20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘northern licker’

Migra-a-tion

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow.

I had no expectations when dog and I headed up the switchback this morning. After yesterday’s mostly silent stroll, I’d begun to think fall migration would be something of a dud this year.

My suspicions were unfounded, perhaps not least because of the weather. Which I hadn’t checked. There was a little (very little) rain.

And we encountered many bids—among them two dozen yellow-rumps, a gnatcatcher, and a posing sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:19 a.m. (8:19 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Northern Flicker
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. California Quail** (v)
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. House Finch*
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove
17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

A Day

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 September 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

A few clouds this morning, just enough to make for some hazy sun early. Cool, but not as cool as the past few mornings. Still smoky air.

Very quiet along our usual hiking trails: nine species, not many of each. Afterward, doing errands in town, listed another nine species—including a vee of geese, three vultures, swallo, gull, and starling.

However, my best photo came early, thanks to a visit by a chatty scrub-jay.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:10 a.m. (8:10 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Eurasian Collared-dove
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird

Elsewhere

10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mourning Dove
13. European Starling
14. Canada Goose
15. California Gull
16. Turkey Vulture
17. Barn Swallow
18. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

Sparrows

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Chipping Sparrow in the morning, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 Septmber 2021.
Chipping Sparrow in the morning.

Got to the trailhead a bit earlier this morning, still cool, shady, breezy—and quiet. Missed a few more little flitty birds, too, but in the early sunny spots, a few sparrows emerged.

Three species, to be precise: chippies, Brewer’s, and (first in I don’t know how long) a single immature white-crowned hanging with the little guys. And later, back home, a family (or two) of House Sparrows showed up in the garden, dining on sunflower seeds.

I kinda dig sparrows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:07 a.m. (8:07 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Eurasian Collared-dove*
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker
7. Chipping Sparrow
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. American Robin
10. Lesser Goldfinch
11. House Finch
12. Brewer’s Sparrow
13. White-crowned Sparrow

Elsewhere

14. California Quail
15. House Sparrow
16. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel
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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