20 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘yellow warbler’

Anticipation

Monday, September 7th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 September 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

The drought might break tonight, as a chance of precipitation is forecast. Also a dip in temperatures—about a 40-degree dip. But this morning’s hike was shady and dry and quiet, much like the last few. (Also smoky, from California fires.)

Not a lot of species, but I missed a couple—including a quick-moving yellow-green bird with a peculiar chip note—although I did spy a Yellow Warbler.

Now I’m mostly anticipating the next couple of cold, windy, wintry days.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:07 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove
2. House Finch*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Western Tanager (v)
6. Eurasian Collared Dove
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
10. Yellow Warbler
11. Lesser Goldfinch**

Elsewhere

12. Black-billed Magpie
13. California Quail
14. American Robin

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Rufous Hummer

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
Rufous Hummingbird (immature male).
Rufous Hummingbird (immature male).
Rufous Hummingbird (imm. male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 August 2020.

I overslept this morning. Not a lot—just enough to feel well-rested and rarin’ to hike. Matter of fact, dog and I made it up to the trailhead only a half-hour later than usual. And thanks to that thirty-minute delay, I saw my first-of-Utah (and second ever) Rufous Hummingbird.

Got a look at my first RUHU several years ago back in Rockport, Maine, where they don’t belong. (The crazy vagrant was chasing away the native ruby-throats from a feeder.) They’re not uncommon here, turns out—but the maps show them mostly passing through during migration.

Today’s bird was a young male perched quite a ways off the trail. I managed a bunch of (not great) pics—which is how I identified it this evening. It’s russet sides, those few little bright throat feathers flashing in the sun.

Thanks, little guy, for making this a memorable morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 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. Lazuli Bunting (v)
5. Yellow Warbler
6. Mourning Dove
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Spotted Towhee
9. House Finch**
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
12. Rufous Hummingbird
13. American Robin
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Green-tailed Towhee

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

The Unexpected

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
Ruffed Grouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Ruffed Grouse.
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This morning was chilly compared to recent mornings. Right away, as dog and I started up the switchback, birds began to make themselves apparent. The usual suspects mostly (albeit not singing so much as they used to), until we got to the shade of Coyote Canyon, when things got exciting.

First were the wing-trills of the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that’ve been following us up the cool valley there in past days. Soon enough I heard heard a short, sweet, subtle warble, which turned out to be a female grosbeak’s. Then I spied my first Warbling Vireo in a few days, a random Yellow Warbler in the leafy maples, then another bird up there I could not quickly ID—apparently a young bird, being fed by a parent. I got a photo, thought, which revealed it to be a Plumbeous Vireo (only my third-ever glimpse of the species).

The short climb was thrillingly birdy. Then, unexpectedly, I happened to notice two Ruffed Grouse in the thick greenery not six feet off the trail. Possibly a female and a young bird. Also unexpectedly, they did not fly—just stood contemplating me as I snapped photos, then moseyed off into the vegetation.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove*
4. American Robin
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. House Finch**
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Plumbeous Vireo
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Black-headed Grosbeak
17. Ruffed Grouse
18. Lazuli Bunting
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. California Quail
21. Song Sparrow
22. House Sparrow (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(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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