30 May 2023

FOY Birds

Monday, April 18th, 2022
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (first-of-year bird), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 April 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (first-of-year).

A bright morning, temps about 45 (F) or so. Slight breeze. Looked like the overnight wind directly was more or less southerly, so I thought it possible a new migrant or two might pop up somewhere.

Welp, two did.

The first was a Chipping Sparrow that popped up in a juniper along the deer trail as I was looking to spot a junco. Was a lovely surprise.

The second was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that popped up on our return hike (by which time the temperature was much warmer). Actually heard the bird first, then spied it—also in a juniper.

I’d forgotten how much joy first-of year spring migrants bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Pine Siskin** (v)
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. California Quail* (v)
11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Chipping Sparrow
16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
17. Turkey Vulture


18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. House Sparrow
20. European Starling


Mule Deer

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

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