2 December 2021

Junco in a Juniper Tree

November 30th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

A quick hike, an earlier hike—most of it in the mountain shade. Quite a few species, but lower numbers. I only managed a photo of one, a junco in a juniper tree.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:29 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Spotted Towhee (v)
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

12. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Pleasantness

November 29th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 November 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Another fine hike with dog this morning. Cloudless again, chilly in the shade, but pleasant in the sun. Again a birder’s dozen.

A little smog collecting in the basin, but clean breathing up the deer trails.

Most fun was the last bird on my list: a Yellow-rumped Warbler. First I heard its chip, then I spotted it as it left its perch—alas, too far away for a photo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:49 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. House Finch**
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. European Starling
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

A Birder’s Dozen

November 28th, 2021
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 November 2021.
Northern Flicker.

A little warmer this morning, and cloudless. We were the first human and dog up the switchback, it seems, although before our return, we’d met up with a few later hikers. Meanwhile, we encountered assorted birds.

Quite a few of them, in fact—including the neighborhood solitaire for the first time in several days. Three finches, a couple sparrows, the usual corvids—twelve species in all.

Know how thirteen is called a “baker’s dozen”? Well, my list today totaled a birder’s dozen. ’Cause we don’t fudge.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:49 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Lesser Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Song Sparrow (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. House Finch**
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
12. Northern Flicker* (v)

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. European Starling

Mammals

Red Squirrel

(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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