22 April 2021

Fun Hike

April 18th, 2021
Juniper TItmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 April 2021.
Juniper TItmouse.

Fun hike with dog this morning—a cloudless morning, as forecast. Dry trails, nice birds (albeit fewer numbers than yesterday). Did get a good, near peek at a bird I could not quickly identify (haven’t yet checked my GoPro video), and also a one-eyed Cooper’s Hawk, but the best part was pestering another Juniper Titmouse until it finally posed for photos.

Migrants coming within the next week or two. Woo-hoo!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m. (8:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Juniper Titmouse
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
12. Mountain Chickadee

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. California Quail
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Turkey Vulture

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

Clear

April 17th, 2021
Raven overflight, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 April 2021.
Raven overflight.

As forecast, the day dawned clear. Nippy still, but much dryer trails. Bunches of birdies, too—nearly 50 of them robins.

A raven flew over, had a nice look at a solitaire, two starlings flew by (unusual), and a goodly amount of towhees. Also stopped to chat with some early-rising human (and dog) friends.

Tomorrow being Sunday—and having a similar forecast—we can maybe expect more of the same.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Townsend’s Solitaire
5. Northern Flicker
6. Common Raven
7. European Starling
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch*
11. Juniper Titmouse (v)
12. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Mourning Dove
16. California Quail
17. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Numbers

April 16th, 2021
Spotted Towhee (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 April 2021.
Spotted Towhee (female).

Another wet, nippy morning—but only a little light snow falling. Got busy early, so dog and I didn’t head up until later than usual. Just us up there, aside from a bunch of unseen deer and a cottontail and a whole bunch of birds.

Numbers, not species—although I did happen to spy a pair of Canada Geese headed north. Saw at least forty robins and half as many juncos. Watched quietly for a while as chickadees cleaned out a nest cavity for imminent use. A Cooper’s Hawk was near their nest, and the scrub-jays have gone pretty quiet—nesting also, I’d wager.

Quite a few Spotted Towhees, too, as usual. I’ve learned to tell the males from females, the former being quite black on top, and the latter being very dark brown. Eastern Towhees are a breeze by comparison.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:40 a.m. (9:40d MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Juniper Titmouse
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee*
10. Canada Goose
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. Mourning Dove
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. European Starling

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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