14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘white-crowned sparrow’

Early Warblers

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Had four wood-warblers on my list from my hike with dog this morning. That’s just a few compared to what will be arriving in the next week or so.


Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Eastern Phoebe
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Black-and-white Warbler
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Black-throated Green Warbler
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Tufted Titmouse**
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Ovenbird (v)
13. White-throated Sparrow
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Tree Swallow
17. White-crowned Sparrow
18. American Robin
19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Savannah Sparrow (v)
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Palm Warbler
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
25. Broad-winged Hawk
26. Purple Finch
27. Mourning Dove (v)
28. Field Sparrow
29. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
30. Turkey Vulture
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Northern Cardinal* (v)


33. Herring Gull
34. Mallard

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


Farewell, Utah

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 April 2022.
Red-tailed Hawk.

The wind was a-whippin’ when dog and I hit the trailhead this morning. Temps about 60 (F), but 20, 30, 40 mile-an-hour gusts. Although it was a favorable southerly wind, I didn’t exactly expect to see a bunch of birds—let alone any first-of-year migrants—in such extreme conditions.

In fact, I didn’t see any first-of-year birds. But I managed to see a good bunch of species.

Most notably were a couple of windblown White-crowned Sparrows. And on a utility pole just above the sparrows perched the neighborhood red-tail. Quail, vulture, gnatcatcher, kinglet—a pretty good selection for the beginnings of a turbulent weather day.

Couple of rainy, snow days coming up, looks like, but Sunday looks nice. Hitting the road on Monday.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:55 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Eurasian Collared-dove*
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. House Finch*
10. California Quail** (v)
11. White-crowned Sparrow
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
14. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
15. Turkey Vulture
16. Pine Siskin (v)


17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Lesser Goldfinch
`19. European Starling
20. American Crow (v)


Mule Deer

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


Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
White-crowned Sparrows (first of year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 April 2022.
White-crowned Sparrows (first of year).

While dog and I were hiking this oddly hazy, warmish, briefly sunny morning, I encountered three species of sparrow: Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow.

The first was a single bird I heard singing down near the trailhead. The second—towhees are a large sparrow—was the first of about ten representatives of the species. The third, were a pair of White-throated Sparrows, the first I’ve seen this year.

In fact, these two were not the first white-throats (I happened to hear one as we started up the trail), but they were gracious enough to pose for photos.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:04 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. White-crowned Sparrow†
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Pine Siskin**
5. California Quail** (v)
6. Spotted Towhee
7. House Finch**
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)


14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. House Sparrow (v)
26. Lesser Goldfinch


Mule Deer

(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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