14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘broad-tailed hummingbird’

Buntings, Grosbeaks

Monday, May 10th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 May 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (male).

From their sudden abundance, I’d assumed all the Lazuli Buntings that were going to arrive had arrived already. But this chilly, breezy, slightly drizzly morning brought a whole new batch to the patch. Fifteen individuals in all.

And plenty of other birds were active and abundant. Heard at least two Black-headed Grosbeaks (and saw two for sure, both singers, eyeing each other at a good distance). A pair of hummingbird species, ever-present towhees, gnatcatchers, and the rest. No mammals and few insects, but I’m sure the unsettled weather had something to do with that.

It’s been a late migration compared to last spring’s—I hear this from other areas of the continent, as well. Which, happily, means more to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch*
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
12. Black-billed Magpie*
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
16. Black-chinned Hummingbird
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. California Quail


19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. House Sparrow

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


Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 May 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Last night’s front brought a tiny bit of rain and cooled things off considerably. However, the sun being bright this morning, dog and I embarked on a ridge hike.

Along the way—in the lower elevations, where the scrub oak grows—we passed many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. I love this little birds. They flit, they flash their tails, the travel in betrothed pairs (or seem to), the have wee, antic, plaintive voices. Last year I knew of a nest along the trail. Hoping for another this year.

Otherwise, although no first-of-years, a bunch of species on this morning’s list. Still expecting something of an influx when the warmth takes hold again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:31 a.m. (8:31 MDT), I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
8. Song Sparrow** (v)
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. House Finch*
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Orange-crowned Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
17. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
18. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
19. Pine Siskin (v)
20. Mourning Dove


21. California Quail
22. European Starling
23. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
24. Rock Pigeon

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


Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 May 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (first-of-year).

A morning much like yesterday’s, but sunnier, less breezy—and dog and I were about a half-hour later hitting the trailhead. Still no flood of new migrants, but lots of buntings, one or two active Cooper’s Hawks, warblers, chippies, and the rest. Also a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

I’d kind of forgotten about gnatcatchers, so it was a nice surprise to encounter a first-of-year male. Immediately recognized its thin, insistent voice, then watched it poke about the scrub oaks a bit. Fun.

Lovely day, truly. More first-of-years to come, and a fair week ahead to greet them.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:47 a.m. (8:47 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Cooper’s Hawk*
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. House Finch**
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher‡
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
12. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
13. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
14. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)


15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. House Sparrow (v)
17. European Starling
18. Barn Swallow

(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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