20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘black-chinned hummingbird’

Two Chickadees

Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 September 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

I’ve encountered quite a few Mountain Chickadees lately. Saw my species lifer back in April, and maybe another one or two in spring, but in the past three or four weeks—boom.

Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 September 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

I know their call by now, and nearly always I hear them before seeing them—if I see them at all. (Instead of the chicka-DEE-DEE-DEE of a Black-capped Chickadee, their call sounds something like chicka-DRR-DRR.) And when I do catch sight of one, it seems invariably on the move. Unlike the black-cap, it doesn’t want to hang around. It’s got places to go.

So photos have been rare. But I did get a pic from a distance this morning.

Black-caps are a favorite bird (for many reasons). But the thrill hasn’t worn off when I hear the still-novel call of this handsome second chickadee.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Northern Flicker**
6. House Finch**
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
10. Mountain Chickadee
11. American Robin (v)
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Nearly Fall

Sunday, September 20th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 September 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (immature).

A nice hike with dog this morning. A little nippy in the early shade—50s (F)—but a nice selection of birds, only a couple of which I missed identifying. Somehow I get the feeling it’s nearly fall.

Managed a nice sparrow sighting on our return. First heard it’s tseet! note, then saw it flit away, then followed in that direction and, rounding a curve, ended up with a nice view of my first-of-Utah White-throated Sparrow (immature).

(I’d thought the most interesting thing about today would be the lack of gnatcatchers, but I heard one across the little gulch at the end of our hike.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Northern Flicker
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
11. American Robin (v)
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Eurasian Collared Dove**
14. White-crowned Sparrow†
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)

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

Dips

Friday, September 18th, 2020
Black-chinned Hummingbird (imm./fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 September 2020.
Black-chinned Hummingbird (imm./fem.).

Got a whiff of smoke this morning on my hike with dog. A haze hovered over the basin. The fires in California are alarming, to say the least—as is the local drought. Thought we’d be getting some rain tomorrow, but apparently not. Going on two months without significant rain.

Perhaps that’s why things continue to be quiet up the foothills trails. Mostly the usual suspects this morning, bu also a couple of birds whose calls I didn’t recognize. One in particular—with a semi-harsh, semi-musical chip-note—flitted out of a juniper and showed itself to be warbler-sized with flashes of yellow. Tried to track it down but didn’t see it again. Another little chattery bird, too, I couldn’t sneak up on.

“Dips” in birding lingo usually mean you’ve heard of a rare or interesting sighting and go looking for it but fail to find it—i.e., you “dipped” on the bird. In my mind the same applies in the shorter term: you see or hear something curious but don’t end up getting a good look. Happens a lot.

But also, on occasion, you stumble onto a pretty great sighting without even trying. It all works out in the end, I suppose.

No smoky smell later in the day. I hope at least the West Coast gets a little rain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Pine Siskin
4. American Robin**
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Wood-warbler (sp)
12. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

15. European Starling
16. American Crow
17. Mourning Dove
18. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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