25 June 2021

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

Fledglings

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
Black-billed Magpie Fledgling, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 June 2021.
Black-billed Magpie youngster.

A few days ago, in the front yard, I noticed what appeared to be a couple of fledgling House Sparrows following their parents around. Those were likely the first fledglings of the year noticed by me. Today brought two more.

First, up on the deer trails, I noticed a very young towhee fluttering around in the undergrowth. Later, back home, I spied a couple of fledgling magpies following their parent around.

Although i’s not real easy to do, I like trying to keep track of the new birds o the season.

[A note on the hot, dry weather: I heard a radio forecast today that essentially predicted temps up in the 90s (F) pretty much every day from here through the month of August. Yesterday we tied the all-time record high of 107° (F). Not gonna let up for a good while, apparently.]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:02 a.m. (8:02 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. House Finch**
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
12. Warbling Vireo (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Sharp-shinned Hawk
15. Turkey Vulture
16. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

17. American Robin
18. Song Sparrow (v)
19. California Quail
20. European Starling
21. Mourning Dove
22. House Sparrow
23. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Drought

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Spotted Towhee (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 June 2021.
Spotted Towhee (female).

A little windy this morning, and few birds to start. As the sun topped the ridge and the air warmed up, more of the usual resident suspects made appearances—especially buntings and towhees.

It’s pretty dry, though. Drought conditions, in fact. Throughout the western states. Summer-like fire warnings with a couple weeks left in spring. Things are still green, and dragonflies are out, and pollinators are tending to multitudes of high desert flowers. But when draught comes to the high desert, there’s room for a little concern.

Still Nature knows what she’s doing. All life’s connected. And precipitation will come. Eventually.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Chipping Sparrow
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
10. Warbling Vireo
11. Black-billed Magpie*
12. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13. Western Wood-pewee
14. American Robin* (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove
20. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Raptors

Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 May, 2021.
Red-tailed Hawk.

Cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon. We hiked in morning under a cloudless sky, dog and I, and the sun warmed us up nicely. Few other humans or dogs, but quite a few good birds—e.g., a female Western Tanager.

But most noteworthy might’ve been three raptors: one of the resident Cooper’s Hawks, a pair of Golden Eagles perched high on the ridge (first eagles in a while), and, on our return, a lone soaring Red-Tailed Hawk.

(Lots of little hummingbirds, too.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:28 a.m. (8:28 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. House Finch*
9. Western Tanager
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Black-billed Magpie*
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Turkey Vulture
16. Warbling Vireo
17. California Quail* (v)
18. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Cooper’s Hawk
21. Golden Eagle
22. Song Sparrow**
23. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

24. House Sparrow
25. European Starling
26. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(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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