25 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

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

Good Hike

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Good hike, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2020.
Good hike.

Calm today, and chilly. Birds were active again—and the towhees were out again.

Not many photo ops (in fact, most birds on my list were heard, not seen), but a nice variety. Most interesting, arguably, were the geese I heard while down in Coyote Canyon, where I had only a glimpse of a sliver of sky. (All I can say for sure is there were more than one.)

The sky was nice, though, as was the company of the best dog of all time.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker** (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. American Robin** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-billed Magpie**
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch*
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. Canada Goose (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

15. Rock Pigeon
16. Mourning Dove

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

Geese

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Vee of Canada Geese, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 November 2020.
Vee of Canada Geese.
Downy Woodpecker (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (male).

Still warmish this morning, although it started off a little slow. But in a flurry of bird activity, I heard a flicker, spied a robin, and heard the unmistakable call of a skein of Canada Geese overhead—twenty-seven in all.

What followed were the appearances of a dozen additional species—including a handsome male Downy Woodpecker.

Regardless of the happenings in the so-called civilized world, it’s hard to be disappointed or depressed or unhappy on a cool, cloudless November day like this one.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. American Robin
3. Mourning Dove
4. Canada Goose
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Dark-eyed Junco**
9. House Finch**
10. American Goldfinch
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Northern Harrier
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Pine Siskin (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

 
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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