24 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’

Variety

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Pretty good variety this morning, bird-wise. About ten degrees (F) warmer than yesterday in the mountain shade—comfortable walking weather. Things started out rather quiet, but picked up soon enough.

On something of a lark, we followed a few deer trails across unfamiliar slopes, dog and I, which was interesting for both of us. Also followed a Juniper Titmouse around and, at quite a distance, spotted a Steller’s Jay in flight.

Perhaps my favorite bird of the day was an unassuming Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Cooper’s Hawk
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Northern Flicker
8. American Robin
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Mountain Chickadee
11. Pine Siskin**
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Juniper Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

18. Eurasian Collared Dove

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

Hawk and Sparrow

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

A bit warmer this morning, but a favorable northwest-ish wind, and an interesting sky full of clouds. Hardly any birds for the first five minutes, then—pow!

Cooper’s Hawk (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.).

Most fun for me were two young species, both of which made surprise appearances near the trailhead.

First, I’d thought I heard a sparrow near the little old quarry hole but saw nothing. About a minute later, up popped a young White-crowned Sparrow. Then, soon after that, as I was angling to photograph three magpies, a new bird swept in and perched some forty feet away—a young Cooper’s Hawk.

Loved all the other birds, too, of course.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Everywhere Flickers

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Flicker in an olive tree, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 October 2020.
Flicker in an olive tree.

Following yesterday’s big day, this morning’s hike brought sparse bird action—without even a single Yellow-rumped Warbler. One thing it did bring, though, was flickers. Lots and lots of flickers.

Flickers plucking olives from the Russian olive tree. Flickers perched and delivering their bright, declarative call. Flickers, male and female, flapping overhead, gathering in the crowns of little scrub oaks, traveling here and there. Since they don’t properly migrate, perhaps—like the Mountain Chickadees—they simply move around where the food is, readying for certain winter.

Whatever the case, it’s pretty nice to have red-shafted Northern Flickers hanging around.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:27 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker**
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Red-breasted Nuthatch
4. American Robin
5. House Finch**
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
10. Mountain Chickadee
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow
14. Rock Pigeon
15. House Sparrow

(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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