25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Usual Suspects

Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Lazuli Bunting (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 May 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (male).

Here in the sage and scrub-oak foothills east of Salt Lake City, the usual suspects are kind of remarkable. This morning, I saw more than a dozen Lazuli Buntings, for instance—all but one of them singing males. They’ve got bright songs and are kind of jazzy to look at.

Black-chinned Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 May 2020.
Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Another common species (for example) is the Black-chinned Hummingbird. Back in Maine, we had only one resident hummer—the ruby-throat—and they weren’t at all rare, but I saw perhaps one every week or ten days in high season. Lately, I’ve seen multiple black-chinneds every single day for a good while now. (Also daily Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.) And I haven’t even mentioned the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Spotted Towhees, or Black-headed Grosbeaks.

I’m getting accustomed to seeing—or at least hearing—them. But I can’t imagine I’ll ever tire of their sights and sounds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Song Sparrow* (v)
6. House Finch*
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Sharp-shinned Hawk
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Pine Siskin
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
13. Black-chinned Hummingbird
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
16. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Brewer’s Sparrow
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Warbling Vireo


21. Eurasian Collared Dove
22. Mourning Dove
23. California Quail
24. European Starling
25. Lesser Goldfinch (v)



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson

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