14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘bald eagle’

Eagle

Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 February 2021.
Bald Eagle.

A little bit of snow this morning. Jack and I were the only dog and human on the trails again. We did encounter the usual birds—other than two oddities: 1) didn’t see one Spotted Towhee; 2) an adult Bald Eagle flew by.

The eagle passed overhead early in our hike, with snow spitting around it, not far away. It didn’t bother to give us so much as a glance.

We also spotted a few mule deer. Good times.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:08 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin** (v)
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Song Sparrow (v)
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Bald Eagle
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
11. Rock Pigeon*

Elsewhere

12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Suddenly, Raptors

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk (riding the wind), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 December 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (riding the wind).

Hawks are not uncommon around here, rather they’re intermittent. I might se one a day for two or three days, then none for a week. Then I might have a day with three.

Today I had one of those.

Mostly overcast, a storm brewing, a gusty breeze, a dramatic sky, and hardly any obvious birds during my entire hike with dog: eleven species, but only a couple dozen individuals. Two of the individuals were raptors.

The first was an adult Bald Eagle I spied way, way way up above the ridge, riding the breeze. The other was a Red-tailed Hawk, nose to tdhe wind, hovering occasionally. [Aside: I don’t believe I’d ever a redtail hover before.]

Later, from my deck, I spied another hawk—another redtail. Watched it soar and circle—then suddenly veer over and down to perch on utility pole.

I wonder how much snow we’ll get this time around.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:48 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Rock Pigeon
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Bald Eagle
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Red-tailed Hawk*
11. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

12. European Starling

(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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