18 September 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American crow’

Thrasher

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†

Elsewhere

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Hawklings

Thursday, August 5th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (juvie, one of four), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (juvie, one of four).

Today’s hike was a bit later than usual, a bit warmer than on recent mornings, very dry again—with smoky air—and crazy quiet. Was it the drought? The air? The time of day (or year)? Is there a hawk about? All the usual questions that zip through my head.

But a few birds did show up eventually—the usual. Two corvid species, two finches, two doves, two hummingbirds, a random pair of Brewer’s Sparrows. (Wish I’d managed an in-focus photo.)

And sure enough, there were hawks. Heard the familiar voice of a juvie Cooper’s Hawk up above the gully where their nest is, crept over in that direction—and a pair of youngsters took flight from somewhere up ahead beside the trail. Got a little closer, and two more popped up from the same area. Half of the four stuck around for (shady, leafy) photos, which was nice. (Nice to see a good number of fledglings, despite the drought!)

Son’t think the young hawks were the reason things were so quiet, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:28 a.m. (8:38 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Lesser Goldfinch**
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Mourning Dove*
12. Brewer’s Sparrow
13. Spotted Towhee (v)
14. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)

Elsewhere

15. California Quail
16. Barn Swallow
17. American Crow
18. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Odd Weather

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
Pair of Red-tailed Hawks hanging in the wind, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 June 2021.
Pair of Red-tailed Hawks hanging in the wind.

Cooler this morning, with gusty winds and clouds flying by overhead. Pretty quiet headed up with dog—fewer vocalizing birds than yesterday. Also random appearances: a pair of Cooper’s Hawks, a sudden magpie.

Returning, I heard the inimitable cry of a Red-tailed Hawk. And again—again. It’s a pretty amazing sound (to me, at least), but I couldn’t spot the hawk. About a hundred yards later, I happened to spy a pair of ’em high above, facing into the wind, motionless except for an occasional wing-flap. Using their legs as rudders, they were just hanging there.

Earlier, a fog of sorts had come blowing through from the lake (looked like), then the clouds piled up on each other, and sun rays found their way through, and the wind continued to gust and blow.

Odd weather—but very cool.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:06 a.m. (8:06 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Mourning Dove
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. House Finch**
11. Black-headed Grosbeak
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Chipping Sparrow (v)
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

17. California Quail
18. American Crow

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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