14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘vesper sparrow’

Wren Again

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 September 2021.
Rock Wren.

Mostly overcast this morning. Not great air, but not so bad. Cool, with a breeze to start—but the breeze soon diminished.

Quiet at first. The second bird I saw was another Rock Wren. (Rusty enough that I thought it was a Canyon Wren at first.) Also heard a pair of Chukars—and got a good look at another Vesper Sparrow.

I love this quiet season. Birding’s a challenge. You’ve got to pay close attention, which pulls you out of your head and into the miraculous world.d

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
2. Rock Wren
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Eurasian Collared-dove
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Lesser Goldfinch
7. Chipping Sparrow
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Chukar (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. House Finch**
12. Vesper Sparrow

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. California Quail
15. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

A Quickie

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 August 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek.

Had a quick hike this morning, since Jack had a vet appointment about an hour and a half after we began. (Just a vaccine.) Warmer, about room temperature. And quieter—much quieter than yesterday.

The highlight was a Vesper Sparrow, which I didn’t get a decent photo of. Also missed a few small migrants (I assume) that were traveling along with a gang of chickadees (as were yesterday’s warblers). “The Chickadee Trick,” I call this—casting about for glimpses of such tagalong birds. I failed at the trick this morning.

Good hike. And we were only a few minutes late for our appointment.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Eurasian Collared-dove*
6. Vesper Sparrow
7. Spotted Towhee
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)

Elsewhere

11. Black-billed Magpie
12. California Quail
13. Barn Swallow
14. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Fickle Weather

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2021.
Red-tailed Hawk.
Vesper Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2021.
Vesper Sparrow.

Wind again last night, but it subsided a bit by morning. Overcast, but none of yesterday’s buckets of precipitation—rather the promise of some light snow showers. Dog and I headed up the switchback into a morning of fickle weather.

A little breeze, some patches of blue, then a smattering of icy snowflakes that made a pattering sound on last year’s old bigtooth maple leaves, then the snow stopped. Muddy trails still, but many more interesting birds—including a pair of hawk species, three dozen robins, a pair of finches gathering nest material, and a Vesper Sparrow.

That was the funnest moment—near the end of our hike. I thought it a Song Sparrow at first glance as it hopped along the trail ahead of us, visiting grassy patches. (Must confess I didn’t make the ID until looking at photos later.)

More interesting weather tomorrow, so I’m told.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m. (8:45 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Northern Flicker** (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-capped Chickadee*
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
10. Vesper Sparrow†
11. Song Sparrow* (v)
12. Rock Pigeon*

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. European Starling
18. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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