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September 7th to 14th - Rarity Week in Utah?

posted by Tim Avery at
on Saturday, September 10, 2011 

The 2nd week in September is a good week to go birding in Utah.  The same can pretty much be said across the United States--this is the height of migration. With the best week of birding come so great birds and I have had a string of good luck past years during this time.  This year was no exception.

 Baird's Sparrow at Swede Lane - 09/09/11

On Friday the 9th I found a Baird's Sparrow at Swede Lane in Utah County.  Today I had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeder (ironically a year to the day from a sighting of the same thing at my house).  With rarities on my mind I decided to take a look into eBird and see what I personally had recorded during this week over the past few years.  Here's the list:

2011:
09/10/11 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Sandy, SL County)
09/09/11 - Baird's Sparrow (Sweded Lane, Utah County)


2010:
09/10/10 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Sandy,SL County)


2009:
09/07/09 - Scarlet Tanager (International Center, SL County)


2008:
09/12/08 - Magnolia Warbler (Magna, SL County)


2007:
09/09/07 - Black-and-white Warbler (Garr Ranch, Davis County)
09/08/07 - Prothonotary Warbler (International Center, SL County)


2006: I was out of state

2005:
09/11/05 - Wandering Tattler (AIC, Davis County)
09/11/05 - Parasitic Jaeger (Willard Bay, Box Elder County)


And those are just sightings by me.  I am sure if I ran the report in eBird that list would be 25 times as long.  I could probably pull similar information for other weeks, but the 2nd week in particular seems to be the winner.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Sandy, Utah - 09/10/11

So even though the birding in general hasn't been too hot this month, it is still a great time to find something incredible.  Keep you eyes to the skies and you may see something great!

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2 Comments:
Anonymous Bill said...

Very cool finding a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Utah, and 2 years in a row! That's crazy. It seems like this week is always good for some interesting birds across the west.

September 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

@Bill: It is a great week, and this year it continued into the following weekend (although I bet if I look at the date a similar pattern of rarities for this weeks would show up).

September 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

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