25 February 2021

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’

Successful Day

Saturday, February 20th, 2021
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 February 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

Any day when I get to stalk a Townsend’s Solitaire I count as a good day. It happened this morning (for about the fifth or sixth time) in little wooded Coyote Canyon (where it’s nearly always happened), which dog and I ascended for the first time since the last big snow. Followed the deer tracks up there heard the bird’s faint but lovely song winter song—almost as if its practicing for spring—and it didn’t take a lot of looking to spot it.

Pretty sure it’s the same bird I’ve stalked at least a couple-three times before.

Elsewhere deer—including a deer hiding in scrub oak very near the trail, which, when I observed it, had a magpie walking along its back. Guessing it was after mites or ticks or something.

Also saw a Cooper’s Hawk. All in all, a real successful one.

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

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. Song Sparrow* (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Spotted Towhee* (v)
7. Cooper’s Hawk
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Northern Flicker
10. Townsend’s Solitaire
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. American Robin* (v)

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Precipitation

Saturday, February 13th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2021.
Mountain Chickadee.

Had snow in the forecast, but starting as rain. And sure enough, it was drizzling pretty steadily when Jack and I reached the trailhead this morning. After we’d climbed a couple hundred feet through mud and drizzle, the drizzle turned to flurries.

More juncos than anything today, at least three dozen, twittering and chirping in the watery landscape. Saw the hawk again (same tree, intended to check, got distracted, no photo). And back down toward the neighborhood, I heard—then saw—a Mountain Chickadee.

We love a good wet, muddy winter hike, my dog and I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:59 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

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

Soggy Hawk

Friday, February 12th, 2021
Rain-soaked Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 February 2021.
Rain-soaked Cooper’s Hawk.

We had a late hike this morning, Captain Jack and I—part of it in the rain. Light rain, and only steady for fifteen minutes or so, but we got a little wet. But then the rain stopped, and we continued along our usual route, muddy though it was.

Didn’t expect many birds, but fairly many there: juncos lurking under the big Russian olive tree, a swift flock of robins, a talkative titmouse, a surprise raven. Also a soaking wet Cooper’s Hawk. We got near the hawk before I saw it and it flapped up the slope a ways and perched on a snag, where it sat soaking and fluffing and scratching its chin.

The unseasonably warm, wet landscape was beautiful. The colors popped. I do love a rainy day. Tomorrow we’re supposed to get snow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:14 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Common Raven
6. American Robin*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Lesser Goldfinch**
11. Song Sparrow** (v)
12. Juniper Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. European Starling
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)

(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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