8 August 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Eurasian collared dove’

Broad-Tails

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
Broad-winged Hummingbird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2020.
Broad-winged Hummingbird (male).
Broad-winged Hummingbird (immature male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2020.
Broad-winged Hummingbird (imm. male).

On an exceptionally quiet morning, the Broad-winged Hummingbirds were out and about. Even before we reached the cool shade of Coyote Canyon, I heard that familiar cricket-like wing-trill.

Since that wing-trill sounds like it’s coming from everywhere, it generally takes a few minutes to spot an actual hummingbird. (At least it takes me that long.) But I finally spotted one—an immature male perched above the trail in front of dog and me. Then I spied a male in silhouette, spreading its wings and tail.

Dance of the Broad-winged Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 August 2020.
Dance of the Broad-winged Hummer.

Finally, the male—which, by the way, followed us a hundred yards or so up the valley—perched in full view and flashed the read feathers of his throat.

Apparently summer is the season of broad-tails.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin
6. Mountain Chickadee
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Pine Siskin
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Lazuli Bunting
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Elsewhere

16. House Sparrow
17. Barn Swallow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

State Bird

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee (with insect), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 August 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee (with insect).

Utah’s state bird is, rather peculiarly, the California Gull. These gulls are literally legendary, credited with saving the crops of settlers from the East (in what is now the Salt Lake City area) back in the 1840s. I’ve seen a few California Gulls in town, but during my hikes with the captain, I see a lot more of the state bird of Maine, the place I left to move to SLC—where I arrived exactly a year ago today.

I’m talking about the Black-capped Chickadee.

Black-caps have a subtly different accent out here, especially in their “gargling” call (far more declarative and far-carrying out here), but their behavior is just the same. Problem is, I don’t have chickadees flitting around tall trees of the sort dog and I hiked through in Maine; rather, this part of the high desert has wide, open spaces populated by low-slung scrub oak and occasional junipers.

But in the cool shade of Coyote Canyon, lined by bigtooth maples, I can occasionally grab a decent photo of a bird that doesn’t seem as skittish as most (in either state).

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

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

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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

 
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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