1 March 2021

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

Ridge Hike

Sunday, February 28th, 2021
Captain Jack on the ridge, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 February 2021.
Captain Jack on the ridge.

On something of a lark, we did the ridge hike this morning, dog and I. a couple more inches of snow had fallen overnight, but the ascent up the switchback proved easy enough. However, it appeared only one other hiker had topped the ridge—and the snow was deep up there.

So it took us a good while. But the scenery was lovely, and we a had the company of deer. Not many birds—and one of them I heard uttering a call that I did not recognize. Got only a distant view of it flying away.

The rest of the day was rather a lazy one for dog and me

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m. (MST), some 1,200 hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. American Robin** (v)
6. Black-billed Magpie**
7. Spotted Towhee**
8. Chukar (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

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

Slim Pickin’s

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 January 2021.
Black-billed Magpie.
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 January 2021.
Spotted Towhee.

Clear morning, temps in the 20s (F), earlier sun (by minutes), half moon. Met no one else on the frosty trail—and not many bird species, either.

However, a towhee posed for me, and I got one pic of a magpie in flight.

Altogether, however, a lovely hike with Jack, my dog.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:06 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-billed Magpie
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
5. Spotted Towhee*
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco**
8. European Starling*

Elsewhere

9. Downy Woodpecker

Mammals

Red squirrel

(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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