24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘Bullock’s oriole’

Fun Hike

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021
Spotted Towhee (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 August 2021.
Spotted Towhee (juvie).

Began today’s hike in the cool mountain shade, ended it in the warm mid-morning sun. Lots of birds in between (also three mammals)—among them a few less common species. Saw my second American Goldfinch of the year, for one thing.

I also missed a few IDs on the fly—e.g., thought sure I was watching a tanager fly far across the landscape, when it turned out (I saw from a distant photo) to be a grosbeak. And there was no chippy in with a little flock of Brewer’s Sparrows.

Fun hike.

(I missed a few sightings, though, I bet, from hiking a little early (too shady), so we might hit the trail a little later tomorrow.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. American Goldfinch
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Bullock’s Oriole
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. House Finch* (v)
13. Black-headed Grosbeak
14. Pine Siskin (v)
15. Brewer’s sparrow
16. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)


17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. Rock Pigeon


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

Two Years

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
Spotted Towhee (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 August 2021.
Spotted Towhee (juvie).

A cool summer morning, with maybe one or two little clouds in the blue, blue sky. Kind of a bad air day, but that didn’t stop dog and I from making our usual rounds.

So many juvies! Towhees, buntings, hummingbirds, finches, hawk gnatcatchers—pretty much every resident species (those that decided to stick around despite the historic drought) has fledged a successful brood The only towhee I saw today was a young ’un, in fact. And the chatter of an immature oriole lured over to catch a glimpse. Clear hot days for the foreseeable future. Sunday night’s storm has left a happy landscape (but it’ll not make a dent in the drought).

Today marks the second anniversary of my living in Salt Lake City.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:04 a.m. (8:04 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Mourning Dove*
6. Lesser Goldfinch**
7. Red-tailed Hawk*
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
14. Bullock’s Oriole
15. Black-billed Magpie* (v)


16. California Quail
17. Eurasian Collared-dove


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Oriole in the Roses

Monday, June 21st, 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*


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


Mule Deer
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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