5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-jay spotted towhee’


Saturday, April 16th, 2022
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 April 2022.
Spotted Towhee.

Overcast and hazy sun this morning. Birds about—plenty of ’em, vocalizing and moving around—although no crazy migrants yet. Breeze was from the southwest, though, so favorable for mogration.

Wren again, nesting chickadees, five kinglets, a Cooper’s. Lots of birds in the neighborhood, too—and in town (including a domestic mallard in Sugar House that I did not list here).

Deer, too, and the voice of a quail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:47 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin**
2. American Robin*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Rock Wren
8. House Finch* (v)
9. California Quail* (v)
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. Song Sparrow* (v)


18. Lesser Goldfinch
16. House Sparrow
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. European Starling
20. Mourning Dove
21. California Gull


Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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


Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
Black-chinned Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2021.
Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Much unlike yesterday’s lowery overcast, this morning’s sky had no clouds in it, and the air carried quite a chill. Still fun to watch the doings of the wild bird life—especially, this morning, the Black-chinned Hummingbirds.

Broad-tails are also nesting around here somewhere, but it’s the black-chinneds that are zipping around everywhere above the scrubby surrounds. I’ve learned the peculiar hum their wings make as they zip by, as well as the fluty sounds those wings can emit when they’re doing their “U” display—zip up, pause zip down and up, pause, back and forth in the exaggerated shape of the alphabets twenty-first letter.

Today, I watched this display in minature, as a black-chinned made little declarative U’s in front of clump of sagebrush. I spied another hummer within the slump—rival? potential mate?—as the U-maker decided to perch for a bit.

That’s when I took this picture.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Lesser Goldfinch
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie*
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
15. Chukar (v)
16. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
17. Mourning Dove
18. California Quail (v)
19. Dusky Flycatcher
20. Pine Siskin (v)


21. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
22. American Robin
23. Song Sparrow (v)
24. European Starling


Red Squirrel

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


Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

As forecast, it rained this early morning. Not a lot, but enough to make things good and damp for a while. And up in the peaks—snow.

Lovely skies, but quiet birding. Still, what I did see and hear gave me pleasure. And a couple of halfway decent photos. Most fun were a bunch of juncos, another Mountain Chickadee, a couple yellow-rumps, and three White-crowned Sparrows (an adult and two juvies).

All will be dry again in the morning, but it seems a coldish snap has taken hold. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Sparrow (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Mountain Chickadee (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Pine Siskin
7. American Robin**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Northern Flicker
13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. White-crowned Sparrow


16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Eurasian Collared Dove


Red Squirrel (v)

(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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