30 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘black-billed magpie’

Mountain Critters

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2020.
Chickadee in the morning sun.

This morning’s cooperative bird was—much to my surprise—a Mountain Chickadee. It flitted, chattering, up to the bluff where dog and I had paused to look and listen. We stood still, and it approached very near, and I grabbed a few photos.

For some reason this happy episode got me thinking of all the species I’ve seen up there with “mountain” in their names. Mountain Bluebird, for instance, and Mountain Cottontail—even Mountain Coyote (which is more of a subspecies, I guess). I feel sure I’m missing at least one. But I’ve come to appreciate the perfection of that simple yet rich, descriptive term in their common names.

Thanks, little chickadee.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. American Robin**
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Mountain Chickadee
10. Sparrow (sp)
11. Rock Wren
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Hummingbird (sp)
17. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Many Kinglets

Monday, September 28th, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

A lot of migration going on this clear, chilly (40s (F)) morning. Clear—but dog and I still spent much of the beginning of the hike in mountain shade.

Cassin’s Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2020.
Cassin’s Vireo?

But birds were moving through even in the shade. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers, many American Robins. A couple of gnatcatchers, a pack of six Mountain Chickadees, and a whole bunch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

I heard the slight, abrupt chatter a kinglet down in Coyote Canyon, but it had headed up the leafy slope and was out of photo range, so we continued down a ways before turning back up—and I heard it again, same spot. It occurred to me that the switchback for the high ridge hike was uphill of the bird, so we crept up that steep trail…

…and right into a flock of between sixteen and twenty kinglets. They were everywhere, but always in low tangles of foliage. I bet I stood there ten minutes before I finally got one of those quick-moving critters to stop long enough for a half-way decent portrait.

[Elsewhere, I snagged a pic of what I’m pretty sure was a migrating a Cassin’s Vireo—a lifer for me, if so.]

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

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. American Robin**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Northern Flicker
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Cassin’s Vireo‡
10. Hummingbird (sp)
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Mountain Chickadee
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
‡Lifer

Fall Migration

Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Kestrel departing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Kestrel departing.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.

Nippy this morning, with a breeze. Got me thinking I might find some migration activity on the trail with dog. And I did: several Yellow-rumped Warblers, a random Dark-eyed Junco, bunch of towhees still, and a first-of-fall Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Also a couple raptors today. Spied a pair of Golden Eagles between our trail and the (still burning) Neff’s Canyon fire, and at the end of our hike, a kestrel appeared out of nowhere and headed east toward higher elevations.

I do love fall migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin**
3. Spotted Towhee**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Northern Flicker
7. House Finch*
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Pine Siskin
11. Golden Eagle
12. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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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