22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘juniper titmouse’

Promise

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 April 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Windy, windy overnight, and windier this morning. Temps in the 30s (F), gray sky. Waited a bit before hiking with Jack, thinking it might be calmer up under the ridge—and it was. In fact, up on the deer trail, I removed my scarf and gaiter.

What with the wind, I figured there wouldn’t be a lot of species on my list—and I was right. However, down in the deer scrub, I spied a thrush of some kind. A Hermit Thrush, I was pretty sure. A new migrant. But I had my camera in my hands and tried to grab a photo. Couldn’t focus. Missed my chance.

But it was a promise of things to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m. (8:59 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Thrush (sp.)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Juniper Titmouse (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. American Robin*

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Good Day

Monday, April 19th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee at nest cavity, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 April 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee at nest cavity.

We got an early start this day, dog and I. No unusual birds at the outset (although we both spied a cottontail), then when we got to little Coyote Canyon, I made a split decision to hike the ridge, and we headed up the switchback to the Pipeline Overlook.

A clear morning, cool in the shade, warm in the sun. From about 800 feet up, I happened to look down and see a coyote casually trotting along a trail we’d hiked about 45 minutes before. New flowers along the trail, little patches of remnant show.

Toward the end, I happened to spot a Sharp-shinned Hawk circling above us—a migrant perhaps. A good day, with exciting times to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:16 a.m. (8:16 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch**
3. European Starling*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Mountain Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Juniper Titmouse (v)
11. Chukar (v)
12. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mountain Coyote

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

Fun Hike

Sunday, April 18th, 2021
Juniper TItmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 April 2021.
Juniper TItmouse.

Fun hike with dog this morning—a cloudless morning, as forecast. Dry trails, nice birds (albeit fewer numbers than yesterday). Did get a good, near peek at a bird I could not quickly identify (haven’t yet checked my GoPro video), and also a one-eyed Cooper’s Hawk, but the best part was pestering another Juniper Titmouse until it finally posed for photos.

Migrants coming within the next week or two. Woo-hoo!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m. (8:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Juniper Titmouse
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
12. Mountain Chickadee

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. California Quail
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Turkey Vulture

(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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