25 June 2021

Posts Tagged ‘western kingbird’


Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
Western Kingbird (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 June 2021.
Western Kingbird (first-of-year).

Another dry, breezy morning without a lot or singing birds. The residents have nests, seems sure, and a few species are still moving through.

For instance, the first-of-year Western Kingbird we happened upon, dog and I. Heard it first, didn’t recognize its voice—I haven’t encountered more than a handful, and only one or two in spring—then managed a photo from a distance. Six vultures circled through also. The rest (of only fourteen spp. total) were locals.

In other news, for the second straight day I watched a pair of gnatcatchers chase a scrub-jay from its perch in the big Russian olive tree.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. House Finch**
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Western Kingbird†
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Chipping Sparrow (v)
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Cooper’s Hawk
14. Song Sparrow** (v)


15. American Robin
16. Black-billed Magpie
17. European Starling
18. Mourning Dove
19. House Sparrow**


Rock Squirrel

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

Sharpie Stalk

Monday, August 24th, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 August 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Sneaking down to the bluff this morning—the bluff overlooking the basin, a regular first stop on my daily hike with dog—I surprised a little Sharp-shinned Hawk perched in a stubby scrub oak. The hawk flew back toward the mountain but didn’t top the rise, I saw, so I crept toward it along a deer trail and spied it perched in another scrub oak not too far away.

Had I not been sneaking, the hawk would’ve flow long before I got within twelve or fifteen feet of it. Had I not followed its flight, I wouldn’t have noticed its failure to top the rise. Had I not bothered to creep toward it (despite the distance), I’d’ve never got its photo.

A birder’s instinct, I reckon.

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

1. Mourning Dove*
2. House Finch*
3. Swallow (sp)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
7. Western Kingbird
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Sharp-shinned Hawk
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird


13. Rock Pigeon
14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch
16. California Quail


Mountain Cottontail

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

Big Day

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
Western Kingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 August 2020.
Western Kingbird.

This morning started out about like the two or three mornings before it: Not too warm or cool, breezy, shady. But very soon my hike with dog began to reap fruit. Scrub jay, gnatcatcher, and—wait—a Western Kingbird? This early bird, perched above the little rockfall quarry we pass every day, was my first-in-Utah sighting.

Soon after, we encountered a Green-tailed Towhee, the first Rock Wren since spring, and a family of five Chipping Sparrows. By the end of our mountain stroll, I’d listed sixteen species—more than in the last many days. Could these be early signs of fall migration?

American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 August 2020.
American Kestrel.

Don’t know about that, but the last species on my list today was American Kestrel, after I spied a pair circling nonchalantly up in the afternoon blue, despite being hollered at by magpies.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:05 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Mourning Dove*
5. Western Kingbird††
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Green-tailed Towhee
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Rock Wren
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Robin
13. House Finch**
14. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
15. Virginia Warbler
16. Lazuli Bunting


17. Lesser Goldfinch
18. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
19. California Quail
20. American Kestrel


Red Squirrel
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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