30 September 2022

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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

Fifteen

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk.

Fifteen species this chilly (50s (F)!) overcast late morning when dog and I arrived at the trailhead. We waited out the rain this time, and the trails were not too muddy. Quite a few more bird species, including some lessd familiar ones.

Hard to get decent photos in the dim-light conditions, but at the very end of our hike, a hawk soared over.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:24 a.m. (11:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Mourning Dove
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
10. Spotted Towhee*
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Cooper’s Haw
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14. Olive-sided Flycatcher
15. Rock Pigeon

Elsewhere

16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Black-billed Magpie
18. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Ahhh

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (fem), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 August 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (fem).

The air wasn’t perfect this morning, but it was clearly, well, clearer. And cleaner. Got to the trailhead a bit early, which—combined with the lessening photoperiod—made for a lot of mountain shade early. Along with few birds. In fact, more than half my hike with dog to me only a half dozen species.

But then the sun topped the ridge, and, like magic, things started to pick up. by hike’s end I’d added eight more—including (the funnest bird for me) a female grosbeak whose subtle (but distinctive) chip I heard, followed, and traced back to the source of the sound.

Nice to have clean(er) air for a change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:56 a.m. (7:56 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Red 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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