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Vireo

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2021.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This one was supposed to be a warm day. And it was. But the real heat didn’t rise until after dog and I had finished a delicious hike in the sun.

Delicious for me on account of all the migrating bird life—including a first-of-year (and very likely only-of-year) Plumbeous Vireo—and delicious for Jack on account of all the smells.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Plumbeous Vireo†
12. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
13. American Crow
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Orange-crowned Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Warbling Vireo (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

The Unexpected

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
Dusky Grouse (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Dusky Grouse (female).
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This morning was chilly compared to recent mornings. Right away, as dog and I started up the switchback, birds began to make themselves apparent. The usual suspects mostly (albeit not singing so much as they used to), until we got to the shade of Coyote Canyon, when things got exciting.

First were the wing-trills of the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that’ve been following us up the cool valley there in past days. Soon enough I heard heard a short, sweet, subtle warble, which turned out to be a female grosbeak’s. Then I spied my first Warbling Vireo in a few days, a random Yellow Warbler in the leafy maples, then another bird up there I could not quickly ID—apparently a young bird, being fed by a parent. I got a photo, thought, which revealed it to be a Plumbeous Vireo (only my third-ever glimpse of the species).

The short climb was thrillingly birdy. Then, unexpectedly, I happened to notice two grouse in the thick greenery not six or eight feet off the trail. Unexpectedly, they did not fly—just stood contemplating me as I snapped photos, then moseyed off into the vegetation. Later, after viewing the photos, I decided these were Ruffed Grouse.

Update: Months later (on 27 February 2021), I had email from the local eBird expert, who advised me the photo above (which I posted there, as well) in fact depicted a Dusky Grouse hen. (Pale throat and overall darker plumage set this bird apart). Talk about unexpected: How strange to be celebrating a new lifer so many months after seeing it!

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove*
4. American Robin
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. House Finch**
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Plumbeous Vireo
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Black-headed Grosbeak
17. Dusky Grouse‡
18. Lazuli Bunting
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. California Quail
21. Song Sparrow
22. House Sparrow (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
‡Lifer

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

 
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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