26 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

Windy Morn

Saturday, November 7th, 2020
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 November 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 November 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

The morning was overcast and windy and exceptionally warm—up in the 60s (F)—when Captain Jack and I headed for the hills. By the time we’d hiked a few hundred (relatively birdless) yards, the wind let up a bit, and the sun topped the ridge and found a hole in the clouds and lit up a Dark-eyed Junco for me to photograph.

After a while, the clouds gathered again, and the wind picked up, and I noticed just how many oak and maple leaves had fled their twigs. (At one point I spied a flock of birds that, upon inspection through binoculars, turned out to be a flock of leaves.) Soon after, I heard a pair of Juniper Titmice in (what else?) a juniper.

A lovely day, a lovely hike. Tomorrow, they say, will come snow.

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

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

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow
14. Downy Woodpecker

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

Revelations

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
Downy Woodpecker (fem), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (fem).

Today was much like yesterday. Not in the length of our hike or my bird list, rather weather-wise—and revelation-wise.

Red-tail in the cell tower, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 November 2020.
Red-tail in the cell tower.

A lovely day, in fact, sun-soaked and warmish (albeit with some particulates in the basin). Quiet compared to yesterday, with fewer species and individual birds. But toward the end of it, I heard goldfinches flying over and thought, Wait—those sound like American Goldfinches.

Much as with yesterday’s Golden-crowned Kinglet puzzle, it occurred to me that I didn’t know if there American Goldfinches frequented this area. (I’d assumed the local goldfinches were lessers only.) But I daresay I know the voices of AMGOs. So when I got home I looked it up. Duh!

So now it occurs to me I might’ve heard other AMGOs here a time or two, but simply figured I was hearing things. Ah, revelations.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:11 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

11. European Starling
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Rock Pigeon
14. House Sparrow (v)

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

Sparrows

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (youngster).

Three sparrows today. First (and most exciting) was a pair of young White-crowned Sparrows that popped up in a rose bush on my morning hike with dog—then flitted around a bit. I heard them first, and their thin notes took my breath away.

Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 2020.
Song Sparrow.

Second were a few House Sparrows in town, where I ran a quick errand.

Third was the Song Sparrow in my yard (photo here from yesterday). It’s a year-rounder that seems to live in a thick mass of ivy.

Sparrows seem rarer here then in Maine, which makes me kind of appreciate them more.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:08 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch**
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Spotted Towhee**
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Lesser Goldfinch**
10. American Robin**

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. European Starling
13. House Sparrow
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. Song Sparrow (v)

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

Mammals

Long-tailed Weasel

 
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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