25 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘golden-crowned kinglet’

Town Birds

Monday, January 11th, 2021
Song Sparrow in the yard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2021.
Song Sparrow in the yard.

Was a quiet hike with dog this morning. Had only eight species on my trail list, and I saw only half of those. (Just one—a scrub-jay—posed for photos.) But this was an errand day, and between the in-town birds and yard birds, I ended up with a nice variety.

Gull, geese, and starlings in town. And in the yard, a Golden-crowned Kinglet for the second straight day (heard this time) along with glimpses of the resident Song Sparrow. A good day today.

Anybody’s guess what tomorrow will bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:02 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. California Quail* (v)

Elsewhere

9. House Finch
10. European Starling
11. California Gull
12. Canada Goose
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
14. Song Sparrow

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

The Titmouse

Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 January 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

So, I have a thing for the Juniper Titmouse. It took me a while to spot one here over the past 18 months—not until I learned its bubbly, staccato call did I began to observe its behavior, learn its habits. I’m pretty sure, in fact that I’ve never seen one without first hearing its voice.

So it was a treat to hear that voice at the trailhead this morning, before dog and I had even begun our climb up the switchback. Better yet, it flitted over in our direction (they tend to be rather shy) and posed for photos.

A good Sunday hike (including visits with three groups of hiking friends), and a nice selection of birds. But the highlight happened right at the start.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:04 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Juniper Titmouse
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Northern Flicker
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

11. European Starling
12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
14. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Kinglet(s)

Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 November 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

This morning’s hike started out about like yesterday’s—quiet, the usual suspects, etc.—but on a lark I decided we’d do the loop up along the ridge overlooking Millcreek Canyon. It’d been a while.

Captain Jack was game, and the weather was cool (actually tied my sweatshirt around my waist once we got into the sunlight, as a T-shirt was plenty). Turned out to be a fruitful hike. For instance, up on the ridge, I’d stopped to watch a distant bird, when a Townsend’s Solitaire flitted up and perched on the tip of a juniper just below us.

(That’s often how it happens—and especially with solitaires.)

Then, descending down shady Coyote Canyon, I heard what sounded like a Golden-Crowned Kinglet among some conifers. Hadn’t educated myself on whether that species frequents this area, but this sounded exactly like the golden-crowned voices I knew from Maine. Ended up hearing it five or six times and was convinced that’s what it was—pending a little research.

Sure enough, they’re year-round residents of this area—yet this was the first I’d heard here. Maybe they stick to the upper coniferous regions or something.

(Spied a couple Ruby-crowned Kinglets also. A kinglet kind of day.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Juniper Titmouse (v)
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Mountain Chickadee (v)
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

 
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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