14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘chipping sparrow’

Vireo

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2021.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This one was supposed to be a warm day. And it was. But the real heat didn’t rise until after dog and I had finished a delicious hike in the sun.

Delicious for me on account of all the migrating bird life—including a first-of-year (and very likely only-of-year) Plumbeous Vireo—and delicious for Jack on account of all the smells.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Plumbeous Vireo†
12. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
13. American Crow
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Orange-crowned Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Warbling Vireo (v)
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Flycatcher, etc.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

This morning’s hike with Jack was a little different, in that we traveled in a group of four humans and four dogs. The dogs were friendly and well-behaved, and the humans were looking for wild birds.

And wild birds were found. Not everyone saw every species, but there were plenty to choose from—including two first-of-year (to me) birds: Violet-green Swallow and Gray Flycatcher. (I’d thought at first the flycatcher was a lifer, but turns out I spotted my first last May.) Was a fun time.

Tomorrow will be a summerlike day, so they say. Very likely the best spring migration birding in the week or two to come.

[Aside: Tomorrow afternoon I’m scheduled to give a Zoom slideshow presented by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, facilitated by the Camden (Maine) Public Library, comparing and contrasting the birds and other wildlife of coastal Maine and the Wasatch range. Fun!]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Mourning Dove
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Song Sparrow** (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. Violet-green Swallow†
13. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Chukar (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow
17. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Warbling Vireo (v)
20. Cooper’s Hawk
21. Black-billed Magpie*
22. Gray Flycatcher†
23. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

24. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
25. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Black-throated Gray

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 May 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

It took a several days, but I finally got a Black-throated Gray Warbler to pose for photos.

A bird’s been singing for more than a week up little Coyote Canyon, just above where dog and I typically veer off onto the upper deer trail, so we’ve been heading up the gully in search of it. But it’s always kept far enough off trail to make the chase futile. This morning looked at first to be a repeat of this routine—but then the bird flitted down below us up into a maple right along the trail. Just had to sneak quietly down in the direction of its buzzy voice, and there it was.

Nearby was also a Warbling Vireo, a couple other wood-warblers, an accipiter, chippies, buntings, and towhees. It’s a birdy place up there this time of year.

As is just about every place, if you take a walk outside.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m. (8:33 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

19. American Crow (v)
20. Barn Swallow (v)
21. House Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove

(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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