20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘black-throated gray warbler’

Observing

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk (immature dark morph), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 August 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (imm. dark morph).

Slept late. (Must’ve needed that extra hour.) When Captain Jack and I got to the trailhead, the sun had already topped the ridge, and the air was dry and warm—with a touch of haze across the basin.

And what an interesting batch of birds! Beyond the usual suspects, I encountered a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk (I’m pretty sure—not always great with raptors), first Black-throated Gray Warbler in a while, and another drive-by Red-breasted Nuthatch. Noteworthy also was the lack of any black-chinned hummers today—and only two House Finches.

But all seems so quiet and seductive at this time of year—a slight note here, a soft chip there. In fact, I heard at least two bird sounds this morning that I couldn’t identify at all.

The mystery is the thing. (Also learning through observing.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:52 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Black-throated Gray Warbler
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Red-tailed Hawk
11. Lazuli Bunting
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. House Finch*
14. Downy Woodpecker**

Elsewhere

15. California Quail
16. Black-billed Magpie
17. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Ridge Hike

Friday, August 7th, 2020
Warbling Vireo (with insect), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 August 2020.
Warbling Vireo (with insect).

As usual, I didn’t intend to hike the Pipeline Trail Ridge this morning—it just worked out that way. Very quiet early on, but the cool shade of Coyote Canyon felt good, so Jack and I moseyed on up the valley.

Desert Side-blotched Lizard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 August 2020.
Desert Side-blotched Lizard.

Even in deep summer, an early hike doesn’t feel real hot around here. Stretches of sun, stretches of tree (or mountain) shade, hints of birds flitting around in the greenery. Spied a solitary vireo (a Warbling Vireo, not to be confused with the old name for a Blue-headed Vireo), a young Cooper’s, a nuthatch—even a random Black-throated Gray Warbler zipping up and over the ridge.

This hike reaches about 6,500 feet, covers about three-and-a-half miles, and takes about two-and-a-half hours. Still, Jack and I were little the worse for wear at the end of it.

Gonna sleep well tonight, though.

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

1. Mourning Dove*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. House Finch**
6. Lesser Goldfinch**
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Chipping Sparrow (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. Swallow (sp.)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

Reptiles

Desert Side-blotched Lizard

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Banded Pigeon

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
Rock Pigeon, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 August 2020.
Rock Pigeon.

I see more doves and pigeons here than I ever did in Maine. For one thing, there’s an extra species (Eurasian Collared Dove); for another, the pigeons here come in flocks of a hundred or more—at this time of year, at least, when they swoop and veer in huge numbers up and around the foothill canyons.

Alhough I rarely get an up-close look at them, today dog and I encountered a solitary bird perched on a rocky overlook. We stopped. It stayed, I approached nearer. It stayed. I got near enough for close-up photos, and the pigeon didn’t move. Then I noticed the blue band around it’s leg.

Not the first banded pigeon I’ve seen here, turns out. I got nothing against pigeons, though. In fact, I rather like ’em.

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

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

Elsewhere

19. Lesser Goldfinch
20. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(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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