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Posts Tagged ‘hosue finch’

Bluest Blue

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 March 2021.
Common Raven.

A breezy early morning. Captain Jack and climbed the switchback in the mountain shade and eventually reached the penumbra and bright sun, which warmed things. Birds were singing—towhees, chickadees, robins—and a deer watched us pass on a lower trail.

As lovely as was the morning hike, my birding highlight came in late afternoon, when I took dog out to nose around. High above us I spied a lone raven, soaring and diving in the bluest blue sky.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


12. European Starling
13. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
14. Common Raven


Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel

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

Kestrel and Jay

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
Kestrel and jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Kestrel and jay.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

Just as dog and I began our morning hike, I spied an American Kestrel zipping over to a utility line just above the trail ahead of us. While I was angling for a photo, a Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay showed up, alighting just beyond the kestrel. Just as I began to snap some pics, and the jay lunged at the little falcon, which popped up and veered away.

Otherwise the usual suspects (including a Mountain Chickadee). Will be interesting to see how the wildlife activity changes after our forecast rain and snow and cold arrives this weekend sometime.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Northern Flicker
3. House Finch*
4. American Kestrel
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie**
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Mountain Chickadee
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. American Robin
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Song Sparrow (v)


14. Rock Pigeon

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


Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

Cool Morning

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
Lazuli Buntings (mama and juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 July 2020.
Lazuli Buntings (mama and juvie).

A cool morning, a cloudless sky, a man and his dog headed up the trail again. The day began with the cries of a juvie Red-tailed Hawk and ended with the glide of a Turkey Vulture as we descended from a height.

In the interim, we encountered a load of birds—mostly (it seemed) fledgling Lazuli Buntings (a lot fewer singers than yesterday). but also a massive flock of Rock Pigeons, a flitting Black-throated Gray Warbler, and miscellaneous other usual suspects.

Our hike did include a spontaneous climb up to the cairn overlook—which left us both a little tuckered out, what with our advanced ages and all.

But seems we lived (truly lived) to see another day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked about 1,000 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-tailed Hawk
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. House Finch**
4. American Robin*
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Lazuli Bunting
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
12. Mourning Dove*
13. Pine Siskin (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-throated Gray warbler
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Turkey Vulture


18. Eurasian Collared Dove
19. House Sparrow
20. California Quail


Rock Squirrel

(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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