25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’


Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 July 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

Ever day while out hiking, we encounter at least a few surprises, dog and I. This morning—in a warm, dry (mostly) overcast—we encountered several:

• a random Red-tailed Hawk soaring over the elementary school below us;
• a random grosbeak flitting up to an exposes perch between us and the hawk;
• several sildent buntings popping up, males and females and juvies;
• three towhees only, and identified only by their voices;
• a surprise tanager (young male) appearing in a tree in front of us;
• the surprising discovery, when he turned his head, that the tanager had only one eye;
• the surprise appearance of a motionless gopher snake stretched out right next to the trail on our return.

I’m sure there were more, but those are the ones that stand out as I write on the evening of this day—after a surprise late-afternoon thundershower showed up and soaked our thirsty landscape.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:42 a.m. (7:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


16. House Sparrow
17. California Quail


Rock Squirrel


Great Basin Gopher Snake


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


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


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


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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