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Archive for June, 2021

Raptors

Sunday, June 27th, 2021
Red-taailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 June 2021.
Red-taailed Hawk.

Dog and I enjoyed another cool morning hike this day—albeit a cloudless one. Only the moon and a few raptors up there. Heard a Cooper’s Hawk call from the nest above little Coyote Canyon, saw another circling above the house home this midday (with pay), and a red-tail in late afternoon.

Despite the drought, fledglings of several species are taking wing. House Finches have multiplied exponentially. I wonder how many more birds will head south come fall than showed up in spring this year.

(Note: I wonder this every year.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m. (8:15 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. House Finch**
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Pine Siskin
9. American Robin*
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Warbling Vireo (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

Sparrow

Saturday, June 26th, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 June 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

Another coolish morning (60s (F) when we hit the trailhead, dog and I) under a partial overcast that would eventually lead to a mostly sunny day. Mostly the usual suspects, bird-wise—excepting the third bird on my list, a young Sharp-shinned Hawk, and the second-to-last, a Brewer’s Sparrow.

The Brewer’s was a highlight. When I heard its song coming from the scrub habitat above us, I first assumed it was a chippie—until I realized its typical trill had begun with a shorter trill at a higher pitch. Stopped me in my tracks. Scanned the scrub and (by some stroke of luck) managed to spy the little sparrow perched in on a twig maybe 75 yards away. Thanks to my trusty superzoom, I managed to confirm my suspicion after downloading the photos.

And this hot dry summer’s just begun.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m. (8:14 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Sharp-shinned Hawk
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. House Finch**
10. American Robin*
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)d
14. Brewer’s Sparrow
15. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Mild Friday

Friday, June 25th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 June 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

The forecast called for a chance of thundershowers this morning, but no such luck. Instead, dog and I had a lucky overcast and cool, room temperatures. And a good hike. Along with a nice assortment of bird species.

Most unusual was a random Warbling Vireo moving through the trees just above the neighborhood. Most thrilling was a raven lying low over the bench. (Hadn’t seen a raven in quite a while.) And most photogenic was a grosbeak singing in a treetop near the old Monarch Quarry.

We’re supposed to get a rather mild weekend, too—before summertime returns with a vengeance next week.

No matter, we shall hike regardless, Jack and I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Warbling Vireo
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. House Finch**
8. Lesser Goldfinch
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Common Raven
12. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
13. Black-headed Grosbeak
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow (v)
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. California Quail

Mammals

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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