29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘yellow-rumped warbler’

Many Kinglets

Monday, September 28th, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

A lot of migration going on this clear, chilly (40s (F)) morning. Clear—but dog and I still spent much of the beginning of the hike in mountain shade.

Cassin’s Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2020.
Cassin’s Vireo?

But birds were moving through even in the shade. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers, many American Robins. A couple of gnatcatchers, a pack of six Mountain Chickadees, and a whole bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

I heard the slight, abrupt chatter a kinglet down in Coyote Canyon, but it had headed up the leafy slope and was out of photo range, so we continued down a ways before turning back up—and I heard it again, same spot. It occurred to me that the switchback for the high ridge hike was uphill of the bird, so we crept up that steep trail…

…and right into a flock of between sixteen and twenty kinglets. They were everywhere, but always in low tangles of foliage. I bet I stood there ten minutes before I finally got one of those quick-moving critters to stop long enough for a half-way decent portrait.

[Elsewhere, I snagged a pic of what I’m pretty sure was a migrating a Cassin’s Vireo—a lifer for me, if so.]

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. American Robin**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Northern Flicker
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Cassin’s Vireo‡
10. Hummingbird (sp)
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Mountain Chickadee
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
‡Lifer

Fall Migration

Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Kestrel departing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Kestrel departing.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.

Nippy this morning, with a breeze. Got me thinking I might find some migration activity on the trail with dog. And I did: several Yellow-rumped Warblers, a random Dark-eyed Junco, bunch of towhees still, and a first-of-fall Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Also a couple raptors today. Spied a pair of Golden Eagles between our trail and the (still burning) Neff’s Canyon fire, and at the end of our hike, a kestrel appeared out of nowhere and headed east toward higher elevations.

I do love fall migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin**
3. Spotted Towhee**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Northern Flicker
7. House Finch*
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Pine Siskin
11. Golden Eagle
12. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Two Chickadees

Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 September 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

I’ve encountered quite a few Mountain Chickadees lately. Saw my species lifer back in April, and maybe another one or two in spring, but in the past three or four weeks—boom.

Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 September 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

I know their call by now, and nearly always I hear them before seeing them—if I see them at all. (Instead of the chicka-DEE-DEE-DEE of a Black-capped Chickadee, their call sounds something like chicka-DRR-DRR.) And when I do catch sight of one, it seems invariably on the move. Unlike the black-cap, it doesn’t want to hang around. It’s got places to go.

So photos have been rare. But I did get a pic from a distance this morning.

Black-caps are a favorite bird (for many reasons). But the thrill hasn’t worn off when I hear the still-novel call of this handsome second chickadee.

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-billed Magpie*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Northern Flicker**
6. House Finch**
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
10. Mountain Chickadee
11. American Robin (v)
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

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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