14 August 2022

Nip in the Air

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 September 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

I thought yesterday was pretty chilly for August. This morning was chillier—in the 40s (F) in the mountain shade when dog and I headed up the trailhead. I felt both a chill and a thrill, thinking the nip in the air might provide some interesting bird sightings, as various species got to thinking the equivalent of, “O.K., here we go.”

Olive-sided Flycatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 September 2020.
Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Although our hike began slow, I ended up not being disappointed.

Within a minute of my saying to Jack, “Well, this has been kind of a bust,” a Warbling Vireo popped up in a scrub-oak ahead of us. (Watched it snag a caterpillar.) Then along came a couple dozen House Finches, numerous gnatcatchers, and a Brewer’s Sparrow or two. On the last leg of our return, I even got to watch an Olive-sided Flycatcher, well, catching flies.

Finally I said to Jack—summing up our hike as we approached the trailhead—“From ‘zip’ to ‘ZIPPO’!”

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Black-billed Magpie**
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Mourning Dove
13. Brewer’s Sparrow
14. Olive-sided Flycatcher


15. California Quail (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

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