2 December 2021

Posts Tagged ‘mourning dove’

Thanks, Dove

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
Glimpse of Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 November 2021.
Glimpse of Mourning Dove.

A sub-freezing hike with dog, this lovely morning under nearly cloudless skies. Wondered if we’d encounter many birds, and we did encounter a few—the most noteworthy being a solitary Mourning Dove that flushed as we got perhaps as close as six or eight feet away, startling me.

The dove—first I’d seen in a good long while—flitted into a scrub oak nearby, and allowed me a glimpse.

Thanks, dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:08 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


10. European Starling


Red Squirrel

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


Thursday, November 4th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Another lovely morning much like yesterday’s. Dog and I got to the trailhead about the same time—chilly again, fair again, warmed by the sun topping the ridge.

The usual suspects today (among them a big flock of robins), but an unusual occurrence: we got mobbed. Not too terribly mobbed, but I didn’t see a hawk or owl or coyote or any other threat, and the chickadees and juncos were clearly very, very angry.

Only bothered them for a photo or two, though, and then we continued on our way.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:29 a.m. (9:29 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


11. Spotted Towhee (v)


Red Squirrel

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

The Wind

Monday, October 25th, 2021
High-flying Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 October 2021.
High-flying Golden Eagle.

The wind awakened me before dawn: the rush in the branches of trees, the whistle under the door, the clattering of stuff outside. And the wind had not abated (had perhaps increased) by the time dog and I started up the switchback.

Birding is difficult in a high wind. It’s hard to hear birds’ voices. It’s hard for them to perch. They’re even (I’m guessing) worried about hearing the telltale sounds of danger. But I did somehow hear (then see) a solitary robin. And somehow spied a high-flying eagle (knowing to scan windy skies)—as well as a sharpie. A little flock of siskins zipped overhead, then turned around and fled downwind.

On our return, I spied a single pigeon on a lamp post below. And finally, in the lee, I managed to hear the chips of chickadees and yellow-rumps. And later, doing errands in town, a random pair of geese flew by

Tomorrow’s supposed to be a wet one.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:58 a.m. (8:58 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. Golden Eagle
3. Pine Siskin
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler


8. California Gull
9. European Starling
10. Mourning Dove
11. Black-billed Magpie
12.Canada Goose


Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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