27 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American kestrel’

Last Bird

Friday, January 22nd, 2021
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 January 2021.
American Kestrel.

This day dawned warm (mid- to upper-30s (F)) and mostly overcast. My morning hike brought not many species, but pretty good numbers.

Birds were hopping back at home, though: I had as many species within ear- and eyeshot of my door. Sparrows, robin, chickadee (a species I did not have up the mountain trails)—and, last bird of the day, an American Kestrel, perched on a street light post overlooking the highway, with the city view behind him.

Thanks, kestrel.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:05 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Northern Flicker
7. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. House Sparrow (v
10. American Robin
11. Eurasian Collared-dove
12. European Starling
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. American Kestrel

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

A Very Fine Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Canyon Wren.

A calm, nearly cloudless morning with chillier temps (20s (F)) than yesterday—and a bunch of nice surprises to discover. The first being a Canyon Wren in the rocky cavity up near the bluff. I heard it first, remembered the call from early spring, and managed even to spy the little energetic bird.

Soon after that sighting, I decided we should climb up to the ridge where the cairn stands—where I’d seen (from a distance) that it’d partly fallen in on account of (I assume) a few very windy days. It’d been a couple-three months, at least. Past time.

And it was a grand climb, a lovely view. I repaired the cairn (more or less), and dog and I ascended a couple hundred feet above it, sat a spell, then came back down (during which descent I heard—then spotted—a couple Chukars) and finally hiked a stretch of our usual trail, for good measure.

Good measure turned out to be a Sharp-shinned Hawk, perched low in the scrub not far away, casting about for voles or juncos until a trail runner jogged by.

All in all a very fine day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m. (MST), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Pine Siskin (v)
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. American Robin** (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Canyon Wren
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chukar
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)

Elsewhere

14. American Kestrel

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Kestrel and Jay

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
Kestrel and jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Kestrel and jay.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

Just as dog and I began our morning hike, I spied an American Kestrel zipping over to a utility line just above the trail ahead of us. While I was angling for a photo, a Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay showed up, alighting just beyond the kestrel. Just as I began to snap some pics, and the jay lunged at the little falcon, which popped up and veered away.

Otherwise the usual suspects (including a Mountain Chickadee). Will be interesting to see how the wildlife activity changes after our forecast rain and snow and cold arrives this weekend sometime.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Northern Flicker
3. House Finch*
4. American Kestrel
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie**
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Mountain Chickadee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. American Robin
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

 
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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