25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘black-throated gray warbler’


Friday, July 23rd, 2021
Spotted Towhee (singing), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 July 2021.
Spotted Towhee (singing).

Enjoyed yet another hike with dog this morning—albeit the most muggy one I can recall. Last evening’s rain had soaked in and/or dried up overnight, but the atmosphere held traces of the rare, welcome wetness. Didn’t at all mind the sweat it drew from my pores.

Not a lot of bird action—mostly because fewer birds are vocalizing. Yep, it’s that time of year: having left the nest, youngsters must be fed and kept track of; hawks (and dogs and humans) are about; the territorial imperative is less important than simply finding food and surviving. No need to make a lot of noise.

I heard only three singing towhees, and maybe four singing buntings. (Compare that to spring!) Counted only six of each species. Before long, both will have abandoned their songs entirely, resorting only to subtle chips and chatters.

Still, the singers will be back next April and May.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
5. Mourning Dove
6. House Finch**
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler
12. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch


14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. California Quail


Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel


Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2021.
Mourning Dove.

When Jack and I hit the trail this morning, I saw faint curtains streaming from the clouds in the sky and thought, rain. And maybe a little rain did fall out there in the basin under those faint curtains, but none fell on me and my dog.

We had a good hike, though—17 species, most in a while. Got a glimpse of a tanager and three Black-throated Gray Warblers and another coop. Back home in hot, sunny afternoon, a monarch in the garden.

My first rainless experience. Kinda makes you think and wish and hope.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

Three in a Tree

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 July 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler (juvie).

Interesting hike with dog this morning. Got to the trailhead at the usual time, and there was a breeze, and the sky was mostly overcast, and the air was a lot warmer than yesterday—nearly 80° (F), I’d say. A few birds about, the usual suspects.

Headed out, we surprised a huge flock of pigeons—maybe 240 or so?—which amused me in their synchronized circling.

Returning via the deer trail, I followed a scattering of chip notes to discover three species hopping about in a smallish juniper: Lazuli Bunting (a female), Black-throated Gray Warbler (two juvies and an adult), and Warbling Vireo. That was fun.

Then, on our return, a few raindrops fell. Literally a few. (Well, OK, maybe a few dozen.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:32 a.m. (7:32 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Mourning Dove
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
9. House Finch**
10. Rock Pigeon*
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
14. Song Sparrow (v)


15. Eurasian Collared-dove
16. California Quail (v)


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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