28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘broad-tailed hummingbird’

Variety

Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 September 2020.
Mourning Dove.

Another day of variety. Another cool-in-the-morning hike with dog, one with plenty of birds to sneak up on—or try to. Dipped on a few but managed a third long list in a row.

Most interesting to me were: a brief chase of two Cooper’s Hawks; the (newly) unmistakable calls of a pair of Mountain Chickadees; second day of both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers; a posing Mountain Cottontail.

In this, perhaps my favorite birding time of year, I can’t help but live with a little thrill in my gut and an extra feeling of sweet anticipation in the morning.

(Pretty sure Jack feels it, too.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Mourning Dove
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Rock Pigeon*
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-chinned Hummingbird
15. Mountain Chickadee (v)
16. Pine Siskin
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

19. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Fun Day No. 2

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 September 2020.
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.).

Yesterday, I buried the lede. The yellowish warbler I spied angling away at a distance—the one that looked rather like a black-throated green, with prominent white wing bars, and whose yellow cheeks had a bolder swipe of black? It was indeed, as I decided after much study, a Townsend’s Warbler. What I didn’t mention: it was a lifer for me.

Today I saw two more of ’em. Up close this time. (Alas the birds were flitting about in the shady valley, so the photos weren’t what they might’ve been.)

And that’s not all. Had my first Chipping Sparrow in a while, spotted my first Steller’s Jay in a much longer while, and saw my first great flock of “floater” scrub-jays. (Didn’t know that was a thing.) Plus, I heard the random voice of a Mountain Chickadee.

Second straight day of fun.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
12. Townsend’s Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Steller’s Jay
15. Virginia’s Warbler
16. Brewer’s Sparrow
17. Black-chinned Hummingbird
18. Mountain Chickadee
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch

Mammals

Rock Squirrel (v)
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Fun Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Chilly, breezy morning. Sweatshirt weather again. But within a few minutes of beginning my hike with dog, I could tell it was gonna be a big day.

Bird after bird after bird. Species after species. A pair of Western Tanagers, an Olive-sided Warbler with a yellow jacket in its beak, two sparrow species, two warblers, three hummingbirds. I took nearly 900 photos. (Took a while to winnow them down to a couple hundred or so.)

And for the first time I heard the sweet calls of the wren—whose photo was the best of the bunch, I decided.

From four species Tuesday to 22 this morning. A fun day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch**
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Rock Wren
9. Western Tanager
10. American Robin
11. Olive-sided Flycatcher
12. Rufous Hummingbird
13. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Vesper Sparrow
16. Townsend’s Warbler†
17. Brewer’s Sparrow
18. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Pine Siskin
22. Black-billed Magpie*

Elsewhere

23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. California Quail
25. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

 
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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