25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘mountain cottontail’

Rainless

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2021.
Mourning Dove.

When Jack and I hit the trail this morning, I saw faint curtains streaming from the clouds in the sky and thought, rain. And maybe a little rain did fall out there in the basin under those faint curtains, but none fell on me and my dog.

We had a good hike, though—17 species, most in a while. Got a glimpse of a tanager and three Black-throated Gray Warblers and another coop. Back home in hot, sunny afternoon, a monarch in the garden.

My first rainless experience. Kinda makes you think and wish and hope.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Rock Pigeon
11. American Robin*
12. Western Tanager
13. Lesser Goldfinch
14. Spotted Towhee (v)
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Pine Siskin
17. Black-throated Gray Warbler

Elsewhere

18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

Coops

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 July 2021.
Somebody’s watching me.

A week or so ago, I thought the Cooper’s Hawks might’ve flown the nest—or perhaps, thanks to the record drought, the nest might’ve failed. But yesterday I heard two youngsters and an adult in the nest area. And again today: the voices of two juvies and an adult.

Then one of them—adult male, I’m pretty sure—left the trees in a riot of calls and perched in a maple not far away. And stared.

I’m a long-time vegetarian (vegan, in fact), but I’m delighted to know the local accipiters are fit to survive. We’re fellow animals, after all—the hawks, my dog, and me. All part of Nature’s miraculous web of life.

And we’d all of us appreciate a little rain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:56 a.m. (7:56 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
4. Mourning Dove
3. Lazuli Bunting
6. California Quail* (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon
15. House Sparrow
16. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Surprises

Saturday, July 17th, 2021
Western Tanager (fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 July, 2021.
Western Tanager (fem.).

One nice thing about hiking the same patch every day is getting to know the wildlife well—the individual birds, bird families, where they hang out, their calls, their habits. As rewarding, arguably, are the surprises.

Today’s surprises were: 1) a Eurasian Collared-dove perched on a wire usually occupied by a Mouning dove; 2) a cottontail far afield from where we usually encounter them, dog and I; 3) a random tanager showing up weeks after my last sighting.

Surprises are fun. And not uncommonly experience by the daily birder. (I’m tellin’ ya, birding improves your life.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:36 a.m. (7:36 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Eurasian Collared-dove
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Hawk (sp.)
9. Mourning Dove
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Spotted Towhee
13. Black-billed Magpie**
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
15. Western Tanager
16. American Robin

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
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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