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Surreal

Monday, August 9th, 2021
Calliope Hummingbird (fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 August 2021.
Calliope Hummingbird (fem.).

This morning’s hike with do became surreal in a hurry. First, the smoke remains (thicker than yesterday)—which kept things cool, at least. But it also made the light an odd orange-yellow. And I heard hardly any birds at all for a good part of our excursion. (Saw only a few, too.)

No towhees. No pigeons. One bunting. No gnatcatchers. A single cry from a young hawk. A sparrow I couldn’t identify.

At last, in the gully, hummingbirds rose and surrounded us—which, while a sweet relief, was also rather surreal.

[08/13/2021 update: Also surreal is the fact that my featured photo this date was a female Calliope Hummingbird, not a female broad-tailed. Yowza!]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. House Finch** (v)
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
8. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
9. Rufous Hummingbird
10. Calliope Hummingbird
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Sparrow (sp.)
13. Lazuli Bunting (v)

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. Rock Pigeon
16. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Mountain Critters

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2020.
Chickadee in the morning sun.

This morning’s cooperative bird was—much to my surprise—a Mountain Chickadee. It flitted, chattering, up to the bluff where dog and I had paused to look and listen. We stood still, and it approached very near, and I grabbed a few photos.

For some reason this happy episode got me thinking of all the species I’ve seen up there with “mountain” in their names. Mountain Bluebird, for instance, and Mountain Cottontail—even Mountain Coyote (which is more of a subspecies, I guess). I feel sure I’m missing at least one. But I’ve come to appreciate the perfection of that simple yet rich, descriptive term in their common names.

Thanks, little chickadee.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. American Robin**
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Mountain Chickadee
10. Sparrow (sp)
11. Rock Wren
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Hummingbird (sp)
17. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

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

Elsewhere

18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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