23 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

Frosted

Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 November 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 November 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

A bit nippier than yesterday, nearly calm, mostly cloudless. No exciting sightings (like yesterday’s owl), but a few fun ones—including a surprise Juniper Titmouse, nice close looks at chickadees. Despite frost whitening the trailside rocks and fallen leaves, plenty of towhees, chickadees, and jays.

Also some nice Saturday conversation with a few trail friends—about the only human interaction I get these days (or, frankly, require).

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. House Finch**
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Juniper Titmouse (v)
11. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Li’l Owl

Friday, November 20th, 2020
Northern Pygmy Owl, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 November 2020.
Northern Pygmy Owl.

The temperature dipped last night, so dog and I enjoyed a brisk, bracing hike. The usually species, mostly—including a young Mountain Cottontail—but my first batch of juncos sparked my interest. They seemed a little more upset with our approach than usual (usually they flit away). I tried to keep track, hoping for a photo.

Saw movement in a juniper ahead of us, pointed my camera in that direction, and saw a cool-looking unfamiliar bird. Some kind of very small hawk or owl. My first Utah owl. I had no idea what it was. I thought perhaps a saw-whet (which species I’ve heard but not seen in person), but the tail seemed too long. Got a bunch of pics and figured I’d look it up when we got back home.

Which I did. My first-ever Northern Pygmy Owl. A tiny terror.

Been a while since I’ve had a lifer. I’ve saved the memory of its sighting for recall in the future.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Juniper Titmouse (v)
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Northern Pygmy Owl‡

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow
14. European Starling
15. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Old Friends

Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.

This warmish, overcast Sunday was awash with sweet, sweet mud. Been a good while since I had to scrape mud off my boots. How nice it is.

Also nice to sped the morning with the local birds, the usual suspects, my new old friends. Magpie, scrub-jay, towhee, junco. Flicker, chickadee, finch, robin. Even the sharpie and American Goldfinch were familiar players in this daily show of mine.

Later, at home, a pair of song sparrows showed up in the ivy, like dessert after a delicious meal.

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. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. House Finch**
5. American Robin
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (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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