26 May 2022

Sparrows

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 April 2020.
Chipping Sparrow.

On this warm (70-ish (F)), overcast morning, I encountered many birds—both resident and migrating through—and most noteworthy were the sparrows.

Two were towhees (spotted and green-tailed), and two were, well, regular sparrows (chipping and Brewer’s). One of each group were only my second sightings (green-tailed and Brewer’s).

Besides the two resident chippies I know of, I spotted a few moving throgh this morning, in a small flock that included at least one Brewer’s Sparrow. They were staying low in the scrub, flitting into and out of the branches. The Green-tailed Towhee was perched low in a small tree a few hundred feet up the mountainside.

(I also learned today that Lazuli Buntings sing a whole bunch of variations of their basic song.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
4. House Finch*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Chipping Sparrow
8. Brewer’s Sparrow†
9. Lazuli Bunting
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. California Quail*
14. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
15. Virginia’s Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
17. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Green-tailed Towhee
20. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
21. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)

Elsewhere

22. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

None

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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