30 June 2022

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Little Flitty Birds

Friday, September 3rd, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 September 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

’Tis the season of little flitty birds. Hiking this morning with dog, I saw a bunch, put a name on a few and missed a few. The funnest sighting: a Wilson’s Warbler (no photo). Migration’s begun for sure.

I also spied a few hawks for a change. Three coops (two circling, a young-un perched) and at last one sharpie.

But my favorite pic of the day was a portrait of a sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:27 a.m. (8:27 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Sharp-shinned Hawk
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Black-billed Magpie**
8. Rufous Hummingbird
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Brewer’s Sparrow
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. House Wren
14. Wilson’s Warbler
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)


16. Eurasian Collared-dove


Red Squirrel

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

After the Rain

Friday, July 30th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 July 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk.

Woke up this early morning to the sound of thunder and rain. Aaaaahhhh.

Waited for a passing shower, so Jack and I got to the trailhead pretty late, where we enjoyed cool air, wet foliage, interesting wildlife activity, and walking in sweet, sweet mud.

The rain caused change. The atmosphere had completely change—damp, fragrant, different. Saw a living snail among the empty shells. And encountered an amazing fly hatch—wispy-winged flies rising like smoke, driving the little birds to distraction. Watched a bunting feed flies to a young one. Watched gnatcatchers catch ’em. Watched the flies themselves float through the air like some kind of earthly daylight constellation.

Another thing that happened involved the resident Cooper’s Hawks. While ascending the leafy gully, I heard the call of a young bird (possibly the only young bird, as I can’t remember hearing more than one at a time), then the ki-ki-ki-ki-ki! of an adult. We hurried up to a place where I could scan the hillsided. Just as I turned to look around, the adult took flight again and landed on a branch not far above us. Slowly, I lifted my camera—and the hawk too wing again. So I had to grab a photo of it crouching, pretty well camouflaged, in a tree.

More rain possible tonight. We shall see.

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. House Finch*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Spotted Towhee (v)
6. Mourning Dove*
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Barn Swallow
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Golden Eagle


14. California Quail
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. Red-tailed Hawk
17. Eurasian Collared-dove

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

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


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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