14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘mule deer’

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)


21. House Sparrow (v)


Mule Deer

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


Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 May 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak (first-of-year).

Fun hike this morning. A bit clearer, a bit warmer. Quite a few species to start, but toward the end of it, I began to think I wouldn’t have a first-of-year bird for a change. I was wrong.

I heard the soft warbled notes from a newly leafed-out maple tree. I knew it was the voice of a Black-headed Grosbeak. I crept with Jack off the trail and approached the tree. As I got near, I discovered that the bird was in fact singing from the other side of the maple, but as I rounded the tree, it flew.

We crept up a slope, dog and me, and I looked in the direction of where the bird had flown—and spied it quite a distance away.

Tomorrow’s temperature is supposed to top 80° (F).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:34 a.m. (8:34 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove
2. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. House Finch**
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Orange-crowned Warbler
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Black-headed Grosbeak‡
18. Black-billed Magpie*


19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. Red-tailed Hawk


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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


Monday, May 3rd, 2021

I hadn’t planned to hike with dog to the ridge this morning, but then I caught sight of a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Eager for my first photo of one this spring, I followed the bird uphill, from juniper to juniper, until it flitted back down below. Foiled again.

But while I was up there, I noticed how close we were to a plastic bag I’d seen flapping in the breeze from a scrub oak snag a few days ago. So I climbed higher to grab that annoying bit of litter. Then we encountered a small herd of deer, which moved up to the ridge, and I thought, Why not? Spooked a couple Chukars up there.

First-of-year Hermit Thrush (for sure) this morning. Realized the trill I’ve been hearing the past couple days belonged to an Orange-crowned Warbler. No corvids, oddly—but a total of 18 species.

Tomorrow won’t be so long a hike, but who knows what birds will appear.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:23 a.m. (8:23 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. House Finch**
9. Lazuli Bunting (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Hermit Thrush†
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Chukar
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove (whistling wings)


19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail


Mule Deer

(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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