14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘blac-billed magpie’

Buntings, Grosbeaks

Monday, May 10th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 May 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (male).

From their sudden abundance, I’d assumed all the Lazuli Buntings that were going to arrive had arrived already. But this chilly, breezy, slightly drizzly morning brought a whole new batch to the patch. Fifteen individuals in all.

And plenty of other birds were active and abundant. Heard at least two Black-headed Grosbeaks (and saw two for sure, both singers, eyeing each other at a good distance). A pair of hummingbird species, ever-present towhees, gnatcatchers, and the rest. No mammals and few insects, but I’m sure the unsettled weather had something to do with that.

It’s been a late migration compared to last spring’s—I hear this from other areas of the continent, as well. Which, happily, means more to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. House Sparrow

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

Strange Voices

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 May 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

We stepped out early to avoid the Sunday crowds. A bit chillier than yesterday, parts of it overcast and parts of it sunny. Fewer birds than yesterday to start—but up little Coyote Canyon came some strange voices. Not unfamiliar, just unheard for a while.

One trill, in fact, I could not ID. (Some kind of warbler, I believe.) And another—a note—I did not recognize. Saw neither bird. Nor did I see the first-of-year Black-throated Gray warbler that kept singing from the junipers. I might’ve spied it, but we met a friendly, talkative couple coming the other way along the deer trail. At least I pointed out the song to them and told them the name of the little bird.

Mostly sunny later. Still waiting for that bodacious spring migration day.d

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

1. American Robin
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting (v)
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Orange-crowned Warbler
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler† (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
14. Black-billed Magpie
15. California Quail (v)


16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. House Sparrow (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel (v)

(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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