14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘blac-chinned hummingbird’

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

City Birds

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
Rock Pigeons, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2020.
Rock Pigeons.

Among the birds I find up on the high trails are quite a few city birds—that is, birds that are more abundant down in the basin, where the people are. Not a few of these are non-native species (e.g., European Starlings, Eurasian Collared Doves), although even some native birds prefer the neighborhoods at certain times of year.

House Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2020.
House Sparrow.

This morning, dog and I encountered two common city varieties—Rock Pigeons and House Sparrows. Pigeon flocks aren’t an uncommon sight in summer above the trailhead, but I’ve seen few House Sparrows up there. Well, today, three ventured a couple hundred feet up to where we were enjoying the view.

So here’s to our city birds, near neighbors, survivors.

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

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. American Robin*
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Lazuli Bunting
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Western Tanager
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. House Sparrow**


18. California Quail
19. Eurasian Collared Dove


Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Cool Morning

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
Lazuli Buntings (mama and juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 July 2020.
Lazuli Buntings (mama and juvie).

A cool morning, a cloudless sky, a man and his dog headed up the trail again. The day began with the cries of a juvie Red-tailed Hawk and ended with the glide of a Turkey Vulture as we descended from a height.

In the interim, we encountered a load of birds—mostly (it seemed) fledgling Lazuli Buntings (a lot fewer singers than yesterday). but also a massive flock of Rock Pigeons, a flitting Black-throated Gray Warbler, and miscellaneous other usual suspects.

Our hike did include a spontaneous climb up to the cairn overlook—which left us both a little tuckered out, what with our advanced ages and all.

But seems we lived (truly lived) to see another day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked about 1,000 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-tailed Hawk
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. House Finch**
4. American Robin*
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Lazuli Bunting
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
12. Mourning Dove*
13. Pine Siskin (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-throated Gray warbler
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Turkey Vulture


18. Eurasian Collared Dove
19. House Sparrow
20. California Quail


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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