14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘California quail’

Excavators

Sunday, April 17th, 2022
Chickadee excavation techniques, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 April 2022.
Chickadee excavation techniques.

On the chilly morning of a warm day, dog and I had a lovely hike up in the foothills. Some nice sightings of bird species doing interesting things. (E.g., a Chukar calling from high on a ridge.) A few decent photos, too. A lot of spring things for Jack to smell.

Interesting to me was watching a pair of chickadees excavating a nest about halfway up the gully trail. We we got to their nest cavity, I didn’t see or hear the birds at all—which I attributed was due to a Cooper’s Hawk nearby—and sure enough a Cooper’s took wing, calling, and then the chickadees showed up, taking turns entering the hole and exiting with mouthfuls of chipped wood. (While in there, I could hear their excavations.)

Lots of birds at home, too. For possibly the first day this season, there was no trace of deep-seated doubt that spring is here.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Eurasian Collared-dove
2. Pine Siskin**
3. American Robin*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. House Finch*
7. Song Sparrow* (v)
8. Northern Flicker*
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Chukar
13. California Quail* (v)
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. House Sparrow
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

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

Springy

Friday, April 15th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A few showers overnight, and more showers this morning, so dog and I waited a bit before embarking on what I knew would be a slippery, muddy hike. Which was awesome. A nice assortment of birds—including a handsome wren, a pair of vultures, the neighborhood redtail. Was also a three-mammal day. Got good and muddy, slipped three or four times, but never fell down.

Also busy at home, bird-wise: quail, sparrows, finches, and robins poking about in the garden. (The robins are doing some major nest-building.) A sunny, warm afternoon.

A springy day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:36 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin**
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch* (v)
6. Rock Wren
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Northern Flicker* (v)
10. Turkey Vulture
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
14. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch
18. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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