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Flickers

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Northern Flicker in flight, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 September 2021.
Northern Flicker in flight.

Another nippy morning, with temps in the 40s (F). Sweatshirt weather, for sure—until the sun tops the ridge, at which point things warm up in a hurry.

Evidence of migration still: many yellow-rumps, a couple of kinglets, robins headed south. Also more flickers than I could shake a stick at. I’m listing a count of ten, but I feel like that’s an undercount, for sure. At one point I found myself watching five in the same tree. In another tree, three.

They’re handsome birds, the flickers are. I do love fall migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:25 a.m. (8:25 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. American Robin (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Northern Flicker
9. European Starling*
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Elsewhere

13. Barn Swallow
14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

Chill and Sparrow

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Lincoln’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2021.
Lincoln’s Sparrow.

When dog and I hit the trailhead, we found ourselves in nippy (42° F) conditions. Evidence of sprinkles overnight, mostly clouds overhead. Fewer birds than yesterday: only seven spp.—until we’d made it up the gully to the deer trail, where a little batch of yellow-rumps and kinglets appeared in a juniper tree.

But the highlight of the hike happened on our return trip, when a solitary Lincoln’s Sparrow popped up on a wild rose bush at the old Monarch Quarry. Can’t remember the last time I saw one of those handsome birds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:15 a.m. (8:15 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Song Sparrow
4. Northern Flicker
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Rock Wren
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. American Robin
11. Lesser Goldfinch*
12. Lincoln’s Sparrow
13. Spotted Towhee (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. California Quail
16. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

Migra-a-tion

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow.

I had no expectations when dog and I headed up the switchback this morning. After yesterday’s mostly silent stroll, I’d begun to think fall migration would be something of a dud this year.

My suspicions were unfounded, perhaps not least because of the weather. Which I hadn’t checked. There was a little (very little) rain.

And we encountered many bids—among them two dozen yellow-rumps, a gnatcatcher, and a posing sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:19 a.m. (8:19 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Northern Flicker
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. California Quail** (v)
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. House Finch*
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove
17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

(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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