25 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘juniper titmouse’

Warm Winter

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 January 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

This winter’s been warm here so far. That’s what I gather at least—it being only my second winter in Salt Lake City—and I know from observation that we’ve seen very little snow and maybe only one or two overnights with lows in the teens (F).

This morning’s temperature had hit the mid-20s when dog and I started up the trail. A cloudless sky for the second straight day. Mostly the usual bird suspects (the funnest being a pair of Juniper Titmice). On our return, when the sun topped the ridge, the temperature rose to the point that my scarf made my neck to warm—and got up into the 40s by mid-afternoon.

However, this historic Inauguration Day, our brand new President took the first steps toward treating anthropogenic climate change seriously again. Which is good news for our survival on this tilted planet of ours.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Juniper Titmouse
10. European Starling*

Elsewhere

11. American Robin

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Warm Day

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk.

Warmer this morning, and mostly overcast. Showers forecast, but no rain fell until late afternoon (after a few hours of bright sun), and only a spattering. Up the mountainside, dog and I encountered scant few birds for much of our hike, then—as often seems to happen—some good stuff later.

The nicest surprise was a lone Cooper’s Hawk perched on a snag overlooking the landscape. (Perhaps this bird was one reason for how quiet it’d been.) Then I heard (and saw) both Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches. Finally just as we headed down the last stretch of switchback, I heard the voice of a Juniper Titmouse.

Warm day, good hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:10 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

12. American Robin
13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red squirrel

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

The Titmouse

Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 January 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

So, I have a thing for the Juniper Titmouse. It took me a while to spot one here over the past 18 months—not until I learned its bubbly, staccato call did I began to observe its behavior, learn its habits. I’m pretty sure, in fact that I’ve never seen one without first hearing its voice.

So it was a treat to hear that voice at the trailhead this morning, before dog and I had even begun our climb up the switchback. Better yet, it flitted over in our direction (they tend to be rather shy) and posed for photos.

A good Sunday hike (including visits with three groups of hiking friends), and a nice selection of birds. But the highlight happened right at the start.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:04 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Juniper Titmouse
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Northern Flicker
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

11. European Starling
12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
14. Mourning Dove

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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