20 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Cedar waxwing’

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

Elsewhere

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

(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

Waxwing

Friday, January 31st, 2020
Cedar Waxwing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 January 2020.
Cedar Waxwing.
Wapiti, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 January 2020.
Wapiti.

Hazy sun first thing. Also elks. Right away I caught site of a herd of them on the far north summit where I saw the the other day. Then a half-dozen appeared on the near hillside as dog and I headed up the slope. Looked like two bulls chaperoning four females—the largest male in front, and a younger bull in back.

Not many birds on the hike itself, but elsewhere quite a few. Including my first Utah Cedar Waxwing in six months here (in a little ornamental tree at the post office). I heard it first, then accidentally set off my truck alarm scrambling for my camera. (Worth it.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Black-billed Magpie
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Song Sparrow* (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

8. American Robin (v)
9. Lesser Goldfinch
10. European Starling
11. Rock Pigeon
12. House Sparrow
13. Cedar Waxwing

(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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