26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘black-billd magpie’

Scarcity

Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 September 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Got up the trails earlier this morning. Thundershowers were possible, so we took advantage of the clear conditions, dog an I. And did not encounter many birds at all. Few species, few individuals. And only one that posed for a photo.

It was a scrub-jay—a scrub-jay that looked rather like an old bird, with a long white beard.

Other than running into trail pals (human and dog), it turned out to be a rather unremarkable late summer morning. (Would’ve been more remarkable had we not beat a thundershower back to the truck.)

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

1. Northern Flicker** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. House Finch**
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
7. Spotted Towhee (v)
8. Nashville Warbler
9. American Goldfinch (v)

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

Fun Hike

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021
Spotted Towhee (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 August 2021.
Spotted Towhee (juvie).

Began today’s hike in the cool mountain shade, ended it in the warm mid-morning sun. Lots of birds in between (also three mammals)—among them a few less common species. Saw my second American Goldfinch of the year, for one thing.

I also missed a few IDs on the fly—e.g., thought sure I was watching a tanager fly far across the landscape, when it turned out (I saw from a distant photo) to be a grosbeak. And there was no chippy in with a little flock of Brewer’s Sparrows.

Fun hike.

(I missed a few sightings, though, I bet, from hiking a little early (too shady), so we might hit the trail a little later tomorrow.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. American Goldfinch
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Bullock’s Oriole
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. House Finch* (v)
13. Black-headed Grosbeak
14. Pine Siskin (v)
15. Brewer’s sparrow
16. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

Hawk Play

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
Cooper’s Hawks, East Mllcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 August 2021.
Cooper’s Hawks.

Ah, a lovely cool breezy cloudless morning. The air tasted cleaner than in at least two or three weeks. And there were birds about.

Tanager, swallow, sparrow, three finch species—and a random pair of Cooper’s Hawks, youngsters, circling together, play-fighting, silently diving and dodging.

Playfulness a fulfilling life makes.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Western Tanager
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Mourning Dove
9. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Violet-green Swallow
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
15. Cooper’s Hawk
16. Lesser Goldfinch (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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