5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘cliff swallow’

A Warm One

Sunday, July 4th, 2021
Turkey Vulture, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 July 2021.
Turkey Vulture.

This morning on awakening, for the first time since the switch to Daylight Saving Time—when for the first time I refused to change my (manual) clocks—I tripped up on the math. I thought I’d awakened too early, at 6:45 instead of 7, when I’d actually overslept. That is, I read my bedside clock to be DST (7:45) instead of the actual non-DST time.

So we hit the trail about a half hour later than in recent days, Jack and I. It was warm, summery, and sunshiny. We warmed up in a hurry, and the sweat/panting persisted pretty much throughout.

But never mind all that, it was a good hike (if not particularly conducive to photos). We kept it short and sweet (an hour and 20 minutes or so), yet still I got a good list of birds.

More summery weather to come. But I expect to wake up a little earlier tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m. (8:36 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. California Quail
18. Turkey Vulture
19. Northern Flicker
20. European Starling
21. Mourning Dove
22. House Sparrow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel (v)

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

Numbers

Saturday, July 3rd, 2021
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2021.
House Finch.

Another warm early morning hike with Jack-my-dog. Another nice assortment of birds and dragonflies and such. Most interesting, perhaps, were the flocks of Cliff Swallows circling in the blue above us—one of which comprised nine birds—but just the numbers (18 spp. total) were also impressive for these hot, dry days.

Speaking of numbers, I’ve been missing a few counts lately—both low and high—and this has me mildly amused. But also glad I’ve been doing this “memory exercise” (as I call it) for so many years. At the start, for each hike, I simply kept a list of species in my head, then later recalled them for inclusion in this daily accounting. After a while, I began counting the number of individuals of each species, and listing them here in the evening of each day.

I’m sure there’ve been a few misses over time. And it’s true that my (too many) photos help jog my memory in may cases. Still, it’s a habit that somehow seems—oddly—to have increased my overall talent with, well, numbers.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Song Sparrow* (v)
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Lesser Goldfinch*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. House Finch**
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Mourning Dove
11. Black-headed Grosbeak
12. Cliff Swallow
13. Black-capped Chickadee**
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
16. Pine Siskin
17. Turkey Vulture
18. American Robin*

Elsewhere

19. California Quail
20. Northern Flicker
21. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Cool in the Shade

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 June 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

We had a nice hike this morning, Captain Jack and I. Early, but not too early. Warm, but not too warm. (In fact, the air stirred nice and cool and sweet in the shady green places.) Still just the resident birds about, plus a flyover by four Cliff Swallows. Buntings and towhees, many finches. Gnatcatchers.

Magpies and robins and doves in the neighborhood. Temps didn’t reach 100° (F), though—only 98° or 99°.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Song Sparrow (v)
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. House Finch**
9. Cliff Swallow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
14. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay

Elsewhere

15, Eurasian Collared-dove
16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove

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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