25 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘pine siskin’

Warm Winter

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 January 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

This winter’s been warm here so far. That’s what I gather at least—it being only my second winter in Salt Lake City—and I know from observation that we’ve seen very little snow and maybe only one or two overnights with lows in the teens (F).

This morning’s temperature had hit the mid-20s when dog and I started up the trail. A cloudless sky for the second straight day. Mostly the usual bird suspects (the funnest being a pair of Juniper Titmice). On our return, when the sun topped the ridge, the temperature rose to the point that my scarf made my neck to warm—and got up into the 40s by mid-afternoon.

However, this historic Inauguration Day, our brand new President took the first steps toward treating anthropogenic climate change seriously again. Which is good news for our survival on this tilted planet of ours.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Juniper Titmouse
10. European Starling*


11. American Robin

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere


Monday, January 18th, 2021
Pair of Northern Flickers, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 January 2021.
Pair of Northern Flickers.

A lovely hike with dog this morning—a hike under mostly overcast skies, and with very light snow falling. About freezing, hardly a breeze, not many birds about. Tried to track a flicker down, but it was calling from too far away.

However, in afternoon, back home, I heard one out the window and, lo, two were perched in a tree out back. They posed for photos before flying away.

More snow tonight (rather surprisingly), but not too much. Will be a whitened hike in the morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:05 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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


12. American Robin
11. European Starling


Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Town Birds

Monday, January 11th, 2021
Song Sparrow in the yard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2021.
Song Sparrow in the yard.

Was a quiet hike with dog this morning. Had only eight species on my trail list, and I saw only half of those. (Just one—a scrub-jay—posed for photos.) But this was an errand day, and between the in-town birds and yard birds, I ended up with a nice variety.

Gull, geese, and starlings in town. And in the yard, a Golden-crowned Kinglet for the second straight day (heard this time) along with glimpses of the resident Song Sparrow. A good day today.

Anybody’s guess what tomorrow will bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:02 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. California Quail* (v)


9. House Finch
10. European Starling
11. California Gull
12. Canada Goose
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
14. Song Sparrow

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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