27 January 2021

Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

Snow Showers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 January 2021.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female),.
Dark-eyed Juncos, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Juncos.

A nippy, breezy, overcast morning became a snow-showery morning about the time Captain Jack and I headed up to the trailhead. The gentle snow persisted through about three-quarters of our hike, lending it a pleasing sort of wintry ambience.

I’m serious. It was pretty cool.

Even cooler was the fact that I didn’t—as I expected I would—strike out on bird photos. Somehow I managed a couple: 1) a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos (“snowbirds”), 2) a rare Northern Flicker who was not camera shy.

(Also, we were the only human and dog up there, which was cool.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:11 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

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

Nice Hike

Monday, January 25th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

We hiked through a little overnight snow for the third straight morning, a partly sunny morning this day. A few birds about, a couple photos, no mammals, a little breeze, a fragrant sagebrush sprig, my best friend as a companion.

All in all, a very nice hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

10. European Starling

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

Birds on a Wire

Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Many pigeons, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 January 2021.
Many pigeons.

More snow overnight, about three inches. Easier hiking (more snow underfoot), pleasant walk with dog. Had all but one bird species within the first few minutes, though—hardly anything up the high trails. And one last Song Sparrow toward the end.

Back home, all I saw were a few dozen pigeons all lined up on a wire.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:06 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-billed Magpie (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker**
7. American Robin*
8. Song Sparrow

Elsewhere

9. Rock Pigeon

(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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