25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘house finc’

Rainless

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

Elsewhere

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

Solstice Notes

Sunday, June 20th, 2021
Lesser Goldfinch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 June 2021.
Lesser Goldfinch.

Slim pickin’s up in the foothills this cool morning. Quieter than on any recent day. But the birds in the neighborhood (where the water is) were active and vocal—even in the heat of afternoon.

Magpie fledglings, scurrying quail, song and house sparrows, robins galore. Starlings, collared-doves, a pair of goldfinches.

The extreme drought has made for a different kind of spring this year, with fewer species (and individuals). And on this first day of summer, I do rather wonder what these next three simmering months will bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:57 a.m. (7:57 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Spotted Towhee
7. House Finch**
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
10. Black-capped Chickadee**

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. American Robin
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. California Quail
15. European Starling
16, Eurasian Collared-dove
17, Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

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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