23 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Orange-crowned Warbler’

Little Quiet Birds

Friday, September 25th, 2020
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 September 2020.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

Jack and I did the “ridge hike” today, our circuit up to the Pipeline Overlook, then around and down Coyote Canyon (which we usually ascend). Got a better look at the Neff’s Canyon fire, still smoking. Also got good looks at several nice birds.

This is my second fall migration here in the high desert, and the sagebrushy foothills aren’t as busy as probably the basin is (at least around the rivers and lakes), but it’s still pretty fun.I’ve especially liked the challenge of spotting—then ID’ing—little quiet birds flitting in the leafy valleys. Today I had three of those, but only ID’d one: an Orange-crowned Warbler.

Good climb for me and Jack this morning. Already thinking about tomorrow’s.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m., I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Lesser Goldfinch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Hummingbird (sp)
9. Northern Flicker**
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. American Robin
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Mountain Chickadee (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler

Elsewhere

15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Summer’s End

Monday, September 21st, 2020
Downy Woodpecker (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 September 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (female).

Robins everywhere this morning. Also a couple warbler species, a random junco, a Mountain Chickadee, and I glimpsed a furtive Green-tailed Towhee. Just one gnatcatcher, though—and not a single hummingbird. All signs of fall migration.

Birding friends from back in Maine have gathered at Monhegan Island. I’m envious. A favorite place, the best birding ever. But the challenges offered by a high desert landscape make things interesting also. Honestly, I have no idea what I’ll see or hear each day for the next couple weeks.

Tomorrow’s hike will be particularly interesting, since the first part of it will occur in summer, and the latter part will occur in autumn.

Will let you know.

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

1. House Finch*
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. American Robin
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Mountain Chickadee (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Warbling Vireo
14. White-crowned Sparrow
15. Northern Flicker** (v)
16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
17. Green-tailed Towhee
18. Pine Siskin (v)
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

20. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Red squirrel

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

Slow Turn

Friday, June 26th, 2020
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 June 2020.
Chipping Sparrow.

Around the solstices, the changes in the lengths of days slows, like the far points of a swinging pendulum. At the equinoxes, the photoperiod increases or lessens swiftly. These early summer days can seem much the same, one after another—but for birds, the opposite is the case.

Now’s the time of nestlings and fledglings and hiding and growing and putting on weight and storing energy. Migration’s not all that far away.

Today, dog and I got scolded by multiple species (most of which were out of sight) for getting too near the young ’uns. Buntings, chippies, vireos, hummingbirds—and gnatcatchers. Especially gnatcatchers.

At the end of our hike, we surprised a mama quail with itty bitty babies that’d hatched not many hours before—iny little peeping that things could scramble away in the understory.

A lot of things happen in a hurry during this slow solstitical turn.

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

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

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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