14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘northern flicker’

Wondrous

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Virginia’s Warbler (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 May 2021.
Virginia’s Warbler (first-of-year).

Heard a first-of-year warbler song this lovely warm morning. The bird was perched in the tip of a scrub oak (as were a few nearby Lazuli Buntings), and it sounded something like a Nashville Warbler—and sure enough, it turned out to be a Virginia’s. [My first Virginia’s Warbler here I mis-ID’d as a NAWA.]

But that wasn’t the only first-of-year bird this morn: I also heard a pair of Warbling Vireos having a sing-off up the gully where there was a nest last year.

A wondrous time of year.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m. (8:19 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
2. American Robin*
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Spotted Towhee
6. House Finch**
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Virginia’s Warbler‡
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Warbling Vireo‡ (v)
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

16. House Sparrow (v)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Buntings

Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 May 2021.
Lazuli Bunting.

A warm, sunny day was forecast, but it turned out to be warm and mostly cloudy. A perfect day for the arrival of Lazuli Buntings.

It was the sixth species on my list this morning—three up on the bluff (a good, high spot for migrants). Bright blue glinting in a patch of sun. Saw another later, and also got a glimpse of a first-of-year Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Plenty of firsts-of-years yet to come. Again, I look foward to the morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting†
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird†
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

16. House Sparrow (v)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Warm Day

Friday, April 30th, 2021

As forecast, today brought a little warm-up. I might’ve hoped for more in the way of arriving migrants, but the lack of such an influx didn’t dampen my morning hike with dog. At all.

It was a nice one. A little longer than usual, with a little more altitude. Plus, I spotted a first-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

And insects are out: butterflies, regular flies, silk and filaments. And flowers—heard (but did not see) what sounded like a Black-chinned Hummingbird. (Heard what sounded like a bunting, too, but could not confirm.)

More birding fun is on the near horizon.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Hummingbird (sp.)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
7. House Finch**
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Song Sparrow** (v)
11. Turkey Vulture
12. California Quail*
13. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

(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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