20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘lesser goldfinch’

Mild Overcast

Monday, October 18th, 2021
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 October 2021.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

The morning was mild, the morning was overcast. Aside from a lone trail runner and a distant hiker, it was just dog and me up there on the deer trails.

Still quite a few migrants—in fact, more yellow-rumps than yesterday—and a lovely sparrow, and a high, distant eagle (I’m pretty sure).

Afternoon rain. Will rain tonight and in the morning. Sweet, sweet rain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:21 a.m. (9:21 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. House Finch**
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. White-crowned Sparrow
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. American Robin (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Golden Eagle
12. Lesser Goldfinch*


13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Song Sparrow (v)

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


Friday, October 15th, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2021.
Rock Wren.

And I don’t mean just juncos (although there were a bunch of those). Today’s nippy. cloudless hike with Captain Jack was a fun one. A cold-and-snowy snap combined with a dwindling photoperiod has kept the migrants moving right along.

Scores of robins today, plus the usual ’rumps, kinglets, and the aforementioned juncos. But also a young sharpy and—last but not least—a solitary Rock Wren. Pretty sure it’s the first of the species I’ve ever seen surrounded by (semi-fresh) snow.

I kinda wish every morning could be like this one. (Not really, but what an inspiration.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:06 a.m. (9:06 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Pine Siskin
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Northern Flicker
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Rock Wren


16. Townsend’s Solitaire
17. Song Sparrow

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


Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.).

Snowed a tiny bit overnight, and the temperature still hovered right about freezing when dog and I headed up the trail. Nearly cloudless sky, though, so—once the sun topped the ridge—melting commenced.

Meanwhile, we encountered a bunch more migrants, no doubt spurred on by the extra chill.

Many yellow-rumps, quite a few kinglets, a little gang of sparrows, surprisingly few juncos, and a solitary Cooper’s Hawk. (Also a solitaire Townsend’s Solitaire, which was fun to see.)

Sky, chill, migrants—ah, the clarity of a season’s change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m. (9:58 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
16. Pine Siskin


17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Gull


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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