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:
09/10/11 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Sandy, SL County)
09/09/11 - Baird's Sparrow (Sweded Lane, Utah County)
09/10/10 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Sandy,SL County)
09/07/09 - Scarlet Tanager (International Center, SL County)
09/12/08 - Magnolia Warbler (Magna, SL County)
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
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!
Labels: hummingbirds, rare birds, sparrows