26 May 2022

A Treasure

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 April 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A warmish, cloudless morning with plenty of birds around. A longer hike. Not as busy or surprising as the past couple days—but a treasure nonetheless.

Cassin’s Finch (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 April 2020.
Cassin’s Finch (female).

Encountered a Townsend’s Solitaire right away. Lots of buntings about. Gnatcatchers. Warblers (though not as many as yesterday). I managed to learn the voice of the Virginia’s Warbler (after at first mistaking it as a Nashville’s yesterday).

Most noteworthy was my discovery of a female Cassin’s Finch—which I first heard calling and though it some kind of vireo (a call that helped me make the ID). Now I must see if I can hunt up a male.

Pretty fun spring migration so far.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:00 a.m., I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. House Finch**
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Townsend’s Solitaire
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. Lazuli Bunting
10. Cassin’s Finch†‡
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Pine Siskin (v)
14. Virginia’s Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow (v)
17. Chukar (v)
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
20. Orange-crowned Warbler
21. Cooper’s Hawk
22. Song Sparrow (v)


24. House Sparrow (v)
25. California Quail



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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