30 November 2023

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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


Saturday, July 17th, 2021
Western Tanager (fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 July, 2021.
Western Tanager (fem.).

One nice thing about hiking the same patch every day is getting to know the wildlife well—the individual birds, bird families, where they hang out, their calls, their habits. As rewarding, arguably, are the surprises.

Today’s surprises were: 1) a Eurasian Collared-dove perched on a wire usually occupied by a Mouning dove; 2) a cottontail far afield from where we usually encounter them, dog and I; 3) a random tanager showing up weeks after my last sighting.

Surprises are fun. And not uncommonly experience by the daily birder. (I’m tellin’ ya, birding improves your life.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:36 a.m. (7:36 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Eurasian Collared-dove
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Hawk (sp.)
9. Mourning Dove
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Spotted Towhee
13. Black-billed Magpie**
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
15. Western Tanager
16. American Robin


17. House Sparrow
18. California Quail


Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

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


Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 March 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

This morning I had a thrill.

My hike with dog began as usual (albeit a bit early, to avoid the housebound “throngs”). Jack and I climbed the switchback, squinted into the sun, listened to singing Spotted Towhees. Then I heard Chukars and decided we might as well head up a deer trail to investigate.

As usual, we didn’t get anywhere near the Chukars—but we scouted new, interesting trails, passed the ribcage of a long-dead deer, enjoyed the high views. Then, on descending back to the familiar trail, I heard it, and it brought me to a stop: the song of a Canyon Wren.

I’d been waiting for it for a while but didn’t expect to hear it so soon. It came from way up the hillside we’d just descended—likely from the rocky summit ridge. Once. Twice. Three times. That was all. That was enough.

Looking forward to my second listen to that lovely song.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a couple hundred feet up the mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Chukar (v)
11. Canyon Wren (v)
12. California Quail (v)


13. Song Sparrow
14. Eurasian Collared Dove


Mule Deer

(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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