14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘accipiter (sp)’

Cool Morning

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Spotted Towhee among maple keys, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 October 2021.
Spotted Towhee among maple keys.

Another cool morning, but brighter than last. Another nice supply of migrants. Another glimpse of a Steller’s Jay. Not the photo ops of yesterday’s magnificent hike—but dog and I enjoyed it just fine.

In fact, in chasing the jay, we veered off our usual course for quite a distance (and increase in altitude). It was a shy yet vocal bird, and it mimicked the voice of a Red-tailed Hawk perfectly.

Already looking forward to what tomorrow might bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m. (8:56 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch**
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Northern Flicker
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. American Robin**
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
14. Accipiter (sp)


15. California Gull
16. European Starling
17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Song Sparrow

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

Migration Wave

Sunday, October 10th, 2021
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 October 2021.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

First truly damp, nippy morning of the season—complete with a dusting of snow atop the mountains. A combination of mysterious factors brought a little wave of migrants.

Right away, in the scrub along the switchback, came a small flock of juncos, along with Townsend’s Warbler. Then came a small contingent of yellow-rumps and an overflight of eighteen robins. Then the junco and yellow-rump numbers began to rise—and on our return, dog and I encountered a big gang of ’rumps, accompanied by a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

I do love a little migration wave.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:34 a.m. (8:34 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie (v)
2. House Finch** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Townsend’s Warbler
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. American Robin
12. Pine Siskin
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet


14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
17. Accipiter (sp)


Mountain Cottontail

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


Friday, August 27th, 2021
Sage Thrasher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2021.
Sage Thrasher.

Trouble operating my GoPro for the second straight day—this time, I managed to set it for “night lapse.” Sheesh. (Tomorrow I’ll do a careful equipment check.) Compared to yesterday, at least, it was a quiet morning, with not a lot of excitement, nor many photo opportunities.

Except toward the end, when I happened to spot a bird perched on some bare scrub-oak twigs. And for the second straight August day, I had a first-of-year species.

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

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Eurasian Collared-dove
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Western Tanager
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Accipiter (sp)
13. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. American Goldfinch
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. American Robin (v)
18. Sage Thrasher†


19. Black-billed Magpie
20. European Starling
21. American Crow
22. California Quail


Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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