29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘olive-sided flycatcher’

Fun Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Chilly, breezy morning. Sweatshirt weather again. But within a few minutes of beginning my hike with dog, I could tell it was gonna be a big day.

Bird after bird after bird. Species after species. A pair of Western Tanagers, an Olive-sided Warbler with a yellow jacket in its beak, two sparrow species, two warblers, three hummingbirds. I took nearly 900 photos. (Took a while to winnow them down to a couple hundred or so.)

And for the first time I heard the sweet calls of the wren—whose photo was the best of the bunch, I decided.

From four species Tuesday to 22 this morning. A fun day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch**
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Rock Wren
9. Western Tanager
10. American Robin
11. Olive-sided Flycatcher
12. Rufous Hummingbird
13. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Vesper Sparrow
16. Townsend’s Warbler†
17. Brewer’s Sparrow
18. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Pine Siskin
22. Black-billed Magpie*


23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. California Quail
25. Eurasian Collared Dove


Mountain Cottontail

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

Nip in the Air

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 September 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

I thought yesterday was pretty chilly for August. This morning was chillier—in the 40s (F) in the mountain shade when dog and I headed up the trailhead. I felt both a chill and a thrill, thinking the nip in the air might provide some interesting bird sightings, as various species got to thinking the equivalent of, “O.K., here we go.”

Olive-sided Flycatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 September 2020.
Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Although our hike began slow, I ended up not being disappointed.

Within a minute of my saying to Jack, “Well, this has been kind of a bust,” a Warbling Vireo popped up in a scrub-oak ahead of us. (Watched it snag a caterpillar.) Then along came a couple dozen House Finches, numerous gnatcatchers, and a Brewer’s Sparrow or two. On the last leg of our return, I even got to watch an Olive-sided Flycatcher, well, catching flies.

Finally I said to Jack—summing up our hike as we approached the trailhead—“From ‘zip’ to ‘ZIPPO’!”

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Black-billed Magpie**
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Mourning Dove
13. Brewer’s Sparrow
14. Olive-sided Flycatcher


15. California Quail (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

My Tub Runneth Over

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Black-throated Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 May 2020.
Black-throated Sparrow (a lifer for me).

Light precipitation last night—rain in the neighborhood, snow up on the peaks—so we got a late start, dog and I. The morning was chilly and overcast, and the trails were slick with mud. I had no idea what I’d encounter.

MacGillivray’s Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 May 2020.
MacGillivray’s Warbler.

A lot, turns out. Twenty-five species (actually 26, if you count the unidentified Empidonax), including two lifers. The first—a Black-throated Sparrow—just flitted up out of nowhere, without a sound. Was lucky to get a quick pic or two. The second was near the end of our hike, when another Empidonax popped up to a perch. Got a video of that quiet, nondescript bird, which (lucky for me) was flicking his tail down, then up—a sure sign that it was a Gray Flycatcher.

But the biggest deal for me was that right about the time the sun came out—beating all odds—I somehow managed a good look at the MacGillivray’s Warbler that’d been driving me nuts for the past four or five days.

Beyond all that, other surprise birds appeared—like my first Olive-sided Warbler in Utah, perched very near a random Dark-eyed Junco. Got real wet, slipped in mud a couple times, but felt like I’d just had some kind of serendipitous bath or something.

My tub runneth over.

24 May 2020 update: I’m told my Black-throated Sparrow was just the second reported sighting in Salt Lake County.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. California Quail
4. Song Sparrow* (v)
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Black-headed Grosbeak
7. Lazuli Bunting**
8. American Robin* (v)
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Black-chinned Hummingbird
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
14. Black-throated Sparrow†‡
15. Chipping Sparrow
16. House Finch* (v)
17. Warbling Vireo
18. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. MacGillivray’s Warbler
21. Western Tanager
22. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
23. Gray Flycatcher†‡
24. Dark-eyed Junco
25. Olive-sided Flycatcher†


26. Northern Flicker
27. Eurasian Collared Dove



(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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