30 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘plumbeous vireo’

The Unexpected

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
Ruffed Grouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Ruffed Grouse.
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This morning was chilly compared to recent mornings. Right away, as dog and I started up the switchback, birds began to make themselves apparent. The usual suspects mostly (albeit not singing so much as they used to), until we got to the shade of Coyote Canyon, when things got exciting.

First were the wing-trills of the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that’ve been following us up the cool valley there in past days. Soon enough I heard heard a short, sweet, subtle warble, which turned out to be a female grosbeak’s. Then I spied my first Warbling Vireo in a few days, a random Yellow Warbler in the leafy maples, then another bird up there I could not quickly ID—apparently a young bird, being fed by a parent. I got a photo, thought, which revealed it to be a Plumbeous Vireo (only my third-ever glimpse of the species).

The short climb was thrillingly birdy. Then, unexpectedly, I happened to notice two Ruffed Grouse in the thick greenery not six feet off the trail. Possibly a female and a young bird. Also unexpectedly, they did not fly—just stood contemplating me as I snapped photos, then moseyed off into the vegetation.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove*
4. American Robin
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. House Finch**
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Plumbeous Vireo
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Black-headed Grosbeak
17. Ruffed Grouse
18. Lazuli Bunting
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


20. California Quail
21. Song Sparrow
22. House Sparrow (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Eurasian Collared Dove


Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Fun Hike

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Another fun morning hike. Even before the hike, in fact: the first bird I spied this early morning—perched on the tip of a conifer out front of the house—was a first-of-year species (Brown-headed Cowbird).

But during the hike proper—which happened on a nippy morning (40s (F) to start, in the mountain shade) turning into a warmish morning—I counted lots of species, failed at tracking a couple of new songs, but managed to tally a new lifer and see a bunch of hummingbirds.

The lifer: a Plumbeous Vireo, which I first heard, than caught a glimpse of. Alas, no photo, though. (Yet.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
14. Black-headed Grosbeak
15. House Finch*
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Orange-crowned Warbler
18. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. California Quail*
21. Plumbeous Vireo‡†
22. Black-chinned Hummingbird
23. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


24. Brown-headed Cowbird†
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon


Mountain Cottontail

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

†First-of-year bird

Before the Rain

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2019.
Neighborhood Song Sparrow.

Thundershowers forecast, but early on the ominous skies were zipping in from the southwest but keeping up high along the peaks, barely missing us. So Jack and I took a hike. It was a good one.

No great photos, but a evidence of migration still—sparrows and a vireo with the chickadees, other birds in the periphery. And plenty of activity in the neighborhood.

Thundershowers did finally arrive.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Black-capped Chickadee*
6. Northern Flicker
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Plumbeous Vireo
9. Sparrow (sp)


10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also 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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