20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

Hummers, revisited

Friday, August 21st, 2020
Immature Rufous Hummingbird, 21 August 2020, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109.
Immature Rufous Hummingbird.

Not as warm as yesterday, nor as crystal clear. Fact is, density of particulates in the air has risen lately on account of the crazy number of California wildfires.

But still, birds abounding. Most interesting to me lately have been the interactions of various hummingbird species. The Black-chinned variety tend to be rather peaceful and easy to get along with—at least compared to the feisty broadtails are notoriously territorial.

But not as territorial (in my limited experience) as Rufous Hummingbirds—a few immature individuals of which I’ve seen lately—although you’d never know it by the single young male I spotted today, who sat calmly on a perch ,as a female black-chinned perched nervously above.

Yes, I’ve been on kind of a hummingbird kick these days. Have loved watching their complex behavior—including their occasional hovering a few feet from my face, apparently curious about little ol’ human me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:01 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcherdd
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Canada Goose
14. Rufous Hummingbird
15. House Finch**
16. Lazuli Bunting

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Eurasian Collared Dove
19. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Swallows

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
Barn Swallow nestlings, Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 July 2020.
Barn Swallow nestlings.
Barn Swallow, Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 July 2020.
Barn Swallow.

Lovely cool hike this morning. Managed to tally eighteen species—including a juvie Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by robins, finches, and at least one oriole.

Then, this afternoon, dog and I had a meet-up with visiting friends at Sugar House Park, a nice green area in town with a creek and pond. Fun conversation amid a whole bunch of wild birds: geese, ducks, hummingbirds—and a plethora of Barn Swallows tending nests in the corners of the pavilion roof.

Could hardly get enough of the swallows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Robin*
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. House Finch*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Mourning Dove*
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Pine Siskin
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Rock Pigeon*
13. Red-tailed Hawk
14. Bullock’s Oriole
15. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
18. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. California Quail
21. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
22. Canada Goose
23. Mallard
24. Barn Swallow

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Waxwings

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Cedar Waxwing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2020.
Cedar Waxwing.
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2020.
Mountain Cottontail.

This morning brought cloudiness and a little light rain. Didn’t stop dog and me from making our usual rounds.

Spied a Mountain Cottontail. Amassed a list of a dozen bird species on the mountainside. Then, back home, a big flock of waxwings descended on the flowering trees in the yard.

Feels more like spring every day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. Eastern Towhee
4. Pine Siskin
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Black-capped Chickadee*
8. American Robin*
9. House Finch* (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Canada Goose
12. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. European Starling
17. Cedar Waxwing

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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