2 December 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American kestrel’

A Good Day

Friday, November 26th, 2021
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 November 2021.
Black-billed Magpie.

Another bright, nippy morning, but quieter than the past several. However, somehow I got pics of more than half the few species on my list. Also spied a kestrel on a wire from home. And a decent portrait of a magpie on the fence.

It was what Captain Jack and I would call a good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:35 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
2. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Dark-eyed Junco*


8. American Kestrel
9. Song Sparrow (v)
10. European Starling


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)


12. American Kestrel

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

From a Height

Saturday, August 21st, 2021
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 August 2021.
American Kestrel.

A nice cool breezy shady early morning hike with dog. So cool and breezy and shady that, on something of a lark, I took a turn up the gully trail, and we continued right straight up the the ridge overlooking Millcreek Canyon.

Few clouds to start. Few birds, too. Still a bunch of hummingbirds, although it was hard to get a good look in the early shade.) But I did get a rare look at a kestrel on a rock and a raven, and heard the voices of a couple of hawks. Plus, we had some lovely views from a height.

A surprise rain shower got us a little wet on the way down—but that was nothing compared a big ol’ thunderstorm that blew through tonight.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:27 a.m. (8:27 MDT), I hiked 1,200-plus feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Mourning Dove
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
6. Downy Woodpecker (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch** (v)
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. American Kestrel
12. Common Raven
13. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
14. Pine Siskin (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


16. Black-billed Magpie


Rock 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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