28 February 2024

Heat Rising

Friday, June 4th, 2021
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 June 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Cool in the shade this morning, and hot in the sun. Not as hot as it was this afternoon (mid- to upper-90s (F)), but we got to the trailhead early, dog and I, and had a quick hike. Slowed down on the shady stretches and sped up in the sunny ones.

Saw and/or heard quite a few birds. Got a photo of a gnatcatcher singing animatedly (as they all do). Out on a sunny twig, too, that little bird.

Might reach 100° tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:02 a.m. (8:02 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Pine Siskin
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Violet-green Swallow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. House Finch**
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
13. Empidonax (sp.)
14. Chipping Sparrow (v)
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Black-billed Magpie
18. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

19. Eurasian Collared-dove
20. California Quail
21. European Starling
22. Rock Picon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

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