14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘turkey vulture’

Black-throated Gray

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 May 2021.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

It took a several days, but I finally got a Black-throated Gray Warbler to pose for photos.

A bird’s been singing for more than a week up little Coyote Canyon, just above where dog and I typically veer off onto the upper deer trail, so we’ve been heading up the gully in search of it. But it’s always kept far enough off trail to make the chase futile. This morning looked at first to be a repeat of this routine—but then the bird flitted down below us up into a maple right along the trail. Just had to sneak quietly down in the direction of its buzzy voice, and there it was.

Nearby was also a Warbling Vireo, a couple other wood-warblers, an accipiter, chippies, buntings, and towhees. It’s a birdy place up there this time of year.

As is just about every place, if you take a walk outside.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m. (8:33 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

19. American Crow (v)
20. Barn Swallow (v)
21. House Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove

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

Buntings

Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 May 2021.
Lazuli Bunting.

A warm, sunny day was forecast, but it turned out to be warm and mostly cloudy. A perfect day for the arrival of Lazuli Buntings.

It was the sixth species on my list this morning—three up on the bluff (a good, high spot for migrants). Bright blue glinting in a patch of sun. Saw another later, and also got a glimpse of a first-of-year Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Plenty of firsts-of-years yet to come. Again, I look foward to the morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting†
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird†
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

16. House Sparrow (v)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

First Spring Warbler

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 April 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler (first-of-year).

A nearly cloudless, chilly morn—but not as chilly as yesterday. Soon enough, in fact, the rising sun warmed us up considerably, dog and me. And there were birds.

Heard, then saw, a male American Goldfinch. Not a migrant necessarily, but my first since last year. Two vultures moving through. A calling Red-breasted Nuthatch. A calling quail. Two scrub-jays “kissing.” A couple vultures circling, A solitary solitaire.

On our return, not far above the trailhead, I heard the sudden, loud song of a warbler in a leafing-out maple nearby. I left the trail and slid down the slope a bit and finally got a glimpse of it: a first-of-year Orange-crowned Warbler. (I’m determined now to become wholly familiar with their song.)

Tomorrow it’s supposed to get to 80° (F). I expect more new birds moving through.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:12 a.m. (8:12 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. American Goldfinch
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Townsend’s Solitaire
9. Northern Flicker** (v)
10. California Quail
11. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
12. House Finch**
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Dark-eyed Junco
16. Orange-crowned Warbler†

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

 
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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