20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

Fall Sweet

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

The forecast called for rain for most of the day, and the morning was lowery and drippy—but from the time dog and I headed up the switchback until we jumped back in the truck, all we saw were some very light flurries of snow.

Well, that wasn’t all we saw—there were a bunch of birds. Migrating robins and yellow-rumpes, a pair of White-crowned Sparrows, many finches, a circling redtail, and, in distant flight, a random, solitary Canada Goosed.

The held the pungent aroma of autumn, and the temperature was chilly (but not too chilly)—and the feeling in the breeze was fall sweet.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:41 a.m. (9:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. House Finch**
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Black-billed Magpie
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Spotted Towhee
8. American Robin
9. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
10. Northern Flicker* (v)
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Canada Goose
13. White-crowned Sparrow
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch**


15. Song Sparrow


Rock Squirrel

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

A Day

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 September 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

A few clouds this morning, just enough to make for some hazy sun early. Cool, but not as cool as the past few mornings. Still smoky air.

Very quiet along our usual hiking trails: nine species, not many of each. Afterward, doing errands in town, listed another nine species—including a vee of geese, three vultures, swallo, gull, and starling.

However, my best photo came early, thanks to a visit by a chatty scrub-jay.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:10 a.m. (8:10 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Eurasian Collared-dove
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird


10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mourning Dove
13. European Starling
14. Canada Goose
15. California Gull
16. Turkey Vulture
17. Barn Swallow
18. California Quail


Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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


Friday, April 16th, 2021
Spotted Towhee (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 April 2021.
Spotted Towhee (female).

Another wet, nippy morning—but only a little light snow falling. Got busy early, so dog and I didn’t head up until later than usual. Just us up there, aside from a bunch of unseen deer and a cottontail and a whole bunch of birds.

Numbers, not species—although I did happen to spy a pair of Canada Geese headed north. Saw at least forty robins and half as many juncos. Watched quietly for a while as chickadees cleaned out a nest cavity for imminent use. A Cooper’s Hawk was near their nest, and the scrub-jays have gone pretty quiet—nesting also, I’d wager.

Quite a few Spotted Towhees, too, as usual. I’ve learned to tell the males from females, the former being quite black on top, and the latter being very dark brown. Eastern Towhees are a breeze by comparison.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:40 a.m. (9:40d MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Juniper Titmouse
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee*
10. Canada Goose
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*


13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. Mourning Dove
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. European Starling


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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