15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘golden eagle’

Cassin’ses

Thursday, January 14th, 2021
Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finches.
Cassin’s Finch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finch (male).

I’d lived here in Utah about a year before I saw my first (ever) Cassin’s Finch. In the past few months, I’ve seen a bunch of ’em.

From what I understand, they tend to wander around in flocks, depending on food, weather, and/or reasons known only to themselves. They’ve been hanging around a lot lately, though, and I’m glad. I like the way they look—all clean-cut and stylish looks. I also like their habit of letting me approach nearer than other finches do. Makes for some nice photos.

I also like Lesser Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, and House Finches (in their original native habitat, unlike those back in Maine). But I’ve kind of got a crush on Cassin’s.

(Saw a dozen today.)

(Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:09 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
6. Spotted Towhee*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Golden Eagle
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Cassin’s Finch

Elsewhere

11. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel

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

Eagle in Snow

Thursday, December 31st, 2020
Golden Eagle in profile, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 December 2020.
Golden Eagle on the bluff.

This last morning of a crazy year brought a mixed bag: mist, snow showers, glimpse of sun, Golden Eagle.

The eagle showed up near the end of a quiet hike with Captain Jack—encountered one human friend and one dog friend, few bird species, and few photo ops. Then the snow picked up, and just after I said to Jack, “Guess it’s just six species today,” I spied the eagle. It was soaring low, scanning the landscape for rabbits. Soon enough it disappeared in the mist, and we resumed our descent.

But a couple minutes later, it reappeared, flying with a purpose, very nearby, heading in the opposite direction. I watched it pull up and settle atop the bluff behind us. Retraced my steps in a hurry (losing both ice grips) and managed a few photos of it from below.

Thanks for the 2020 send-off, eagle.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:22 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Finch (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Golden Eagle
8. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Spied an Eagle

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
Golden Eagle on the ridge, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2020.
Golden Eagle on the ridge.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Dog and I hiked for about an hour and a half this morning in the mountain shade. It was a good hike, if light on bird activity—pleasantly nippy, light breeze, lovely scenery. I did meet up with the Downy Woodpecker again. (It’s becoming a daily thing.)

But I might’ve thought of the day as rather uneventful had I not—on our return, about the time the sun reached the trail—seen a curious bird-like shape in the shadow of a juniper way up on the ridge. I figured it’d turn out to be a smaller juniper, as is usually the case. But it was a Golden Eagle.

The eagle sat there, looking around, for at least fifteen minutes or so. Then the last time I glanced up there, it was gone.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Pine Siskin
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Golden Eagle
10. Northern Flicker**

Elsewhere

11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

(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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