25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘western tanager’

Surprises

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 July 2021.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

Ever day while out hiking, we encounter at least a few surprises, dog and I. This morning—in a warm, dry (mostly) overcast—we encountered several:

• a random Red-tailed Hawk soaring over the elementary school below us;
• a random grosbeak flitting up to an exposes perch between us and the hawk;
• several sildent buntings popping up, males and females and juvies;
• three towhees only, and identified only by their voices;
• a surprise tanager (young male) appearing in a tree in front of us;
• the surprising discovery, when he turned his head, that the tanager had only one eye;
• the surprise appearance of a motionless gopher snake stretched out right next to the trail on our return.

I’m sure there were more, but those are the ones that stand out as I write on the evening of this day—after a surprise late-afternoon thundershower showed up and soaked our thirsty landscape.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:42 a.m. (7:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Black-headed Grosbeak
10. House Finch**
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13. Spotted Towhee
14. Lesser Goldfinch**
15. Western Tanager

Elsewhere

16. House Sparrow
17. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

Reptiles

Great Basin Gopher Snake

Rainless

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 July 2021.
Mourning Dove.

When Jack and I hit the trail this morning, I saw faint curtains streaming from the clouds in the sky and thought, rain. And maybe a little rain did fall out there in the basin under those faint curtains, but none fell on me and my dog.

We had a good hike, though—17 species, most in a while. Got a glimpse of a tanager and three Black-throated Gray Warblers and another coop. Back home in hot, sunny afternoon, a monarch in the garden.

My first rainless experience. Kinda makes you think and wish and hope.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:55 a.m. (7:55 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. House Sparrow (v)
20. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

Surprises

Saturday, July 17th, 2021
Western Tanager (fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 July, 2021.
Western Tanager (fem.).

One nice thing about hiking the same patch every day is getting to know the wildlife well—the individual birds, bird families, where they hang out, their calls, their habits. As rewarding, arguably, are the surprises.

Today’s surprises were: 1) a Eurasian Collared-dove perched on a wire usually occupied by a Mouning dove; 2) a cottontail far afield from where we usually encounter them, dog and I; 3) a random tanager showing up weeks after my last sighting.

Surprises are fun. And not uncommonly experience by the daily birder. (I’m tellin’ ya, birding improves your life.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 6:36 a.m. (7:36 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Eurasian Collared-dove
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Hawk (sp.)
9. Mourning Dove
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Spotted Towhee
13. Black-billed Magpie**
14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
15. Western Tanager
16. American Robin

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(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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