1 October 2020

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Life Goes On

Friday, July 31st, 2020
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 31 July 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male).

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds have not been cooperative when it comes to posing for photos—until today.

I’ve caught glimpses of these high-elevation hummers in Coyote Canyon—the cool, shady valley that dog and I ascend each morning—as they zip around hunting tiny insects among the proliferous bigtooth maple leaves. But the light is dim, and hummingbirds are active, and I sort of gave up.

Today, though, there a few (or more) were making those cricket-like sounds with their wings above us as, so I stopped to watch and listen, and a male decided to perch right in front of me. (I rarely see males, either, since they’re basically chauvinist pigs who sleep around and the leave the nest-building, chick-rearing, and youngster-feeding to females.)

Male Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding fledgling, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 31 July 2020.
Male Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding fledgling.

Felt good to grab that photo.

In contrast, just beyond the hummers, I happened upon a male Black-throated Gray Warbler bring a small lacy-winged insect to a begging fledgling.

And so life goes on despite it all.

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

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Mourning Dove
3. House Finch**
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. American Robin*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Black-headed Grosbeak
8. Lazuli Bunting
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Pine Siskin
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler
15. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
16. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Ravens

Thursday, April 16th, 2020
Pair of ravens, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 April 2020.
Pair of ravens.

Light, wet snow this morning. Also, this was my day to shop for groceries in a pandemic. Long story short: dog and I didn’t get up the hill until early afternoon (DST—high noon Earth time).

By then, the sun had come out.

No really outlandish birds, but a lovely hike. I did catch the chattering call of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, then (about ten minutes later) managed to spot the bird, which felt like a minor success and/or vindication.

Lots of robins, juncos, towhees. And a pair of ravens.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 1:00 p.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Eastern Towhee
4. House Finch* (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Song Sparrow* (v)
7. American Robin*
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Northern Flicker
11. Common Raven
12. Turkey Vulture
13. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. European Starling
17. Rock Pigeon
18. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Waxwings

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Cedar Waxwing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2020.
Cedar Waxwing.
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2020.
Mountain Cottontail.

This morning brought cloudiness and a little light rain. Didn’t stop dog and me from making our usual rounds.

Spied a Mountain Cottontail. Amassed a list of a dozen bird species on the mountainside. Then, back home, a big flock of waxwings descended on the flowering trees in the yard.

Feels more like spring every day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. Eastern Towhee
4. Pine Siskin
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Black-capped Chickadee*
8. American Robin*
9. House Finch* (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Canada Goose
12. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. European Starling
17. Cedar Waxwing

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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