23 October 2020

Archive for October, 2020

Fun Hike

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

This one was fun and interesting.

Chilly still in the mountain shade, but warmer in the sun late. [Will be much chillier soon.] Right away I got little hints of activity—including a Ruby-crowned Kinglet along the switchback—and about ten minutes after dog and I got underway, up in the bluff area, we encountered a whole passel of birds—lots of juncos, plenty of chickadees, magpies and jays, and a pair of young White-crowned Sparrows.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 October 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Later, I heard juncos, spied a solitaire perched quietly on the tip of a nearby juniper, and then a Juniper Titmouse on the tip of another. Plenty of pics to choose from, too. Lots of cool species to watch and listen to and learn from.

Looking forward to seeing how things change by the weekend, when we’re told to expect snow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:41 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. American Robin*
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Northern Flicker
14. Lesser Goldfinch**
15. Mountain Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

16. California Quail (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Titmice Three

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 October 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

A morning much like yesterday’s—and arguably even funner. For one thing, the earth and sky were gorgeous. For another, I caught a glimpse of a Merlin, which was cool. And for yet another, I encountered three Juniper Titmice. That’s a record for the species.

For some reason, eBird thinks more than one JUTI seems unlikely on this patch at this season. But I’ve seen two a few times. Three today.

Otherwise, a couple male flickers added a nice splash of color to an already (mutedly) colorful landscape.

I do love fall.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:41 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin
6. Merlin
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker*
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. American Robin** (v)
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Nice Surprises

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 October 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bit warmer this morning. Dog and I got to the trailhead about 15 minutes later than yesterday. A little cloudiness. A nice morning.

Started quiet—but soon enough I was enjoying a few nice surprises—e.g., a vocal Juniper Titmouse, the cry of a raven (first in many months), and a Townsend’s Solitaire popping up right in front of us on the trail.

I’ll take this kind of birding excursion any ol’ day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Northern Flicker
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Common Raven (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(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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