25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘red squirrel’


Friday, July 23rd, 2021
Spotted Towhee (singing), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 July 2021.
Spotted Towhee (singing).

Enjoyed yet another hike with dog this morning—albeit the most muggy one I can recall. Last evening’s rain had soaked in and/or dried up overnight, but the atmosphere held traces of the rare, welcome wetness. Didn’t at all mind the sweat it drew from my pores.

Not a lot of bird action—mostly because fewer birds are vocalizing. Yep, it’s that time of year: having left the nest, youngsters must be fed and kept track of; hawks (and dogs and humans) are about; the territorial imperative is less important than simply finding food and surviving. No need to make a lot of noise.

I heard only three singing towhees, and maybe four singing buntings. (Compare that to spring!) Counted only six of each species. Before long, both will have abandoned their songs entirely, resorting only to subtle chips and chatters.

Still, the singers will be back next April and May.

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

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


14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. California Quail


Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel


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)


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


Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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


Saturday, July 17th, 2021
Western Tanager (fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 July, 2021.
Western Tanager (fem.).

One nice thing about hiking the same patch every day is getting to know the wildlife well—the individual birds, bird families, where they hang out, their calls, their habits. As rewarding, arguably, are the surprises.

Today’s surprises were: 1) a Eurasian Collared-dove perched on a wire usually occupied by a Mouning dove; 2) a cottontail far afield from where we usually encounter them, dog and I; 3) a random tanager showing up weeks after my last sighting.

Surprises are fun. And not uncommonly experience by the daily birder. (I’m tellin’ ya, birding improves your life.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:36 a.m. (7:36 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Eurasian Collared-dove
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Hawk (sp.)
9. Mourning Dove
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Spotted Towhee
13. Black-billed Magpie**
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
15. Western Tanager
16. American Robin


17. House Sparrow
18. California Quail


Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(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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