30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘hummingbird (sp)’

Sparrows

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 September 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

My morning hike with dog was supposed to be a short one (since grocery shopping after was in the cards), but I got waylaid by some interesting birds. And not a few this day.

Hawk in the big olive tree. Pigeon and chickadee and gnatcatcher and warbler and yet another (unidentified) hummer—and sparrows.

(The sparrows brought the thrills this day, especially a young white-crowned.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:12 a.m. (8:12 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon
3. House Finch**
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. American Robin
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Brewer’s Sparrow
11. Lesser Goldfinch
12. White-crowned Sparrow
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Hummingbird (sp?)
16. Black-billed Magpie

Elsewhere

17. Turkey Vulture
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Flicker at Last

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 September 2021.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male).

Finally—this cool, cloudless early morning during my daily hike with dog—I got a photo of a flicker. Not sure when the last one happened (possibly last spring), but it’s been a while, with a few recent near misses. It popped up randomly in the Russian Olive. Just felt like a bit of serendipity.

Otherwise, very few hike species—nine, to be exact—including a hummingbird I could not ID.

However, oddly, it was a three-hawk day. First came the peregrine I spied before our hike, dining on breakfast atop the utility pole usually occupied by a red-tail. Then came a young Cooper’s I spotted during our hike, trying (but failing) to catch a scrub-jay in the big olive tree. Finally, in afternoon, a red-tail where the peregrine was having breakfast.

I’ll take a three-hawk day any day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:22 a.m. (8:22 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. American Robin
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Hummingbird (sp?)
8. Cooper’s Hawk
9. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

10. Peregrine Falcon
11. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Red 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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