25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘chipping sparrow’

In the Mountain Shade

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 07 July 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler (youngster).

Supposed to be hot today, and the temp was already in the upper-70s (F) at the airport, so dog and I headed up to the trailhead about half hour earlier than usual. Gotta say it was pretty nice hiking in the mountain shade.

And there were birds a-plenty. Small flocks of young robins, large flocks of fnch families, a juvie Black-throated Gray Warbler, and my first nuthatch in a while.

Not until our return did we finally feel the warmth of direct sunlight—a hint of the heat to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:38 a.m. (7:38 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Mourning Dove
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. House Finch*
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. California Quail*
13. Western Tanager (v)
14. Warbling Vireo (v)
15. Chipping Sparrow (v)
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

18. Black-billed Magpie
19. Eurasian Collared-dove
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Northern Flicker

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Raptors

Sunday, June 27th, 2021
Red-taailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 June 2021.
Red-taailed Hawk.

Dog and I enjoyed another cool morning hike this day—albeit a cloudless one. Only the moon and a few raptors up there. Heard a Cooper’s Hawk call from the nest above little Coyote Canyon, saw another circling above the house home this midday (with pay), and a red-tail in late afternoon.

Despite the drought, fledglings of several species are taking wing. House Finches have multiplied exponentially. I wonder how many more birds will head south come fall than showed up in spring this year.

(Note: I wonder this every year.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m. (8:15 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. House Finch**
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Pine Siskin
9. American Robin*
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Warbling Vireo (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

Rain!

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Wet Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 June 2021.
Wet Spotted Towhee.

It rained this morning. Not a lot, but enough to soak life in the high desert—at least briefly. The rain (more accurately, the trailside foliage with rain on it) also soaked Captain Jack’s coat and my pants legs. Not enough for much mud, and it’ll dry up soon enough, but I couldn’t help enjoying the feeling of dampness and wetness and moistness.

The usual suspects were active. Few posed for photos, but the portrait of one particular towhee rather summed up the sweet break in the drought.

Still the risk of wildfires, though, as this pleasant interlude will pass soon enough (as all things must). But it felt pretty good to have to change my water-drenched jeans.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m. (8:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Eurasian Collared-dove
6. House Finch*
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. American Robin* (v)
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Black-headed Grosbeak

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow
17. House Sparrow
18. California Quail

Mammals

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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