17 Jun 2011
Zion National Park
Washington County, Utah
(E-mails from Steve Hampton, 18 Jun 2011)
I'm a visiting birder from California. Yesterday, June 17, 2011, I saw an
adult male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at the amphitheater of South
Campground at Zion NP. I've sent a photo to the webmaster. The bird sang a
few snippets of song. I later re-found it near the campground entrance.
Also of interest, but no photo, was a singing male INDIGO x LAZULI
BUNTING, also on June 17. This bird was along Pine Creek 100-150m
downstream of the nice stone bridge of hwy 9 (the lowest switchback below
the tunnel). It would be best viewed by parking at the bridge and walking
back along the road on the uphill (south) side of the creek. The bird was
all dark blue above, including head and throat, with a white lower breast
and belly, but no sign of orange. Basically a blue-and-white bunting. I'd
love to see a photo of this bird!
Probably less noteworthy was a CASSIN'S KINGBIRD in Tropic on June 12.
by Steve Hampton