23 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘bald eagle’

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

Big Birds

Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 November 2020.
Common Raven.
Golden Eagle (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 November 2020.
Golden Eagle (youngster).

A lovely Saturday morning with a dramatic, partly cloudy sky, a half-inch layer of fresh snow, and a slight breeze. The air tasted clean. Few birds to start—although including a Mountain Chickadee (voice only)—but some high excitement toward the end of our hike, dog and me.

My count was ten species when I spied the Bald Eagle above the rocky ridge. It was a young eagle, and I took a bunch of pictures of it in flight. Less then a minute after it sailed away, I saw another soaring shape—a Common Raven. First raven I’ve seen since June, and I really love those guys, so I have to declare that the highlight of the morning.

Nice to see a couple big birds again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
7. Northern Flicker
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Bald Eagle
12. Common Raven
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Missed Moose

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Bald Eagle on high, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2020.
Bald Eagle on high.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

I missed the moose—but I spied a Bald Eagle, heard the voices of Chukars, and had more birds on my list than I have in a while.

Right away when we arrived at the trailhead under a deep blue sky, I heard tell of the excitement over the moose, which was spotted to the north a ways nearly to I-80. As I understand it, moose aren’t exactly rare here, but they’re not as common as elk—which are nowhere near as common as mule deer. I did see mule deer (a couple at close range).

I missed the moose, though. Good thing I saw a few back in Maine.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch*
5. Lesser Goldfinch**
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. American Robin
9. Chukar (v)
10. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. California Gull
13. European Starling
14. House Finch

(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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