14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

Black-throated Gray

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 May 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

It took a several days, but I finally got a Black-throated Gray Warbler to pose for photos.

A bird’s been singing for more than a week up little Coyote Canyon, just above where dog and I typically veer off onto the upper deer trail, so we’ve been heading up the gully in search of it. But it’s always kept far enough off trail to make the chase futile. This morning looked at first to be a repeat of this routine—but then the bird flitted down below us up into a maple right along the trail. Just had to sneak quietly down in the direction of its buzzy voice, and there it was.

Nearby was also a Warbling Vireo, a couple other wood-warblers, an accipiter, chippies, buntings, and towhees. It’s a birdy place up there this time of year.

As is just about every place, if you take a walk outside.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m. (8:33 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

19. American Crow (v)
20. Barn Swallow (v)
21. House Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove

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

Buntings, Grosbeaks

Monday, May 10th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 May 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (male).

From their sudden abundance, I’d assumed all the Lazuli Buntings that were going to arrive had arrived already. But this chilly, breezy, slightly drizzly morning brought a whole new batch to the patch. Fifteen individuals in all.

And plenty of other birds were active and abundant. Heard at least two Black-headed Grosbeaks (and saw two for sure, both singers, eyeing each other at a good distance). A pair of hummingbird species, ever-present towhees, gnatcatchers, and the rest. No mammals and few insects, but I’m sure the unsettled weather had something to do with that.

It’s been a late migration compared to last spring’s—I hear this from other areas of the continent, as well. Which, happily, means more to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch*
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
12. Black-billed Magpie*
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Cooper’s Hawk
15. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
16. Black-chinned Hummingbird
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. California Quail

Elsewhere

19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. House Sparrow

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

The Chase

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 May 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Another bright but chilly morning, a morning filled with birdsong. No new migrants, but plenty of recent ones—and a couple of mystery birds.

I didn’t see the mystery birds, although in two cases I chased their songs. In one particularly thrilling instance, I spied a good-sized, quiet, plain-colored bird swoop in front of us into the undergrowth, never to be seen again.

In two instances, I chased birds whose voices I recognized in hopes of getting a photo, to no avail. This happens a lot, but the disappointment gets shorter by the year, because I know there’ll be more birds to chase—and a successful chase is worth at least a score of misses.

Good chance of rain showers in the morning. A successful chase in a little weather is best of all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting**
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Eurasian Collared-dove*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Chukar (v)
11. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Mourning Dove
19. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
20. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

21. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

(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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