26 November 2020

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Spied an Eagle

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
Golden Eagle on the ridge, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2020.
Golden Eagle on the ridge.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Dog and I hiked for about an hour and a half this morning in the mountain shade. It was a good hike, if light on bird activity—pleasantly nippy, light breeze, lovely scenery. I did meet up with the Downy Woodpecker again. (It’s becoming a daily thing.)

But I might’ve thought of the day as rather uneventful had I not—on our return, about the time the sun reached the trail—seen a curious bird-like shape in the shadow of a juniper way up on the ridge. I figured it’d turn out to be a smaller juniper, as is usually the case. But it was a Golden Eagle.

The eagle sat there, looking around, for at least fifteen minutes or so. Then the last time I glanced up there, it was gone.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Pine Siskin
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Golden Eagle
10. Northern Flicker**

Elsewhere

11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

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

Eerily Quiet

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

This morning’s hike under lowery skies was eerily quiet. Chilly—30s (F)—and with an unusual bit of humidity, and with fewer bird species than recently. Overall, puzzlingly quiet.

Noteworthy were many magpies and scrub-jays, not a single House Finch, and a Juniper Titmouse that would not pose for a photo.

The most interesting bird showed up this afternoon: a Song Sparrow in the side yard, dining on fallen apples.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Juniper Titmouse
7. Northern Flicker
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared-dove
10. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Solitaire

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A pleasant, quick, relatively low-key hike with dog this nippy morning. Quite a few bird species, although not that many individuals. Heard its tapping, then spied my Downy Woodpecker friend (the male), heard the raspy call of a Mountain Chickadee. One moment stood out, though.

We were standing on the bluff overlooking the neighborhood, where sometimes I spot a cool bird or two. Heard a finch, spied a scrub-jay carrying a peanut, heard a Townsend’s Solitaire. Wait—that latter was rather unusual for the residential streets below, but it sure sounded like the sweet, clear, repeated territorial note of the species.

Knowing a solitaire’s tendency to perch in high places, I grabbed my binocs and scanned the treetops in the residential yards far below. There, a slim gray bird. Looked like it might be… Took up my camera and fired off a few shots just as it flew, revealing those telltale white underwing stripes.

A solitaire after all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. European Starling
14. Rock Pigeon
15. California Gull

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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