15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘northern harrier’

Geese

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Vee of Canada Geese, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 November 2020.
Vee of Canada Geese.
Downy Woodpecker (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (male).

Still warmish this morning, although it started off a little slow. But in a flurry of bird activity, I heard a flicker, spied a robin, and heard the unmistakable call of a skein of Canada Geese overhead—twenty-seven in all.

What followed were the appearances of a dozen additional species—including a handsome male Downy Woodpecker.

Regardless of the happenings in the so-called civilized world, it’s hard to be disappointed or depressed or unhappy on a cool, cloudless November day like this one.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:13 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. American Robin
3. Mourning Dove
4. Canada Goose
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Dark-eyed Junco**
9. House Finch**
10. American Goldfinch
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Northern Harrier
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Pine Siskin (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

Harrier

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
Northern Harrier, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 October 2020.
Northern Harrier (headed south).

Another quiet morning—although the muffled traffic noise suggested a northeast breeze. A good number of individual birds moving through, but not a whole bunch of species.

Still, I had a nice surprise when, as on a mission, a solitary Northern Harrier flew determinedly overhead, southbound. Only the third harrier I’ve seen here, I believe.

Had lots of finches and robins, along with a bunch of other usual suspects. No Mountain Chickadees, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:33 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker**
2. Mourning Dove
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch*
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Northern Harrier
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Pine Siskin
9. American Robin**
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Black-billed Magpie
12. Lesser Goldfinch*

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Windy on the Ridge

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 May 2020.
Chipping Sparrow.

A warmish morning, this one—but windy. Just about the windiest hiking conditions I believe I’ve experienced since moving here last August. I’d estimate 30 mph winds. Which actually felt nice up on the ridge, but made for poorer birding than yesterday.

But more species on my list somehow. Nothing outlandish, a few sightings fleeting, no great photos. Still fun, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. House Finch*
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Orange-crowned Warbler
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
13. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler
17. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
18. Northern Harrier
19. Green-tailed Towhee
20. California Quail*
21. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

22. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Vole (sp)

(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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