30 June 2022

Posts Tagged ‘mountain cottontail’

Springy

Friday, April 15th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A few showers overnight, and more showers this morning, so dog and I waited a bit before embarking on what I knew would be a slippery, muddy hike. Which was awesome. A nice assortment of birds—including a handsome wren, a pair of vultures, the neighborhood redtail. Was also a three-mammal day. Got good and muddy, slipped three or four times, but never fell down.

Also busy at home, bird-wise: quail, sparrows, finches, and robins poking about in the garden. (The robins are doing some major nest-building.) A sunny, warm afternoon.

A springy day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:36 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin**
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch* (v)
6. Rock Wren
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Northern Flicker* (v)
10. Turkey Vulture
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
14. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch
18. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Nippy

Monday, April 11th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

Saw hawks and a wren this unseasonably nippy, overcast, windy morning. The wren was hopping about in the rocks around the old abandoned Monarch Quarry, the hawks were sailing in the wind. A red-tail, in fact, looked to be hunting for rabbits at the quarry. (Saw a cottontail, early, but before the hawk showed up.)

At home, the robins are still constructing a nest—possibly in the ivy around the chimney.

Gonna snow tonight.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:02 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Song Sparrow* (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Turkey Vulture
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

High Elevation

Friday, April 8th, 2022
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 April 2022.
Townsend’s Solitaire at 7,000 feet.

A cool but sunny morning, destined to be a warm midday, and for some reason dog and I headed up to the eastern ridge—and kept right on going. I didn’t bring a lot of water, but I guessed (correctly) that there’d be snow up there, so Jack had plenty of water. Even thought of continuing up to Grandeur Peak again, but we’re two years older now, and both have semi-creaky joints.

So we stopped at about 7,500 feet.

But what an accomplishment. We both felt it. We also felt a few aches and pains—but there was scenery, there were smells, there were birds and deer and distances.

Hell of a hike. Dog’s been snoozin’, and I had to take an ibuprofen.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked about 2,500 feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin*
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Pine Siskin**
7. Northern Flicker* (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Chukar
10. Townsend’s Solitaire
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Common Raven
13. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. California Quail
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
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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