22 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘northern 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*


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)


22. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)


Vole (sp)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

New Chickadee

Saturday, April 11th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 April 2020.
Mountain Chickadee (a lifer for me).

Welp, I did it again. Dog and I started our hike early, to beat the “crowds”—and I figured, when we came to the upper trail, “Why not?” So we headed up to the ridge again. Then, on the ridge, gazing up the eastern slope, I thought, “Why not?”

Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 April 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

Long story short, we hiked to 7,535 feet—highest yet (by not very much). Thought about continuing along precarious trail to Grandeur Peak, but thought better of it.

Then, descending, I heard a crazy-sounding chickadee. Slow and wheezy, like an elderly bird. Then the light bulb went off, and I reliazed what it had to be. As luck would have it, I got a good enough look to grab some photos.

Sweet hike today.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked about 2,400 feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. House Finch* (v)
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Mountain Chickadee
12. Chukar
13. Northern Harrier


14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. California Quail


Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel

(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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