30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘brown-headed cowbird’

Many Birds

Friday, July 3rd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
American Robin (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2020.
American Robin (juvie).

During this morning’s bright, breezy hike with dog, I encountered more wild birds than I have since at least last fall. Quite a few species, too—but I’ve had more species on my list this year. Just not as many individual birds.*

The youngsters have been sprung free.

Many young finches, many young robins, random other juvie birds—along with the usual high number of buntings and towhees. By my count, 107 individuals—among them (today’s highlight) a curious Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Can hardly wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

*Not counting large flocks of Rock Pigeons.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. House Finch*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. American Robin*
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Pine Siskin
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Warbling Vireo (v)
13. Black-throated Gray Warbler
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Violet-green Swallow
16. Cooper’s Hawk
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. Sharp-shinned Hawk
19.Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay


20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. Brown-headed Cowbird
22. Rock Pigeon
23. House Sparrow
24. Cliff Swallow


Rock Squirrel

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


Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

I like an overcast day. If not for my inability to take a decent photo in dim light, I’d prefer birding on cloudy days.

This morning was gray and calm and pleasantly cool. Spotted (or heard) a good selection of birds up the mountain—including a singing female grosbeak, a random pair of cowbirds, and a wayward collared dove.

Most exciting for me, though: after three days of trying, I somehow managed to grab a single half-way decent photo of a Warbling Vireo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American robin* (v)
2. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (v)
3. Eurasian Collared Dove*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. California Quail* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Black-headed Grosbeak
13. Brown-headed Cowbird
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Black-chinned Hummingbird
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Warbling Vireo
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler


20. Song Sparrow
21. European Starling



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Fun Hike

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Another fun morning hike. Even before the hike, in fact: the first bird I spied this early morning—perched on the tip of a conifer out front of the house—was a first-of-year species (Brown-headed Cowbird).

But during the hike proper—which happened on a nippy morning (40s (F) to start, in the mountain shade) turning into a warmish morning—I counted lots of species, failed at tracking a couple of new songs, but managed to tally a new lifer and see a bunch of hummingbirds.

The lifer: a Plumbeous Vireo, which I first heard, than caught a glimpse of. Alas, no photo, though. (Yet.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14. Black-headed Grosbeak
15. House Finch*
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Orange-crowned Warbler
18. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. California Quail*
21. Plumbeous Vireo‡†
22. Black-chinned Hummingbird
23. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


24. Brown-headed Cowbird†
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon


Mountain Cottontail

(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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