24 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘cliff swallow’


Sunday, July 19th, 2020
Bullock’s Oriole (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 July 2020.
Bullock’s Oriole (female).

Another morning much like yesterday. And the day before. And I daresay tomorrow morning. The ten-day forecast looks kinda boring—few clouds, plenty of sun, no precipitation—but I don’t mind.

This morning’s hike with dog took us along our usual route—until I heard the notes of a Townsend’s Solitaire from up the north side of the Millcreek Pipeline Ridge. Had ample water supplies for Captain Jack. So we hiked the ridge loop.

And encountered quite a variety of bird species. First kestrels in a while. Swallows. A random female Bullock’s Oriole. Met (and chatted with) a few nice fellow hikers. Jack drank all the water.

Every day’s a new day, every hike unique, every bird sighting a sort of minor miracle. (Looking forward to tomorrow.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked abou 1,200 hundred feet up a mountain.

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


22. Eurasian Collared Dove
23. House Sparrow


Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Many Birds

Friday, July 3rd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
American Robin (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2020.
American Robin (juvie).

During this morning’s bright, breezy hike with dog, I encountered more wild birds than I have since at least last fall. Quite a few species, too—but I’ve had more species on my list this year. Just not as many individual birds.*

The youngsters have been sprung free.

Many young finches, many young robins, random other juvie birds—along with the usual high number of buntings and towhees. By my count, 107 individuals—among them (today’s highlight) a curious Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Can hardly wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

*Not counting large flocks of Rock Pigeons.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. Brown-headed Cowbird
22. Rock Pigeon
23. House Sparrow
24. Cliff Swallow


Rock Squirrel

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

Midday Hike

Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Scrub jay vs gnatcatcher standoff, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 June 2020.
Scrub jay vs gnatcatcher standoff.

A lot happening this morning kept me and Jack from hiking until late morning today. It was bright and warm, but I brought water, and we had a pretty nice time of it—despite the fact that I didn’t manage any decent bird photos.

A good part of the time I spent in the shaded valley trail, where the Warbling Vireos live, trying to get a pic of one of three vireos I saw. Trouble is, they were bothered by the presence of a nearby scrub-jay, so they were all noise and flitty motion, and I couldn’t get a fix. At one point they were joined by a gnatcatcher—I’ve seen little gnatcatchers harassing jays a lot lately—but it didn’t stop and pose, either.

Still, as I say, it was a good ’un. You can kinda tell that summer’s only a week or so away.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


19. Mourning Dove
20. European Starling
21. Rock Pigeon
22. American Crow
23. House Sparrow
24. Barn Swallow
25. Cliff Swallow



(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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