2 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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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)


25. California Quail


Mule Deer

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

Kinglet Chase

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 April 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Chased down a kinglet this morning—a mostly overcast morning with a few waves of rain moving through. I heard it first, not long after we’d started up the trail. Singing. I tiptoed around, took a shitload of photos hoping one might come out half-way decent. What do you know—one did!

(Kinglets have stumped me for years. They flit around so quickly, stick to brush and tangles, and I’m a by-hand photographer.)

A really good hike with Jack my dog. I shall remember it fondly.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Turkey Vulture
12. Chipping Sparrow (v)
13. Song Sparrow* (v)


14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. European Starling
16. House Sparrow (v)


Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Signs of Migration

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 April 2020.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

This being my first April in Utah, I’ve been waiting for spring migration to announce itself. So far only a few seemingly random appearances (well, other than the early towhees)—a couple of singing Canyon Wrens, one Mountain Bluebird sighting, chippies in just the past few days. Still no gnatcatchers or buntings. Or warblers.

Until today.

Actually, I spied a single unidentifiable warbler yesterday, and it might well have been an orange-crowned, the species I saw this morning. Three in all. (My only other sightings of this bird have been in fall on Monhegan Island, Maine.) Also a whole bunch of inbound Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

To say I’m psyched to see what tomorrow will bring might be something of an understatement.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. American Robin*
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. House Finch* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9. Orange-crowned Warbler‡
10. Mountain Chickadee (v)
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Dark-eyed Junco**
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
15. Song Sparrow* (v)
16. Northern Flicker
17. California Quail* (v)


18. House Sparrow
19. European Starling
20. Eurasian Collared Dove



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
‡First-of-year bird

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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