Working a spring area near Buck Mountain in the South Rubies, in a canyon with some nice aspen groves and more limited chokecherry, sandbar (aka coyote) willow and rose, I was surprised to hear a yellow-breasted chat singing up a storm from a chokecherry grove. I've worked the area for a couple years, and that's a first for my records. I was at least as surprised higher in the canyon when I found a pair of red crossbills at a spring, in the company of a number of Cassin's finches (the latter a regular in the area), and an olive-sided flycatcher in an aspen.
"Regular" bird in the area included singing Audubon's warblers, ruby-crowned kinglets, and house wrens, with mountain chickadees, Clark's nutcrackers (about ten birds), and robins about. No hummingbirds observed, but MacGillivray's and one orange-crowned warbler were present, as were two red-naped sapsuckers, a flicker, gray flycatchers, spotted and large numbers of green-tailed towhees, black-throated, chipping and Brewer's sparrows.
Also, two weeks agoI had a bobolink flush near Jungo Road just east of the Black Rock desert area. Two years ago, near the same area, during a windy May day, a black-headed grosbeak landed on the passenger-side mirror of my truck while I was having lunch. This year a co-worker had a loggerhead shrike land on her antenna. Good perches seem to be a premium there.