Rich B Young

 

SOME UNCOMMON BIRDS

(For Northern Utah)

Discovery of Neotropic Cormorants in Salt Lake County, Utah

1. (Sight Record) April 29, 2009 (Images)

2. (Sight Record) Aug. 24, 2009

3. (Sight Record) April 18, 2010 (Images)

4. (Sight Record) May 2, 2010 (Images)

 

 

Bird Sightings and Photos:

 

 

Snow Bunting

Nov. 14, 2010-Utah Lake State Park

 

 

Snow Bunting Pair

 

 

Dunlin (left) with Least Sandpipers, Killdeer for size

November 10, 2010-Antelope Island Causeway

 

 

Dunlin close-up, Winter plumage

 

 

Dunlin, Winter Plumage, (another view)

 

 

Black Scoter

Nov. 13, 2010-Antelope Island Causeway

 

 

Black Scoter (right) with a Lesser Scaup

 

 

Black Scoter, Close-up

 

 

Surf Scoters

Nov. 13, 2010-Antelope Island Causeway

 

 

Golden Eagle, Antelope Isle

 

 

"Smile!" (Antelope Isle)

 

 

California Condor in Zion N.P. Canyon

Zion Canyon, Nov.4, 2010

 

 

Abert's Towhee

Tonaquint Park, St. George Ut., Nov. 2,2010

 

 

Abert's Towhee

 

 

Cassin's Vireo- Garr Ranch, Antelope Isle.

 

 

Merlin, Garr Ranch

 

 

 

3 Adult Neotropic Cormorants with breeding plumage

(This photo shows the largest number of Adult NECOs with breeding plumage seen together in Utah up to the present time.)

 

 

Neotropic Cormorants "socializing", with a 4th bird joining in.

 

 

Adult NECO with breeding plumage, with Catfish

 

 

 

Sabine's Gulls

 

Adult Sabine's Gull with Breeding Plumage

Antelope Island Causeway, 8-31-10

 

 

Trio of Juvenile Sabine's Gulls

 

 

Adult Sabine Gull to the left, with 2 juveniles

 

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Whimbrel (left) and a Long-Billed Curlew

Photographed on the Antelope Island Causeway, UT.

Aug.31, 2010

 

 

Another image of the 2 birds, demonstrating size differences and other features

 

 

Whimbrel Flight Images, composited onto one frame

(Note: The beak has a sizeable 'blob' of mud from foraging for food.)

 

 

 

Northern Mockingbird

Antelope Island

April 15, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN PHEASANT

In the Wild, Northeast of Entrance to Antelope Island Causeway,

Syracuse, Utah

April 15, 2010

 

 

 

 

Summer Tanager

A rare find in northern Utah, photographed at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, September, 2008

 

 

 

Another view of Summer Tanager

 

 

 

 

 

LEUCISTIC RING-BILLED GULL

Color anomaly photographed at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT.

November 9,2009

 

 

 

 

NOT A RARE BIRD,

but

photographing this Hooded Merganser led me to a rare one....

Springdale Pond,

November 5, 2009

 

 

 

Notice on the left, a

MEXICAN MALLARD

PHOTOGRAPHED NOV. 5, 2009

SPRINGDALE POND

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Mallard

Springdale Pond,

Washington County, Ut.

November 5, 2009

 

 

VARIED THRUSH

March 29, 2010

Jordan River Parkway

Lehi, Utah

 

 

back view

 

 

 

photographed through a chain-link fence, causing partial obscurity

 

 

 

BLUE-MORPH SNOWGOOSE

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Delta Ut.

March 2, 2010

 

 

 

Blue Morph Snow Goose, foreground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANADA X DOMESTIC G00SE HYBRIDS

AT

WHEELER FARM

 

 

 

TWIN HYBRIDS

Wheeler Farm, Salt Lake County, Ut

March 8,2010

 

 

 

ANOTHER CANADA X DOMESTIC HYBRID

(Yellow bill, legs)

Wheeler Farm, Salt Lake County, Ut

March 1,2010

 

 

 

 

Ironically, the above hybrid swam into a positon between a Canada Goose and a domestic.

 

This image graphically demonstrates what the parents-offspring might look like

 

 

BAND-TAILED PIGEON

Holladay Utah

March 31, 2010

 

 

 

Another view

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW

Rare in summmer, delightful to see in Autumn-Winter

Murray/Jordan River Parkway

Autumn 2009

 

 

Mystery Goose from Antelope Island Causeway

photographed on Jan. 23, 2011

 

In response to Ted McGrath's request for help in a goose I.D.

from Feb. 6, (SEE HERE:),

I submitted the image below, that I took on January 23rd in the same area,

near the west bridge of the AIC.

 

As I left the Causeway after this photo was taken, I observed 3 more identical birds

in the fields north of the Causeway entrance.

I assumed they were all domestic geese since they were in close proximity to the

private pond seen from the road (north side).

I also speculated that this bird had wandered westward along the Causeway

to where I photographed it,

adjacent to the west bridge on the Causeway

 

Richard Young

 

Wandering (Apparent) Domestic Goose, on west end of AIC

6-7 miles away from three others I saw on January 23

 

 

I believe this goose is domestic. It allowed me to get extremely close.

 

 

On Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, I again sighted the 3 geese I had seen earlier, near the

entrance to Antelope Island State Park. This photo is poor due to magnification, but

it does show 3 orange billed geese mixed with Canadas there.