28 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘violet-green swallow’


Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Black-headed Grobeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 May 2021.
Black-headed Grobeak.

Breezy, cool, mostly overcast to start, clearing later—and what a hike it would be. Tallied twenty-four varied species (including a random Mallard flyby).

Other birds of interest were a couple of flycatchers, a Brewer’s Sparrow, a little flock of swallows, a tanager. Several species stopped to let me take their photo.

Already looking forward to morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Western Wood-pewee
9. Mourning Dove
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Mallard
14. Rock Wren
15. Brewer’s Sparrow
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Black-billed Magpie
21. Virginia’s Warbler
22. Violet-green Swallow
23. Western Tanager


24. California Quail
25. European Starling
26. Song Sparrow


Mountain Cottontail

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


Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Turkey Vulture (the formal portrait), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 May 2021.
Turkey Vulture (the formal portrait).
Western Tanager (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 May 2021.
Western Tanager (first-of-year).

What a morning. Twenty-one species, including a first-of-year Western Tanager (only a few minutes after I’d been lamenting not having seen one yet), a couple warblers (none yesterday), and a drop-in visit by a Turkey Vulture.

A lot of people think vultures are ugly, it seems—no doubt because they provide the noble service of cleaning up dead stuff all over the globe. I think they’re pretty handsome birds. Then again, I think all critters are handsome in their own way. Just please deliver me from being in the vicinity of a vulture that pukes. (I know from experience.)

It was a cooler day than yesterday, and more cool days to come. But pleasant. Truly springlike. Flowers blooming, pollinators pollinating, and ever on the periphery—wild birds.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. American Robin*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Mourning Dove
7. Black-billed Magpie
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
10. Rock Pigeon*
11. House Finch**
12. Western Tanager†
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Virginia’s Warbler
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Orange-crowned Warbler
17. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
18. Lesser Goldfinch
19. Violet-green Swallow
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Song Sparrow* (v)


22. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
23. Barn Swallow
24. California Quail

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


Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Wilson’s Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 May 2021.
Wilson’s Warbler (first-of-year).

Good and bad news this morning. The bad news first: Jack didn’t want to go. He’s had a couple episodes the past few days (stick lodged in throat, finally swallowed, and a missed jump into the truck after a hike, causing a minor fall), and he’s been a little lethargic since, so we have a vet appointment on Monday—although yesterday he was fine on the trails. Still, I figured he could use a day off (first since October 2019).

So although I thought about him the whole way, I ended up doing a ridge hike—a long, slow walk uphill a good ways, then downhill again, all the while observing a whole heap of migrating birds.

Three firsts-of-year (Rock Wren, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler), and waves of wrens, chippies, Warbling Vireos, and grosbeaks. Today’s list had the most birds on it than any for a good long time.

I’m guessing Jack will be OK with a hike tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m. (8:19 MDT), I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
2. Cooper’s Hawk
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Mourning Dove
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Rock Wren†
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
15. House Finch
16. Virginia’s Warbler
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. MacGillivray’s Warbler†
19. American Robin*
20. Pine Siskin (v)
21. Chukar (v)
22. Violet-green Swallow
23. Dark-eyed Junco
24. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Black-throated Gray Warbler
27. Wilson’s Warbler†


28. Black-billed Magpie
29. California Quail
30. Song Sparrow


Rock 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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