21 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Europan starling’


Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A pleasant, quick, relatively low-key hike with dog this nippy morning. Quite a few bird species, although not that many individuals. Heard its tapping, then spied my Downy Woodpecker friend (the male), heard the raspy call of a Mountain Chickadee. One moment stood out, though.

We were standing on the bluff overlooking the neighborhood, where sometimes I spot a cool bird or two. Heard a finch, spied a scrub-jay carrying a peanut, heard a Townsend’s Solitaire. Wait—that latter was rather unusual for the residential streets below, but it sure sounded like the sweet, clear, repeated territorial note of the species.

Knowing a solitaire’s tendency to perch in high places, I grabbed my binocs and scanned the treetops in the residential yards far below. There, a slim gray bird. Looked like it might be… Took up my camera and fired off a few shots just as it flew, revealing those telltale white underwing stripes.

A solitaire after all.

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

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


12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. European Starling
14. Rock Pigeon
15. California Gull


Red Squirrel (v)

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

Long Climb

Friday, March 13th, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 March 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first-of-year).
Jack at high altitude, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 March 2020.
Jack at high altitude.

On this cool, breezy, overcast morning, dog and I embarked on a long climb. Decided to fulfill a promise I’d been making for a while—specifically, “We’re gonna climb up to that ridge one of these days.”

And we did.

I’d guess it was at least double our usual ascent, and with a much more expansive view. After we topped the rocky ridge, we got a look at a little dip beyond, where about a dozen elk were grazing. It was a fun hike.

Back down in our usual haunts, I spied my first-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m. (DST), I hiked several hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Chukar (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Northern Flicker
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†


11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. European Starling
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. Red-tailed Hawk


Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Few birds up the mountainside this windy, mostly overcast morning. Windiest day I can recall since my move to Utah. (I kind of loved it.) The highlight was a scrub-jay that popped up right in front of us, dog and me.

Supposed to have showers tomorrow—first precipitation in a fortnight or more.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee*
3. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*

4. House Finch
5. Eurasian Collared Dove
6. California Quail
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
8. Rock Pigeon
9. European Starling
10. House Sparrow (v)

v = Voice only
*Also 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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