28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘blue-gray gnatcatcher’

Something in the Air

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 September 2020.
Golden Eagle.

The equinox. Autumn began today about 9:30 a.m. (MDT). Coincidentally, a stout wind blew, and the leaves of oak and maple (especially maple) were blowing around like little birds. I could smell fall in the air.

I could also smell smoke in the air—and saw some billowing puffs rising in the southeast above the Millcreek Ridge. I’d assumed at first the fire burned in Millcreek Canyon, but it turned out to be Neff’s Canyon, next one over. It’d started as about a 10 acre fire but by late afternoon had grown to sixty. Planes and helicopters in the air.

Also in the air: a pair of golden eagles. They flew south, slowly, against the wind, their winds held in place, never moving.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
2. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker** (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Lesser Goldfinch*
11. Hummingbird (sp)
12. Golden Eagle
13. Mountain Chickadee
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Mourning Dove


Red squirrel (v)

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

Summer’s End

Monday, September 21st, 2020
Downy Woodpecker (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 September 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (female).

Robins everywhere this morning. Also a couple warbler species, a random junco, a Mountain Chickadee, and I glimpsed a furtive Green-tailed Towhee. Just one gnatcatcher, though—and not a single hummingbird. All signs of fall migration.

Birding friends from back in Maine have gathered at Monhegan Island. I’m envious. A favorite place, the best birding ever. But the challenges offered by a high desert landscape make things interesting also. Honestly, I have no idea what I’ll see or hear each day for the next couple weeks.

Tomorrow’s hike will be particularly interesting, since the first part of it will occur in summer, and the latter part will occur in autumn.

Will let you know.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. American Robin
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Mountain Chickadee (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Warbling Vireo
14. White-crowned Sparrow
15. Northern Flicker** (v)
16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
17. Green-tailed Towhee
18. Pine Siskin (v)
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)


20. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)


Red squirrel

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

Nearly Fall

Sunday, September 20th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 September 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (immature).

A nice hike with dog this morning. A little nippy in the early shade—50s (F)—but a nice selection of birds, only a couple of which I missed identifying. Somehow I get the feeling it’s nearly fall.

Managed a nice sparrow sighting on our return. First heard it’s tseet! note, then saw it flit away, then followed in that direction and, rounding a curve, ended up with a nice view of my first-of-Utah White-throated Sparrow (immature).

(I’d thought the most interesting thing about today would be the lack of gnatcatchers, but I heard one across the little gulch at the end of our hike.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Northern Flicker
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
11. American Robin (v)
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Eurasian Collared Dove**
14. White-crowned Sparrow†
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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