28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘golden eagle’

Dove

Monday, October 12th, 2020
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2020.
Mourning Dove.

On this bright, nippy morning’s hike with dog, I happened upon quite a few bird species. But I want to single out just one: Mourning Dove.

Late in our hike, we came around a shady curve and into a section of sun—when I saw a flutter and heard whistling wings. I just had a glimpse, but I knew what it was. Except I hadn’t seen where it’d flown. Took a few more steps, and again the dove (about ten feet in front of us on the trail) fluttered a short distance away. This time it posed for a photo.

A couple more steps and it whistled down into the shady canyon somewhere. The other species were fun and/or challenging—but for some reason I appreciated our encounter with the dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

17. Cedar Waxwing (v)
18. Song Sparrow (v)

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

Fall Migration

Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Kestrel departing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Kestrel departing.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.
Golden Eagle stooping, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2020.

Nippy this morning, with a breeze. Got me thinking I might find some migration activity on the trail with dog. And I did: several Yellow-rumped Warblers, a random Dark-eyed Junco, bunch of towhees still, and a first-of-fall Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Also a couple raptors today. Spied a pair of Golden Eagles between our trail and the (still burning) Neff’s Canyon fire, and at the end of our hike, a kestrel appeared out of nowhere and headed east toward higher elevations.

I do love fall migration.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin**
3. Spotted Towhee**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Northern Flicker
7. House Finch*
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Pine Siskin
11. Golden Eagle
12. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Something in the Air

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 September 2020.
Golden Eagle.

The equinox. Autumn began today about 9:30 a.m. (MDT). Coincidentally, a stout wind blew, and the leaves of oak and maple (especially maple) were blowing around like little birds. I could smell fall in the air.

I could also smell smoke in the air—and saw some billowing puffs rising in the southeast above the Millcreek Ridge. I’d assumed at first the fire burned in Millcreek Canyon, but it turned out to be Neff’s Canyon, next one over. It’d started as about a 10 acre fire but by late afternoon had grown to sixty. Planes and helicopters in the air.

Also in the air: a pair of golden eagles. They flew south, slowly, against the wind, their winds held in place, never moving.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
2. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker** (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Lesser Goldfinch*
11. Hummingbird (sp)
12. Golden Eagle
13. Mountain Chickadee
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Red squirrel (v)

(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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