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Merlin

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
Merlin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 December 2020.
Merlin.

The Merlin made my morning. Jack and I had hit the trail about the usual time, in weather about the same as the past few days—20s (F), cloudless, slight breeze, mountain shade—and with minimal early bird activity. But as we came back from our usual quick stop atop the bluff, there it was, perched in the upper branches of the tallest Russian olive.

It was kind of a déjà vu moment—same thing happened with the Northern Goshawk a few days back—but a welcome surprise. The little falcon stayed there, back-to, turning its head occasionally to check on us. Finally lifted up and floated off and down the slope toward the north.

Otherwise, the usual suspects. (Although it was nice to come upon the Downy Woodpecker tapping in its usual patch among the burnt scrub oaks after not having seen it the past two days.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:27 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. House Finch*
4. Spotted Towhee*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Merlin
7. Dark-eyed Junco*
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Juniper Titmouse

Elsewhere

10. House Sparrow
11. European Starling
12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. American Robin (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Cassin’s Finches

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
Pair of Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 November 2020.
Pair of Cassin’s Finches.
Closeup of Cassin’s Finch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 November 2020.
Closeup of Cassin’s Finch (male).

A nice but quiet hike this morning. Warmish—ahead of cold weather descending this coming weekend for a spell—with mostly the usual bird suspect. Had a Mountain Chickadee and a Merlin (in flight, heades south with a purpose), but no great photos.

Until the end of my hike with dog, when I stumbled upon a pair of Cassin’s Finches.

I’d only seen the species a couple of times—both times females/immature males—but with this pair the ID was clear. Face markings, rosy red peaked head on th emale, notched tails, etc. They perched and posed for quite a while.

A nice moment on a pretty nice day (weather-wise—although election-wise it’s been rather unsettling).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:05 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Spotted Towhee**
5. American Goldfinch
6. Northern Flicker**
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Merlin
12. Cassin’s Finch
13. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

Titmice Three

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 October 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

A morning much like yesterday’s—and arguably even funner. For one thing, the earth and sky were gorgeous. For another, I caught a glimpse of a Merlin, which was cool. And for yet another, I encountered three Juniper Titmice. That’s a record for the species.

For some reason, eBird thinks more than one JUTI seems unlikely on this patch at this season. But I’ve seen two a few times. Three today.

Otherwise, a couple male flickers added a nice splash of color to an already (mutedly) colorful landscape.

I do love fall.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:41 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin
6. Merlin
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker*
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. American Robin** (v)
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Lesser Goldfinch (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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