2 December 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American goldfinch’

Junco in a Juniper Tree

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

A quick hike, an earlier hike—most of it in the mountain shade. Quite a few species, but lower numbers. I only managed a photo of one, a junco in a juniper tree.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:29 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

12. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Jay Day

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Another frosty morning hike up the switchback in the mountain shade. Pretty darn quiet up on the deer trails—until we reached a little mount overlooking the neighborhood, dog and I, where and saw the first two of a number of scrub-jays.

Also heard a solitaire from up there, and a singing song sparrow, and got a glimpse of a flicker and a couple juncos.

If you wander about a bit, you can nearly always find a bird or two. Today was kind of a jay day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:50 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

12. American Kestrel

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

Raptors

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
High-flying Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 November 2021.
High-flying Golden Eagle.

Another chilly, mostly clear morning, with hard frost in the mountain shade. Quiet for the most part—not many individual birds—but a quarter of my list (of twelve) were raptors.

First, a solitary Cooper’s Hawk glide silently overhead as we climbed the switchback, Captain Jack and I. Next, while scanning the ridge with binocs I happened to spy a solitary Golden Eagle flying high above the rocks. Finally—last bird of the morning—the neighborhood red-tail, perched on one of its favorite utility poles below.

Don’t mind a three-raptor day at all—plus, it’s been a while since I’d seen an eagle. (Thanks to extreme drought and western fires, this year’s been a much quieter year than last.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:01 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Golden Eagle
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
12. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow
14. European Starling
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Northern Flicker

(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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