14 April 2024

Mild Friday

Friday, June 25th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 June 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

The forecast called for a chance of thundershowers this morning, but no such luck. Instead, dog and I had a lucky overcast and cool, room temperatures. And a good hike. Along with a nice assortment of bird species.

Most unusual was a random Warbling Vireo moving through the trees just above the neighborhood. Most thrilling was a raven lying low over the bench. (Hadn’t seen a raven in quite a while.) And most photogenic was a grosbeak singing in a treetop near the old Monarch Quarry.

We’re supposed to get a rather mild weekend, too—before summertime returns with a vengeance next week.

No matter, we shall hike regardless, Jack and I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Warbling Vireo
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. House Finch**
8. Lesser Goldfinch
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Common Raven
12. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
13. Black-headed Grosbeak
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow (v)
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

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