14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhous’s scrub-jay’


Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 May 2021.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Last night’s front brought a tiny bit of rain and cooled things off considerably. However, the sun being bright this morning, dog and I embarked on a ridge hike.

Along the way—in the lower elevations, where the scrub oak grows—we passed many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. I love this little birds. They flit, they flash their tails, the travel in betrothed pairs (or seem to), the have wee, antic, plaintive voices. Last year I knew of a nest along the trail. Hoping for another this year.

Otherwise, although no first-of-years, a bunch of species on this morning’s list. Still expecting something of an influx when the warmth takes hold again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:31 a.m. (8:31 MDT), I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

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


21. California Quail
22. European Starling
23. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
24. Rock Pigeon

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

Strange Voices

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Orange-crowned Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 May 2021.
Orange-crowned Warbler.

We stepped out early to avoid the Sunday crowds. A bit chillier than yesterday, parts of it overcast and parts of it sunny. Fewer birds than yesterday to start—but up little Coyote Canyon came some strange voices. Not unfamiliar, just unheard for a while.

One trill, in fact, I could not ID. (Some kind of warbler, I believe.) And another—a note—I did not recognize. Saw neither bird. Nor did I see the first-of-year Black-throated Gray warbler that kept singing from the junipers. I might’ve spied it, but we met a friendly, talkative couple coming the other way along the deer trail. At least I pointed out the song to them and told them the name of the little bird.

Mostly sunny later. Still waiting for that bodacious spring migration day.d

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

1. American Robin
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting (v)
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Orange-crowned Warbler
11. Black-throated Gray Warbler† (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
14. Black-billed Magpie
15. California Quail (v)


16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. House Sparrow (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

In the Company of Deer

Sunday, April 25th, 2021
Mule Deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 April 2021.
Mule Deer.
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 April 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Another overcast but fairly mild morning. Slight breeze, temps in the comfortable 50s (F). Quite a few of the resident bird species, but also a newly arriving Turkey Vulture and some Chipping Sparrows vying for territory up in the junipers.

And mammals. More than one Mountain Cottontail, the usual little family of Mule Deer down in the scrub oak thicket. Dog and I got pretty close to three of them—pretty sure they know us by now—and one elder doe posed for a photo. I’ve come to like knowing I’m regularly in the company of deer.

Rain tomorrow, then clearing and warming. Soon butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, more birds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:22 a.m. (8:22 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Black-billed Magpie
8. Song Sparrow** (v)
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Turkey Vulture
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)


13. California Quail
14. European Starling
15. Mallard


Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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