25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘song sparrow’

Three in a Tree

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 July 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler (juvie).

Interesting hike with dog this morning. Got to the trailhead at the usual time, and there was a breeze, and the sky was mostly overcast, and the air was a lot warmer than yesterday—nearly 80° (F), I’d say. A few birds about, the usual suspects.

Headed out, we surprised a huge flock of pigeons—maybe 240 or so?—which amused me in their synchronized circling.

Returning via the deer trail, I followed a scattering of chip notes to discover three species hopping about in a smallish juniper: Lazuli Bunting (a female), Black-throated Gray Warbler (two juvies and an adult), and Warbling Vireo. That was fun.

Then, on our return, a few raindrops fell. Literally a few. (Well, OK, maybe a few dozen.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:32 a.m. (7:32 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Mourning Dove
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
9. House Finch**
10. Rock Pigeon*
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
14. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared-dove
16. California Quail (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

In the Mountain Shade

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 07 July 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler (youngster).

Supposed to be hot today, and the temp was already in the upper-70s (F) at the airport, so dog and I headed up to the trailhead about half hour earlier than usual. Gotta say it was pretty nice hiking in the mountain shade.

And there were birds a-plenty. Small flocks of young robins, large flocks of fnch families, a juvie Black-throated Gray Warbler, and my first nuthatch in a while.

Not until our return did we finally feel the warmth of direct sunlight—a hint of the heat to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:38 a.m. (7:38 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Mourning Dove
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. House Finch*
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. California Quail*
13. Western Tanager (v)
14. Warbling Vireo (v)
15. Chipping Sparrow (v)
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

18. Black-billed Magpie
19. Eurasian Collared-dove
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Northern Flicker

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Youngsters

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
American Robin (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 July 2021.
American Robin (juvie).

Despite the severe, extended drought, the local bird population is exploding around here. Well, maybe not exploding—but increasing manyfold. It happens every year about this time, of course, because fledglings.

Lately I’ve seen finch fledglings, magpie fledglings, chickadee fledglings, vireo fledglings, robin fledglings—bunting fledglings, too, I think. Swallows taking flight for the first time. Also, back in the neighborhood, little baby quails. It’s one of Nature’s many miracles.

Never mind that it’ll be 100°-plus the next few days. Earth’s critters were built to survive.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Rock Pigeon
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Mourning Dove
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. House Finch*
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
13. Cliff Swallow
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Turkey Vulture
19. Barn Swallow
20. California Quail
21. European Starling

Mammals

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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