20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘black-capped chickadee’

Pleasant Morn

Sunday, October 17th, 2021
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 October 2021.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Got some good sleep last night, so didn’t rush to the trailhead first thing. As a result, much of my hike with dog happened in the sunshine this morning. Mild temperatures, plenty of interesting birds, just an all-around nice time.

Plus, a kinglet actually posed for a photo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:30 a.m. (9:30 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. House Finch**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Mourning Dove
8. Lesser Goldfinch**
9. Northern Flicker
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. European Starling
13. Black-billed Magpie**
14. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

15. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel

*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Shady Morn

Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Black-capped chickadee and sunflower seeds, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 October 2021.
Black-capped chickadee (dining on sunflower seeds).

Hiked early today—not summertime early, but certainly autumn early. About three-fourths of my hike with dog occurred in shade of the mountain, as did most of my bird sightings.

Among them, more kinglets, robins juncos, and yellow-rumps moving through (although not as many as yesterday). Plus, a Mountain Cottontail.

Here’s hoping tomorrow’s hike is as enjoyable.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:31 a.m. (8:31 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Snowbirds

Friday, October 15th, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2021.
Rock Wren.

And I don’t mean just juncos (although there were a bunch of those). Today’s nippy. cloudless hike with Captain Jack was a fun one. A cold-and-snowy snap combined with a dwindling photoperiod has kept the migrants moving right along.

Scores of robins today, plus the usual ’rumps, kinglets, and the aforementioned juncos. But also a young sharpy and—last but not least—a solitary Rock Wren. Pretty sure it’s the first of the species I’ve ever seen surrounded by (semi-fresh) snow.

I kinda wish every morning could be like this one. (Not really, but what an inspiration.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:06 a.m. (9:06 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Pine Siskin
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Northern Flicker
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Rock Wren

Elsewhere

16. Townsend’s Solitaire
17. Song Sparrow

(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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