25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Lushness

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

A little nippy this morning. We had no human company on the trail, dog and I, until most of our hike was over. Plenty of wildlife, though.

Mountain Coyote, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2020.
Mountain Coyote.

For one instance, I spied at least three cottontails hopping around in the grass. For another, I caught sight of a coyote up one grassy slope, eyeing us attentively. For a third, I stumbled onto two lifers, bird-wise. (One, the MacGillivray’s Warbler, had been driving me nuts for two days prior—never got a glimpse of the bird and couldn’t match its song. Today I got a swift peek.)

The weather was mixed but pleasant. The trail seemed friendly, the surroundings turning lush. Tonight will come some rain—so tomorrow might be lusher.

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

1. House Finch*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
12. Empidonax (sp?)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. MacGillivray’s Warbler†‡
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Lesser Goldfinch**
18. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
19. Western Tanager
20. Mourning Dove (v)
21. Cliff Swallow†
22. Western Wood-pewee†‡
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

24. European Starling
25. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mountain Coyote

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

†First-of-year bird
‡Lifer

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