25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Hummers

Sunday, May 17th, 2020
Black-chinned Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 May 2020.
Black-chinned Hummingbird.

There are so many hummingbirds around here. This, first spring in Utah, has me wide-eyed (and -eared) at just how many of these little hummers there are zipping around the sage and scrub.

Every day for a couple weeks, I’ve seen and/or heard at least six or eight individual hummingbirds—nearly always both black-chinned and broad-tailed—and often a dozen or more. Their behavior is interesting—wing-trills and pendulum dances and hovering in one place for seconds above a human and canine on the trail.

This gusty morning, at a fairly high elevation with few trees about, I came upon a black-chinned sipping on the lovely red Coarse Indian Paintbrush flowers. Just one of many things I’ve learned about these hardy little survivors.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked about 1,000 feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

21. House Sparrow
22. European Starling
23. Downy Woodpecker

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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