25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘rock wren’

Variety

Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Black-headed Grobeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 May 2021.
Black-headed Grobeak.

Breezy, cool, mostly overcast to start, clearing later—and what a hike it would be. Tallied twenty-four varied species (including a random Mallard flyby).

Other birds of interest were a couple of flycatchers, a Brewer’s Sparrow, a little flock of swallows, a tanager. Several species stopped to let me take their photo.

Already looking forward to morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Western Wood-pewee
9. Mourning Dove
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Mallard
14. Rock Wren
15. Brewer’s Sparrow
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Black-billed Magpie
21. Virginia’s Warbler
22. Violet-green Swallow
23. Western Tanager

Elsewhere

24. California Quail
25. European Starling
26. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Surprise Bird

Monday, May 17th, 2021

A lovely hike with dog this clear, birdy morning. Before we’d barely left the switchback, in fact, I had more than a dozen species on my list—including a strange, unexpected bird perched in the big Russian olive tree.

A huge-beaked bird it was, but no Black-headed Grosbeak. Every several seconds it emitted a single bright note, a call I didn’t recognize. Had to be another grosbeak, but which could it be? Not until we got back home and I searched the Cornell Lab site for Utah grosbeaks did I realize what I’d seen: an Evening Grosbeak, a female or immature male.

. Every several seconds it emitted a single bright note, a call I didn’t recognize. Had to be another grosbeak, but which could it be? Not until we got back home and I searched the Cornell Lab site for Utah grosbeaks did I realize what I’d seen: an Evening Grosbeak, a female or immature male.

Decades ago, back in Maine, great flocks of Evening Grosbeaks descended during winter irruptions, and I got to know them very well. And then one year they didn’t return, and I hadn’t seen one since. Not in a span of at least 30 years—and never, I think, a solo individual.

Good to see you, great-beaked bird. I hope you find more of your kind.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. American Robin* (v)
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Evening Grosbeak†
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Rock Wren
13. Rock Pigeon (2)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
17. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
18. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
19. Hermit Thrush
20. House Finch
21. Black-headed Grosbeak
22. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

23. House Sparrow
24. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Wrens, Etc.

Sunday, May 16th, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 May 2021.
Rock Wren.

Good news and not so bad news this morning: Jack seems fine and was eager to hike this morning; not nearly the excitement of yesterday, bird-wise, but still an enjoyable excursion.

Cooler, breezier, mostly clear. The Rock Wrens are still in the little old quarry, so maybe they’ll nest there this year. Gnatcatchers all over the place, with those antic, highly entertaining songs and calls of theirs. The usual spring warblers, Warbling Vireos, chippies, a Cooper’s Hawk.

Dog really dug our hike, and so did I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Rock Wren
9. House Finch (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Virginia’s Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
17. California Quail (v)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. Song Sparrow (v)
21. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Red 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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