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Fun Day No. 2

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 September 2020.
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.).

Yesterday, I buried the lede. The yellowish warbler I spied angling away at a distance—the one that looked rather like a black-throated green, with prominent white wing bars, and whose yellow cheeks had a bolder swipe of black? It was indeed, as I decided after much study, a Townsend’s Warbler. What I didn’t mention: it was a lifer for me.

Today I saw two more of ’em. Up close this time. (Alas the birds were flitting about in the shady valley, so the photos weren’t what they might’ve been.)

And that’s not all. Had my first Chipping Sparrow in a while, spotted my first Steller’s Jay in a much longer while, and saw my first great flock of “floater” scrub-jays. (Didn’t know that was a thing.) Plus, I heard the random voice of a Mountain Chickadee.

Second straight day of fun.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
12. Townsend’s Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Steller’s Jay
15. Virginia’s Warbler
16. Brewer’s Sparrow
17. Black-chinned Hummingbird
18. Mountain Chickadee
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch


Rock Squirrel (v)
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Fun Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Chilly, breezy morning. Sweatshirt weather again. But within a few minutes of beginning my hike with dog, I could tell it was gonna be a big day.

Bird after bird after bird. Species after species. A pair of Western Tanagers, an Olive-sided Warbler with a yellow jacket in its beak, two sparrow species, two warblers, three hummingbirds. I took nearly 900 photos. (Took a while to winnow them down to a couple hundred or so.)

And for the first time I heard the sweet calls of the wren—whose photo was the best of the bunch, I decided.

From four species Tuesday to 22 this morning. A fun day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch**
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Rock Wren
9. Western Tanager
10. American Robin
11. Olive-sided Flycatcher
12. Rufous Hummingbird
13. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Vesper Sparrow
16. Townsend’s Warbler†
17. Brewer’s Sparrow
18. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Pine Siskin
22. Black-billed Magpie*


23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. California Quail
25. Eurasian Collared Dove


Mountain Cottontail

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

Slim Pickin’s

Friday, September 4th, 2020
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah 04 September 2020.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

Cool in the mountain shade this morning. Not as hurried as yesterday—nor as fruitful. I blame the fact that the sun doesn’t clear the ridge these days until my hike with dog is more than half finished, and the insects are late to rise. And in these dry conditions (no precip since 28 July), a lot of birds depend on bugs and flies.

But at the end of our hike a little sparrow popped up to present me with the day’s best photo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. House Finch*
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Brewer’s Sparrow


13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Rock Pigeon


Red Squirrel (v)
Rock Squirrel

(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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