18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘mule deer’

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)

Elsewhere

8. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

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

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

Snowbirds

Sunday, January 16th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Another morning hike much like the past few—clear skies, sub-freezing to start, ice on the trails, kinda bad air, few bird species, some deer. Still, as nearly always, we enjoyed it, dog and I.

Notable today were the number of juncos. Juncos everywhere—twittering, flitting in the scrub oaks, poking about in the grass where snow used to be. I counted 22 of these little snowbirds.

I do like Dark-eyed Juncos. Their presence is comforting somehow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:24 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Quiet Morning

Saturday, January 15th, 2022
Scrub-jay found a peanut, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2022..
Scrub-jay found a peanut.

A quiet morning hike with dog. A bit later than yesterday, nearly cloudless, hazy (but not as hazy), many fewer bird species.

Still, got a glimpse of a cottontail, a few deer, and a scrub-jay with a peanut, so all was not lost. In fact, much (as usual) was found.

We’ll do it again tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:16 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere
7. House Sparrow (v)
8. European Starling

Mammals

Red Squirrel
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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