22 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Coop’s hawk’

Fun Day No. 2

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 September 2020.
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.).

Yesterday, I buried the lede. The yellowish warbler I spied angling away at a distance—the one that looked rather like a black-throated green, with prominent white wing bars, and whose yellow cheeks had a bolder swipe of black? It was indeed, as I decided after much study, a Townsend’s Warbler. What I didn’t mention: it was a lifer for me.

Today I saw two more of ’em. Up close this time. (Alas the birds were flitting about in the shady valley, so the photos weren’t what they might’ve been.)

And that’s not all. Had my first Chipping Sparrow in a while, spotted my first Steller’s Jay in a much longer while, and saw my first great flock of “floater” scrub-jays. (Didn’t know that was a thing.) Plus, I heard the random voice of a Mountain Chickadee.

Second straight day of fun.

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. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
12. Townsend’s Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Steller’s Jay
15. Virginia’s Warbler
16. Brewer’s Sparrow
17. Black-chinned Hummingbird
18. Mountain Chickadee
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch

Mammals

Rock Squirrel (v)
Red Squirrel (v)

(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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