14 April 2024

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First Spring Warbler

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 April 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler (first-of-year).

A nearly cloudless, chilly morn—but not as chilly as yesterday. Soon enough, in fact, the rising sun warmed us up considerably, dog and me. And there were birds.

Heard, then saw, a male American Goldfinch. Not a migrant necessarily, but my first since last year. Two vultures moving through. A calling Red-breasted Nuthatch. A calling quail. Two scrub-jays “kissing.” A couple vultures circling, A solitary solitaire.

On our return, not far above the trailhead, I heard the sudden, loud song of a warbler in a leafing-out maple nearby. I left the trail and slid down the slope a bit and finally got a glimpse of it: a first-of-year Orange-crowned Warbler. (I’m determined now to become wholly familiar with their song.)

Tomorrow it’s supposed to get to 80° (F). I expect more new birds moving through.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m. (8:12 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. American Goldfinch
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Townsend’s Solitaire
9. Northern Flicker** (v)
10. California Quail
11. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
12. House Finch**
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Dark-eyed Junco
16. Orange-crowned Warbler†


17. House Sparrow (v)


Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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


Friday, March 26th, 2021
Northern Flicker in the yard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 March 2021.
Northern Flicker in the yard.

A snow-showery morning. Fog above and mud below up on the deer trails with dog. Aside from a few deer and a modest collection of birds, we were along up there, Jack and I. Few decent photo opportunities (other than artsy fog photos).

But back home in late-afternoon, the sun emerged, and a flicker paused and posed.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m. (9 a.m. MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. Dark-eyed Junco**
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Song Sparrow* (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)


11. Eurasian Collared-dove
12. European Starling
13. Northern Flicker

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

Fun Day

Monday, December 7th, 2020
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 December 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk.

We got to the trailhead about ten minutes later this morning than usual. By design, kind of. I wondered if a later start might lead to more action than a hike mostly in the mountain shade.

Right away, the action was pretty great—within about five minutes, I had several species, including a nuthatch, two titmice, a Mountain Chickadee, and a female Downy Woodpecker (later found the male in his usual patch). But then things settled down for much of the rest of the hike.

Until the last hundred yards or so, which brought a flurry of activity: juncos, a Cooper’s Hawk, a singing Townsend’s Solitaire, and two finch species.

Honestly, I doubt the later start had anything to do with it. Still a fun day, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Juniper Titmouse
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Mountain Chickadee
6. House Finch (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jayl
9. Northern Flicker
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. Pine Siskin (v)


Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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