20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘lazuli bunting’

How Not to Bird

Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 September 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk.

It was one of those mornings. First, I waited fifteen or twenty minutes to head with Jack to the trailhead, figuring we’d have more time in the sun than in the mountain shade. The idea (as mentioned yesterday) was to see if sunny slopes encouraged more activity.

Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 September 2020.
Golden Eagle.

In fact, not really. Oh, there were plenty of little quiet birds flitting about, just out of eye- and earshot. I missed three or four IDs (and at least a couple species) on account of a puzzling clumsiness—walking too fast, plunging around corners without taking a peek first, staying in my head instead of attuned to my surroundings. A good example of how not to bird.

But one of the mystery species (House Wren) came to light later, when I studied a couple blurry photos I’d taken in its general direction, and another pic helped me confirm a Sharp-shinned Hawk (not a Cooper’s).

Later, back at home, I chased a shadow on the front lawn and got a decent photo of a soaring red-tail. Still later—in that same cloudless sky—I spied a Golden Eagle.

Hard to complain on a crazy day like this one.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. House Finch*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Western Tanager
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Mourning Dove
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. House Wren
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. Northern Flicker
17. Lazuli Bunting

Elsewhere

18. California Quail
19. Red-tailed Hawk
20. Golden Eagle
21. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel (v)

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

Mammals

Sunday, August 30th, 2020
Mounain Cottontail (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 August 2020.
Mounain Cottontail (youngster).

You’ll have noted by now that I started keeping track of mammals recently. (And to a lesser degree, reptiles—which seem far less common.) Today there were two species: Mountain Cottontail and Rock Squirrel.

Both were in the area of the old lime quarry. The cottontail—a youngster—paused and posed a while. (A Rock Squirrel seen about the same time scramble into a little cave across the way.)

The elk and mule deer are dramatic in cold weather seasons, but I have a soft spot for the spring and summer cottontails.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. House Finch*
3. Mourning Dove*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
10. Northern flicker
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird**
12. Pine Siskin
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. Lazuli Buning (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. Turkey Vulture

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Good Day

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
Black-chinned Hummingbird (female/immature), East Millceek Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 August 2020.
Black-chinned Hummingbird (female/immature).

This morning the wind blew and the temperature was cooler than the past several. Jack and I hiked for a good while without my listing more than a couple birds. Very quiet—as it has been lately.

But by the end of our hike, I had more than a dozen species—including a random Mountain Chickadee. Plus, a couple good looks at Black-chinned Hummingbirds (which have been scarce for a while).

All in all, a good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
8. Western Tanager
9. Mourning Dove*
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Downy Woodpecker (v)
12. Mountain Chickadee
13. Lazuli Bunting

Elsewhere

14. Black-billed Magpie
15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. California Quail
17. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(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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