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Archive for October, 2019

Midday Birds

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 October 2019.
Common Raven.

No Jack on my midday Halloween hike, which seemed wrong and strange. I made it a quick one. At first there seemed few birds up the mountainside—but a bunch showed up on my return trip, including Golden Eagle, Canyon Wren, and a pair of vocal ravens.

I sure missed that dog of mine—who had to stay home in a cone—but I can think of worse companionship.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. House Finch**
3. Northern Flicker*
4. American Goldfinch* (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
6. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
7. Golden Eagle
8. Black-billed Magpie**
9. Canyon Wren
10. Common Raven


11. European Starling
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. Eurasian Collared Dove
15. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Sunflower Birds

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Lesser Goldfinch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2019.
Lesser Goldfinch (male).

Welp, my-dog-Jack poked himself in the eye somehow and wound up with a corneal ulcer that wasn’t healing on its own. Thus, there’ll be the dreaded cone and no hiking for a week or two—poor dude.*

Still, on this nippy morning (10 degrees (F)), I did manage to see a few neighborhood birds, among them a handful of goldfinches dining on sunflower seeds.

*I’ll likely sneak away for a hike or two on my own, though.

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

1. Rock Pigeon
2. Lesser Goldfinch
3. House Finch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. House Sparrow (v)

v = Voice only


Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2019.
Northern Flicker.

We were expecting a few inches of snow this morning but got only a few flurries. So instead of sticking around indoors—the forecast cold was accurate—dog and I had ourselves our thirtieth straight daily hike up the mountainside.

Not a lot of birds, but a flicker on a utility pole posted while poking about in the snow. Also saw a bunch of curiously quiet magpies in the Canyon Wren gulch.

In the neighborhood were a few of the usual suspects also. Brisk wind—perhaps one of the windiest days here for us—made the dipping temperatures seem bone-chilling toward evening. Brrr.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Northern Flicker**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay** (v)


6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. American Robin
8. House Finch
9. Eurasian Collared Dove

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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