22 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘common raven’

Nice Surprises

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 October 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bit warmer this morning. Dog and I got to the trailhead about 15 minutes later than yesterday. A little cloudiness. A nice morning.

Started quiet—but soon enough I was enjoying a few nice surprises—e.g., a vocal Juniper Titmouse, the cry of a raven (first in many months), and a Townsend’s Solitaire popping up right in front of us on the trail.

I’ll take this kind of birding excursion any ol’ day.

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

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Northern Flicker
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Common Raven (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)


15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)


Mountain Cottontail

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

Slow Turn

Friday, June 26th, 2020
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 June 2020.
Chipping Sparrow.

Around the solstices, the changes in the lengths of days slows, like the far points of a swinging pendulum. At the equinoxes, the photoperiod increases or lessens swiftly. These early summer days can seem much the same, one after another—but for birds, the opposite is the case.

Now’s the time of nestlings and fledglings and hiding and growing and putting on weight and storing energy. Migration’s not all that far away.

Today, dog and I got scolded by multiple species (most of which were out of sight) for getting too near the young ’uns. Buntings, chippies, vireos, hummingbirds—and gnatcatchers. Especially gnatcatchers.

At the end of our hike, we surprised a mama quail with itty bitty babies that’d hatched not many hours before—iny little peeping that things could scramble away in the understory.

A lot of things happen in a hurry during this slow solstitical turn.

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

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


17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. Mourning Dove


Rock Squirrel

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

Empty Nest

Sunday, June 14th, 2020
Empty Black-headed Grosbeak nest, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 June 2020.
Empty Black-headed Grosbeak nest.

The grosbeak nest has failed.

I worried a bit yesterday when I encountered the male uphill from the nest a bit, very near the trail, emitting a sharp alarm chip. When I then checked the nest, the baby birds were still there, at least three fuzzy heads bobbing—but it was the first time I hadn’t seen a parent with them. Wondered what had spooked the dad, or where the mom got off to. Didn’t worry, too much, though.

Turned out I had good reason.

I suspect the resident magpie family got the nestlings. A good while ago, the magpie pair fledged a brood of big, loud, healthy youngsters. Their nest was just up the slope from the grosbeaks’. Perhaps something happened to the female, which left the male as the only parent to fend for the youngsters.

An empty nest is a sad thing.

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

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


20. Rock Pigeon
21. Song Sparrow (v)


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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