23 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘blac-headed grosbeak’

Life Goes On

Friday, July 31st, 2020
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 31 July 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male).

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds have not been cooperative when it comes to posing for photos—until today.

I’ve caught glimpses of these high-elevation hummers in Coyote Canyon—the cool, shady valley that dog and I ascend each morning—as they zip around hunting tiny insects among the proliferous bigtooth maple leaves. But the light is dim, and hummingbirds are active, and I sort of gave up.

Today, though, there a few (or more) were making those cricket-like sounds with their wings above us as, so I stopped to watch and listen, and a male decided to perch right in front of me. (I rarely see males, either, since they’re basically chauvinist pigs who sleep around and the leave the nest-building, chick-rearing, and youngster-feeding to females.)

Male Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding fledgling, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 31 July 2020.
Male Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding fledgling.

Felt good to grab that photo.

In contrast, just beyond the hummers, I happened upon a male Black-throated Gray Warbler bring a small lacy-winged insect to a begging fledgling.

And so life goes on despite it all.

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

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Mourning Dove
3. House Finch**
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. American Robin*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Black-headed Grosbeak
8. Lazuli Bunting
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Pine Siskin
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler
15. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
16. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

BTYA

Monday, July 27th, 2020
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 July 2020.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

Serious birders use shorthand for the species they see or hear—four-letter alpha codes (based on the English names) standardized by the Institute for Bird Populations. So when you hear somebody say they saw a MODO and a flock of BOWAs, what they really mean is they saw a Mourning Dove and a bunch of Bohemian Waxwings.

The rules are fairly easy to follow, but sometimes there are conflicts. Back in Maine, for instance, when I saw a Black-throated Green Warbler, I might refer to it as a BTGW—but now that I’m birding Utah, what if I spy a Black-throated Gray Warbler? Welp, gotta learn to refer to it as a BTYW.

Long story short: today I saw a BTYW.

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

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

Elsewhere

17. Black-billed Magpie
18. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Feeding Frenzy

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

On our hike this lovely morning, dog and I encountered fewer bird species—but the air held plenty of birdsong. All because of a feeding frenzy.

We got scolded by buntings and gnatcatchers and Warbling Vireos. Only got a glimpse or two of the vireos—but the faint, high-pitched voices of their new fledglings were an apparent reason for that.

No magpies and just one scrub-jay (voice only)—meaning they and their offspring have long abandoned the nest.

Meanwhile, a Chipping Sparrow sat silently on a juniper stem, waiting for dog and human to pass so he could bring breakfast to the young ’uns.

It’s a seasonal imperative.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. House Finch**
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
10. Warbling Vireo (v)
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. American Robin
17. California Quail
18. Song Sparrow (v)

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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