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Birdsong

Monday, May 31st, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow (in song), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 May 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow (in song).

This bright Memorial Day morning, dog and I were alone on the deer trails for the first three quarters of our hike. Just us and the birds (and a rock squirrel) until other human started trickling up the sides of the sun-splashed foothills.

Of the good selection of species I spied, the funnest was a Brewer’s Sparrow. Only with the week did I hear my first Brewer’s Sparrow song, and it was pretty grand—then today’s bird decided to perform something of a symphony. A long collection of trills on different pitches and with varied lengths and flourishes.

My favorite part of the day, bird-wise. Then again, as a by-hear birder, I do love me some birdsong.

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

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Mourning Dove
10. Mallard
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Virginia’s Warbler
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Brewer’s Sparrow
20. Song Sparrow* (v)
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

23. California Quail
24. European Starling

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Variety

Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Black-headed Grobeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 May 2021.
Black-headed Grobeak.

Breezy, cool, mostly overcast to start, clearing later—and what a hike it would be. Tallied twenty-four varied species (including a random Mallard flyby).

Other birds of interest were a couple of flycatchers, a Brewer’s Sparrow, a little flock of swallows, a tanager. Several species stopped to let me take their photo.

Already looking forward to morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Western Wood-pewee
9. Mourning Dove
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Mallard
14. Rock Wren
15. Brewer’s Sparrow
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Black-billed Magpie
21. Virginia’s Warbler
22. Violet-green Swallow
23. Western Tanager

Elsewhere

24. California Quail
25. European Starling
26. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

A Good Walk

Saturday, May 29th, 2021
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 May 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Pretty quiet this calm, lovely morning up along the deer trails. Coolish still, and dry. I wonder each morning why it’s different from the morning before—and the morning before that. They’re all different, sometimes subtly so, and sometimes vastly.

Not nearly as many species today as in recent days. I imagine migration is diminishing apace. (Did hear one bird I couldn’t identify—and couldn’t track down.) Nests are active. Not nearly as much singing going on.

Each day is different, year round. Just as every season is different from the previous year’s. Makes me wonder. And any hike that makes me wonder is a good walk. (Not sure I’ve ever had a bad one.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:28 a.m. (8:28 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch**
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Black-billed Magpie
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

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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