20 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’

Variety

Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 September 2020.
Mourning Dove.

Another day of variety. Another cool-in-the-morning hike with dog, one with plenty of birds to sneak up on—or try to. Dipped on a few but managed a third long list in a row.

Most interesting to me were: a brief chase of two Cooper’s Hawks; the (newly) unmistakable calls of a pair of Mountain Chickadees; second day of both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers; a posing Mountain Cottontail.

In this, perhaps my favorite birding time of year, I can’t help but live with a little thrill in my gut and an extra feeling of sweet anticipation in the morning.

(Pretty sure Jack feels it, too.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Mourning Dove
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Rock Pigeon*
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-chinned Hummingbird
15. Mountain Chickadee (v)
16. Pine Siskin
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

19. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Observing

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk (immature dark morph), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 August 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (imm. dark morph).

Slept late. (Must’ve needed that extra hour.) When Captain Jack and I got to the trailhead, the sun had already topped the ridge, and the air was dry and warm—with a touch of haze across the basin.

And what an interesting batch of birds! Beyond the usual suspects, I encountered a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk (I’m pretty sure—not always great with raptors), first Black-throated Gray Warbler in a while, and another drive-by Red-breasted Nuthatch. Noteworthy also was the lack of any black-chinned hummers today—and only two House Finches.

But all seems so quiet and seductive at this time of year—a slight note here, a soft chip there. In fact, I heard at least two bird sounds this morning that I couldn’t identify at all.

The mystery is the thing. (Also learning through observing.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:52 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Black-throated Gray Warbler
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Red-tailed Hawk
11. Lazuli Bunting
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. House Finch*
14. Downy Woodpecker**

Elsewhere

15. California Quail
16. Black-billed Magpie
17. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Hummingbirds vs Hawk

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 August 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.).

Warm, warm morning. Upper-70s (F) when dog and I hit the trailhead. But there were a few clouds about, and Coyote Canyon was cool, and we were early enough that things were comfortable enough. And there were a few birds about, as well.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 August 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male).

Most notably, when we dipped down into the little canyon to visit the Broad-winged Hummingbird families (as has been our habit lately), I noticed several of the tiny birds hovering near—even perching in—a leafy tree across from us. As I watched them, wondering, I spotted the source of their interest: an immature Cooper’s Hawk.

These little hummingbirds, barely larger than the beak of the hawk, were fearless. One of them hovered only a yard or two above the hawk’s perch, and the others stayed very nearby. And when the hawk decided to take flight, they all pursued it.

I’m finding myself fascinated by the Coyote Canyon hummingbirds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Mourning Dove
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. American Robin

Elsewhere

14. Black-billed Magpie
15. Barn Swallow
16. California Quail
17. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
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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