22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Cedar waxwing’


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

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*


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


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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


Monday, October 12th, 2020
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2020.
Mourning Dove.

On this bright, nippy morning’s hike with dog, I happened upon quite a few bird species. But I want to single out just one: Mourning Dove.

Late in our hike, we came around a shady curve and into a section of sun—when I saw a flutter and heard whistling wings. I just had a glimpse, but I knew what it was. Except I hadn’t seen where it’d flown. Took a few more steps, and again the dove (about ten feet in front of us on the trail) fluttered a short distance away. This time it posed for a photo.

A couple more steps and it whistled down into the shady canyon somewhere. The other species were fun and/or challenging—but for some reason I appreciated our encounter with the dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Pine Siskin
6. Northern Flicker**
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Juniper Titmouse
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Golden Eagle
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Mourning Dove
16. Chipping Sparrow


17. Cedar Waxwing (v)
18. Song Sparrow (v)

(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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