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The Other Chickadee

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 October 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

Most every morning lately I’ve come upon one or more Mountain Chickadees. Just in the past month or so I’ve come to know this engaging species pretty dang well.

Their behavior is a bit more flighty than the “regular” Black-capped Chickadee—they don’t stick around as long, move swiftly through the greenery in groups of two or three or six. Unless they find a good spot, that is, when they’ll stop and show their talent at acrobatics.

And what a voice: close to identical to the black-cap’s—other than the dee-dee-dee part, which is harsh and husky. (Also, their little single notes seem a bit thinner and sweeter.)

I wouldn’t mind running into these guys every morning all year (although a good day is having both species on my list, as today).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:25 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Northern Flicker
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch**
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Lesser Goldfinch*
10. American Robin**
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Hummingbird (sp)
14. Mountain Chickadee
15. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

16. European Starling

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

Something in the Air

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 September 2020.
Golden Eagle.

The equinox. Autumn began today about 9:30 a.m. (MDT). Coincidentally, a stout wind blew, and the leaves of oak and maple (especially maple) were blowing around like little birds. I could smell fall in the air.

I could also smell smoke in the air—and saw some billowing puffs rising in the southeast above the Millcreek Ridge. I’d assumed at first the fire burned in Millcreek Canyon, but it turned out to be Neff’s Canyon, next one over. It’d started as about a 10 acre fire but by late afternoon had grown to sixty. Planes and helicopters in the air.

Also in the air: a pair of golden eagles. They flew south, slowly, against the wind, their winds held in place, never moving.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
2. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker** (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Lesser Goldfinch*
11. Hummingbird (sp)
12. Golden Eagle
13. Mountain Chickadee
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Red squirrel (v)

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

Windy Day

Monday, September 16th, 2019
Mr House Finch likes sunflower seeds.
Mr House Finch likes sunflower seeds.

A southwest wind kinda put the damper on migration today. Not much activity on the mountain this morning. So here’s a photo of a House Finch nibbling on sunflowers in my front yard.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch* (v)
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
6. Hummingbird (sp)
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Turkey Vulture

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. California Quail
11. House Sparrow
12. Lesser Goldfinch

v = Voice only
*Also 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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