14 May 2021

Strange Voices

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 May 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

We stepped out early to avoid the Sunday crowds. A bit chillier than yesterday, parts of it overcast and parts of it sunny. Fewer birds than yesterday to start—but up little Coyote Canyon came some strange voices. Not unfamiliar, just unheard for a while.

One trill, in fact, I could not ID. (Some kind of warbler, I believe.) And another—a note—I did not recognize. Saw neither bird. Nor did I see the first-of-year Black-throated Gray warbler that kept singing from the junipers. I might’ve spied it, but we met a friendly, talkative couple coming the other way along the deer trail. At least I pointed out the song to them and told them the name of the little bird.

Mostly sunny later. Still waiting for that bodacious spring migration day.d

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7 a.m. (8 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting (v)
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Orange-crowned Warbler
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler† (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
14. Black-billed Magpie
15. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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