14 August 2022

Pishing

Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 October 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

Quiet hike this morning. Pleasant conditions—warmish, sun and shade, not much of a breeze—but not a lot of bird species. Did count a lot of towhees and juncos again. Pretty typical this time of year, it seems.

Had few photos by the end of it, so when I heard a couple towhees scratching in the leaves. did a little pishing*—and grabbed a portrait or two.

*Making a psh-psh-psh-psh! sound that resembles birds’ alarm calls. Not all species respond to this trick.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:08 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

(v) Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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