15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘osprey’

Surprise Raptors

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 October 2020.
Kestrel of the mountains.

Right at the beginning of my (truly active) birding hike with dog this morning, I heard the frantic, unmistakable voice of an American Kestrel and looked up to see two of the little falcons wheeling around in the sky above the trailhead. As I angled for an action shot I never got, one of the birds abruptly, veered rapidly away and down to a perch at the tip of a nearby conifer. Auspicious, that.

The next two hours were full of odd and surprising bird visitations. Most were species I’ve been seeing nearly every day, but one stood out: a lone Osprey—first I’ve seen in more year-plus here in Utah—circling high above us. Migrating, I suspect, because there’ll be cooler days ahead.

If the forecasters are typically accurate, in fact, tomorrow morning’s hike will be the nippiest of the season.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Kestrel
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Northern Flicker
6. Pine Siskin
7. Juniper Titmouse
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. American Robin
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Osprey
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Mourning Dove*

Elsewhere

17. Rock Pigeon
18. American crow

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

Solitary Morning

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2019
Song Sparrow.

Cool, breezy, sunny, birdy. What a lovely morning—complete with familiar voices. Birds were all over the place (young and old), so I wasn’t hurting for photographs.

We had ourselves the run of the hill this morning, oddly. Where were all the early Sunday morning hikers I’m accustomed to seeing? It was weird.

But that left more birds to pay attention to. A couple of minor oddities: Red-winged Blackbird in flight, and the voice of a (migrating?) Ruby-crowned kinglet. Many, many juveniles.

Dewy blueberries, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)
21. American Goldfinch**
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)
25. Gray Catbird**
26. Northern Cardinal** (c)
27. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsehwere
**VOice only elsewhere

Alder Fly

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2019.
Alder Flycatcher.

I love the little Alder Flycatcher. These are shy birds, but the nest along he field edges of the preserve, and I’ve grown accustomed to their various subtle vocalizations (beyond their typical “free beer!” song).

Descending today, I heard the familiar Pip! alert sound of theirs coming from some greenery very near the trail. Of course Jack and I stopped so I could take a peek. The bird must’ve had fledglings nearby—otherwise I’d never have gotten close enough for this photo with a sprig of fireweed.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Gray Catbird**
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Song Sparrow**
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Osprey
18. American Robin
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Alder Flycatcher

Elsewhere

21. Wild Turkey
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Mourning Dove

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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