25 June 2021

Kingbird

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
Western Kingbird (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 June 2021.
Western Kingbird (first-of-year).

Another dry, breezy morning without a lot or singing birds. The residents have nests, seems sure, and a few species are still moving through.

For instance, the first-of-year Western Kingbird we happened upon, dog and I. Heard it first, didn’t recognize its voice—I haven’t encountered more than a handful, and only one or two in spring—then managed a photo from a distance. Six vultures circled through also. The rest (of only fourteen spp. total) were locals.

In other news, for the second straight day I watched a pair of gnatcatchers chase a scrub-jay from its perch in the big Russian olive tree.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. House Finch**
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Western Kingbird†
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Chipping Sparrow (v)
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

15. American Robin
16. Black-billed Magpie
17. European Starling
18. Mourning Dove
19. House Sparrow**

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

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