22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘red-breasted nuthatch’

Well Worth It

Saturday, April 10th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 10 April 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee.

On something of a lark (or simply remembering my lifer pair of Mountain Bluebirds last April there), I led Jack up to the cairn ridge—and beyond. We two oldsters hiked up above 7,000 feet and took another route down.

The day was cool at first but warmed up considerably. Saw no bluebirds—nor many species altogether—but we did encountered a pair of Chukars and, descending near the raven stone, the ravens themselves flew silently from behind us, very near, and off across the valley.

A long hike that left us both a bit spent, but well worth it.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m. (8:32 MDT), I hiked some 2,000 feet up a mountain.

1. Lesser Goldfinch**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. House Finch**
10. Chukar
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Common Raven
13. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Northern Flicker (v)
16. California Quail
17. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Spring Returneth

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
Cassin’s Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 April 2021.
Cassin’s Finch.

Melted snow and sun and insects, cottontail and deer, singing birds in numbers. What a difference a day makes, eh? Another quick hike with Jack—but more like spring, this one.

Fifteen species in all this morning on the hill, and another five elsewhere. Many robins moving through, and first waxwings of the year.

The April chill will remain for a bit, but the photoperiod lengthens.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin*
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Song Sparrow** (v)
10. Rock Pigeon*
11. Cassin’s Finch
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Pine Siskin (v)
14. Black-billed Magpie*
15. Lesser Goldfinch*

Elsewhere

16. European Starling
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. House Sparrow
19. Downy Woodpecker
20. Cedar Waxwing†

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Still Warmer

Sunday, April 4th, 2021
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2021.
American Robin.

It’s really starting to feel like spring. Early spring, perhaps, but the warmer air today, bright sun, new leaves, and slight uptick in birdsong were convincing.

Singers down in the neighborhood and up on the deer trails. An Eastern Sunday cottontail in the old quarry. Even this evening in the yard, a solitary Cooper’s Hawk on a utility line.

As happens nearly every night, I can’t help but what tomorrow brings.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m. (8:49 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Northern Flicker**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*

Elsewhere

11. California Quail
12. House Sparrow
13. Eurasian Collared-dove
14. Song Sparrow
15. European Starling
16. Cooper’s Hawk

Mammals

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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