25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘pine siskin’

Rainless

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2021.
Mourning Dove.

When Jack and I hit the trail this morning, I saw faint curtains streaming from the clouds in the sky and thought, rain. And maybe a little rain did fall out there in the basin under those faint curtains, but none fell on me and my dog.

We had a good hike, though—17 species, most in a while. Got a glimpse of a tanager and three Black-throated Gray Warblers and another coop. Back home in hot, sunny afternoon, a monarch in the garden.

My first rainless experience. Kinda makes you think and wish and hope.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Rock Pigeon
11. American Robin*
12. Western Tanager
13. Lesser Goldfinch
14. Spotted Towhee (v)
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Pine Siskin
17. Black-throated Gray Warbler

Elsewhere

18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

Coops

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 July 2021.
Somebody’s watching me.

A week or so ago, I thought the Cooper’s Hawks might’ve flown the nest—or perhaps, thanks to the record drought, the nest might’ve failed. But yesterday I heard two youngsters and an adult in the nest area. And again today: the voices of two juvies and an adult.

Then one of them—adult male, I’m pretty sure—left the trees in a riot of calls and perched in a maple not far away. And stared.

I’m a long-time vegetarian (vegan, in fact), but I’m delighted to know the local accipiters are fit to survive. We’re fellow animals, after all—the hawks, my dog, and me. All part of Nature’s miraculous web of life.

And we’d all of us appreciate a little rain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:56 a.m. (7:56 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
4. Mourning Dove
3. Lazuli Bunting
6. California Quail* (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon
15. House Sparrow
16. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Clouds

Monday, July 19th, 2021
Lesser Goldfinches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 July 2021.
Lesser Goldfinches.

Clouds covered much of the sky for much of this warm summer day. We hiked this morning, dog and I, under the blanket of an overcast. It kept us rather warm, that blanket—but not so warm that we didn’t throughly enjoy a rather uneventful time of it.

There were moments, though: a surprise visit from goldfinches, the voices of three Cooper’s Hawks (two of them youngsters, a chase of three hummingbirds. Missed some photos, got a few others. A comfort.

Back home, I had two surprises: the red-tail returning to its tall utility pole (the overcast likely made such exposure more bearable), and a Downy Woodpecker popped up on a tree trunk just off the back deck. There’s even a chance of a thundershower out there—and will be for a day so.

Gotta admit, little rain would be appreciated by all us living things.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:47 a.m. (7:47 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. American Robin*
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Spotted Towhee
12. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow
15. Red-tailed Hawk
14. Downy Woodpecker

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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