25 June 2021

Posts Tagged ‘black-headed grosbeak’

Overcast

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 June 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (female).

A mostly overcast morning for a change. Rather warm, with just a touch of humidity made evident by some moistness on my arms. A good hike with dog.

Most impressive to start with was a cooperative female Black-headed Grosbeak who perched with a wasp in her beak for a good long time while I angled for a photo. I suspect there’re nestlings nearby, and she didn’t want Jack or me (or any other threatening critter) to follow her to that important place. (Just a wild-ass guess.)

Otherwise, saw a Cooper’s Hawk zip by, then heard another at the nest above the gully give a cry in expectation. I’m imagining they have nestlings, too. Maybe.

Back home, the magpie nestlings keep hollering at their exhausted-looking parents. One male (I assume) youngster constantly pesters his smaller mom (I assume) to put the food directly in his mouth, like she used to.

Also saw an adult with a good-sized mouse (or other rodent), dead in its beak. Magpies are omnivorous corvids, after all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:16 a.m. (8:16 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow* (v)
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Black-headed Grosbeak
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. House Finch**
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
14. Chipping Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared-dove
16. European Starling
17. House Sparrow
18. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Cool in the Shade

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 June 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

We had a nice hike this morning, Captain Jack and I. Early, but not too early. Warm, but not too warm. (In fact, the air stirred nice and cool and sweet in the shady green places.) Still just the resident birds about, plus a flyover by four Cliff Swallows. Buntings and towhees, many finches. Gnatcatchers.

Magpies and robins and doves in the neighborhood. Temps didn’t reach 100° (F), though—only 98° or 99°.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Song Sparrow (v)
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. House Finch**
9. Cliff Swallow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
14. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay

Elsewhere

15, Eurasian Collared-dove
16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Oriole in the Roses

Monday, June 21st, 2021
Bullock’s Oriole (fem) in the roses, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 June 2021.
Bullock’s Oriole (fem.) in the roses.

Cool and breezy and quiet on the trails with Jack this morning. Cloudless still, droughty still, and not as many birds as last year at this time (other, perhaps, than a whole bunch of House Finches). I did catch a glimpse of a vireo and heard the call of a hawk. Still, a lovely, not-too-hot hike.

Back at the house, meanwhile—like yesterday—things were hopping: many quail, a calling flicker, doves and sparrows and starlings. The highlight in afternoon: a female Bullock’s Oriole catching spiders in the roses.

Supposed to reach 100° (F) tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. House Finch*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-headed Grosbeak
8. Lesser Goldfinch**
9. Warbling Vireo
10. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
11. Black-billed Magpie*

Elsewhere

12. Song Sparrow (v)
13. European Starling
14, Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
15. California Quail
16. House Sparrow (v)
17. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
18, Bullock’s Oriole
19. Northern Flicker (v)
20. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Mule Deer
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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