30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘California gull’

Springier

Saturday, April 16th, 2022
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 April 2022.
Spotted Towhee.

Overcast and hazy sun this morning. Birds about—plenty of ’em, vocalizing and moving around—although no crazy migrants yet. Breeze was from the southwest, though, so favorable for mogration.

Wren again, nesting chickadees, five kinglets, a Cooper’s. Lots of birds in the neighborhood, too—and in town (including a domestic mallard in Sugar House that I did not list here).

Deer, too, and the voice of a quail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:47 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin**
2. American Robin*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Rock Wren
8. House Finch* (v)
9. California Quail* (v)
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

18. Lesser Goldfinch
16. House Sparrow
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. European Starling
20. Mourning Dove
21. California Gull

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Fun Dozen

Monday, April 4th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Northern Flicker.

Had an early appointment, so Captain Jack and I were late to hit the trail this morning. The early sun had slipped behind a veil of haze—first trace of coming precipitation, I reckon—but the light was good, and there were a dozen bird species to watch and/or listen to.

Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A Rock Wren showed up, which was fun. And gang of fifteen deer surprised us (or me, at least) up amid the junipers. But the funnest moment was when I heard the voices of crows.

In Maine, crows appeared on my list nearly every day, whereas up in the foothills, I think I’ve only listed them a two or three times (I can recall two) in my years here. So I gasped when I heard a caw!—then another. I spied them a few hundred feet above us, eight in all, flying in a loose circle.

Seems I really miss ’em, crows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Eurasian Collared-dove**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. California Quail
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Rock Wren
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch**
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. California Gull
15. European Starling
16. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Quail in the Garden

Monday, March 28th, 2022
California Quail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 March 2021.
California Quail.

Overcast and rather windy this morning. Warm enough—50s (F)—that dog and I both found it comfortable. The birds were less comfortable with the windy conditions, however: only six species today. Among them, notably, was a pair of wind-blown, first-of-year Turkey Vultures.

The deer didn’t mind, though—And in afternoon, in the front garden, a visit by a quail.

(No rain today after all, but the possibility of thundershowers tomorrow.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Turkey Vulture†
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Eurasian Collared-dove* (v)

Elsewhere

7. Song Sparrow
8. Rock Pigeon
9. California Gull
10. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
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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