29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘American kestrel’

Fall Migration

Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Kestrel departing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Kestrel departing.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.

Nippy this morning, with a breeze. Got me thinking I might find some migration activity on the trail with dog. And I did: several Yellow-rumped Warblers, a random Dark-eyed Junco, bunch of towhees still, and a first-of-fall Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Also a couple raptors today. Spied a pair of Golden Eagles between our trail and the (still burning) Neff’s Canyon fire, and at the end of our hike, a kestrel appeared out of nowhere and headed east toward higher elevations.

I do love fall migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin**
3. Spotted Towhee**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Northern Flicker
7. House Finch*
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Pine Siskin
11. Golden Eagle
12. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Serene Moment

Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 September 2020.
Rock Wren.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 September 2020.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Encountered another Rock Wren this morning—on a quiet but fun (they’re all fun) hike with dog—but this was the first I’ve seen that wasn’t in the little abandoned quarry atop the bluff. Far afield, in fact.

And it participated in the most serene moment of our excursion, in fact: I’d taken some photos of the wren when a hummingbird flew up and hovered a few seconds about two feet from my face. (“Well, hello, there,” I said.)

And after that we just stood there, Jack and I, in the presence (at a little distance) of a Rock Wren.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. American Kestrel
5. Spotted Towhee
6. House Finch*
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
8. Rock Wren
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove
12. European Starling

*Also elsewhere

Beauty

Thursday, August 27th, 2020
Vesper Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2020.
Vesper Sparrow.

On this slightly cloudy, breezy morning’s hike with my dog Jack, we encountered a little falcon called American Kestrel. I encountered the usual birds we encounter on these beloved hikes of ours. And near the end of our hike, I spied a lovely brown bird called Vesper Sparrow.

Most folks seem enthralled with bright-colored, fancy birds—like the ostentatious males of many species. I’ve come to love the subtler visual beauty of the less flashy birds. When I got a look at this Vesper Sparrow through my camera, I whispered aloud, “So beautiful.”

Great Basin Gopher Snake, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2020.
Great Basin Gopher Snake.

This morning we also encountered my first snake in my year-plus in Utah: a Great Basin Gopher Snake. It was kinda beautiful, too.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:56 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. American Kestrel
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Lesser Goldfinch*
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Western Tanager
15. Vesper Sparrow

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow (v)

Reptiles

Great Basin Gopher Snake

(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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