7 March 2021

Posts Tagged ‘mourning dove’

Mostly Magpies

Friday, February 19th, 2021
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 February 2021.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.

The snow on the trails was mostly well-packed when dog and I started up the switchback this morning. By the time we reached the bluff, I had seven birds on my list. Not much up the in the benches, though—except for Black-billed Magpies. In fact, the most visible critters up there were magpies and a half-dozen or so deer.

Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 February 2021.
Black-billed Magpie.

We were the only human and canine for all of it. Then, as we stopped by the bluff again, I spied a young Sharp-shinned Hawk on the hawk snag.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:07 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
4. Northern Flicker*
5. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
6. Spotted Towhee* (v)
7. House Finch* (v)
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

10. American Robin
11. Mourning Dove
12. Song Sparrow
13. European Starling
14. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

16 Jays

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Gang of scrub-jays, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 February 2021.
Gang of scrub-jays.

The sun emerged, and the hike was nice. Many birds down in the neighborhood, not so many up the mountainside. I should say not so many species, because two of the seven I listed showed up in numbers

First was a gang of 16 Woodhouse’s Scrub-jays, flapping about, hollering at each other, moving through the scrub-oaks. Then came a pod of seven chickadees, flitting up the switchback.

(Nice, too, were a few mule deer watching us from the juniper barren.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Northern Flicker
4. Spotted Towhee** (v)
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

8. Mourning Dove
9. European Starling
10. House Sparrow
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Overcast Morn

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 February 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

Rain showers were in the forecast for this warmish morning, so dog and I didn’t waste any time in getting up the switchback. The overcast persisted, but no precipitation fell in our vicinity. Still, I didn’t expect to end up with many wild critters on my list.

I was wrong: plenty of bird species popped up (many willing to pose), and a Rock Squirrel made its first appearance in a while.

Notable were a softly singing Townsend’s Solitaire, a Juniper Titmouse, and a female Cassin’s Finch awaiting our return to the trailhead.

Would that tomorrow’s might be this fun.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:38 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco**
8. Juniper Titmouse
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Townsend’s Solitaire
11. Northern Flicker**
12. Mourning Dove
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. Cassin’s Finch

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow
16. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
17. European Starling

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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