24 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘American robin’

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

Good Hike

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Good hike, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2020.
Good hike.

Calm today, and chilly. Birds were active again—and the towhees were out again.

Not many photo ops (in fact, most birds on my list were heard, not seen), but a nice variety. Most interesting, arguably, were the geese I heard while down in Coyote Canyon, where I had only a glimpse of a sliver of sky. (All I can say for sure is there were more than one.)

The sky was nice, though, as was the company of the best dog of all time.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker** (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. American Robin** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-billed Magpie**
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch*
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. Canada Goose (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

15. Rock Pigeon
16. Mourning Dove

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

Warm, Windy Day

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 November 2020.
Bald Eagle.
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 November 2020.
American Robin.

It blew all night, whistling through the door jam, and it was blowing still this morning when dog and I headed up the switchback. I could tell from the loud voice of the wind that today’s would be a short list. Many more leaves flew than birds.

I heard a few as we got underway, saw a few wind-blown robins, spied a solitary Bald Eagle soaring above the ridge. And we flushed a good-sized flock of grouse in a little scrubby vale. They looked like maybe ruffed, but I couldn’t be sure as they sailed up and across Coyote Canyon.

Few birds in the neighborhood, too, on this warm and windy day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Robin
5. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
6. Bald Eagle
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Grouse (sp)

(v) Voice only
**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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