27 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘black-billed magpie’

Snow Showers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 January 2021.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female),.
Dark-eyed Juncos, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Juncos.

A nippy, breezy, overcast morning became a snow-showery morning about the time Captain Jack and I headed up to the trailhead. The gentle snow persisted through about three-quarters of our hike, lending it a pleasing sort of wintry ambience.

I’m serious. It was pretty cool.

Even cooler was the fact that I didn’t—as I expected I would—strike out on bird photos. Somehow I managed a couple: 1) a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos (“snowbirds”), 2) a rare Northern Flicker who was not camera shy.

(Also, we were the only human and dog up there, which was cool.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:11 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

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

Snow

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
Sharp-shinned Hawk (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 January 2021.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (juvie).

As the weather-folk promised, it snowed overnight. An inch toward the trailhead, two inches up a few hundred feet. Warm hike, though—above freezing throughout. Still some nice bird life, though.

Emerging up onto the bluff trail, I spied an accipiter perched alone in a tree on the overlook and thought, young Northern Goshawk! (I’ve seen only four or five, all in this area, and I saw its pale eyebrow and white-speckled back.) Snapped a ton of photos.

Only when I viewed those photos later did I realize the bird was way too small and compact for a goshawk—finally decided it was a juvie sharpie. Still a little worried I might be wrong. (Accipiters have always tended to confuse me, for some reason.)

Lovely day, though. Great hike with dog.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:03 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk
5. House Finch
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. American Robin**

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

Flickers

Monday, January 18th, 2021
Pair of Northern Flickers, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 January 2021.
Pair of Northern Flickers.

A lovely hike with dog this morning—a hike under mostly overcast skies, and with very light snow falling. About freezing, hardly a breeze, not many birds about. Tried to track a flicker down, but it was calling from too far away.

However, in afternoon, back home, I heard one out the window and, lo, two were perched in a tree out back. They posed for photos before flying away.

More snow tonight (rather surprisingly), but not too much. Will be a whitened hike in the morning.

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. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Northern Flicker* (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Eurasian Collared-dove
9. House Finch* (v)
10. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

12. American Robin
11. European Starling

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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