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Fun Hike

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Another fun morning hike. Even before the hike, in fact: the first bird I spied this early morning—perched on the tip of a conifer out front of the house—was a first-of-year species (Brown-headed Cowbird).

But during the hike proper—which happened on a nippy morning (40s (F) to start, in the mountain shade) turning into a warmish morning—I counted lots of species, failed at tracking a couple of new songs, but managed to tally a new lifer and see a bunch of hummingbirds.

The lifer: a Plumbeous Vireo, which I first heard, than caught a glimpse of. Alas, no photo, though. (Yet.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14. Black-headed Grosbeak
15. House Finch*
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Orange-crowned Warbler
18. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. California Quail*
21. Plumbeous Vireo‡†
22. Black-chinned Hummingbird
23. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

24. Brown-headed Cowbird†
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

†First-of-year bird
‡Lifer

The Circuit

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
Turkey Vulture, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 May 2020.
Turkey Vulture.

For the second straight morning, dog and I did the Millcreek circuit. By that I mean, we climbed the near valley to the top of the ridge, then along the ridge to the terminus of the Pipeline Trail—then down the switchback to where we began. Not quite four miles total, 1,200-plus feet in elevation, about a two-and-a-half hour hike.

Lazuli Bunting (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 May 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (male).

Today, though, it was humid, and there was a drizzle or two, and then the sun came out.

More birds on my list than any day I can remember here. No lifers or first-of-years—just a nice selection of feathered critters. I hope we have as much luck tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked 1,000-plus feet up a mountain.

1. Eurasian Collared Dove
2. American Robin*
3. Northern Flicker** (v)
4. House Finch*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Song Sparrow* (v)
8. Lazuli Bunting
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
13. Brewer’s Sparrow
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
15. Chipping Sparrow
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
18. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Chukar (v)
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
24. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

25. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Fun Time

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 May 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak (first-of-year).
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 May 2020.
Lazuli Bunting.

Fun hike. Breezy, 50s (F). Got to the trailhead early—early enough to surprise a Mountain Cottontail in the shadow of the mountain.

Lots of singing Lazuli Buntings still. Lots. Multiple hummingbird sightings. Decided to make a circuit up the valley to the ridge above the Millcreek trails, back down the switchback. The result? Twenty-three species—and a very fun time.

Noteworthy: two singing Black-headed Grosbeaks (first-of-year birds).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked 1,200-plus feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. California Quail*
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler
12. Chipping Sparrow (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
17. Chukar (v)
18. Black-headed Grosbeak†
19. Orange-crowned Warbler
20. Mountain Chickadee
21. Golden Eagle
22. Cooper’s Hawk
23. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

24. Northern Flicker (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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