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Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Zion NP

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.

good birding,

Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

         Photo by Steve Hampton

Enlarged and lightened by the webmaster

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