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Archive for October, 2021

Juncos

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

This morning’s was a sweet hike with my sweet ol’ dog in comfortable conditions and with a good contingent of birds about. The most abundant species? Dark-eyed Junco.

They show up during migration, both ways. They travel in groups—from a few to huge flocks. I know their voices and habits pretty well by now. Plus, one member of the species was the only bird that posed for a photo today.

I ?? juncos.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:15 a.m. (9:15 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

12. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Lovely Day

Saturday, October 30th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 October 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (juvie).

A quick hike this morning—a cool morning with a partial overcast and a young Cooper’s Hawk on a utility pole. Curiously, like yesterday morning, half my listed species were finches or corvids.

A truly lovely day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:46 a.m. (8:46 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. Cooper’s Hawk
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Steller’s Jay (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

11. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Finches & Jays

Friday, October 29th, 2021
Lesser Goldfinch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2021.
Lesser Goldfinch.
Steller’s Jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2021.
Steller’s Jay.

No clouds hung in the blue, blue sky as dog and I hiked up in the mountain shade this morning. Calm, a little nippy, a little birdy. And before very long at all, I had four kinds of finches on my list.

And by the end of our hike, when the final species popped into view, I had three corvids. Those two groups accounted for half today’s total.

And that final species? A little group of four Steller’s Jays.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:03 a.m. (9:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red 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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