18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘pine siskin’

Snowbirds

Sunday, January 16th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Another morning hike much like the past few—clear skies, sub-freezing to start, ice on the trails, kinda bad air, few bird species, some deer. Still, as nearly always, we enjoyed it, dog and I.

Notable today were the number of juncos. Juncos everywhere—twittering, flitting in the scrub oaks, poking about in the grass where snow used to be. I counted 22 of these little snowbirds.

I do like Dark-eyed Juncos. Their presence is comforting somehow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:24 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. House Finch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Flicker, Day 2

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11  January 2022.
Northern Flicker.

An eventful morning, but not for the wildlife. For the third time in the past year, I dropped my trusty old Garmin Edge on the trail with dog—but this time, retracing our steps, I didn’t find it. So I bought a new one.

Otherwise, the day was forecast to be similar to yesterday, so we started later, so I could compare bird activity in sunnier conditions. Turns out there were fewer—but it might’ve been due to the bad air. (Big ol’ inversion had a haze of particulates up to a couple thousand feet, looked like.)

The highlight of our hike: At just about the same hour as yesterday, at almost exactly the same place, a flicker flew by in the same direction—only this time, while also being my first bird photo, it was my only good ’un.

(Will look for the old Garmin again in the morning.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:40 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. House Finch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

10. House Sparrow* (v)
11. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Lovely Hike

Saturday, January 8th, 2022
Neighborhood red-tail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 January 2022.
Neighborhood red-tail.

Snowed less than an inch overnight, which made the trails this morning much less slippery. Dog and I had a pretty good time of it—Jack smelling the smells, me observing wildlife. Heard the Steller’s Jay again but (again) didn’t spot it. Hoping it’ll stick around.

Fun conversation with some trail friends (humans and dog). An all around lovely hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:15 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. Pine Siskin
3. American Robin
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Northern Flicker
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Steller’s Jay (v)
11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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