29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-jay’

Serene Moment

Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Encountered another Rock Wren this morning—on a quiet but fun (they’re all fun) hike with dog—but this was the first I’ve seen that wasn’t in the little abandoned quarry atop the bluff. Far afield, in fact.

And it participated in the most serene moment of our excursion, in fact: I’d taken some photos of the wren when a hummingbird flew up and hovered a few seconds about two feet from my face. (“Well, hello, there,” I said.)

And after that we just stood there, Jack and I, in the presence (at a little distance) of a Rock Wren.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. American Kestrel
5. Spotted Towhee
6. House Finch*
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
8. Rock Wren
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove
12. European Starling

*Also elsewhere

Sparrows

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 September 2020.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

Still having a little trouble with Utah sparrow IDs. The varieties are plentiful, but few are familiar species I know from back in Maine (e.g., Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow). Black-throated Sparrow was an easy lifer back in spring, and I’ve come to know the Brewer’s Sparrow fairly well, I think.

Saw a pair of Brewer’s at the end of today’s hike with dog. (I think one was a youngster, not sure.)

Yesterday I got a photo of what looked like a cross between a Brewer’s and a Clay-colored Sparrow—but the latter would’ve been uncommon. (Perhaps a youngster. Got no ID.) But there are plenty more that I have yet to see.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
14. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Portrait

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 August 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female).

A very good hike with Captain Jack this morning. Still pretty quiet, bird wise—but a lovely lady hummingbird paused long enough for me to grab her portrait for a change..

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Green-tailed Towhee
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. House Finch
9. American Robin
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Mourning Dove
12. Lesser Goldfinch

Elsewhere

13. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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