24 June 2021

Posts Tagged ‘blue-gray gnatcatcher’

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 Sparrow
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

Tuesday, June 22nd, 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

Solstice Notes

Sunday, June 20th, 2021
Lesser Goldfinch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 June 2021.
Lesser Goldfinch.

Slim pickin’s up in the foothills this cool morning. Quieter than on any recent day. But the birds in the neighborhood (where the water is) were active and vocal—even in the heat of afternoon.

Magpie fledglings, scurrying quail, song and house sparrows, robins galore. Starlings, collared-doves, a pair of goldfinches.

The extreme drought has made for a different kind of spring this year, with fewer species (and individuals). And on this first day of summer, I do rather wonder what these next three simmering months will bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:57 a.m. (7:57 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Spotted Towhee
7. House Finch**
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
10. Black-capped Chickadee**

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. American Robin
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. California Quail
15. European Starling
16, Eurasian Collared-dove
17, Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

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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