30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘black-capped chckadee’

I Wonder

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
Rufous Hummingbird (fem/imm), East Millcreek Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 August 2021.
Rufous Hummingbird (fem/imm).

Cool, breezy, quiet hike this morning with dog. Secretive birds were laying low, and nothing too out-of-the-ordinary. Well, except for a random Yellow Warbler that I couldn’t manage to get a photo of.

Fewer hummingbirds, finches, scrub-jays—pretty much every species. Several IDs were by voice only.

What with all the environmental craziness, I wonder about early migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:15 a.m. (8:15 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Barn Swallow
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Eurasian Collared-dove
11. Lazuli Bunting
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Rufous Hummingbird
14. Warbling Vireo (v)
15. Yellow Warbler†

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Juvies

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

’Tis the season of juvies. Fresh, new baby birds, fledglings testing their wings. My morning hike with dog was a cool one, room temperature, mountain shade, little breeze. Almost felt like air-conditioning. A dozen species, not huge numbers.

But several juvies among them. Most fun to watch was a tiny Blue-gray Gnatcatcher fluttering and crying for food from its parents. Also immature buntings and finches. I’m sure others were out there, too, but laying low.

(It’s good to lay low during drought and heat wave.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:31 a.m. (7:31 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. House Finch**
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Mourning Dove (v)
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Barn Swallow

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared-dove
14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. California Quail

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

Birdsong

Monday, May 31st, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow (in song), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 May 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow (in song).

This bright Memorial Day morning, dog and I were alone on the deer trails for the first three quarters of our hike. Just us and the birds (and a rock squirrel) until other human started trickling up the sides of the sun-splashed foothills.

Of the good selection of species I spied, the funnest was a Brewer’s Sparrow. Only with the week did I hear my first Brewer’s Sparrow song, and it was pretty grand—then today’s bird decided to perform something of a symphony. A long collection of trills on different pitches and with varied lengths and flourishes.

My favorite part of the day, bird-wise. Then again, as a by-hear birder, I do love me some birdsong.

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

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Mourning Dove
10. Mallard
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Virginia’s Warbler
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Brewer’s Sparrow
20. Song Sparrow* (v)
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

23. California Quail
24. European Starling

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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