27 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘California gull’

Town Birds

Monday, January 11th, 2021
Song Sparrow in the yard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2021.
Song Sparrow in the yard.

Was a quiet hike with dog this morning. Had only eight species on my trail list, and I saw only half of those. (Just one—a scrub-jay—posed for photos.) But this was an errand day, and between the in-town birds and yard birds, I ended up with a nice variety.

Gull, geese, and starlings in town. And in the yard, a Golden-crowned Kinglet for the second straight day (heard this time) along with glimpses of the resident Song Sparrow. A good day today.

Anybody’s guess what tomorrow will bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:02 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. California Quail* (v)

Elsewhere

9. House Finch
10. European Starling
11. California Gull
12. Canada Goose
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
14. Song Sparrow

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Ravens

Thursday, December 17th, 2020
Pair of ravens, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 December 2020.
Two of three ravens.

This morning’s hike began in drizzle which turned straight away to snow flurries. It was moist, it was breezy. But soon enough the mist rolled away to reveal… quite a few birds.

Mostly the usual suspects—including several great flocks of juncos—but during our return trip, I looked up to see three ravens sailing around in what had turned into a gusty wind. Right away they sailed directly overhead to check us out, then veered off toward the south, dipping and twirling and doing somersaults.

That’s all. Just wanted to tell you about the ravens.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. American robin (v)
5. Spotted Towhee*
6. Downy Woodpecker
8. Dark-eyed Junco*
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Pine Siskin**
11. Lesser Goldfinch
12. House Finch
13. Cassin’s Finch
14. Mountain Chickadee

Elsewhere

15. Rock Pigeon
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. California Gull
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

November’s End

Monday, November 30th, 2020
Downy Woodpecker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker in the burnt patch.

A bit warmer this morning, mostly cloudless again, but with a breeze. Dog and I had a lovely hike—mostly in the mountain shade. Saw and/or heard a bunch of birds, but had very few photo ops.

Getting pretty familiar with the little male Downy Woodpecker whom we meet in the burnt patch nearly every morning. Yesterday, he seemed a little pissed that w hung around so longed and finally tired of our company, but today it seemed preoccupied with the job of excavating charred scrub oak trunks.

Later, I a glimpse of a Juniper Titmouse (another familiar bid).

Hard to believe tomorrow will be December already.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Juniper Titmouse
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

12. Rock Pigeon
13. California Gull
14. European Starling
15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Song Sparrow (v)

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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