18 September 2021

Flick Pic

September 17th, 2021
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 September 2021.
Northern Flicker.

The temperature hovered in the upper 50s (F) when dog and I hit the trailhead, but our hike was a tad bit later than yesterday, so we soon emerged from the mountain shade to get a good dose of warmth. Also saw some birds.

Not nearly as many as yesterday, and nothing particularly awe-inspiring—but a obliging flicker posed for a pic.

We’ll do it again tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:20 a.m. (8:20 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Northern Flicker
5. House Finch**
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Red-tailed Hawk*
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Eurasian Collared-dove*

Elsewhere

12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Sparrows

September 16th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 September 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

My morning hike with dog was supposed to be a short one (since grocery shopping after was in the cards), but I got waylaid by some interesting birds. And not a few this day.

Hawk in the big olive tree. Pigeon and chickadee and gnatcatcher and warbler and yet another (unidentified) hummer—and sparrows.

(The sparrows brought the thrills this day, especially a young white-crowned.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:12 a.m. (8:12 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon
3. House Finch**
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. American Robin
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Brewer’s Sparrow
11. Lesser Goldfinch
12. White-crowned Sparrow
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Hummingbird (sp?)
16. Black-billed Magpie

Elsewhere

17. Turkey Vulture
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Flicker at Last

September 15th, 2021
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 September 2021.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male).

Finally—this cool, cloudless early morning during my daily hike with dog—I got a photo of a flicker. Not sure when the last one happened (possibly last spring), but it’s been a while, with a few recent near misses. It popped up randomly in the Russian Olive. Just felt like a bit of serendipity.

Otherwise, very few hike species—nine, to be exact—including a hummingbird I could not ID.

However, oddly, it was a three-hawk day. First came the peregrine I spied before our hike, dining on breakfast atop the utility pole usually occupied by a red-tail. Then came a young Cooper’s I spotted during our hike, trying (but failing) to catch a scrub-jay in the big olive tree. Finally, in afternoon, a red-tail where the peregrine was having breakfast.

I’ll take a three-hawk day any day.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. American Robin
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Hummingbird (sp?)
8. Cooper’s Hawk
9. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

10. Peregrine Falcon
11. Red-tailed Hawk

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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