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Archive for November, 2020

November’s End

Monday, November 30th, 2020
Downy Woodpecker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker in the burnt patch.

A bit warmer this morning, mostly cloudless again, but with a breeze. Dog and I had a lovely hike—mostly in the mountain shade. Saw and/or heard a bunch of birds, but had very few photo ops.

Getting pretty familiar with the little male Downy Woodpecker whom we meet in the burnt patch nearly every morning. Yesterday, he seemed a little pissed that w hung around so longed and finally tired of our company, but today it seemed preoccupied with the job of excavating charred scrub oak trunks.

Later, I a glimpse of a Juniper Titmouse (another familiar bid).

Hard to believe tomorrow will be December already.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Juniper Titmouse
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

12. Rock Pigeon
13. California Gull
14. European Starling
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Lovely Morning

Sunday, November 29th, 2020
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.
Downy Woodpecker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker.

My best bird photo today was my first one: an early shot of the Song Sparrow that lives in the ivy along the western fence of the side yard. The bird wore his feathers puffed up, considering a temperature of about 20° (F). It did not fly as I stood and took photos, just turned its head a bit.

Up the trails were the familiar corvids, towhees, finches—my Downy Woodpecker friend (whose tap-tap-tap I can by some miracle always hear in the burnt patch), and a whole bunch of Spotted Towhees.

The sky was cloudless but the atmosphere contained a few particulates. Still a lovely morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Lesser Goldfinch**
6. House Finch** (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Juniper Titmouse (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco*
10. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow
12. House Sparrow
13. Dove (sp.)
14. European Starling

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Usual Suspects

Saturday, November 28th, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.
Departing Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 November 2020.
Departing Mountain Cottontail.

About the same weather as yesterday morning, but no breeze, so it didn’t feel quite as nippy. I was surprised we didn’t meet any other people and dogs for most of the hike—just me and Jack and the usual bird suspects.

No astounding sightings, no great photos—but I did hear yet another Juniper Titmouse up in the, well, junipers.

On our return, as we neared the trailhead, we ran into several people and dogs we knew. Good people, good dogs. (I guess they’re all good dogs.)

Also got a glimpse of a cottontail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Dark-eyed Junco*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Northern Flicker** (v)
6. House Finch** (v)
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. Spotted Towhee**
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Juniper Titmouse (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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