18 September 2021

Posts Tagged ‘European starling’

A Day

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 September 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

A few clouds this morning, just enough to make for some hazy sun early. Cool, but not as cool as the past few mornings. Still smoky air.

Very quiet along our usual hiking trails: nine species, not many of each. Afterward, doing errands in town, listed another nine species—including a vee of geese, three vultures, swallo, gull, and starling.

However, my best photo came early, thanks to a visit by a chatty scrub-jay.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:10 a.m. (8:10 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Eurasian Collared-dove
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird

Elsewhere

10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mourning Dove
13. European Starling
14. Canada Goose
15. California Gull
16. Turkey Vulture
17. Barn Swallow
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

Neighbors

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

On clear cool quiet September mornings, it’s nice to have a photogenic neighborhood bird or two in the neighborhood.

Another quiet morning hike with dog. Similar to yesterday—few posing species, a couple missed hpotos, two or three silently flitting migrants that I didn’t get a good look at.

But on our return, a house or two from home, I stopped the truck, grabbed my camera, and got a photo of a pretty good-lookin’ quail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:14 a.m. (8:14 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird
3. American Robin
4. House Finch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Sharp-shinned Hawk
7. European Starling
8. Eurasian Collared-dove*
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-capped Chickadee**
12. Green-tailed Towhee

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

Thrasher

Friday, August 27th, 2021
Sage Thrasher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2021.
Sage Thrasher.

Trouble operating my GoPro for the second straight day—this time, I managed to set it for “night lapse.” Sheesh. (Tomorrow I’ll do a careful equipment check.) Compared to yesterday, at least, it was a quiet morning, with not a lot of excitement, nor many photo opportunities.

Except toward the end, when I happened to spot a bird perched on some bare scrub-oak twigs. And for the second straight August day, I had a first-of-year species.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Eurasian Collared-dove
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Western Tanager
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Accipiter (sp)
13. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. American Goldfinch
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. American Robin (v)
18. Sage Thrasher†

Elsewhere

19. Black-billed Magpie
20. European Starling
21. American Crow
22. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

 
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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