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A Very Fine Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Canyon Wren.

A calm, nearly cloudless morning with chillier temps (20s (F)) than yesterday—and a bunch of nice surprises to discover. The first being a Canyon Wren in the rocky cavity up near the bluff. I heard it first, remembered the call from early spring, and managed even to spy the little energetic bird.

Soon after that sighting, I decided we should climb up to the ridge where the cairn stands—where I’d seen (from a distance) that it’d partly fallen in on account of (I assume) a few very windy days. It’d been a couple-three months, at least. Past time.

And it was a grand climb, a lovely view. I repaired the cairn (more or less), and dog and I ascended a couple hundred feet above it, sat a spell, then came back down (during which descent I heard—then spotted—a couple Chukars) and finally hiked a stretch of our usual trail, for good measure.

Good measure turned out to be a Sharp-shinned Hawk, perched low in the scrub not far away, casting about for voles or juncos until a trail runner jogged by.

All in all a very fine day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m. (MST), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Pine Siskin (v)
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. American Robin** (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Canyon Wren
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chukar
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)

Elsewhere

14. American Kestrel

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Cold-weather waxwing

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Distant red-tail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2014.

Distant red-tail.

Cloudless and sub-freezing still. Ice on the stair. Made and drank some coffee while screwing around online for a while, then took Jack for a morning hike. We were the first vehicle at the Beech Hill Road parking lot today, surprisingly. I love that, though, because it means I can sneak quietly around in pursuit of any birds that might be lurking. Snowy Owl anyone? (Probably just getting my hopes up.)

Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2014.

Black-capped Chickadee.

No owls today, but some interesting species. E.g., a solitary Yellow-rumped Warbler down in the tangles on the woods side of the hill. Also while down there I heard a high, husky trill-like call that I couldn’t place at once. Lucky for me, I spotted the bird perched high in a small, naked tree. A waxwing. A Bohemian Waxwing. I believe that’s the first of this species I’ve ever seen hanging out along.

Also heard a raven and some geese. Spotted a few other species—like a distant Red-tailed Hawk riding a November thermal.

Tonight is starry. I see Sirius.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and a little bit more.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Red-winged Hawk
6. Northern Flicker
7. Common Raven
8. Canada Goose (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Bohemian Waxwing

Elsewhere

11. House Sparrow
12. Herring Gull
13. European Starling

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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