14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Cooper’s hawk’

The Chase

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 May 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Another bright but chilly morning, a morning filled with birdsong. No new migrants, but plenty of recent ones—and a couple of mystery birds.

I didn’t see the mystery birds, although in two cases I chased their songs. In one particularly thrilling instance, I spied a good-sized, quiet, plain-colored bird swoop in front of us into the undergrowth, never to be seen again.

In two instances, I chased birds whose voices I recognized in hopes of getting a photo, to no avail. This happens a lot, but the disappointment gets shorter by the year, because I know there’ll be more birds to chase—and a successful chase is worth at least a score of misses.

Good chance of rain showers in the morning. A successful chase in a little weather is best of all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting**
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Eurasian Collared-dove*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Chukar (v)
11. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Mourning Dove
19. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
20. Song Sparrow** (v)


21. House Sparrow (v)


Mule Deer

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

Ol’ Boys

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Captain Jack and the cairn, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 March 2021.
Captain Jack and the cairn.

This morning we hiked up the cairn, Jack and I. It’d been a while. It was a very good hike. A cloudless day, warm as spring. We even climbed up above the overlook a hundred feet or so and sat a spell.

Not many birds today, but it didn’t seem to matter much. We both dug the mission, the exertion, the smells, the sights—the views of this miraculous world.

Not bad for a couple ol’ boys.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. House Finch*
8. Black-billed Magpie
9. Cooper’s Hawk


10. Eurasian Collared-dove


Mule Deer

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

Dry, Dry

Saturday, August 15th, 2020
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (immature male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 August 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (immature male).

August is an especially dry month here—or so I’ve observed. The value of water in the high desert extends to most all living species. Some, though, are better able to glean enough water from non liquid sources.

Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 August 2020.
Mourning Dove.

Hummingbirds must number among those species, because they’re everywhere, seemingly. Other once-common, vocal, and/or numerous species are either laying low or they’ve moved elsewhere. I’ve been exercising my eyes more than usual lately. Depending on flits and subtle movements more than chips and song.

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds remain numerous, though. Also more gnatcatchers than there are supposed to be (according to eBird). Finches and scrub-jays, towhees and a couple Mourning Doves.

Not a lot of photos today, but dog and I had a fine time, as usual.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Spotted Towhee
6. House Finch**
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
9. Mourning Dove
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Lesser Goldfinch**
12. Black-billed Magpie* (v)


13. Rock Pigeon

(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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