26 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘lesser goldfinch’

Spied an Eagle

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
Golden Eagle on the ridge, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2020.
Golden Eagle on the ridge.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Dog and I hiked for about an hour and a half this morning in the mountain shade. It was a good hike, if light on bird activity—pleasantly nippy, light breeze, lovely scenery. I did meet up with the Downy Woodpecker again. (It’s becoming a daily thing.)

But I might’ve thought of the day as rather uneventful had I not—on our return, about the time the sun reached the trail—seen a curious bird-like shape in the shadow of a juniper way up on the ridge. I figured it’d turn out to be a smaller juniper, as is usually the case. But it was a Golden Eagle.

The eagle sat there, looking around, for at least fifteen minutes or so. Then the last time I glanced up there, it was gone.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Pine Siskin
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Golden Eagle
10. Northern Flicker**

Elsewhere

11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

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

Eerily Quiet

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

This morning’s hike under lowery skies was eerily quiet. Chilly—30s (F)—and with an unusual bit of humidity, and with fewer bird species than recently. Overall, puzzlingly quiet.

Noteworthy were many magpies and scrub-jays, not a single House Finch, and a Juniper Titmouse that would not pose for a photo.

The most interesting bird showed up this afternoon: a Song Sparrow in the side yard, dining on fallen apples.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Juniper Titmouse
7. Northern Flicker
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared-dove
10. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Frosted

Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 November 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 November 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

A bit nippier than yesterday, nearly calm, mostly cloudless. No exciting sightings (like yesterday’s owl), but a few fun ones—including a surprise Juniper Titmouse, nice close looks at chickadees. Despite frost whitening the trailside rocks and fallen leaves, plenty of towhees, chickadees, and jays.

Also some nice Saturday conversation with a few trail friends—about the only human interaction I get these days (or, frankly, require).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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