26 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘mourning dove’

Li’l Owl

Friday, November 20th, 2020
Northern Pygmy Owl, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 November 2020.
Northern Pygmy Owl.

The temperature dipped last night, so dog and I enjoyed a brisk, bracing hike. The usually species, mostly—including a young Mountain Cottontail—but my first batch of juncos sparked my interest. They seemed a little more upset with our approach than usual (usually they flit away). I tried to keep track, hoping for a photo.

Saw movement in a juniper ahead of us, pointed my camera in that direction, and saw a cool-looking unfamiliar bird. Some kind of very small hawk or owl. My first Utah owl. I had no idea what it was. I thought perhaps a saw-whet (which species I’ve heard but not seen in person), but the tail seemed too long. Got a bunch of pics and figured I’d look it up when we got back home.

Which I did. My first-ever Northern Pygmy Owl. A tiny terror.

Been a while since I’ve had a lifer. I’ve saved the memory of its sighting for recall in the future.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


13. House Sparrow
14. European Starling
15. Mourning Dove


Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Bluebirds in the Snow

Monday, November 9th, 2020
Mountain Bluebird (fem.) swallowing Russian olive, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 November 2020.
Mountain Bluebird (fem.) swallowing Russian olive.
Mountain Bluebird (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 November 2020.
Mountain Bluebird (male) on a snowy day.

And an adventure it was! Light snow showers overnight had whitened things by the time Jack and I hit the trails (a bit late, I must confess). Had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised.

Was flurrying lightly when we we topped the switchback. I already had six species when I spied a thrush nibbling on Russian olives. Stumped me for a minute, what with the snow and overcast—so it was a nice little thrill wen I recognized it as a female Mountain Bluebird.

There were three others with it. Two pair. Grabbed some photos and ventured on.

Encountered no other humans or dogs, but we did surprise a big handsome coyote, which loped silently up a ravine and out of sight. Then, up in the junipers, we rounded a rocky outcrop to the sight of a bunch more Mountain Bluebirds. A flock of more than two dozen, by my count.

I’d seen only three in my life before today.

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

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


Red Squirrel
Mountain Coyote

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


Friday, November 6th, 2020
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 November 2020.
House Finch.

Got a bit of a late start this morning (after a good night sleep). The sky was overcast when dog and I arrived at the trailhead—and stayed that way for most of the hike. Quiet at first, with few photo opportunities. Glimpsed a Juniper Titmouse, though, and ended up with a dozen species in all.

As we reached our last descent, things started popping: a batch of towhees, a random Mourning Dove, first scrub-jay of the hike. And a cooperative House Finch posing against the russet-colored November landscape.

Odd to say it, but we’re expecting precipitation for much of this coming week. Starting tomorrow, in fact. (Finally!)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

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


Red Squirrel (v)

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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