29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘sparrow (sp)’

Good Company

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 September 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Within ten or fifteen minutes of hitting the trail this morning, I could tell last night brought fair migration winds. I say “fair” winds because of the good variety of species I spied early—Western Tanager, Western Wood-pewee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a few other species-in-a-hurry that I couldn’t ID. Has me psyched about the days to come.

Western Wood-pewee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 September 2020.
Western Wood-pewee.

But the sweetest thing about my hike with dog this cool morning was the company of Black-capped Chickadees. What with the recent spate of western fires, a hurricane making landfall, and other dramatic climate events, it’d be easy to fall into a funk. But there they are, the chickadees, their optimistic-sounding voices as they check in with each other—voices so matter-of-fact and unworried that they attract other little silent species moving through the foliage.

One even flew within inches of my head today. I thought it might land on my hat, but it didn’t. Maybe someday.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Western Tanager
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Sparrow (sp)
12. Western Wood-pewee
13. American Robin
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Lesser Goldfinch*
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
17. House Wren


18. California Quail


Red Squirrel (v)

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

Ridge Hike

Monday, August 31st, 2020
Jack at the precipice, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 August 2020.
Jack at the precipice.

The morning dawned cool—about 57° (F) when first I checked—and by the time Jack-my-dog and I had gone our usual distance, I thought, “Perfect conditions for a ridge hike.” So we kept on going. And it was a wonderful stroll.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 August 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (immature).

This route (my favorite) ascends 1,200 feet or so up and along the ridge overlooking Millcreek Canyon to the south, where there’s a busy trailhead coming up the opposite side. This so-called “Pipeline Trail” (following the route of an old redwood pipeline) climbs up aptly named “Rattlesnake Gulch” before ending at a dramatic Lake Bonneville overlook. Our route either takes us up a shady north-side switchback to the overlook, or up shady Coyote Canyon to a trail that runs up and over the ridge to the overlook. Sometimes eagles soar up there.

Today we took the switchback. No particularly outstanding bird sightings—although at nearly the highest point, I got a nice pic of a Broad-tailed Hummingbird—but the hike itself did wonders for Jack and me.

Now I expect we’ll wait several days—then do it again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:56 a.m., I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Western Tanager
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. House Wren
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird**
11. Mourning Dove
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Northern Flicker
14. Sparrow (sp)


15. Eurasian Collared Dove


Rock Squirrel

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

Before the Rain

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2019.
Neighborhood Song Sparrow.

Thundershowers forecast, but early on the ominous skies were zipping in from the southwest but keeping up high along the peaks, barely missing us. So Jack and I took a hike. It was a good one.

No great photos, but a evidence of migration still—sparrows and a vireo with the chickadees, other birds in the periphery. And plenty of activity in the neighborhood.

Thundershowers did finally arrive.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Black-capped Chickadee*
6. Northern Flicker
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Plumbeous Vireo
9. Sparrow (sp)


10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also 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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