Red Cliffs Audubon
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Keith looking for Condors

Kolob Reservoir Field Trip
May 17, 2014

        It was a perfect day to drive to Kolob.  And a perfect day to stop at the pond next to the road and just past Virgin.  The water was crystal clear and the sun was shining.  Last week there was an unexpected snow storm up on the mountain . . . but this weekend everything was perfect.  On top the already green leaves showed the effects of the freeze, but the flowers were up everywhere.  Yellow, red, pink, blue....and white.  We saw wonderful birds (see list below) and had a super time with super people. Thanks to Steve Hedges who led the field trip.  And a good time was had by all.

        Birds seen:  Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, American Coot, White-throated Swift, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow,  Violet-green Swallow, Blue Grosbeak, Turkey Vulture, Scrub Jay, Steller's Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Mourning Dove, Mountain Bluebird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Western Tanager, Grace's Warbler (heard), Lewis's Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Cassin's Finch, House Finch, Acorn Woodpecker, Green-tailed Towhee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mallard, Bald Eagle, Townsend's Solitaire, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Western Kingbird.

        A few pictures from Marilyn Davis and Nancy Forman to share:

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parowan gap
Field Trip to Parowan Gap Area - Greater Sage-Grouse
March 15, 2014

        It was seven in the morning and freezing cold at the first light of day when we arrived at our destination. Our leader directed us right to the perfect spot to set up our telescopes and see those wonderful male Sage-Grouse. We always depend on Kevin Wheeler to know just what to do and where to go. The male Grouse were strutting and pushing the inexperienced males out of the picture. I counted twenty-six males and females on the display ground. Who cares about the cold when we are offered a treat like this?

        From there we went to the Parowan Gap and with the sun now shining the whole world came alive. We saw: At Long Hollow - we saw Greater Sage-grouse, Sagebrush Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Common Raven and heard several Meadow Larks. At Parowan Gap - we saw Say’s Phoebe, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (heard only), Mountain Bluebird, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, and in Parowan - we saw Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, American Crow, Horned Lark, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle and House Sparrow.

        Our next Field Trip will be in conjunction with the Utah Audubon Council going to Lytle Ranch. This is a favorite place for birders. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the BLM in St. George or make arrangements to meet with us at Lytle. For more information call 435 673-0996.  Here are some of the photos taken by Marilyn Davis:

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sand hollow area

2014 Winter Bird Festival
Field Trip to Quail Creek, Stratton Pond,
Sand Hollow State Park and the Hurricane Fields


         The St. George Winter Bird Festival field trip to Quail Creek, Stratton Pond, Sand Hollow State Park, and the Hurricane
Fields was well attended and enjoyed some great weather.  We also turned up some nice bird sightings.  Highlights included views
of some of the lingering vagrants (Barrow's Goldeneye and Red-necked Grebe) and several cooperative Cactus Wrens, Sage
Thrashers, and Sagebrush Sparrows in the cholla cactus patch between Sand Hollow and the Hurricane Fields.
Thank you to all who attended; I certainly had a great time!


Regards,

Rick Fridell
Hurricane, UT

Complete list (observed by at least some of the field trip members):

Canada Goose  - 16 SHSP
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal - 20 SHSP
Canvasback - SP
Redhead - SHSP
Ring-necked Duck - SP
Greater Scaup - SP, SHSP
Lesser Scaup - SHSP
Bufflehead - SHSP
Common Goldeneye - QCSP, SHSP
Barrow's Goldeneye - drake SHSP
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser - 5 SHSP
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon - 5 SHSP
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron - QCSP
Bald Eagle - SP, 5 SHSP
Northern Harrier - SHSP
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk - HF
American Kestrel - HF
Merlin - SHSP
Prairie Falcon - SHSP, HF
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull - 2 SHSP
Eurasian Collared Dove - HF
Lewis's Woodpecker - HF
Northern Flicker - HF
Black Phoebe - SR9 Sewer Ponds
Says Phoebe - HF
Loggerhead Shrike - HF
Common Raven
Cactus Wren - 3 HF
Mountain Bluebird - HF
Sage Thrasher - 10+ HF
European Starling - HF
American Pipit - HF
Yellow-rumped Warbler - HF
Sagebrush Sparrow - HF
Savannah Sparrow - HF
Song Sparrow - HF
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco - QCSP
Red-winged Blackbird - HF
Western Meadowlark - HF
Brewer's Blackbird - HF
House Finch


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