22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘California quail’

Fun Hike

Sunday, April 18th, 2021
Juniper TItmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 April 2021.
Juniper TItmouse.

Fun hike with dog this morning—a cloudless morning, as forecast. Dry trails, nice birds (albeit fewer numbers than yesterday). Did get a good, near peek at a bird I could not quickly identify (haven’t yet checked my GoPro video), and also a one-eyed Cooper’s Hawk, but the best part was pestering another Juniper Titmouse until it finally posed for photos.

Migrants coming within the next week or two. Woo-hoo!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m. (8:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Juniper Titmouse
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
12. Mountain Chickadee

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. California Quail
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Turkey Vulture

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

Clear

Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Raven overflight, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 April 2021.
Raven overflight.

As forecast, the day dawned clear. Nippy still, but much dryer trails. Bunches of birdies, too—nearly 50 of them robins.

A raven flew over, had a nice look at a solitaire, two starlings flew by (unusual), and a goodly amount of towhees. Also stopped to chat with some early-rising human (and dog) friends.

Tomorrow being Sunday—and having a similar forecast—we can maybe expect more of the same.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Townsend’s Solitaire
5. Northern Flicker
6. Common Raven
7. European Starling
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch*
11. Juniper Titmouse (v)
12. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Mourning Dove
16. California Quail
17. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Courtship

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
Scrub-jays in love, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 April 2021.
Scrub-jays in love.

A windy night last night, and down around freezing this morning. I didn’t head up to the trailhead with dog until 8 o’clock (9 DST)—and still the wind was howling.

But once we got up under the ridges, the air calmed, and the sun warmed us—and a list I expected to comprise five or six species ended up with eleven. The usual suspects, true, and not in great numbers. But I got to see a courtship ritual between a pair of Woodhouse’s Scrub-jays: the male appeared with a bit of nest fluff (more like a hair or filament) and delivered it to the female. Really rather touching.

Only a week or so before new arrivals come.

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

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

Elsewhere

12. Song Sparrow
13. California Quail
14. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(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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