22 October 2020

Variety

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Pretty good variety this morning, bird-wise. About ten degrees (F) warmer than yesterday in the mountain shade—comfortable walking weather. Things started out rather quiet, but picked up soon enough.

On something of a lark, we followed a few deer trails across unfamiliar slopes, dog and I, which was interesting for both of us. Also followed a Juniper Titmouse around and, at quite a distance, spotted a Steller’s Jay in flight.

Perhaps my favorite bird of the day was an unassuming Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Cooper’s Hawk
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Northern Flicker
8. American Robin
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Mountain Chickadee
11. Pine Siskin**
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Juniper Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

18. Eurasian Collared Dove

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

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