29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘rock wren’

Fall Birds

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 September 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk.

First full autumn hike this morning. (Yesterday’s began in summer.) Cool enough, but smoky air still—partly from the Neff’s Canyon fire, which is till burning. But also some early excitement.

Up at the old lime quarry [note: I’m assuming that’s what it is, having not yet received verification], within ten minutes of beginning, I heard—then saw—a Rock Wren. (Getting to know its voice, which is kind of delightful.) It saw us, as is its habit pumped its head, then fluttered over a rock and away. But then another wren popped up from within the quarry hole (at least I assume it was a second bird, although it’d be the first pair I’ve seen together). Managed to snap some kind of bad photos.

Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 September 2020.
Rock Wren.

But about fifty feet farther along the trail, I froze. There, perched in the open, was an adult Cooper’s Hawk. Aha! Perhaps that’s what was making the wren(s?) all anxious—not dog and me, after all.

(Later, passing the quarry on our return, I snagged a decent Rock Wren photo.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:25 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Wren
7. Cooper’s Hawk
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Mountain Chickadee
10. American Robin
11. Black-billed Magpie*
12. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon

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

Serene Moment

Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Encountered another Rock Wren this morning—on a quiet but fun (they’re all fun) hike with dog—but this was the first I’ve seen that wasn’t in the little abandoned quarry atop the bluff. Far afield, in fact.

And it participated in the most serene moment of our excursion, in fact: I’d taken some photos of the wren when a hummingbird flew up and hovered a few seconds about two feet from my face. (“Well, hello, there,” I said.)

And after that we just stood there, Jack and I, in the presence (at a little distance) of a Rock Wren.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. American Kestrel
5. Spotted Towhee
6. House Finch*
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
8. Rock Wren
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove
12. European Starling

*Also elsewhere

Fun Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Chilly, breezy morning. Sweatshirt weather again. But within a few minutes of beginning my hike with dog, I could tell it was gonna be a big day.

Bird after bird after bird. Species after species. A pair of Western Tanagers, an Olive-sided Warbler with a yellow jacket in its beak, two sparrow species, two warblers, three hummingbirds. I took nearly 900 photos. (Took a while to winnow them down to a couple hundred or so.)

And for the first time I heard the sweet calls of the wren—whose photo was the best of the bunch, I decided.

From four species Tuesday to 22 this morning. A fun day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch**
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Rock Wren
9. Western Tanager
10. American Robin
11. Olive-sided Flycatcher
12. Rufous Hummingbird
13. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Vesper Sparrow
16. Townsend’s Warbler†
17. Brewer’s Sparrow
18. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
19. Virginia’s Warbler
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Pine Siskin
22. Black-billed Magpie*

Elsewhere

23. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. California Quail
25. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

 
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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