21 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Cassin’s finch’

Cassin’ses

Thursday, January 14th, 2021
Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finches.
Cassin’s Finch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finch (male).

I’d lived here in Utah about a year before I saw my first (ever) Cassin’s Finch. In the past few months, I’ve seen a bunch of ’em.

From what I understand, they tend to wander around in flocks, depending on food, weather, and/or reasons known only to themselves. They’ve been hanging around a lot lately, though, and I’m glad. I like the way they look—all clean-cut and stylish looks. I also like their habit of letting me approach nearer than other finches do. Makes for some nice photos.

I also like Lesser Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, and House Finches (in their original native habitat, unlike those back in Maine). But I’ve kind of got a crush on Cassin’s.

(Saw a dozen today.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:09 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
6. Spotted Towhee*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Golden Eagle
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Cassin’s Finch

Elsewhere

11. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel

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

Cottontail

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2021.
Mountain Cottontail.

A hazy, mostly overcast, relatively bird-free morning. Oh, I heard or got glimpses of several bird species, but most were laying low (or perched on wires in the distance). However, I got a nice look at a mammal.

For a few seasons I’ve been watching the Mountain Cottontails that live in and around the old Monarch limestone quarry up at the bluff. Mostly dog and I have encountered them in early morning when the days are longer (although I usually have to point them out for Jack)—but today we spooked one at the quarry.

As I’ve noticed they sometimes do, this one dashed like lightning up a snowy trail and behind a tangle of bushes—then, out of sight, stopped there. All I had to do was creek around to where I had a view of the other side of the tangles to grab a photo or two.

Hawks and eagles and coyotes (even a weasel) also stop by the quarry area, aware of the prospect of potential meals. But the cottontail population seems pretty healthy to me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:10 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Cassin’s Finch
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Spotted Towhee**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
8. European Starling
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Mourning Dove

Elsewhere

11. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

Finches

Saturday, January 9th, 2021
Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finches.
House Finch in the yard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 January 2021.
House Finch in the yard.

The skies during this morning’s hike were mostly overcast at first, then clearing came and the sun emerged, then more clouds came. Birds were fickle, too—a few chickadees and a titmouse, a couple corvids, then a big batch more chickadees and some towhees.

Most interesting were finches. I heard house finches, then spied a pair of finches that sounded different but were too far away to ID. “Wonder if those are Cassin’s Finches,” I thought at the time.

Later, after downloading photos, I could confirm.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:09 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel

(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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