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Little Flitty Birds

Friday, September 3rd, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 September 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

’Tis the season of little flitty birds. Hiking this morning with dog, I saw a bunch, put a name on a few and missed a few. The funnest sighting: a Wilson’s Warbler (no photo). Migration’s begun for sure.

I also spied a few hawks for a change. Three coops (two circling, a young-un perched) and at last one sharpie.

But my favorite pic of the day was a portrait of a sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:27 a.m. (8:27 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Sharp-shinned Hawk
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Black-billed Magpie**
8. Rufous Hummingbird
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Brewer’s Sparrow
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. House Wren
14. Wilson’s Warbler
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)


16. Eurasian Collared-dove


Red Squirrel

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

Wild Rose

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
House Wren (in a wild rose), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 September 2021.
House Wren (in a wild rose).

My morning hike with dog began quietly, in keeping with this quiet season, when I mostly scan for silent flitting birds. And, dang, did I hit the jackpot.

In particular, that pot appeared in the form of a trailside rose bush, where in the pat I’ve often seen lurking towhees. What I saw this morning were three quietly flitting Brewer’s Sparrows. As I stood still angling fdor photos, Another bird popped up: a Nashville Warbler. Turned my camera to the warbler, when another species appeared: a House Wren. Got some nice pics of the wren—when I noticed a Green-tailed Towhee in there, too.

Four species in the same little wild rose.

Later, on our return, I decided to head over and revisit the rose bush, and what should I find there? A Spotted Towhee.

You can bet I’ll be checking that wild again in the morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:07 a.m. (8:07 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. House Finch**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Western Tanager
5. Eurasian Collared-dove
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
9. Brewer’s Sparrow
10. Nashville Warbler
11. Green-tailed Towhee
12. House Wren
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Lazuli Bunting
16. American Robin


17. California Quail (v)
18. House Sparrow


Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

The Unexpected

Monday, August 30th, 2021
Nashville Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 August 2021.
Nashville Warbler.

The first bird I heard this morning was a Northern Flicker. First flicker for months, I’d say. Unexpected.

Before long, I spied a quiet bird in a scrub oak: a Rock Wren. First of that species I’ve ever seen that wasn’t perched on a rock. Coincidentally, the next new species I saw was a House Wren. (So few wrens around here, I thought for a while it was the other wren following dog and me around.) Talk about unexpected.

Some time later, I spied a tiny batch of warblers following a vocal pod of chickadees (as warblers are wont to do when roaming). I assumed the first I took a photo of was a Virginia’s Warbler. Only when I looked at the photos later did I notice it was a Nashville Warbler—first in Utah. (At least I assume they have a full yellow belly here as they do back East.) Did not expect that.

Fact is, it was so quiet to start this morning that I sure didn’t expect my species list to reach 15.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:06 a.m. (8:06 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. House Finch*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Eurasian Collared-dove*
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Rock Wren
11. House Wren
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Nashville Warbler
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. American Goldfinch (v)


16. Black-billed Magpie
17. Lesser Goldfinch


Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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