26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘housefinch’

Migra-a-tion

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow.

I had no expectations when dog and I headed up the switchback this morning. After yesterday’s mostly silent stroll, I’d begun to think fall migration would be something of a dud this year.

My suspicions were unfounded, perhaps not least because of the weather. Which I hadn’t checked. There was a little (very little) rain.

And we encountered many bids—among them two dozen yellow-rumps, a gnatcatcher, and a posing sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:19 a.m. (8:19 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Northern Flicker
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. California Quail** (v)
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. House Finch*
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove
17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

Warm Day

Friday, April 30th, 2021

As forecast, today brought a little warm-up. I might’ve hoped for more in the way of arriving migrants, but the lack of such an influx didn’t dampen my morning hike with dog. At all.

It was a nice one. A little longer than usual, with a little more altitude. Plus, I spotted a first-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

And insects are out: butterflies, regular flies, silk and filaments. And flowers—heard (but did not see) what sounded like a Black-chinned Hummingbird. (Heard what sounded like a bunting, too, but could not confirm.)

More birding fun is on the near horizon.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Hummingbird (sp.)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
7. House Finch**
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Song Sparrow** (v)
11. Turkey Vulture
12. California Quail*
13. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
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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