14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘lesser goldfinch’

Vireo

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2021.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This one was supposed to be a warm day. And it was. But the real heat didn’t rise until after dog and I had finished a delicious hike in the sun.

Delicious for me on account of all the migrating bird life—including a first-of-year (and very likely only-of-year) Plumbeous Vireo—and delicious for Jack on account of all the smells.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Flycatcher, etc.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

This morning’s hike with Jack was a little different, in that we traveled in a group of four humans and four dogs. The dogs were friendly and well-behaved, and the humans were looking for wild birds.

And wild birds were found. Not everyone saw every species, but there were plenty to choose from—including two first-of-year (to me) birds: Violet-green Swallow and Gray Flycatcher. (I’d thought at first the flycatcher was a lifer, but turns out I spotted my first last May.) Was a fun time.

Tomorrow will be a summerlike day, so they say. Very likely the best spring migration birding in the week or two to come.

[Aside: Tomorrow afternoon I’m scheduled to give a Zoom slideshow presented by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, facilitated by the Camden (Maine) Public Library, comparing and contrasting the birds and other wildlife of coastal Maine and the Wasatch range. Fun!]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 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. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Mourning Dove
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Song Sparrow** (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. Violet-green Swallow†
13. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Chukar (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow
17. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Warbling Vireo (v)
20. Cooper’s Hawk
21. Black-billed Magpie*
22. Gray Flycatcher†
23. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

24. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
25. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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