14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘hermit thrush’

A Good Morning

Friday, May 7th, 2021
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 May 2021.
Lazuli Bunting.

No first-of-year species this morning—but, oh, what a morning. For one thing, the southerly breeze brought a little excitement in the form of a confrontation of the local Cooper’s Hawks and some hawks passing through. For another, more singing Virginia’s Warblers. No orange-crowneds or black-throated grays—but a hermit thrush, gnatcatchers, and plenty of buntings.

No mammals—but hummingbirds, chippies, jays, and a warm day.

Will be cooling off the next few (not necessarily be a bad thing). And dog and I will head uphill tomorrow for going on the 600th straight day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:31 a.m. (8:31 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Lazuli Bunting**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Virginia’s Warbler
9. Chipping Sparrow (v)
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Hermit Thrush
12. House Finch*
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Black-billed Magpie*


15. Song Sparrow (v)
16. California Quail
17. Eurasian Collared-dove

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


Monday, May 3rd, 2021

I hadn’t planned to hike with dog to the ridge this morning, but then I caught sight of a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Eager for my first photo of one this spring, I followed the bird uphill, from juniper to juniper, until it flitted back down below. Foiled again.

But while I was up there, I noticed how close we were to a plastic bag I’d seen flapping in the breeze from a scrub oak snag a few days ago. So I climbed higher to grab that annoying bit of litter. Then we encountered a small herd of deer, which moved up to the ridge, and I thought, Why not? Spooked a couple Chukars up there.

First-of-year Hermit Thrush (for sure) this morning. Realized the trill I’ve been hearing the past couple days belonged to an Orange-crowned Warbler. No corvids, oddly—but a total of 18 species.

Tomorrow won’t be so long a hike, but who knows what birds will appear.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:23 a.m. (8:23 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. House Finch**
9. Lazuli Bunting (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Hermit Thrush†
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Chukar
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove (whistling wings)


19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail


Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Fun Hike

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Another fun morning hike. Even before the hike, in fact: the first bird I spied this early morning—perched on the tip of a conifer out front of the house—was a first-of-year species (Brown-headed Cowbird).

But during the hike proper—which happened on a nippy morning (40s (F) to start, in the mountain shade) turning into a warmish morning—I counted lots of species, failed at tracking a couple of new songs, but managed to tally a new lifer and see a bunch of hummingbirds.

The lifer: a Plumbeous Vireo, which I first heard, than caught a glimpse of. Alas, no photo, though. (Yet.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14. Black-headed Grosbeak
15. House Finch*
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Orange-crowned Warbler
18. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. California Quail*
21. Plumbeous Vireo‡†
22. Black-chinned Hummingbird
23. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


24. Brown-headed Cowbird†
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon


Mountain Cottontail

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

†First-of-year bird

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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