15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘common raven’

Ups and Downs

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 December 2020.
Common Raven.
Raven in the blue.

A morning much like yesterday—except I just turned 69. So thankful I can still get around well enough to climb a mountain or two, can hear well enough to hear distant singes, can see well enough to spy a perched bird (or is that a rock?) a half-mile away.

Nippy again—maybe even a degree or two nippier than a day ago—and with just a few wispy clouds drifting overhead. Few birds to start, and not a lot of numbers, but a nice birthday surprise on our return: a raven.

I heard it’s harsh cry high above us, dog and me. I stopped, turned, found it up in the blue, and fire off a mess of photos of it circling and gliding and calling before it drifted away off over the ridge.

Right after that is when I noticed I’d lost one of my ice grips and had I had to retrace my steps about 300 paces down a slippery slope to retrieve it.

Hey, life’s got its ups and downs!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:02 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie (v)
2. House Finch (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Common Raven

Elsewhere

11. American Robin

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

Deck Birds

Sunday, December 20th, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay on the deck rail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 December 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay on the deck rail.

Had a nice hike with Jack this morning, as always. Aside from two ravens in fast flight, the usual bird species. (Lots of juncos.) Beautiful scenery—snow-powdered peaks under mostly cloudy skies. But the most bird action happened right around the house. Specifically on and below my deck.

The deck faces west, with a nice view of the basin (city lights at night) and, beyond, the Oquirrh Mountains. On the deck rail today—three noisy scrub-jays and a junco. Below, a towhee, finches, more juncos. On the utility lines between me and I-215, starlings, pigeons, and a Mourning Dove.

The last full day of fall was a good one, and daylight gets longer starting tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:49 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch**
3. Common Raven
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Spotted Towhee* (v)
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Dark-eyed Junco*
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

11. American Robin (v)
12. Mourning Dove
13. Northern Flicker
14. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Big Birds

Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 November 2020.
Common Raven.
Golden Eagle (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 November 2020.
Golden Eagle (youngster).

A lovely Saturday morning with a dramatic, partly cloudy sky, a half-inch layer of fresh snow, and a slight breeze. The air tasted clean. Few birds to start—although including a Mountain Chickadee (voice only)—but some high excitement toward the end of our hike, dog and me.

My count was ten species when I spied the Bald Eagle above the rocky ridge. It was a young eagle, and I took a bunch of pictures of it in flight. Less then a minute after it sailed away, I saw another soaring shape—a Common Raven. First raven I’ve seen since June, and I really love those guys, so I have to declare that the highlight of the morning.

Nice to see a couple big birds again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
7. Northern Flicker
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Bald Eagle
12. Common Raven
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
**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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