14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘chukar’

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

The Chase

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 May 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Another bright but chilly morning, a morning filled with birdsong. No new migrants, but plenty of recent ones—and a couple of mystery birds.

I didn’t see the mystery birds, although in two cases I chased their songs. In one particularly thrilling instance, I spied a good-sized, quiet, plain-colored bird swoop in front of us into the undergrowth, never to be seen again.

In two instances, I chased birds whose voices I recognized in hopes of getting a photo, to no avail. This happens a lot, but the disappointment gets shorter by the year, because I know there’ll be more birds to chase—and a successful chase is worth at least a score of misses.

Good chance of rain showers in the morning. A successful chase in a little weather is best of all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting**
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Eurasian Collared-dove*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Chukar (v)
11. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Mourning Dove
19. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
20. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

21. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Climb

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

I hadn’t planned to hike with dog to the ridge this morning, but then I caught sight of a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Eager for my first photo of one this spring, I followed the bird uphill, from juniper to juniper, until it flitted back down below. Foiled again.

But while I was up there, I noticed how close we were to a plastic bag I’d seen flapping in the breeze from a scrub oak snag a few days ago. So I climbed higher to grab that annoying bit of litter. Then we encountered a small herd of deer, which moved up to the ridge, and I thought, Why not? Spooked a couple Chukars up there.

First-of-year Hermit Thrush (for sure) this morning. Realized the trill I’ve been hearing the past couple days belonged to an Orange-crowned Warbler. No corvids, oddly—but a total of 18 species.

Tomorrow won’t be so long a hike, but who knows what birds will appear.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:23 a.m. (8:23 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. House Finch**
9. Lazuli Bunting (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Hermit Thrush†
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Chukar
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove (whistling wings)

Elsewhere

19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

 
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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