30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘lesser goldfich’

Kestrel

Sunday, September 26th, 2021
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 September 2021.
American Kestrel.

This morning’s lovely hike was serene for the most part. Stll plenty of finches and yellow-rumps, but no outlandish species to speak of—at least not until afternoon. The hike highlight was probably the sudden appearance (amid a small flock of robins up in the juniper barrens) of a solitary Hermit Thrush.

Later, from the back deck, I noticed a couple of birds on a wire. Turns out one was a kestrel—and not far behind it sat a Mourning Dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:25 a.m. (8:25 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. House Finch**
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Lesser Goldfinch

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared-dove
14. House Sparrow
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)

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

A Little Snow

Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 December 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco on a snowy morn.
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 December 2020.
Solitaire takes flight.

The forecast snow arrived overnight, light snow, dry snow, about an inch. Made for slightly slipper footing, but neither of us took a digger, dog and me. Really foggy at first—but things cleared up late in our hike.

Not many birds to start, but things ended up with a flurry. First, ascending the leafy canyon, I wondered if I might see a (the?) Townsend’s Solitaire for a fourth straight morning, doubted it, then saw one (it?). And if that weren’t enough of a nice surprise, at least thirty juncos fluttered around us for a short spell.

And at the end, the voices of three quick species—bam, bam, bam.

(Already wondering if tomorrow will bring another solitaire.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:44 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared-dove

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

New Towhee

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

On this morning’s short, sweet hike with dog, I followed the voice of a Yellow Warbler (without seeing the source), heard the voice of a Northern Parula (I’m sure of it, and they do occasionally migrate through this region), and spied my first ever Green-tailed Towhee.

A handsome bird, that green-tail is. Alas I got no photo. So here’s a pic of a regular ol’ Spotted Towhee—the one that chased away my lifer.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. California Quail (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Yellow Warbler† (v)
12. Northern Parula† (v)
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Green-tailed Towhee‡
15. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. European Starling
18. House Sparrow (v)
19. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird
‡Lifer

 
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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