30 June 2022

Good Day

Sunday, June 28th, 2020
Black-headed Grosbeak(s), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak(s).
Gnatcatcher vs scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2020.
Gnatcatcher vs scrub-jay.

The air this morning smelled slightly smoky, as dog and I ascended the trail. I suspect because of a fire down around Lehi. (Fireworks.) Mostly overcast, in advance of promised thundershowers (which did arrive this afternoon). Just felt a little off up there.

But we were blessed with a trio of grosbeaks, and a courageous display by two gnatcatchers (and a goldfinch) against a nonchalant (but much larger) scrub-jay.

Dipped (photo-wise) on a Warbling Vireo and two Black-throated Gray Warblers. But that’s OK.

Every day is a good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. House Sparrow
19. European Starling
20. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

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