30 June 2022

Summer Solitaire

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 June 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

This morning was cool and breezy with sprinkles blowing around. We actually took a little stroll in the (very light) rain, dog and I. Also encountered quite a few birds, many of ’em clearly keeping track of youngsters.

The highlight was a solitary Townsend’s Solitaire, perching, fly-catching, and emitting a very subtle version of its every-two-second territorial call.

I stood a while watching and listening to my first summer solitaire.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. American Kestrel

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

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