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Archive for November, 2019

Harrier

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Northern Harrier, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 November 2019.
Northern Harrier.

Snow showers as dog and I ascended this morning. Overcast skies and a bit of wind. I did not expect to see more than a bird or two. Stunned to find six on my trail list—including a Northern Harrier circling above us (first harrier I’ve seen in Utah).

Not much in town, either—other than a bunch of pigeons. Birds and humans lay a littler lower when it snows. Well, in the case of humans, excepting the day before Thanksgiving.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Eurasian Collared Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Between Snows

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 November 2019.
House Finch.

We’re supposed to have a three-day Thanksgiving week “winter” storm tomorrow through Friday, but today’s weather was bright and delightful. Among the delights was a layer of about four inches of fluffy snow, seven bird species along the trail, a photogenic finch, and my first good look at a whitened high desert—first of many, I’m sure.

(Only slipped once, and didn’t pitch over a cliff, so I count that as successful also.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere
8. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Snow

Monday, November 25th, 2019
Rock Pigeons, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2019.
Rock Pigeons.

Interesting day. Was supposed to snow—and it did, but not before Jack and I had just begun our morning hike. Big flakes, falling gently, piling up over time. Only an inch or so by the time we returned home, but a good four inches by nightfall.

Few birds about on the trail—saw one, heard two. More in town, but they were also laying low on account of the first real snow.

(Should have a foot by week’s end.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)

Elsewhere
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Rock Pigeon
6. European Starling

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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