1 March 2021

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Daily Solitaire

Saturday, February 27th, 2021
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 February 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire.
Cat track, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 February 2021.
Cat track.

A chilly, mostly overcast morning with a couple fresh inches of snow on the ground. Only met a couple people on the trails, along with several deer and a cottontail. Not many birds, though.

A solitaire has apparently taken a liking to the Russian olive grove (two days in a row, at least), and chickadees sprinkled all over the snow-showery landscape—but not much else.

I did, however, follow what looked like some good-sized wildcat tracks, fairly fresh, running along a good length of our routine trail.

No towhees today—except for one devouring seed spill on my back deck.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Song Sparrow* (v)
4. Townsend’s Solitaire
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Northern Flicker*
8. Black-billed Magpie**

Elsewhere

9. Song Sparrow
10. Spotted Towhee

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Steller’s Jay

Friday, February 26th, 2021
Steller’s Jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 February 2021.
Steller’s Jay.
Portrait of Mule Deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 February 2021.
Portrait of Mule Deer.

The past few days have brought a little excitement up the deer trail. This morning was a lovely one, with an interesting sky, deer and cottontail—and an unexpected Steller’s Jay. In fact, I heard a second Steller’s a bit farther up (they were both hiding in junipers but loudly vocalizing). And the near one even had the decency to pop up and pose for a photo or two.

(I’ve only seen this species three or four times since my move here, but now I believe I’ve learned a lot about its voice—shook-shook-shook, growl, and rattle.)

I had fifteen rather active bird species on my trail list today. Kind of feels like spring is on the way.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:41 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

16. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Clear Day

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 February.
Golden Eagle.

How shall I describe this morning? A little frigid, breezy at first, utterly cloudless. Low-key at first—but the excitement built to a minor crescendo.

Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 February 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bunch of scrub-jays, for one thing. A dozen at least. They were noisy, apparently engaging in some kind of late-winter territorial shenanigans. And glimpses of four Juniper Titmice. A solitary goldfinch up the deer trails—and plenty of deer up there, too. At one point they began to run in various directions, though I never saw the threat.

Encountered another song-whispering solitaire. A Golden Eagle appeared, then disappeared. I waited for a while but it did not return. Perhaps a half-hour later, I glanced up at the ridge, and there it was again, but with a partner this time.

And I heard a loud distant bird call that sounded like a gull. Couldn’t have been a gull, though—not way up toward the ridge where the eagles flew. A mystery.

And Captain Jack had a fun time, too.

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

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

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. American Robin (v)

Mammals

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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