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Coolish

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 June 2021.
Lazuli Bunting.

These past couple days, as the temperatures in the Pacific Northwest broke all-time heat records (121°F in British Columbia??), Jack and I have had some nice coolish morning hikes up the foothills trails. Upper 60s to start, maybe mid-70s at the end. Today the trend continued.

Yep, it was a lovely morning for a walk in the high desert. We’ve even had scattered thundershowers lately.

[Sucks about anthropogenic climate change, though.]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch**
4. Song Sparrow*
5. Mourning Dove
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. American Robin** (v)
13. Warbling Vireo (v)
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler
15. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Quail
19. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Quail

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
California Quail (ma and chick), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2021.
California Quail (ma and chick).

Summer before last when I moved here, just walking with Jack in the neighborhood, I came upon a little covey of quail. California Quail, adults and juvies. I had no idea they lived around here—but thanks to some transplants back in the 1800s, they do.

They’ve been fun to watch, to get to know. At this time of year, they have young ’uns. I’ve seen fewer young ’uns than in the past two years (just one with its mom this afternoon), but they still inspire in me the power of tiny living things to mature quickly, to beat the odds, to survive to adulthood, and to bring into the world other tiny living things.

LFG, little quail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m. (8:14 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared-dove
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. California Gull
18. European Starling
19. House Sparrow
20. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

A Little Magic

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Up the trail with dog as usual, and as lately in the cool, cool shade. Many birds at first—and all told the most species in a while—plus just a little visual magic today for whatever random reason.

For instance: Rock Squirrels perched high on a rock on a ridge, one high, one low; a hummingbird teed up on a twig, the waning gibbous moon behind it; and in late afternoon, a red-tail perched on a utility pole, as an incoming jetliner passes in the sky behind it. (Saw what I assume was the same hawk, on the same pole, this early morning.)

A little magic is a good thing.

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. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. House Finch**
4. Mourning Dove
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Black-billed Magpie**
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Common Raven
12. American Robin* (v)
13. Sharp-Shinned Hawk
13. Warbling Vireo
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Song Sparrow* (v)
18. Lesser Goldfinch**

Elsewhere

19. California Quail
20. House Sparrow
21. Eurasian Collared-dove
22. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(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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