2 December 2021

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

Pleasantness

Monday, November 29th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 November 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Another fine hike with dog this morning. Cloudless again, chilly in the shade, but pleasant in the sun. Again a birder’s dozen.

A little smog collecting in the basin, but clean breathing up the deer trails.

Most fun was the last bird on my list: a Yellow-rumped Warbler. First I heard its chip, then I spotted it as it left its perch—alas, too far away for a photo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:49 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. House Finch**
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. European Starling
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

A Birder’s Dozen

Sunday, November 28th, 2021
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 November 2021.
Northern Flicker.

A little warmer this morning, and cloudless. We were the first human and dog up the switchback, it seems, although before our return, we’d met up with a few later hikers. Meanwhile, we encountered assorted birds.

Quite a few of them, in fact—including the neighborhood solitaire for the first time in several days. Three finches, a couple sparrows, the usual corvids—twelve species in all.

Know how thirteen is called a “baker’s dozen”? Well, my list today totaled a birder’s dozen. ’Cause we don’t fudge.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:49 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. European Starling

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Good Looks

Saturday, November 27th, 2021
Lesser Goldfinch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 November 2021.
Lesser Goldfinch.

Another nippy, bright, quiet hike with dog, but a little less nippy, a little less quiet. [Also a little less-clean air above the basin.] Also a few more bird photos ops—possibly having to do with our later start.

Mountain Coyote skull, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 November 2021.
Skull of Mountain Coyote.

In fact of the eight species on today’s list, I got good looks at all but one (and photos of all but two).

But the most interesting find today was a coyote skull.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:10 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Lesser Goldfinch**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
7. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

9. European Starling
10. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red 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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