14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘Orange-crowned Warbler’

Heat Wave

Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 June 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Dog and I started early, what with a hot day forecast. Sure enough it was cloudless, but here on the east side of the basin, we’ve got the mountain shade early—and a little bit of a breeze kept things about room temperature on our way up to the ridge, where I decided we could climb for a change.

And climb we did. Had plenty of water for Jack, and most of the hike was in shadow. (The sunny spots were a little toasty.) Quite a few birds out early—I figure they didn’t want to have to brave the afternoon heat. Which, by the way, reached 100° (F). (Tomorrow’s supposed to get to 101°, and the day after 102°.)

It’ll be a drought-ravaged year here in the west, but still we’ll go out hiking. (Early.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

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


20. California Quail
21. Song Sparrow (v)
22. European Starling
23. Eurasian Collared-dove
24. Barn Swallow
25. House Sparrow


Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

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


Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Lazuli Bunting (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 June 2021.
Lazuli Bunting (singing).

It’s that time of spring when things go from kind of warm to hot. Dog and I got to the trailhead early enough to enjoy some cool shade before the sun topped the ridge, but the last half mile was a little toasty. Still not as toasty as this afternoon. Which was not as toasty as tomorrow afternoon is forecast to be.

Still a goodly number of bird species—including a gang of first-year Western Tanagers, a stealthy Cooper’s Hawk, and the usual singing buntings. Although number of singing buntings and towhees was down a bit from yesterday.

We might even head up a little earlier tomorrow, dog and I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak
3. American Robin*
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Western Tanager
9. House Finch**
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
12. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Warbling Vireo (v)
15. Chukar (v)
16. Mourning Dove
17. Pine Siskin (v)
18. Black-billed Magpie*


19. Eurasian Collared-dove
20. California Quail
21. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay


Rock Squirrel

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

A Good Walk

Saturday, May 29th, 2021
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 May 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Pretty quiet this calm, lovely morning up along the deer trails. Coolish still, and dry. I wonder each morning why it’s different from the morning before—and the morning before that. They’re all different, sometimes subtly so, and sometimes vastly.

Not nearly as many species today as in recent days. I imagine migration is diminishing apace. (Did hear one bird I couldn’t identify—and couldn’t track down.) Nests are active. Not nearly as much singing going on.

Each day is different, year round. Just as every season is different from the previous year’s. Makes me wonder. And any hike that makes me wonder is a good walk. (Not sure I’ve ever had a bad one.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:28 a.m. (8:28 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch**
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Black-billed Magpie
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Song Sparrow** (v)


16. Eurasian Collared-dove


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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