20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘hairy woodpecker’

Variety

Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 September 2020.
Mourning Dove.

Another day of variety. Another cool-in-the-morning hike with dog, one with plenty of birds to sneak up on—or try to. Dipped on a few but managed a third long list in a row.

Most interesting to me were: a brief chase of two Cooper’s Hawks; the (newly) unmistakable calls of a pair of Mountain Chickadees; second day of both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers; a posing Mountain Cottontail.

In this, perhaps my favorite birding time of year, I can’t help but live with a little thrill in my gut and an extra feeling of sweet anticipation in the morning.

(Pretty sure Jack feels it, too.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Mourning Dove
9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Rock Pigeon*
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. Black-chinned Hummingbird
15. Mountain Chickadee (v)
16. Pine Siskin
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

19. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Fun Day No. 2

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 September 2020.
Townsend’s Warbler (imm.).

Yesterday, I buried the lede. The yellowish warbler I spied angling away at a distance—the one that looked rather like a black-throated green, with prominent white wing bars, and whose yellow cheeks had a bolder swipe of black? It was indeed, as I decided after much study, a Townsend’s Warbler. What I didn’t mention: it was a lifer for me.

Today I saw two more of ’em. Up close this time. (Alas the birds were flitting about in the shady valley, so the photos weren’t what they might’ve been.)

And that’s not all. Had my first Chipping Sparrow in a while, spotted my first Steller’s Jay in a much longer while, and saw my first great flock of “floater” scrub-jays. (Didn’t know that was a thing.) Plus, I heard the random voice of a Mountain Chickadee.

Second straight day of fun.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Lesser Goldfinch*
4. Black-billed Magpie**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
11. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
12. Townsend’s Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Steller’s Jay
15. Virginia’s Warbler
16. Brewer’s Sparrow
17. Black-chinned Hummingbird
18. Mountain Chickadee
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch

Mammals

Rock Squirrel (v)
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Buteo

Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 February 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk.

A warm clear Saturday means busy mountain hiking trails. Sure enough, dog and I met several friends (human and dog) on our hike this morning. But despite more chatting than usual, I still managed to spot a few birds—among them, a solitary, circling buteo.

An adult Red-tailed Hawk it was. Giving a few of us birders a nice look. Also distant elk up on Parley’s Ridge, here and there a mule deer, a few distressed scrub-jays, chickadees, magpies, juncos.

Spent a couple hours up there (a half-hour more than usual). You could hardly ask for a busier, more interesting hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch** (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Red-tailed Hawk
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Song Sparrow* (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)

Elsewhere

10. Rock Pigeon
11. European Starling
12. American Robin (v)
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Eurasian Collared Dove (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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