26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘mountain coyote’

Same Bird

Monday, January 17th, 2022
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 January 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

The highlight of this morning’s hike with dog—which unfolded very much like the past three or four or five mornings’—happened as we were hiking up the little wooded gully trail, when I heard the voice of a raven in flight. I never caught sight of the bird through the webs and tangles of branches above us, but I did hear it call again a bit later. Also in flight, but returning.

I feel sure it was the same bird.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:18 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. Common Raven (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

9. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Coyote (v)
Red Squirrel (v)
Mule Deer

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

Segue

Friday, December 24th, 2021
Lesser Goldfinch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 December 2021.
Lesser Goldfinch.

A warm, mostly overcast morning—but no precipitation. (Did have a shower late last night and a trace of fresh snow.) No breeze to speak of, and the footing was good for dog and me. Not many bird species, and fewer still would show themselves, but it was nice to hear the whine of a couple towhees for a change.

Mammals were out: heard a solitary singing coyote, got good looks at a cottontail, and counted six deer up the north side of little Coyote Canyon.

Back home, a pair of goldfinches stopped by. And this evening, I even heard a little Christmas Eve thunder out there—a nice segue into a holiday weekend.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:06 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Spotted Towhee (v)

Elsewhere

9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Mountain Coyote (v)
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Windy Morn

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 December 2021.
House Finch.

Had a little wind this overcast morning, but none of the forecast rain showers. This suited dog and me just fine—despite the fact that temps in the 40s (F) made for some greasy trails. Still we managed all right. And despite the generally dearth of bird activity (thanks mostly to the nice, stout wind), we actually dug the hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:05 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. House Finch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

8. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mountain Coyote (v)
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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