18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘golden eagle’

Eagle

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Decided to hike with Captain Jack earlier this morning, to compare with yesterday (a similar morning). Was much quieter than yesterday to start—but then things got interesting in a hurry.

First I watched an eagle fly above us, headed for a ridge to the north. I watched it touch down on a rock and begin to preen. Then I heard the solitaire again. And then a flock of what I’m pretty sure were redpolls—but I couldn’t tell for sure from their calls. Then we came upon a random Mourning Dove (first in a good while). Finally, on our return, I spied a secretive bird with an eye ring: a Hermit Thrush. Did not expect one of those at this time of year.

Searched for the old Garmin I dropped on the trail yesterday. Found it right on the trail. (Not sure how I missed it yesterday.) And as we headed back down to the switchback, the eagle was still there.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:04 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Golden Eagle
7. Northern Flicker** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

A Little Action

Monday, January 10th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 January 2022
Northern Flicker.

This nippy, sub-freezing, cloudless morning began with a lot of quiet. No birds to start, very few birds after a good half-hour (none seen)—and then the sun warmed the landscape, and we got a little action.

Quite a little, in fact: finches, corvids (the Steller’s Jay again), finches, a distant eagle. A few even posed for pics.

My favorite photo, though, was of the first bird I saw: a flicker, in flight, headed up the foothills alongside dog and me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:24 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Northern Flicker
4. Black-billed Magpie
5. House Finch**
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Lesser Goldfinch
9. Golden Eagle
10. Steller’s Jay (v)
11. American Robin (v)

Elsewhere

12. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Good Day

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
Common Redpolls, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 January 2022.
Common Redpolls.

A warmish—high-30s (F)—overcast morning, last one before a stretch of precipitation (or so they say). Didn’t know what to expect to find up the switchback. Turned out to be a good day.

Along with the usual winter birds, I heard the solitaire again, then spied three soaring eagles, then heard (and saw) more robins, then encountered more deer than yesterday, and finally just stood on the trail and watched as a nice-sized flock of redpolls showed up.

Seems my redpoll reports are appearing in eBird as rare sightings. Today, I saw more than ever. Certainly a nice little irruption of the species this winter this year.

Depending on the weather, I might end my two-plus-year hiking streak tomorrow. We shall see, dog and I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:36 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Black-billed Magpie**
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
8. Golden Eagle
9. American Robin*
10. Common Redpoll

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Spotted Towhee (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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