28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Townsend’s warbler’

Fun Day No. 2

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 September 2020.
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.).

Yesterday, I buried the lede. The yellowish warbler I spied angling away at a distance—the one that looked rather like a black-throated green, with prominent white wing bars, and whose yellow cheeks had a bolder swipe of black? It was indeed, as I decided after much study, a Townsend’s Warbler. What I didn’t mention: it was a lifer for me.

Today I saw two more of ’em. Up close this time. (Alas the birds were flitting about in the shady valley, so the photos weren’t what they might’ve been.)

And that’s not all. Had my first Chipping Sparrow in a while, spotted my first Steller’s Jay in a much longer while, and saw my first great flock of “floater” scrub-jays. (Didn’t know that was a thing.) Plus, I heard the random voice of a Mountain Chickadee.

Second straight day of fun.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
12. Townsend’s Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Steller’s Jay
15. Virginia’s Warbler
16. Brewer’s Sparrow
17. Black-chinned Hummingbird
18. Mountain Chickadee
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch


Rock Squirrel (v)
Red Squirrel (v)

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

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

New Birds

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 September 2019.
Spotted Towhee.
White-crowned Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 September 2019.
White-crowned Sparrow.

Steady rain for a couple hours this morning. First I’ve experienced in my six-plus weeks in Utah. A break came at mid-morning, so Jack and I headed up the mountain.

Also first mud I’ve experienced here. Was hopeful for some migration action—and got a little, including my first glimpse of Townsend’s Warbler and Hammond’s Flycatcher (no photos, alas) Also an unidentified warbler passing through, along with a couple of unidentifiable passerines moving overhead.

Couldn’t really decide which photo to post first, a white-crowned I spied on the trail, or one of the resident towhees that perched for a portrait. Decided on the towhee, since it’s the common, handsome resident.

Lovely morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Northern Flicker**
2. House Finch*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher*
4. Wood-warbler (sp.)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Hammond’s Flycatcher†
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9. Townsend’s Warbler†
10. White-crowned Sparrow
11. Hairy Woodpecker** (drumming)
12. Black-billed Magpie


9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. House Sparrow
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†A lifer for me

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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