30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhous’s scrub-jay’

Solitary Chippy

Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 September 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

A quiet hike this morning for dog and me. Oddly—for it being a cool lovely Saturday—we met no other humans or dogs until we’d nearly returned to the trailhead. In fact, the whole hike was pretty quiet, all in all. Except for assorted finches. And yellow-rumps. And a solitary Chipping Sparrow.

(Actually, the chippy was quiet also. But at least it posed for a photo.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Lesser Goldfinch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. American Robin (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Chipping Sparrow

Elsewhere

12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. House Sparrow
14. Black-billed Magpie (v)

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

Hawk Play

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
Cooper’s Hawks, East Mllcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 August 2021.
Cooper’s Hawks.

Ah, a lovely cool breezy cloudless morning. The air tasted cleaner than in at least two or three weeks. And there were birds about.

Tanager, swallow, sparrow, three finch species—and a random pair of Cooper’s Hawks, youngsters, circling together, play-fighting, silently diving and dodging.

Playfulness a fulfilling life makes.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:09 a.m. (8:09 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Western Tanager
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Mourning Dove
9. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Violet-green Swallow
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
15. Cooper’s Hawk
16. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Trifecta

Friday, August 6th, 2021
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 Augus 2021.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female).

This morning was smoky—unhealthy air. Smoke from big wildfires in Northern California. But dog and I hit the trailhead fairly early, and I felt a little breeze rising, and—although quiet at first—by the end of it, I had a nice list of bird species.

Including three hummingbird species. What I like to call “the Trifecta”: rufous, broad-tailed, and black-chinned (in that order). The broad-tails were especially active, and especially in little leafy Coyote Canyon. (“Trifecta” might also describe the three Cooper’s Hawks I spied: an adult atop the bluff, and two of the four young ’uns, near the nest).

A good hike, despite the bad air. Then, not long after our return, the smoke really started rolling in—and with it a rich smoky aroma—turning the sun red. And I heard on the radio that Salt Lake City this afternoon had the worst air of any major metropolitan area in the world.

Supposed to stay smoky all weekend, along with advisories to stay indoors, but Captain Jack and I will venture out anyway for a quick stroll.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:28 a.m. (8:38 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
4. Mourning Dove
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Red-tailed Hawk*
7. American Robin*
8. Cooper’s Hawk
9. Spotted Towhee (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Rufous Hummingbird
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Lazuli Bunting
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler
15. Black-chinned Hummingbird
16. Lesser Goldfinch**

Elsewhere

17. California Quail
18. Black-billed Magpie
19. Eurasian Collared-dove

(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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