28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘rufous hummingbird’

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*


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


Mountain Cottontail

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

Diggin’ the Lull

Sunday, September 6th, 2020
Wilson’s Warbler (female/immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 September 2020.
Wilson’s Warbler (female/immature).
Rufous Hummingbird (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 September 2020.
Rufous Hummingbird (imm.).

Dog and I reverted to our usual hiking time this morning, deciding that the cool early shade might deliver as many species as later sunny, buggier conditions—plus, be more pleasant in the current warm, dry conditions. (Those conditions, by the way, are expected to change within a couple days, as a big cold front blows in.)

Still pretty quiet, with little obvious activity—but I dig a birding challenge and so have rather liked this pre-migration lull. Plus, I had a nice surprise bird: a lone female (perhaps immature male) Wilson’s Warbler popped up in shady Coyote Canyon near a pod of chatty chickadees.

And this afternoon at home—like icing on a cake—an immature Rufous Hummingbird made an appearance in the garden.

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

1. Mourning Dove
2. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Wilson’s Warbler
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. American Robin
13. House Finch**
14. Lesser Goldfinch**


15. California Quail
16. Rufous Hummingbird


Rock Squirrel


Side-blotched Lizard

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

Hummers, revisited

Friday, August 21st, 2020
Immature Rufous Hummingbird, 21 August 2020, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109.
Immature Rufous Hummingbird.

Not as warm as yesterday, nor as crystal clear. Fact is, density of particulates in the air has risen lately on account of the crazy number of California wildfires.

But still, birds abounding. Most interesting to me lately have been the interactions of various hummingbird species. The Black-chinned variety tend to be rather peaceful and easy to get along with—at least compared to the feisty broadtails are notoriously territorial.

But not as territorial (in my limited experience) as Rufous Hummingbirds—a few immature individuals of which I’ve seen lately—although you’d never know it by the single young male I spotted today, who sat calmly on a perch ,as a female black-chinned perched nervously above.

Yes, I’ve been on kind of a hummingbird kick these days. Have loved watching their complex behavior—including their occasional hovering a few feet from my face, apparently curious about little ol’ human me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:01 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcherdd
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Canada Goose
14. Rufous Hummingbird
15. House Finch**
16. Lazuli Bunting


17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Eurasian Collared Dove
19. California Quail


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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