18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘northern flicker’

A Blessing

Friday, January 14th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2022.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Bad air again this morning—even worse than a couple days ago—but a nice variety of bird species. And Captain Jack’s good company, no matter the atmosphere.

Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2022.
Common Raven.

Had a couple chats along the trail, which is always nice. And my list had a Steller’s Jay (voice only) and a Townsend’s Solitaire. But the highlight was probably a solitary raven that flew low over our heads as we stood on the bluff, and continued north for a minute or more until it vanished over the far foothills.

Encountering a raven always seems, to me, like a blessing.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:03 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere
11. American Kestrel

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Thawy

Thursday, January 13th, 2022
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2022.
Black-billed Magpie.

This morning’s hike with dog was a quick, quiet one. Similar to the past couple mornings but a tad bit warmer and thawier. Not as much excitement as yesterday, but a couple-three birds did pose for pics.

Smoggy down in the city, a lot less snow on the deer trails, fewer deer. Dry conditions expected to continue.

Who knows what tomorrow might bring?

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:05 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

9. California Gull
10. Mourning Dove
11. House Sparrow
12. Spotted Towhee

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer
Mountain Cottontail

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

Eagle

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Decided to hike with Captain Jack earlier this morning, to compare with yesterday (a similar morning). Was much quieter than yesterday to start—but then things got interesting in a hurry.

First I watched an eagle fly above us, headed for a ridge to the north. I watched it touch down on a rock and begin to preen. Then I heard the solitaire again. And then a flock of what I’m pretty sure were redpolls—but I couldn’t tell for sure from their calls. Then we came upon a random Mourning Dove (first in a good while). Finally, on our return, I spied a secretive bird with an eye ring: a Hermit Thrush. Did not expect one of those at this time of year.

Searched for the old Garmin I dropped on the trail yesterday. Found it right on the trail. (Not sure how I missed it yesterday.) And as we headed back down to the switchback, the eagle was still there.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:04 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Golden Eagle
7. Northern Flicker** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

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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