23 October 2020

Vocalizations

Friday, June 5th, 2020
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 June 2020.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

Slept late this morning. We didn’t make it to the trailhead until the sun had long cleared the ridge. Warm, not too breezy. Didn’t know what to expect.

Not many birds on my list, but what showed up were vocal. The usual buntings and towhees and grosbeaks, along with chippies, finches, gnatcatchers. No magpies, which was odd. And the cherry on top was a cooperative Black-throated Gray Warbler (singing an interesting alternate song that—astonishingly—didn’t fool me).

After two long hikes, today’s was a quick one. Rain forecast for the weekend. Wind and rain. Scattered thunderstorms. Should be interesting. Looking forward to it.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Pine Siskin
6. Canyon Wren? (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Lesser Goldfinch
10. House Finch* (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Song Sparrow* (v)
16. California Quail** (v)

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. American Robin
19. European Starling
20. Mourning Dove
21. Song Sparrow
22. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

None

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

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