24 June 2021

Posts Tagged ‘house inch’

Cool in the Shade

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 June 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

We had a nice hike this morning, Captain Jack and I. Early, but not too early. Warm, but not too warm. (In fact, the air stirred nice and cool and sweet in the shady green places.) Still just the resident birds about, plus a flyover by four Cliff Swallows. Buntings and towhees, many finches. Gnatcatchers.

Magpies and robins and doves in the neighborhood. Temps didn’t reach 100° (F), though—only 98° or 99°.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

15, Eurasian Collared-dove
16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Many Finches

Friday, June 11th, 2021
The House Finch departs, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 June 2021.
The House Finch departs.

A cooler morning—temps in the low 50s (F)—with something of a breeze. The high would end up higher than yesterday, but in shade this morning, I felt just a tiny bit chilly in my t-shirt. But as soon as we entered a sunny patch, dog and I, the morning proved perfectly comfortable.

Still not many birds, nor much birdsong, but a nice selection. The most numerous species? House Finch—with 20 individuals. Maybe they’ve fledged some youngsters and everyone had gone out for a spin.

Tomorrow will begin cool again, but the temperature’s supposed to rise to three digits (F) by evening. Guess we’ll see.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:35 a.m. (8:35 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. House Sparrow
19. European Starling
20. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Kingbird

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
Western Kingbird (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 June 2021.
Western Kingbird (first-of-year).

Another dry, breezy morning without a lot or singing birds. The residents have nests, seems sure, and a few species are still moving through.

For instance, the first-of-year Western Kingbird we happened upon, dog and I. Heard it first, didn’t recognize its voice—I haven’t encountered more than a handful, and only one or two in spring—then managed a photo from a distance. Six vultures circled through also. The rest (of only fourteen spp. total) were locals.

In other news, for the second straight day I watched a pair of gnatcatchers chase a scrub-jay from its perch in the big Russian olive tree.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. House Finch**
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Western Kingbird†
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Chipping Sparrow (v)
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

15. American Robin
16. Black-billed Magpie
17. European Starling
18. Mourning Dove
19. House Sparrow**

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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