25 June 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Euopean starling’


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)


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


Rock Squirrel

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

Pleasant Hike

Monday, June 7th, 2021
California Quail, East Millceek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06/07/2021.
California Quail.

A pleasant, rather quiet hike up the deer trails with dog this early morning. The usual suspects—some conspicuously singing, some flitting silently.

Seems the birds were actually a little more active in the neighborhood this day—hummingbirds in the flowers, magpies in the fringes, robins pulling up worms. Also a single male California Quail lurking in the fringes.

Warm in afternoon, but it was a pleasant heat. No longer summerlike in spring.

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

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


16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. Eurasian Collared Dove


Rock Squirrel

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

Cool in the Shade

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 June 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (fem.).

Headed to the trailhead a bit earlier this morning, considering the temp was eventually supposed to reach 90° (F) today. Cool in the shade, warm in the sun. (No clouds that I could see.) Despite this dry, dry landscape, there are birds to be seen.

E.g., a female Black-headed Grosbeak. A hard-to-spy Virginia Warbler. A few gnatcatchers and Mourning Doves. Also saw a snake of some kind (garter snake? racer?), an Eight-spotted Skimmer, and a Rock Squirrel.

Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be about 95°.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. House Finch**
7. Warbling Vireo (v)
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
15. Mourning Dove
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
17. Song Sparrow* (v)


18. European Starling
19. American Robin
20. Eurasian Collared-dove
21. California Quail
22. Rock Pigeon
23. Barn Swallow


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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