5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Wilson’s warbler’

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Monday, August 15th, 2022
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

This morning’s cool, sunny hike—the yellowish sun of late summer—came with a nice collection of bird species, but a more distracted lister. That’s because of the several conversations I had with fellow Beech Hill hikers.

Bobolink (female/juvie male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 August 2022.
Bobolink (female/juvie male).

It’s often that way. Jack and I are a friendly pair, and, well, these days trail chats are pretty much our only social life. These chats were good ones— inspiring, involving strangers and old pals, full of interesting coincidences. But I really lose count on such mornings.

I’m pretty sure I nailed things down, though. Most memorable, to me, will be the fact that I got my first halfway decent photo of a Maine hummingbird in a long while. (Haven’t seen many since our return.) Plus, a first-in-years Bobolink.

Rain expected on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be another dry one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Alder Flycatcher
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. Ovenbird (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Gray Catbird**
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Purple Finch
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
20. Field Sparrow (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow Warbler (v)
23. Bobolink
24. Chestnut-sided Warbler
25. Northern Cardinal (v)
26. Least Flycatcher (v)
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Wilson’s Warbler


29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. American Robin (v)
31. Herring Gull


American Red Squirrel


Eastern Garter Snake

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


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

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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