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Warm Day

Friday, April 30th, 2021

As forecast, today brought a little warm-up. I might’ve hoped for more in the way of arriving migrants, but the lack of such an influx didn’t dampen my morning hike with dog. At all.

It was a nice one. A little longer than usual, with a little more altitude. Plus, I spotted a first-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

And insects are out: butterflies, regular flies, silk and filaments. And flowers—heard (but did not see) what sounded like a Black-chinned Hummingbird. (Heard what sounded like a bunting, too, but could not confirm.)

More birding fun is on the near horizon.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Hummingbird (sp.)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
7. House Finch**
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Song Sparrow** (v)
11. Turkey Vulture
12. California Quail*
13. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


15. House Sparrow (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

First Spring Warbler

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 April 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler (first-of-year).

A nearly cloudless, chilly morn—but not as chilly as yesterday. Soon enough, in fact, the rising sun warmed us up considerably, dog and me. And there were birds.

Heard, then saw, a male American Goldfinch. Not a migrant necessarily, but my first since last year. Two vultures moving through. A calling Red-breasted Nuthatch. A calling quail. Two scrub-jays “kissing.” A couple vultures circling, A solitary solitaire.

On our return, not far above the trailhead, I heard the sudden, loud song of a warbler in a leafing-out maple nearby. I left the trail and slid down the slope a bit and finally got a glimpse of it: a first-of-year Orange-crowned Warbler. (I’m determined now to become wholly familiar with their song.)

Tomorrow it’s supposed to get to 80° (F). I expect more new birds moving through.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m. (8:12 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. American Goldfinch
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Townsend’s Solitaire
9. Northern Flicker** (v)
10. California Quail
11. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
12. House Finch**
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Dark-eyed Junco
16. Orange-crowned Warbler†


17. House Sparrow (v)


Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 April 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

The day dawned clear. A little remnant snow along the trails, although not nearly as muddy as the past two days. Few bird species to start, but a flurry toward the end of my hike with dog.

(Aside: I thought about leaving Jack home this morning, since his back legs aren’t as sturdy as they used to be, and I thought he might benefit from a day off. However, he seems eager, and in fact led the way more than once this morning. Plus, he’d miss all the smells I worry about him, though.)

Heard a couple bird calls I didn’t recognize. Neve got a look. New arrivals, I believe, perhaps sparrows. Should be a flurry of migrants in the next few warm days.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:23 a.m. (8:23 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee**
4. House Finch**
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Turkey Vulture
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)


13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. Cooper’s Hawk


Rock squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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