25 July 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-ay’

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

Birdsong

Monday, May 31st, 2021
Brewer’s Sparrow (in song), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 May 2021.
Brewer’s Sparrow (in song).

This bright Memorial Day morning, dog and I were alone on the deer trails for the first three quarters of our hike. Just us and the birds (and a rock squirrel) until other human started trickling up the sides of the sun-splashed foothills.

Of the good selection of species I spied, the funnest was a Brewer’s Sparrow. Only with the week did I hear my first Brewer’s Sparrow song, and it was pretty grand—then today’s bird decided to perform something of a symphony. A long collection of trills on different pitches and with varied lengths and flourishes.

My favorite part of the day, bird-wise. Then again, as a by-hear birder, I do love me some birdsong.

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

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Mourning Dove
10. Mallard
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Virginia’s Warbler
18. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
19. Brewer’s Sparrow
20. Song Sparrow* (v)
21. Turkey Vulture
22. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

23. California Quail
24. European Starling

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Anticipation

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 April 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Still snow on the ground from yesterday. Mud on the trails. Chilly, but the sky’e begun to clear. Right away the birds began to announce themselves. Prevailing winds were north-northwesterly, not conducive to easy overnight migration, but there appeared a nice assortment. Also a cottontail.

In a trip to town, a Sharp-shinned Hawk caused the pigeons to skedaddle. Thought I heard another yellow-rump chip, but did not get a look.

Clearer weather on the way, and warmer temps. Anticipation.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. Townsend’s Solitaire
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. American Robin*
6. Black-capped chickadee**
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Chipping Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

15. Black-billed Magpie
16. European Starling
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. Mourning Dove
20. California Quail (v)

Mammals

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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