20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Eurasian collared dove’

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

Titmouse

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

What an unexpectedly action-packed hike this morning—bird action, that is. All started quietly (breezy, cool, mountain-shady), but as soon as we topped the switchback, dog and I, we found ourselves surrounded. By birds, that is.

A flock of a dozen towhees. Finches and robins and juncos and a flicker and a singing White-crowned Sparrow (immature), all within view at once. A Red-tailed Hawk on the utility pole I check every morning in case there’s a red-tail perching there. (Been at least a couple months.) Another Steller’s Jay up in the junipers.

Speaking of junipers, though, the little bird that stands out most is the chattery, nondescript Juniper Titmouse we happened upon. It’s only been a couple weeks or so since I saw my first of this species, but after a sighting or two nearly every day since, I now know what to look and listen for.

And today, one flitted up right in front of me and posed.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

20. Eurasian Collared Dove

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

Pre-ci-pi-ta-a-tion

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

As forecast, it rained this early morning. Not a lot, but enough to make things good and damp for a while. And up in the peaks—snow.

Lovely skies, but quiet birding. Still, what I did see and hear gave me pleasure. And a couple of halfway decent photos. Most fun were a bunch of juncos, another Mountain Chickadee, a couple yellow-rumps, and three White-crowned Sparrows (an adult and two juvies).

All will be dry again in the morning, but it seems a coldish snap has taken hold. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Eurasian Collared Dove

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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