28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘mule deer’

Treading Lightly

Friday, May 15th, 2020
Gnatcatcher on the nest, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 May 2020.
Gnatcatcher on the nest.

This morning’s hike with dog, under overcast skies, had a particularly thrilling moment for me: when I discovered the gnatcatcher’s nest unabandoned.

Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 May 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

I’d found the tiny nest a week or so ago, and for a few days saw (and heard) the birds that built it so carefully—albeit right above a fairly busy tail—tending to and guarding it. Then, a few days ago, nothing. I’d assumed they’d decided having humans pass regularly beneath the nest was unacceptable, and had moved on.

Not so. Because there—still and alert, tail raised high—sat what I assume was the female, warming her eggs.

And henceforth—in some illogical attempt to counterbalance the effects of hard-breathing runners, loud talkers, and over-active dogs—Jack and I will tread even more lightly when passing that particular stretch of trail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. California Quail*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-headed Grosbeak
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Mourning Dove
12. Black-chinned Hummingbird
13. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. House Finch*
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
17. Warbling Vireo (v)
18. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
19. Western Tanager
20. Song Sparrow**

Elsewhere

21. Eurasian Collared Dove
22. European Starling
23. Rock Pigeon
24. House Sparrow
25. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Mule Deer
Small rodent (sp)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Tanager

Monday, May 11th, 2020
Western Tanager (male, first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 May 2020.
Western Tanager (male, first-of-year).

An overcast morning with ominous skies struck me as inviting. And, as often is the case, I found a bird I wasn’t looking for.

That bird was a first-of-year Western Tanager (and my first sighting of a male of the species)—when I happened to be trying to track down a Black-headed Grosbeak with a somewhat odd voice. Which, in retrospect, makes me think the grosbeak was really a tanager.

Later in my hike with dog, I heard two birds warbling at each other from the edge of the juniper barren. Certainly not finches, but what? They were keeping out of sight, singing nearly identical, territorial battle-songs. Finally I caught a glimpse of one through binoculars—some kind of vireo?

“Nah, couldn’t be,” I thought. But hours later I realized one vireo would fit: they were Warbling Vireos. (It’s been a couple decades since I last heard one in Maine—I’d forgotten their song.)

Saw no one on the trail. Only rained a few drops. Our hike went exactly as it was supposed to go.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Spotted Towhee
7. California Quail*
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Rock Wren
13. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
14. Western Tanager†
15. Black-chinned Hummingbird
16. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Warbling Vireo

Elsewhere

20. Song Sparrow
21. Eurasian Collared Dove
22. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year

The Circuit

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
Turkey Vulture, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 May 2020.
Turkey Vulture.

For the second straight morning, dog and I did the Millcreek circuit. By that I mean, we climbed the near valley to the top of the ridge, then along the ridge to the terminus of the Pipeline Trail—then down the switchback to where we began. Not quite four miles total, 1,200-plus feet in elevation, about a two-and-a-half hour hike.

Lazuli Bunting (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 May 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (male).

Today, though, it was humid, and there was a drizzle or two, and then the sun came out.

More birds on my list than any day I can remember here. No lifers or first-of-years—just a nice selection of feathered critters. I hope we have as much luck tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked 1,000-plus feet up a mountain.

1. Eurasian Collared Dove
2. American Robin*
3. Northern Flicker** (v)
4. House Finch*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Song Sparrow* (v)
8. Lazuli Bunting
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
13. Brewer’s Sparrow
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
15. Chipping Sparrow
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
18. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Chukar (v)
22. Hermit Thrush
23. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
24. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

25. California Quail

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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