15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘chukar’

Goshawk

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Northern Goshawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 November 2020.
Northern Goshawk.
Downy Woodpecker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker.

Yesterday I decided we’d hike the ridge trail on Thanksgiving this morning, Jack and me. Snowed an inch or two overnight, though, and I thought—Nah. However, when we reached the big ’ol switchback, I changed my mind. We did the hike.

Before that, though, early in our hike, when I didn’t imagine I’d see anything too interesting, what should appear in the Russian olive tree but a Northern Goshawk. Third-ever bird of this species I’ve had, all in this particular patch.

Up the ridge, I spied a solitaire, heard Chukars—and I kept losing one or the other of my new ice grips. [I’d had this brand before, and they were fine, but something changed, apparently.] Didn’t really need them (eventually just took ’em off), but three times I had to retrace my steps to track down the lost grip. Once descending a couple hundred feet, at least. The hike took a good hour longer than usual on account of it.

But, kind of surprisingly, it was totally worth it—spending that extra time up a mountain with my dog.

Thankful.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m. (MST), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. American Robin (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Northern Goshawk
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Chukar (v)
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Juniper Titmouse (v)
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

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

A Very Fine Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Canyon Wren.

A calm, nearly cloudless morning with chillier temps (20s (F)) than yesterday—and a bunch of nice surprises to discover. The first being a Canyon Wren in the rocky cavity up near the bluff. I heard it first, remembered the call from early spring, and managed even to spy the little energetic bird.

Soon after that sighting, I decided we should climb up to the ridge where the cairn stands—where I’d seen (from a distance) that it’d partly fallen in on account of (I assume) a few very windy days. It’d been a couple-three months, at least. Past time.

And it was a grand climb, a lovely view. I repaired the cairn (more or less), and dog and I ascended a couple hundred feet above it, sat a spell, then came back down (during which descent I heard—then spotted—a couple Chukars) and finally hiked a stretch of our usual trail, for good measure.

Good measure turned out to be a Sharp-shinned Hawk, perched low in the scrub not far away, casting about for voles or juncos until a trail runner jogged by.

All in all a very fine day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m. (MST), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Pine Siskin (v)
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. American Robin** (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Canyon Wren
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chukar
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)

Elsewhere

14. American Kestrel

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Buntings, Revisited

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Lazuli Bunting (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 June 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (female), collecting dog hairs at the Pipeline Overlook.

Lazuli Buntings are small, vocal, attractive, birds—and the most common species in my patch. You’d think I’d begin to take them for granted. But no.

Lazuli Bunting (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 June 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (male).

During this morning’s long, high hike with Captain Jack, we encountered a bunch of lazulis. Singing males (as usual), and furtive females. Upon topping the switchback that leads to the terminus of the Pipeline Trail we accidentally snuck up on a pair at the overlook. The female was hopping about in the rocks, plucking up dog hairs—lots and lots of dogs accompany their humans up there—shooing away the randy male who flitted nearby.

I counted twenty-three buntings on today’s two-and-a-half hour, three-and-a-third mile excursion. I’m sure I missed a few.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. American Robin*
5. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Orange-crowned Warbler
13. Chukar (v)
14. Western Tanager (v)
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Warbling Vireo (v)

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
18. 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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