25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Eurasian collared dove’


Friday, July 23rd, 2021
Spotted Towhee (singing), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 July 2021.
Spotted Towhee (singing).

Enjoyed yet another hike with dog this morning—albeit the most muggy one I can recall. Last evening’s rain had soaked in and/or dried up overnight, but the atmosphere held traces of the rare, welcome wetness. Didn’t at all mind the sweat it drew from my pores.

Not a lot of bird action—mostly because fewer birds are vocalizing. Yep, it’s that time of year: having left the nest, youngsters must be fed and kept track of; hawks (and dogs and humans) are about; the territorial imperative is less important than simply finding food and surviving. No need to make a lot of noise.

I heard only three singing towhees, and maybe four singing buntings. (Compare that to spring!) Counted only six of each species. Before long, both will have abandoned their songs entirely, resorting only to subtle chips and chatters.

Still, the singers will be back next April and May.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
5. Mourning Dove
6. House Finch**
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler
12. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch


14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. California Quail


Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel


Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2021.
Mourning Dove.

When Jack and I hit the trail this morning, I saw faint curtains streaming from the clouds in the sky and thought, rain. And maybe a little rain did fall out there in the basin under those faint curtains, but none fell on me and my dog.

We had a good hike, though—17 species, most in a while. Got a glimpse of a tanager and three Black-throated Gray Warblers and another coop. Back home in hot, sunny afternoon, a monarch in the garden.

My first rainless experience. Kinda makes you think and wish and hope.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Rock Pigeon
11. American Robin*
12. Western Tanager
13. Lesser Goldfinch
14. Spotted Towhee (v)
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Pine Siskin
17. Black-throated Gray Warbler


18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

Natural Philosophy

Sunday, July 18th, 2021
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 July 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

Science, of course, involves controlled experimentation. A lot of time, care, and repetition go into this experimentation, the result being discovery—the answers to old questions about the universe. Before the days of modern science, humans simply observed the natural world and, from that observation, used their brains to deduce what’s going on around them. Turns out there’s a term for this: natural philosophy. While on my quotidian hikes with dog, I become a natural philosopher.

This morning, for instance, I surmised that the relative quiet among wild birds has to do with this season of fledglings. To keep the young ’uns safe from the talons of hawks, perching birds tend to lurk silently around in the summer foliage. I.e., it’s a predictable, seasonal thing—and/or maybe it’s the heat of the day.

Often I pose less immediate questions like, “When did humans decide we had to keep track of the motion of the spheres? What compelled us to invent clocks and calendars?” This, because deep focus on my natural surroundings makes the time of day and season seem so obvious.

I’ve always loved Nature, but over the years I seem to have grown closer to her. Not that I’m misanthropic or antisocial, just that lately things have felt more peaceful—more sensible—up the deer trails.

Fewer birds today, no mammals. Still, as ever, a lovely hike with Jack.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:36 a.m. (7:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


13. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
14. European Starling
15. House Sparrow

(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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