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Little Flitty Birds

Friday, September 3rd, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 September 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

’Tis the season of little flitty birds. Hiking this morning with dog, I saw a bunch, put a name on a few and missed a few. The funnest sighting: a Wilson’s Warbler (no photo). Migration’s begun for sure.

I also spied a few hawks for a change. Three coops (two circling, a young-un perched) and at last one sharpie.

But my favorite pic of the day was a portrait of a sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:27 a.m. (8:27 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Sharp-shinned Hawk
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Black-billed Magpie**
8. Rufous Hummingbird
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Brewer’s Sparrow
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. House Wren
14. Wilson’s Warbler
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)


16. Eurasian Collared-dove


Red Squirrel

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


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

Diggin’ the Lull

Sunday, September 6th, 2020
Wilson’s Warbler (female/immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 September 2020.
Wilson’s Warbler (female/immature).
Rufous Hummingbird (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 September 2020.
Rufous Hummingbird (imm.).

Dog and I reverted to our usual hiking time this morning, deciding that the cool early shade might deliver as many species as later sunny, buggier conditions—plus, be more pleasant in the current warm, dry conditions. (Those conditions, by the way, are expected to change within a couple days, as a big cold front blows in.)

Still pretty quiet, with little obvious activity—but I dig a birding challenge and so have rather liked this pre-migration lull. Plus, I had a nice surprise bird: a lone female (perhaps immature male) Wilson’s Warbler popped up in shady Coyote Canyon near a pod of chatty chickadees.

And this afternoon at home—like icing on a cake—an immature Rufous Hummingbird made an appearance in the garden.

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

1. Mourning Dove
2. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Wilson’s Warbler
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. American Robin
13. House Finch**
14. Lesser Goldfinch**


15. California Quail
16. Rufous Hummingbird


Rock Squirrel


Side-blotched Lizard

(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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