30 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘canyon wren’

Vocalizations

Friday, June 5th, 2020
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 June 2020.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

Slept late this morning. We didn’t make it to the trailhead until the sun had long cleared the ridge. Warm, not too breezy. Didn’t know what to expect.

Not many birds on my list, but what showed up were vocal. The usual buntings and towhees and grosbeaks, along with chippies, finches, gnatcatchers. No magpies, which was odd. And the cherry on top was a cooperative Black-throated Gray Warbler (singing an interesting alternate song that—astonishingly—didn’t fool me).

After two long hikes, today’s was a quick one. Rain forecast for the weekend. Wind and rain. Scattered thunderstorms. Should be interesting. Looking forward to it.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Pine Siskin
6. Canyon Wren? (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Lesser Goldfinch
10. House Finch* (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Song Sparrow* (v)
16. California Quail** (v)

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. American Robin
19. European Starling
20. Mourning Dove
21. Song Sparrow
22. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

None

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

Jack’s Birthday

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
View from a height, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
View from a height.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female).

For his 12th birthday today, Captain Jack, my dog, and I veered off the familiar foothills trail and up a grassy slope. And up and up to a rocky climb. And up some more. Kept going to an altitude of 6,736 feet—our highest climb so far.

Saw a high-elevation flicker on a rock. Heard my second Canyon Wren. met some fellow hikers coming down from a longer hike than ours.

Both of us are kind of achy and sore this night. (Jack’s just now napping on his birthday toy in the middle of the floor.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked about seventeen hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Golden Eagle
11. American Kestrel
12. Canyon Wren (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow
14. California Quail
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Thrill

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 March 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

This morning I had a thrill.

My hike with dog began as usual (albeit a bit early, to avoid the housebound “throngs”). Jack and I climbed the switchback, squinted into the sun, listened to singing Spotted Towhees. Then I heard Chukars and decided we might as well head up a deer trail to investigate.

As usual, we didn’t get anywhere near the Chukars—but we scouted new, interesting trails, passed the ribcage of a long-dead deer, enjoyed the high views. Then, on descending back to the familiar trail, I heard it, and it brought me to a stop: the song of a Canyon Wren.

I’d been waiting for it for a while but didn’t expect to hear it so soon. It came from way up the hillside we’d just descended—likely from the rocky summit ridge. Once. Twice. Three times. That was all. That was enough.

Looking forward to my second listen to that lovely song.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a couple hundred feet up the mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Chukar (v)
11. Canyon Wren (v)
12. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow
14. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

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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