29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

Rain

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

It wasn’t a lot, but it was rain. The morning started off with a trace of drizzle, then the drizzle abated, and the weather radar showed a rain-free channel for a while—but that rain would likely follow. And afternoon thundershowers were possible.

An overcast filled much of the sky, and I could feel humidity for the first time in a while. Quite a few birds flitted about, and my hike with dog generally gave me the usual thrills. But the most thrilling moment came on our return, when I’d just seen a gang of magpies on the bluff, and the drizzle returned. I heard it before I felt it, but there it was. And then a sparrow popped up and posed.

The drizzle didn’t last very long, but it doesn’t take much to trigger a spark of hope these days.

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

1. House Finch*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Northern Flicker**
4. Pine Siskin
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Lesser Goldfinch*
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Chipping Sparrow

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
12. Song Sparrow (v)
13. California Quail
14. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Gray Squirrel

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

Friluftsliv

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, UTah, 15 September 2020.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

I happened to encounter the word friluftsliv this morning soon after my hike with dog. A Norwegian concept, or practice, or custom—meaning something like “open-air living.” But it means more. It means spending time each day surrounded by, contemplating, and paying attention to Nature.

It’s what I’ve done for decades. Huge part of my life. Good living, too.

Hike-wise, another quiet one. But the voices of chickadees made me feel optimistic despite the crazy fires and winds and hurricanes and politics and disease. Plus, I came across my first migrating Yellow-rumped Warbler moving through.

Worth it—the time, the effort, the energy. Worth it always.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Lesser Goldfinch**
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Rock Pigeon

Elsewhere

12. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
13. California Quail
14. House Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

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

Beauty

Thursday, August 27th, 2020
Vesper Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2020.
Vesper Sparrow.

On this slightly cloudy, breezy morning’s hike with my dog Jack, we encountered a little falcon called American Kestrel. I encountered the usual birds we encounter on these beloved hikes of ours. And near the end of our hike, I spied a lovely brown bird called Vesper Sparrow.

Most folks seem enthralled with bright-colored, fancy birds—like the ostentatious males of many species. I’ve come to love the subtler visual beauty of the less flashy birds. When I got a look at this Vesper Sparrow through my camera, I whispered aloud, “So beautiful.”

Great Basin Gopher Snake, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 August 2020.
Great Basin Gopher Snake.

This morning we also encountered my first snake in my year-plus in Utah: a Great Basin Gopher Snake. It was kinda beautiful, too.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:56 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. American Kestrel
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Lesser Goldfinch*
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
12. Black-capped Chickadee**
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Western Tanager
15. Vesper Sparrow

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow (v)

Reptiles

Great Basin Gopher Snake

(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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