25 February 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American robin’

Deer in the Snow

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 February 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

A winter-nippy, overcast morning, with snow on the trail and—after a few minutes—in the air. Fewer bird species than in recent days, but many more deer.

Mule Deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 February 2021.
Mule Deer.

In fact, the most fun I had was—after failing to get a good look at a smallish accipiter flying low between the junipers—watching about a half-dozen deer, maybe forty or fifty yards from us, gaze down at us and communicate their concern among themselves before wandering in a gentle snowfall, as nonchalantly as they could, up the hillside and away.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
2. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Spotted Towhee*
5. House Finch* (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Black-billed Magpie
8. Northern Flicker
9. Hawk (sp?)

Elsewhere

10. American Robin
11. European Starling
12. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)
Mule Deer

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

Which Owl?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Mystery owl, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 February 2021.
Mystery owl.

I’d been angling for a photo of silent chickadees, as dog and I ascended the snowy trail up wooded Coyote Canyon, when the little birds zipped up ahead and began to call and scold. That’swhen I noticed a larger bird shoot down through the tangles to my left to a perchd. I aimed my camera at it and saw it was a small owl—but I couldn’t focus because of all the leaves and twigs between us. Again and again I tried, to no avail.

Wish I’d thought to grab my binoculars instead, ’cause then I might’ve managed an ID.

Since this was near the place I saw a Northern Pygmy Owl back in November, I assumed that’s what it was. But in looking at the blurry photos later, I couldn’t be sure. Its face seems to resemble a Northern Saw-whet Owl, but at the time (and in the photos), it looks like this bird has a long tail (the mark of a pygmy owl).

Still kind of leaning toward the latter—but I guess I’ll never know.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. European Starling
14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Chukars

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
Chukar in the snow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 February 2021.
Chukar in the snow.

Aside from a friendly trail runner whom we see frequently (albeit briefly), Jack and I were alone with the wildlife this morning. And what wildlife there was.

Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 February 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

Two solitaires, two cottontails, plenty of corvids acting up, two squirrel species, deer. But the funnest part of the hike (which I missed on video, since I’d forgotten to change my GoPro battery after getting distracted by the second solitaire) were the Chukars.

I heard them first, as is nearly always the case. Sounded like one or two, up toward the ridge. Scanned the outcrops, which I’ve learned they like to call from, but they were awful far away. Crazily, excitingly, once we reached the deer trail, I spotted one. Perhaps the sole calling bird. Then about a half dozen of them swept by as I was watching the first bird.

Saw another, possibly a third. Then a flock of more than 20 rose and flew quickly overhead, southbound, and as they did I could hear the buzzy sweep of their wings.

After the flock disappeared, I heard a Chukar still calling up by the ridge.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:41 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. American Robin
14. European Starling
15. California Gull
16. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
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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