27 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘California quail’

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

The Titmouse

Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 January 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

So, I have a thing for the Juniper Titmouse. It took me a while to spot one here over the past 18 months—not until I learned its bubbly, staccato call did I began to observe its behavior, learn its habits. I’m pretty sure, in fact that I’ve never seen one without first hearing its voice.

So it was a treat to hear that voice at the trailhead this morning, before dog and I had even begun our climb up the switchback. Better yet, it flitted over in our direction (they tend to be rather shy) and posed for photos.

A good Sunday hike (including visits with three groups of hiking friends), and a nice selection of birds. But the highlight happened right at the start.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:04 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Juniper Titmouse
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Northern Flicker
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

11. European Starling
12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
14. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Tiny Surprise

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 January 2021.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Good hike with Captain Jack this morning. just the two of us for most of it—the two of us, plus a fair assortment of local birds. A Juniper Titmouse near the trailhead, the Red-tailed Hawk on its cell-tower perch below the bluff, a gang of chickadees accompanying us up Coyote Canyon.

Was especially nice to see my Downy Woodpecker friend after a couple days away.

Later, at home, I happened to be in the front yard with Jack when I heard the distinctive chatter of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and spotted it flitting into the foliage along the fence. It even popped out for a candid photo.

My experience of 2021 has been OK so far.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:01 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch (v)
2. Juniper Titmouse (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Spotted Towhee*
10. California Quail (v)
11. Pine Siskin
12. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. European Starling

(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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