15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘turkey vulture’


Sunday, August 30th, 2020
Mounain Cottontail (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 August 2020.
Mounain Cottontail (youngster).

You’ll have noted by now that I started keeping track of mammals recently. (And to a lesser degree, reptiles—which seem far less common.) Today there were two species: Mountain Cottontail and Rock Squirrel.

Both were in the area of the old lime quarry. The cottontail—a youngster—paused and posed a while. (A Rock Squirrel seen about the same time scramble into a little cave across the way.)

The elk and mule deer are dramatic in cold weather seasons, but I have a soft spot for the spring and summer cottontails.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. House Finch*
3. Mourning Dove*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
10. Northern flicker
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird**
12. Pine Siskin
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. Lazuli Buning (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)


16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. Turkey Vulture


Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Little Things

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
Virginia’s Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 July 2020.
Virginia’s Warbler.

Ah, an overcast day for a change. Our morning hike was far more humid than usual, but there was no warming sun beating down on Jack’s heavy coat, and his panting eased up a bit. (Still drank all his water.)

The birds on the trails were furtive and not very vocal, but it wasn’t hard to spot usual suspects. On the other hand, a few species made themselves apparent very subtly: a voice here or there, a flit within a juniper. At one point, when a female bunting posed for photos, I stopped to oblige—and saw a second little bird perched there. A warbler, looked like.

Later, when I looked at the photos, it was easy to ID a Virginia’s Warbler. A female I believe. Never made a peep. Had I decided not to snap that pic, I would’ve missed it altogether.

Sometimes it’s the little things.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Mourning Dove*
8. Red-tailed Hawk (v)
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Turkey Vulture
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Warbling Vireo (v)
15. Western Tanager (v)
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Chipping Sparrow (v)
18. Virginia’s Warbler
19. Cliff Swallow
20. California Quail* (v)


21. Eurasian Collared Dove
22. Barn Swallow
23. European Starling
24. Black-billed Magpie
25. Downy Woodpecker
26. American Robin


Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Cool Morning

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
Lazuli Buntings (mama and juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 July 2020.
Lazuli Buntings (mama and juvie).

A cool morning, a cloudless sky, a man and his dog headed up the trail again. The day began with the cries of a juvie Red-tailed Hawk and ended with the glide of a Turkey Vulture as we descended from a height.

In the interim, we encountered a load of birds—mostly (it seemed) fledgling Lazuli Buntings (a lot fewer singers than yesterday). but also a massive flock of Rock Pigeons, a flitting Black-throated Gray Warbler, and miscellaneous other usual suspects.

Our hike did include a spontaneous climb up to the cairn overlook—which left us both a little tuckered out, what with our advanced ages and all.

But seems we lived (truly lived) to see another day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked about 1,000 feet up a mountain.

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


18. Eurasian Collared Dove
19. House Sparrow
20. 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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