14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘ruby-crowned kinglet’

The Chase

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 May 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Another bright but chilly morning, a morning filled with birdsong. No new migrants, but plenty of recent ones—and a couple of mystery birds.

I didn’t see the mystery birds, although in two cases I chased their songs. In one particularly thrilling instance, I spied a good-sized, quiet, plain-colored bird swoop in front of us into the undergrowth, never to be seen again.

In two instances, I chased birds whose voices I recognized in hopes of getting a photo, to no avail. This happens a lot, but the disappointment gets shorter by the year, because I know there’ll be more birds to chase—and a successful chase is worth at least a score of misses.

Good chance of rain showers in the morning. A successful chase in a little weather is best of all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting**
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Eurasian Collared-dove*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Chukar (v)
11. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Mourning Dove
19. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
20. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

21. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Climb

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

I hadn’t planned to hike with dog to the ridge this morning, but then I caught sight of a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Eager for my first photo of one this spring, I followed the bird uphill, from juniper to juniper, until it flitted back down below. Foiled again.

But while I was up there, I noticed how close we were to a plastic bag I’d seen flapping in the breeze from a scrub oak snag a few days ago. So I climbed higher to grab that annoying bit of litter. Then we encountered a small herd of deer, which moved up to the ridge, and I thought, Why not? Spooked a couple Chukars up there.

First-of-year Hermit Thrush (for sure) this morning. Realized the trill I’ve been hearing the past couple days belonged to an Orange-crowned Warbler. No corvids, oddly—but a total of 18 species.

Tomorrow won’t be so long a hike, but who knows what birds will appear.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:23 a.m. (8:23 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. House Finch**
9. Lazuli Bunting (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Hermit Thrush†
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
15. Chukar
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove (whistling wings)

Elsewhere

19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Strange Voices

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 May 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

We stepped out early to avoid the Sunday crowds. A bit chillier than yesterday, parts of it overcast and parts of it sunny. Fewer birds than yesterday to start—but up little Coyote Canyon came some strange voices. Not unfamiliar, just unheard for a while.

One trill, in fact, I could not ID. (Some kind of warbler, I believe.) And another—a note—I did not recognize. Saw neither bird. Nor did I see the first-of-year Black-throated Gray warbler that kept singing from the junipers. I might’ve spied it, but we met a friendly, talkative couple coming the other way along the deer trail. At least I pointed out the song to them and told them the name of the little bird.

Mostly sunny later. Still waiting for that bodacious spring migration day.d

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

1. American Robin
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting (v)
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Orange-crowned Warbler
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler† (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
14. Black-billed Magpie
15. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel (v)

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

 
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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