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Many Kinglets

Monday, September 28th, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

A lot of migration going on this clear, chilly (40s (F)) morning. Clear—but dog and I still spent much of the beginning of the hike in mountain shade.

Cassin’s Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2020.
Cassin’s Vireo?

But birds were moving through even in the shade. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers, many American Robins. A couple of gnatcatchers, a pack of six Mountain Chickadees, and a whole bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

I heard the slight, abrupt chatter a kinglet down in Coyote Canyon, but it had headed up the leafy slope and was out of photo range, so we continued down a ways before turning back up—and I heard it again, same spot. It occurred to me that the switchback for the high ridge hike was uphill of the bird, so we crept up that steep trail…

…and right into a flock of between sixteen and twenty kinglets. They were everywhere, but always in low tangles of foliage. I bet I stood there ten minutes before I finally got one of those quick-moving critters to stop long enough for a half-way decent portrait.

[Elsewhere, I snagged a pic of what I’m pretty sure was a migrating a Cassin’s Vireo—a lifer for me, if so.]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. American Robin**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Northern Flicker
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Cassin’s Vireo‡
10. Hummingbird (sp)
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Mountain Chickadee
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet


17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. Rock Pigeon


Red Squirrel (v)

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

Little Quiet Birds

Friday, September 25th, 2020
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 September 2020.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

Jack and I did the “ridge hike” today, our circuit up to the Pipeline Overlook, then around and down Coyote Canyon (which we usually ascend). Got a better look at the Neff’s Canyon fire, still smoking. Also got good looks at several nice birds.

This is my second fall migration here in the high desert, and the sagebrushy foothills aren’t as busy as probably the basin is (at least around the rivers and lakes), but it’s still pretty fun.I’ve especially liked the challenge of spotting—then ID’ing—little quiet birds flitting in the leafy valleys. Today I had three of those, but only ID’d one: an Orange-crowned Warbler.

Good climb for me and Jack this morning. Already thinking about tomorrow’s.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m., I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Lesser Goldfinch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Hummingbird (sp)
9. Northern Flicker**
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. American Robin
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Mountain Chickadee (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler


15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)


Red Squirrel (v)

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

Fall Migration

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
Lesser Goldfinch, Eastern Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 September 2020.
Lesser Goldfinch.

Fall migration’s a bit understated here in the sagebrushy Utah foothills, from what I’ve observed. Still interesting—a warbler here, a sparrow there, a hawk flying over, some random bird—but not as exciting as on Monhegan Island, Maine, where a bunch of birder friends are hanging out just now.

Still, I like it. I like the challenge. I like the usual suspects, and I like the crazy random Mountain Chickadees that’ve lately come down from the heights. I even like whiffing on those few species I didn’t get a good look at.

These little critters are moving, moving, moving. Heading south for hundreds or thousands of miles, usually at night, then stopping off in the morning to stock up on energy, only to make a return trip a few months hence—often ending up in the exact same bush where they were hatched.

(Can you guess I kind of have a thing for fall migration?)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Lesser Goldfinch*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Pine Siskin
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Northern Flicker**
12. American Robin
13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Western Tanager
15. Mountain Chickadee (v)


16. European Starling

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

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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