21 April 2021

Up the Deer Trail

April 20th, 2021
House Finch in a Utah juniper, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 April 2021.
House Finch in a Utah juniper.

As a part of our daily hike routine, Captain Jack and I climb a ways up a little shady canyon, to emerge on a well-worn deer tail that passes through an open area dotted with juniper trees. (It reminds me in a way of Maine’s blueberry barrens, but steeper, and with junipers instead of beech and birch and alders.) Sometimes it’s quiet up there, sometimes active.

Today it was quiet—not least because of a chill wind. But also likely thanks to a pair of Cooper’s Hawks that have returned this year to nest across the canyon. Still, House Finches were active (they apparently like to nest up there), as were a couple of scrub-jays—and I believe I found a tree that the Juniper Titmice seem to like. There were a couple deer up there, too—above us—and in a tree down in the canyon I’ve been watching chickadees clean out a nest dcavity.

Last spring came Warbling Vireos and Black-throated Gray Warblers and Virginia Warblers and Lazuli Buntings and more. Won’t be long.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. American Robin*
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Juniper Titmouse
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Rock Pigeon*

Elsewhere

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

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Good Day

April 19th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee at nest cavity, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 April 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee at nest cavity.

We got an early start this day, dog and I. No unusual birds at the outset (although we both spied a cottontail), then when we got to little Coyote Canyon, I made a split decision to hike the ridge, and we headed up the switchback to the Pipeline Overlook.

A clear morning, cool in the shade, warm in the sun. From about 800 feet up, I happened to look down and see a coyote casually trotting along a trail we’d hiked about 45 minutes before. New flowers along the trail, little patches of remnant show.

Toward the end, I happened to spot a Sharp-shinned Hawk circling above us—a migrant perhaps. A good day, with exciting times to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:16 a.m. (8:16 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch**
3. European Starling*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Mountain Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Juniper Titmouse (v)
11. Chukar (v)
12. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mountain Coyote

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

Fun Hike

April 18th, 2021
Juniper TItmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 April 2021.
Juniper TItmouse.

Fun hike with dog this morning—a cloudless morning, as forecast. Dry trails, nice birds (albeit fewer numbers than yesterday). Did get a good, near peek at a bird I could not quickly identify (haven’t yet checked my GoPro video), and also a one-eyed Cooper’s Hawk, but the best part was pestering another Juniper Titmouse until it finally posed for photos.

Migrants coming within the next week or two. Woo-hoo!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m. (8:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Juniper Titmouse
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
12. Mountain Chickadee

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. California Quail
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Turkey Vulture

(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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