22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Cassin’s finch’

Finchsong

Thursday, April 8th, 2021
Cassin’s Finch (first-year male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 April 2021.
Cassin’s Finch (first-year male).

An earlier hike, the snow is mostly gone. Not much mud on the trails even—and a nice assortment of bird species.

Early on, I heard, behind dog and me, the song of a finch that wasn’t a House Finch. As someone who’s been hoping to learn the song of a Cassin’s Finch, I retreated to get a look. Indeed, a first-year Cassin’s. I got a good listen—even a short video (accompanied by the ever-present rush of highway traffic). I believe I’m close to committing to memory the sounds of its notes and music.

Otherwise, a solitaire, three Mountain Chickadees, cottontail and deer, and a pair of Turkey Vultures (which I first thought were ravens, because I spied them perching on what I’ve dubbed “the raven stone,” because I’ve only seen ravens there).

A warm, cloudless day. Another expected tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:35 a.m. (8:35 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Cassin’s Finch
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Eurasian Collared-dove
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Townsend’s Solitaire
13. Mountain Chickadee
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Lesser Goldfinch*

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Spring Returneth

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
Cassin’s Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 April 2021.
Cassin’s Finch.

Melted snow and sun and insects, cottontail and deer, singing birds in numbers. What a difference a day makes, eh? Another quick hike with Jack—but more like spring, this one.

Fifteen species in all this morning on the hill, and another five elsewhere. Many robins moving through, and first waxwings of the year.

The April chill will remain for a bit, but the photoperiod lengthens.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

16. European Starling
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. House Sparrow
19. Downy Woodpecker
20. Cedar Waxwing†

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Mud Season

Sunday, March 14th, 2021
California Quail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 March 2021.
California Quail.
Juniper TItmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 March 2021.
Juniper TItmouse.

The mud on the trail this morning made a squishy sound beneath my boots, but I didn’t mind. I kind of liked it, the idea that this—here, now, the melting snow of late winter—is where much of the water comes from here in the high desert. Also, I saw a lot of birds.

Saw a gang of Cassin’s Finches and a Cooper’s Hawk right by the trailhead, stalked a Juniper Titmouse until I somehow managed a pic.

The early part of the day was mostly overcast, but in afternoon it got sunny, and I heard the click-click-click! of some quail. Snuck out on the deck and got a photo of a lovely female, perched on a rose bush and sounding that alarm to the rest of her covey.

Less than a week ’til spring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m. (9:57 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Cooper’s Hawk
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. Cassin’s Finch
4. American Robin** (v)
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Spotted Towhee*
9. House Finch** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Juniper Titmouse
12. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian collared-dove (v)
14. California Quail

Mammals

Rock 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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