1 March 2021

Posts Tagged ‘lesser goldfinch’

Ridge Hike

Sunday, February 28th, 2021
Captain Jack on the ridge, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 February 2021.
Captain Jack on the ridge.

On something of a lark, we did the ridge hike this morning, dog and I. a couple more inches of snow had fallen overnight, but the ascent up the switchback proved easy enough. However, it appeared only one other hiker had topped the ridge—and the snow was deep up there.

So it took us a good while. But the scenery was lovely, and we a had the company of deer. Not many birds—and one of them I heard uttering a call that I did not recognize. Got only a distant view of it flying away.

The rest of the day was rather a lazy one for dog and me

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m. (MST), some 1,200 hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. American Robin** (v)
6. Black-billed Magpie**
7. Spotted Towhee**
8. Chukar (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Steller’s Jay

Friday, February 26th, 2021
Steller’s Jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 February 2021.
Steller’s Jay.
Portrait of Mule Deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 February 2021.
Portrait of Mule Deer.

The past few days have brought a little excitement up the deer trail. This morning was a lovely one, with an interesting sky, deer and cottontail—and an unexpected Steller’s Jay. In fact, I heard a second Steller’s a bit farther up (they were both hiding in junipers but loudly vocalizing). And the near one even had the decency to pop up and pose for a photo or two.

(I’ve only seen this species three or four times since my move here, but now I believe I’ve learned a lot about its voice—shook-shook-shook, growl, and rattle.)

I had fifteen rather active bird species on my trail list today. Kind of feels like spring is on the way.

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

1. House Finch*
2. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
3. Cassin’s Finch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Juniper Titmouse (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. American Robin** (v)
8. Townsend’s Solitaire
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Black-billed Magpie**
11. Dark-eyed Junco*
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Northern Flicker
14. Spotted Towhee (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Clear Day

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 February.
Golden Eagle.

How shall I describe this morning? A little frigid, breezy at first, utterly cloudless. Low-key at first—but the excitement built to a minor crescendo.

Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 February 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bunch of scrub-jays, for one thing. A dozen at least. They were noisy, apparently engaging in some kind of late-winter territorial shenanigans. And glimpses of four Juniper Titmice. A solitary goldfinch up the deer trails—and plenty of deer up there, too. At one point they began to run in various directions, though I never saw the threat.

Encountered another song-whispering solitaire. A Golden Eagle appeared, then disappeared. I waited for a while but it did not return. Perhaps a half-hour later, I glanced up at the ridge, and there it was again, but with a partner this time.

And I heard a loud distant bird call that sounded like a gull. Couldn’t have been a gull, though—not way up toward the ridge where the eagles flew. A mystery.

And Captain Jack had a fun time, too.

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

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

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. American Robin (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

(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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