29 September 2020

Broad-Tails

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
Broad-winged Hummingbird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2020.
Broad-winged Hummingbird (male).
Broad-winged Hummingbird (immature male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2020.
Broad-winged Hummingbird (imm. male).

On an exceptionally quiet morning, the Broad-winged Hummingbirds were out and about. Even before we reached the cool shade of Coyote Canyon, I heard that familiar cricket-like wing-trill.

Since that wing-trill sounds like it’s coming from everywhere, it generally takes a few minutes to spot an actual hummingbird. (At least it takes me that long.) But I finally spotted one—an immature male perched above the trail in front of dog and me. Then I spied a male in silhouette, spreading its wings and tail.

Dance of the Broad-winged Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2020.
Dance of the Broad-winged Hummer.

Finally, the male—which, by the way, followed us a hundred yards or so up the valley—perched in full view and flashed the read feathers of his throat.

Apparently summer is the season of broad-tails.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin
6. Mountain Chickadee
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Pine Siskin
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Lazuli Bunting
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Elsewhere

16. House Sparrow
17. Barn Swallow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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