14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘black-chinned hummingbird’

Vireo

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2021.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This one was supposed to be a warm day. And it was. But the real heat didn’t rise until after dog and I had finished a delicious hike in the sun.

Delicious for me on account of all the migrating bird life—including a first-of-year (and very likely only-of-year) Plumbeous Vireo—and delicious for Jack on account of all the smells.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Plumbeous Vireo†
12. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
13. American Crow
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Orange-crowned Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Warbling Vireo (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Flycatcher, etc.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

This morning’s hike with Jack was a little different, in that we traveled in a group of four humans and four dogs. The dogs were friendly and well-behaved, and the humans were looking for wild birds.

And wild birds were found. Not everyone saw every species, but there were plenty to choose from—including two first-of-year (to me) birds: Violet-green Swallow and Gray Flycatcher. (I’d thought at first the flycatcher was a lifer, but turns out I spotted my first last May.) Was a fun time.

Tomorrow will be a summerlike day, so they say. Very likely the best spring migration birding in the week or two to come.

[Aside: Tomorrow afternoon I’m scheduled to give a Zoom slideshow presented by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, facilitated by the Camden (Maine) Public Library, comparing and contrasting the birds and other wildlife of coastal Maine and the Wasatch range. Fun!]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 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. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Mourning Dove
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Song Sparrow** (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. Violet-green Swallow†
13. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Chukar (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow
17. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Warbling Vireo (v)
20. Cooper’s Hawk
21. Black-billed Magpie*
22. Gray Flycatcher†
23. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

24. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
25. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

Buntings, Grosbeaks

Monday, May 10th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 May 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (male).

From their sudden abundance, I’d assumed all the Lazuli Buntings that were going to arrive had arrived already. But this chilly, breezy, slightly drizzly morning brought a whole new batch to the patch. Fifteen individuals in all.

And plenty of other birds were active and abundant. Heard at least two Black-headed Grosbeaks (and saw two for sure, both singers, eyeing each other at a good distance). A pair of hummingbird species, ever-present towhees, gnatcatchers, and the rest. No mammals and few insects, but I’m sure the unsettled weather had something to do with that.

It’s been a late migration compared to last spring’s—I hear this from other areas of the continent, as well. Which, happily, means more to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch*
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
12. Black-billed Magpie*
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
16. Black-chinned Hummingbird
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. California Quail

Elsewhere

19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. House Sparrow

(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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