24 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Cedar waxwing’


Monday, October 12th, 2020
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2020.
Mourning Dove.

On this bright, nippy morning’s hike with dog, I happened upon quite a few bird species. But I want to single out just one: Mourning Dove.

Late in our hike, we came around a shady curve and into a section of sun—when I saw a flutter and heard whistling wings. I just had a glimpse, but I knew what it was. Except I hadn’t seen where it’d flown. Took a few more steps, and again the dove (about ten feet in front of us on the trail) fluttered a short distance away. This time it posed for a photo.

A couple more steps and it whistled down into the shady canyon somewhere. The other species were fun and/or challenging—but for some reason I appreciated our encounter with the dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Pine Siskin
6. Northern Flicker**
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Juniper Titmouse
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Golden Eagle
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Mourning Dove
16. Chipping Sparrow


17. Cedar Waxwing (v)
18. Song Sparrow (v)

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


Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 September 2020.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Migration. This morning’s hike began quiet for maybe the first ten minutes in the mountain shade—then took off in a hurry. So many little birds moving through. Including (of course) a bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I’m used to the Myrtle subspecies back east, but I’ve gotten fairly accustomed to the Audubon’s out here in the high desert. This species is among the most abundant in North America, and even in a drought, they’re all over the place just now. Proof of fall migration.

I counted 25 ’rumps this morning (likely an undercount). One cool thing is, I can now ID this bird from its chip note—which is similar, but not identical, to the version back East. (A touch sweeter than the dry chip! of the eastern variety.) Other birds on the move: robins, kinglets, junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee. (The latter might be year-round residents, but they’ve sure been flitting around all over the place lately.)

Quite a list today. But I have to say I had the most fun following all the little yellow-rumps flitting around.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:26 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Robin
4. Pine Siskin
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Hummingbird (sp)
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Downy Woodpecker (v)
13. Mountain Chickadee*
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Cooper’s Hawk*
16. Warbling Vireo
17. White-crowned Sparrow
18. Dark-eyed Junco
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
20. Eurasian Collared Dove


21. Black-billed Magpie

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

Hummingbirds vs Hawk

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 August 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.).

Warm, warm morning. Upper-70s (F) when dog and I hit the trailhead. But there were a few clouds about, and Coyote Canyon was cool, and we were early enough that things were comfortable enough. And there were a few birds about, as well.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 August 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male).

Most notably, when we dipped down into the little canyon to visit the Broad-winged Hummingbird families (as has been our habit lately), I noticed several of the tiny birds hovering near—even perching in—a leafy tree across from us. As I watched them, wondering, I spotted the source of their interest: an immature Cooper’s Hawk.

These little hummingbirds, barely larger than the beak of the hawk, were fearless. One of them hovered only a yard or two above the hawk’s perch, and the others stayed very nearby. And when the hawk decided to take flight, they all pursued it.

I’m finding myself fascinated by the Coyote Canyon hummingbirds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Mourning Dove
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. American Robin


14. Black-billed Magpie
15. Barn Swallow
16. California Quail
17. Red-tailed Hawk


Mountain Cottontail
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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