23 October 2020


Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 September 2020.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Migration. This morning’s hike began quiet for maybe the first ten minutes in the mountain shade—then took off in a hurry. So many little birds moving through. Including (of course) a bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I’m used to the Myrtle subspecies back east, but I’ve gotten fairly accustomed to the Audubon’s out here in the high desert. This species is among the most abundant in North America, and even in a drought, they’re all over the place just now. Proof of fall migration.

I counted 25 ’rumps this morning (likely an undercount). One cool thing is, I can now ID this bird from its chip note—which is similar, but not identical, to the version back East. (A touch sweeter than the dry chip! of the eastern variety.) Other birds on the move: robins, kinglets, junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee. (The latter might be year-round residents, but they’ve sure been flitting around all over the place lately.)

Quite a list today. But I have to say I had the most fun following all the little yellow-rumps flitting around.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:26 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Robin
4. Pine Siskin
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Hummingbird (sp)
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Downy Woodpecker (v)
13. Mountain Chickadee*
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Cooper’s Hawk*
16. Warbling Vireo
17. White-crowned Sparrow
18. Dark-eyed Junco
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
20. Eurasian Collared Dove


21. Black-billed Magpie

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

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