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Archive for September, 2019

Overcast

Friday, September 27th, 2019
Wood-house’s Scrub Jay (with acorn), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2019.
Wood-house’s Scrub Jay (with acorn).

Most high desert days seem to be clear days. At least that’s my experience. We’ve had a few stormy ones, and the weekend upcoming is supposed to be rainy—but today was (so far, for me) one of the rare overcast days.

Despite a breeze (apparently) favorable for migration, I saw few birds up the mountainside this morning. But I love an overcast day.

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

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

Elsewhere

8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Song Sparrow
10. American Goldfinch
11. Rock Pigeon
12. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Tarantula

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Salt Lake City Brown Tarantula, East Millcreek, Utah, 26 September 2019.
Salt Lake City Brown Tarantula.

Not a bird, but I had to mention the big ol’ spider dog and I encountered on the mountainside this morning. It’s been decades since I’ve come across a tarantula in the wild—and I’m pretty sure this was Jack’s first sighting. (He was highly interested.)

Elsewise, it was a lovely hike. Bunch of birds (no great photos), great views, cool fall air, and a feeling of, well, just being alive.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. House Finch*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. American Goldfinch*
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

12. Eurasian Collared Dove
13. Song Sparrow
14. Mourning Dove
15. European Starling
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Junco

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Dark-eyed Junco (pink-sided race), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 September 2019.
Dark-eyed Junco (pink-sided race).

Couple days ago, I saw my first Utah junco. Being a bird of this longitude, it looked different from the juncos in Northern New England—had pinkish sides. Today I saw another couple of ’em. Cool-looking birds.

Also had another Cooper’s Hawk—and my first Utah thrush. A hermit, I feel sure (considering they have darker spots here than in the east).

Later hike than usual (third in three days), but what a lovely day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch*
6. Turkey Vulture
7. American Goldfinch*
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Song Sparrow
15. Broad-tailed Hummingbird

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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