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Excavators

Sunday, April 17th, 2022
Chickadee excavation techniques, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 April 2022.
Chickadee excavation techniques.

On the chilly morning of a warm day, dog and I had a lovely hike up in the foothills. Some nice sightings of bird species doing interesting things. (E.g., a Chukar calling from high on a ridge.) A few decent photos, too. A lot of spring things for Jack to smell.

Interesting to me was watching a pair of chickadees excavating a nest about halfway up the gully trail. We we got to their nest cavity, I didn’t see or hear the birds at all—which I attributed was due to a Cooper’s Hawk nearby—and sure enough a Cooper’s took wing, calling, and then the chickadees showed up, taking turns entering the hole and exiting with mouthfuls of chipped wood. (While in there, I could hear their excavations.)

Lots of birds at home, too. For possibly the first day this season, there was no trace of deep-seated doubt that spring is here.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Eurasian Collared-dove
2. Pine Siskin**
3. American Robin*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. House Finch*
7. Song Sparrow* (v)
8. Northern Flicker*
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Chukar
13. California Quail* (v)
14. Hairy Woodpecker
15. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. House Sparrow
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Wave of Kinglets

Sunday, April 10th, 2022
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 April 2022.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Only a degree or two above freezing this morning when dog and I headed up the trail. Breezy, too—windy almost. But mostly sunny (with a few big billowy clouds), and it’s always calmer under the ridge.

Quite a few bird species heard or seen, including a little wave of Ruby-crowned Kinglets. First I heard one while we were climbing the little shady gully (a.k.a., Coyote Canyon). Its voice was coming from up the south side where a bunch of deer were hanging out. Then, on the deer trail up closer to the deer, I heard (then saw) a pair if kinglets poking about in a juniper. Those two flew away, but two more showed up in another tree.

Finally, on our return, I heard (then saw) a sixth one flitting about in the scrub oak. More evidence of spring migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:52 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Northern Flicker** (v)
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Chukar (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Black-billed Magpie
12. California Quail** (v)
13. Song Sparrow* (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. European Starling
19. Red-tailed Hawk
20. Turkey Vulture

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

High Elevation

Friday, April 8th, 2022
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 April 2022.
Townsend’s Solitaire at 7,000 feet.

A cool but sunny morning, destined to be a warm midday, and for some reason dog and I headed up to the eastern ridge—and kept right on going. I didn’t bring a lot of water, but I guessed (correctly) that there’d be snow up there, so Jack had plenty of water. Even thought of continuing up to Grandeur Peak again, but we’re two years older now, and both have semi-creaky joints.

So we stopped at about 7,500 feet.

But what an accomplishment. We both felt it. We also felt a few aches and pains—but there was scenery, there were smells, there were birds and deer and distances.

Hell of a hike. Dog’s been snoozin’, and I had to take an ibuprofen.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked about 2,500 feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin*
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Pine Siskin**
7. Northern Flicker* (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Chukar
10. Townsend’s Solitaire
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Common Raven
13. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. California Quail
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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