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Ravens

Thursday, December 17th, 2020
Pair of ravens, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 December 2020.
Two of three ravens.

This morning’s hike began in drizzle which turned straight away to snow flurries. It was moist, it was breezy. But soon enough the mist rolled away to reveal… quite a few birds.

Mostly the usual suspects—including several great flocks of juncos—but during our return trip, I looked up to see three ravens sailing around in what had turned into a gusty wind. Right away they sailed directly overhead to check us out, then veered off toward the south, dipping and twirling and doing somersaults.

That’s all. Just wanted to tell you about the ravens.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

15. Rock Pigeon
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. California Gull
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Snow Birds

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

In spring and fall, Dark-eyed Juncos abound in my neighborhood—which includes a few miles of mountain trails just up the street from me. The flocks that were moving around under flurrying skies during my hike this morning with dog lived up to their nickname: “snow bird.” For some moments I watched standing on the snowy ground, reaching its pink beak high, and stripping seeds of a weed stem.

abound in my neighborhood—which includes a few miles of mountain trails just up the street from me. The flocks that were moving around under flurrying skies during my hike this morning with dog lived up to their nickname: “snow bird.” For some moments I watched standing on the snowy ground, reaching its pink beak high, and stripping seeds of a weed stem.

A bunch of other birds made my list this morning also, but juncos were the only only ones who posed.

(Note: neither of my recent regular dates—male Downy Woodpecker in the burnt patch, and Townsend’s Solitaire in Coyote Canyon—showed up today.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:46 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. American Robin

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

The Jays

Monday, December 14th, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 December 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

It was supposed to snow a few inches overnight, but it only snowed about an inch. Not as cold as yesterday, nor as breezy. And birds were out—not many individuals, but a dozen species.

Saw the dependable woodpecker again, but no solitaire. At one point I had two corvids, two sparrows, two tits, two finches, and two woodpeckers.

Scrub-jays were the only birds in the juniper barren, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:39 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. American Robin (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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