20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘chipping sparrow’

Clarity

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.).

Snowed a tiny bit overnight, and the temperature still hovered right about freezing when dog and I headed up the trail. Nearly cloudless sky, though, so—once the sun topped the ridge—melting commenced.

Meanwhile, we encountered a bunch more migrants, no doubt spurred on by the extra chill.

Many yellow-rumps, quite a few kinglets, a little gang of sparrows, surprisingly few juncos, and a solitary Cooper’s Hawk. (Also a solitaire Townsend’s Solitaire, which was fun to see.)

Sky, chill, migrants—ah, the clarity of a season’s change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m. (9:58 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
16. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Gull

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Solitary Chippy

Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 September 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

A quiet hike this morning for dog and me. Oddly—for it being a cool lovely Saturday—we met no other humans or dogs until we’d nearly returned to the trailhead. In fact, the whole hike was pretty quiet, all in all. Except for assorted finches. And yellow-rumps. And a solitary Chipping Sparrow.

(Actually, the chippy was quiet also. But at least it posed for a photo.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Lesser Goldfinch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. American Robin (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Chipping Sparrow

Elsewhere

12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. House Sparrow
14. Black-billed Magpie (v)

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

Not Quite Fall

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 September 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Chilly morning again, but with a flock of sheep in the sky. More yellow-rumps moving through, flickers calling, chippies sneaking around. I thought sure I saw a raven soaring high in the sky, but photos revealed it was a Cooper’s Hawk (second time that’s happened).

Since dog and I hike in morning, today’s birds were the final birds of summer. Tomorrow’s will be the first birds of fall.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:25 a.m. (8:25 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

14. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
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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