14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American crow’


Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2021.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This one was supposed to be a warm day. And it was. But the real heat didn’t rise until after dog and I had finished a delicious hike in the sun.

Delicious for me on account of all the migrating bird life—including a first-of-year (and very likely only-of-year) Plumbeous Vireo—and delicious for Jack on account of all the smells.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Plumbeous Vireo†
12. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
13. American Crow
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Orange-crowned Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Warbling Vireo (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


20. Mourning Dove


Rock Squirrel

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

Black-throated Gray

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 May 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

It took a several days, but I finally got a Black-throated Gray Warbler to pose for photos.

A bird’s been singing for more than a week up little Coyote Canyon, just above where dog and I typically veer off onto the upper deer trail, so we’ve been heading up the gully in search of it. But it’s always kept far enough off trail to make the chase futile. This morning looked at first to be a repeat of this routine—but then the bird flitted down below us up into a maple right along the trail. Just had to sneak quietly down in the direction of its buzzy voice, and there it was.

Nearby was also a Warbling Vireo, a couple other wood-warblers, an accipiter, chippies, buntings, and towhees. It’s a birdy place up there this time of year.

As is just about every place, if you take a walk outside.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m. (8:33 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Turkey Vulture


19. American Crow (v)
20. Barn Swallow (v)
21. House Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove

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

Good Day

Monday, April 19th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee at nest cavity, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 April 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee at nest cavity.

We got an early start this day, dog and I. No unusual birds at the outset (although we both spied a cottontail), then when we got to little Coyote Canyon, I made a split decision to hike the ridge, and we headed up the switchback to the Pipeline Overlook.

A clear morning, cool in the shade, warm in the sun. From about 800 feet up, I happened to look down and see a coyote casually trotting along a trail we’d hiked about 45 minutes before. New flowers along the trail, little patches of remnant show.

Toward the end, I happened to spot a Sharp-shinned Hawk circling above us—a migrant perhaps. A good day, with exciting times to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:16 a.m. (8:16 MDT), I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch**
3. European Starling*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Mountain Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Juniper Titmouse (v)
11. Chukar (v)
12. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Sharp-shinned Hawk


13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. Song Sparrow (v)
16. American Crow


Mountain Cottontail
Mountain Coyote

(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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