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Archive for September, 2019

Definitely Fall

Monday, September 30th, 2019
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Nippy morning. Temps in the 40s (F) to start. Still damp from the rain, but dog and I headed up the mountain for what turned out to be a sweet hike—as usual. Not a lot of birds until the last stretch, while descending, when a little pod of chickadees brought with them a junco, sparrow, and kinglet.

Sun warmed things a bit. Definitely fall, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet**


10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. House Sparrow (v)
12. American Robin
13. Lesser Goldfinch

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere


Sunday, September 29th, 2019
house finch (male)
House Finch (male).

As forecast, we had big rains overnight—and lesser rains today. Lesser, but steady enough to discourage our seventh straight mountain hike this (very chilly) morning, Jack and me. We stayed home.

rock pigeons
Rock Pigeons.

Yet still encountered several bird species—magpies, doves, finches. Took a trip in drizzle to buy groceries and admired great queues of Rock Pigeons on utility lines in town.

Still, looking forward to a nice long hike in the morning.

East Millcreek List
No mountain hike today, but here’s what I saw and/or heard.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
3. House Finch
4. Eurasian Collared Dove
5. House Sparrow (v)
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

v = Voice only

Before the Rain

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2019.
Neighborhood Song Sparrow.

Thundershowers forecast, but early on the ominous skies were zipping in from the southwest but keeping up high along the peaks, barely missing us. So Jack and I took a hike. It was a good one.

No great photos, but a evidence of migration still—sparrows and a vireo with the chickadees, other birds in the periphery. And plenty of activity in the neighborhood.

Thundershowers did finally arrive.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Black-capped Chickadee*
6. Northern Flicker
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Plumbeous Vireo
9. Sparrow (sp)


10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also 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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