North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 2 263 G r e at b a s i n feld Fish Hatchery, Cache, UT 14 Dec (ph. CF et al.) and in Weber, UT 20 Dec (ph. MH). The highlight of the season in Utah was the state's frst Streak-backed Oriole found at Green Springs, Washington 26 Dec (ph. RS). Several hundred birders observed the coop- erative oriole as it remained feeding in desert willows through 20 Jan (RS, RF, m.ob.). Contributors and cited observers: Carol Amos, Meg Andrews, Tim Avery, Ned Batch- elder, Jack Binch, Je Anne Blackman (JBl), Carlos Caceres, Cullen Clark (CCl), Stepha- nie Cobbold, Dorothy Crowe, Laura Cun- ningham, Kevin DesRoberts, A. C. Douglas, Ken Drozd (KDr), Darlene Feener, Craig Fosdick, Rick Fridell, Kenny Frisch, Dennis Ghiglieri, John Gunderson, Dave Hanscom, Mike Hearall, Steve & VJ Hedges, Dave and Rayola Hintze, Eric Huish, Theresa Hyde, John Icenogle, Norman Jenson, Andrew Lee, Tim Lenz, Jean Lown, Rob Lowry, Keeli Mar- vel, Brian Maxfeld, Dave McNinch, Martin Meyers, Milt Moody (MMo), Greg and John Neil, Pam Nelson, Amanda Northrup, Ryan O'Donnell, Bryant Olsen, Fred Petersen, Eric Peterson, Kristin Purdy, Carla Rit- ter, Shyloh Robinson, Nick Rosen, Russel Schreiner, Greg Scyphers, Dennis Shirley, Weston Smith, Steve and Cindy Sommer- feld, Justin Streit, Rose Strickland (RSt), Jeanne Tinsman, Richard & Carolyn Titus, Seth Topham, Deb Vogt, Nate Weber, Kevin Wheeler, Ray Witbeck, David Worley. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rick Fridell, 3505 West 290 north, Hurricane, Utah 84737, (rfridell@burgoyne.com) season (MM, RSt et al.). Additional singles were observed at Quail Creek S.P., Washing- ton, UT 27 Nov–7 Jan (ph. RF et al.), Logan, Cache, UT 14 Dec (ph. RO), Provo River, Utah, UT 29 Dec (ph. EH), and Santa Clara River, Washington, UT 29-30 Jan (ph. ST). A Gray Catbird visited a yard in Springville, Utah, UT 24-26 Jan (D&RH, DS). An incred- ible count of 1200 Bohemian Waxwings was reported from Snowbasin, Weber, UT 21 Jan (KP). Lapland Longspurs were found at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT 21 Dec (BO), Harold Crane W.M.A., Weber, UT 28 Dec (ph. MH), and Carson Lake, Churchill, NV 30 Dec–8 Jan (RL, MM). Snow Buntings were reported at Antelope Island 18 Dec (BO), Harold Crane W.M.A., Weber, UT 30 Dec (MH), and Golden Spike N.M., Box Elder, UT 10 Feb (BO et al.). Swamp Sparrows graced Las Vegas Bay, Lake Mead 28 Dec–19 Jan (Al, RL) and Min- den, Douglas, NV 31 Dec (NW, RW). Win- ter White-throated Sparrows were at Gun - lock, Washington, UT 18 Dec (KW, RF), Lytle Ranch, Washington, UT 23 Dec+ (RF), Red Rock Canyon, Clark, NV 27 Dec–18 Jan (JS), Pleasant Grove, Utah, UT 7 Feb (EH), and Caughlin Ranch, Washoe, NV 22 Feb (KDr et al.). Harris's Sparrows were found at Provo, Utah, UT 9 Dec (EH, CC), Dyer, Esmeralda, NV 17 Dec (MM), Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT 30 Dec (ph. MH), Lee Kay Ponds, Salt Lake, UT 1 Jan–2 Feb (ph. NJ, ph. JB), Fallon, Churchill, NV 30 Jan (CA), and St. George, Washington, UT 18 Jan+ (MH, ph. EP). An In- digo Bunting made a rare appearance in the Region at Las Vegas, Clark, NV 18 Dec (ph. DV). Rusty Blackbirds were found at Smith- Utah, UT 29 Jan (DS). Western Gulls con- tinued to increase in Utah along the Great Salt Lake, with reports from Lake Park, Salt Lake 6 Dec (MH) and Decker Lake, Salt Lake 21 Dec (BO). Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls were observed at Lake Mead 7 Dec–19 Jan (AL et al.), and singles were found at Lee Kay Ponds, Salt Lake, UT 21 Dec (BO), Sparks Marina, Washoe, NV 6-8 Jan (GS), Farming- ton Bay 4 Feb (DH), and Ogden Bay W.M.A., Weber, UT 26 Feb (ph. MH). An ad. Glau- cous Gull visited Lake Mead 11-19 Jan (AL). White-winged Doves were observed n. of expected range at Odgen, Weber, UT 15 Dec (KP et al.), Centerville, Davis, UT 24 Jan–4 Feb (SR, JBi), and Pahrump, Nye, NV 25 Jan–2 Feb (DF). Rufous Hummingbirds were previously unreported in the winter in the Great Basin, but 2 turned up this season. A young male was banded while visiting a feeder during a cold snap in Ivins, Washing- ton, UT 7 Dec (CR, NB, ph. RF), and an early ad. male was observed near Beatty, Nye, NV 27 Feb (LC). An ad. Yellow-bellied Sapsuck- er was photographed near the Zion Visitor Center 11-14 Dec (ph. RF et al.). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH FINCHES An Ash-throated Flycatcher was a nice sur- prise 1 Dec at H.B.V.P. (JBl), and a singing Plumbeous Vireo was equally unexpected at Las Vegas, Clark, NV 12 Dec (ph. DV). Blue Jays were observed at Vernal, Uintah, UT 2 Dec (BM) and at Santaquin, Utah, UT 11 Jan–5 Feb (JG, KM et al.). With only a hand- ful of previous accepted records in the Great Basin, fve reports of Winter Wren were un- precedented. The Winter Wren observed in the fall at Pahranagat remained through the Utah's third documented Winter Wren was found 27 November 2013 and remained through 7 January 2014 at Cottonwood Wash, Quail Creek State Park, Washington County. Three more were documented in Utah during the winter season. Photograph by Rick Fridell. Rare in the Great Basin, especially in winter, this Indigo Bunting was photographed visiting a backyard feeder in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada 18 December 2014. Photograph by Deb Vogt.

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