quail Creek Reservoir, at least through Saturday, 12/01 (RF).

Observers: BB=Bob Bond, BBr=Bob Bradley, KC=K.C. Childs, BD=Brian Dixon, DF=Damian Fagan, RF=Rick Fridell, EH=Eric Huish, TS=Terry Sadler, WS=Wes Segni, C&SM=Carolyn & Mort Somer, MS=Mark Stackhouse, SS=Steve Summers, JVM=Julie VanMoorhem, DW=David Wheeler, KW=Kevin Wheeler, LW=Larene Wyss

Abbreviations used:
AIC = Antelope Island Causeway
MM = mile marker
RA = Recreation Area
SP = State Park
v.o. = various observers

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