20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’

Clarity

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.).

Snowed a tiny bit overnight, and the temperature still hovered right about freezing when dog and I headed up the trail. Nearly cloudless sky, though, so—once the sun topped the ridge—melting commenced.

Meanwhile, we encountered a bunch more migrants, no doubt spurred on by the extra chill.

Many yellow-rumps, quite a few kinglets, a little gang of sparrows, surprisingly few juncos, and a solitary Cooper’s Hawk. (Also a solitaire Townsend’s Solitaire, which was fun to see.)

Sky, chill, migrants—ah, the clarity of a season’s change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m. (9:58 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
16. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Gull

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

After the rains

Saturday, October 9th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco in a Utah Juniper, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 October 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco in a Utah Juniper.

Thought there might be a break in the rain so dog and I could hike this morning, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, we waited until afternoon, when the (welcome) precipitation finally moved away. A nippy—40 degrees (F)—stroll, with more birds than I imagined there’d bee.

Notable were three hawks: a solitary Cooper’s drifting low over the deer trails; a pair of red-tails perched down below the bluff, on their favorite cell tower.

Tomorrow, I hear, will bring no consequential rain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 12:56 a.m. (11:56 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie (v)
4. Song Sparrow** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. American Robin
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Not Quite Fall

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 September 2021.
Chipping Sparrow.

Chilly morning again, but with a flock of sheep in the sky. More yellow-rumps moving through, flickers calling, chippies sneaking around. I thought sure I saw a raven soaring high in the sky, but photos revealed it was a Cooper’s Hawk (second time that’s happened).

Since dog and I hike in morning, today’s birds were the final birds of summer. Tomorrow’s will be the first birds of fall.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:25 a.m. (8:25 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Black-billed Magpie
8. American Robin
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Northern Flicker
12. Lesser Goldfinch*
13. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

14. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(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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