14 April 2024

Archive for December, 2019

White Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 December 2019.
Black-billed Magpie.

Snow came overnight, as forecast. Had a couple inches at the house by the time it eased up—at which point Jack and I took off for the trailhead. About five inches of heavy wet snowfall up there.

Also fog—pretty thick fog. Heard quite a few birds but didn’t spot a one. However, a magpie posed like an ornament back in the neighborhood.

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

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

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Pleasant Day

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Rock Pigeon.
Rock Pigeon.

Up the mountain early this morning—an interesting morning, with big clouds, scraps of blue sky, curtains of distant precipitation. Poor light for photography. Missed photos. Not much in the way of bird activity.

But that’s O.K. I still love this day.

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

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
6. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

9. California Quail
10. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Quail

Monday, December 23rd, 2019
California Quail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 December 2019.
California Quail.

Another mild, overcast day, with a little light rain in the fringes. Slippery trail, but I managed not to fall down. Spotted deer, starlings, robins, and a low-flying eagle.

Later, back at home, a little gang of quail scurried across the driveway. First quail I’ve seen in a month or two (although I’ve heard ’em).

Winter’s been warm so far.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Robin
5. European Starling
6. Northern Flicker*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Golden Eagle

Elsewhere

9. California Quail

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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