20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘red squirrel’

Pleasant Morn

Sunday, October 17th, 2021
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 October 2021.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Got some good sleep last night, so didn’t rush to the trailhead first thing. As a result, much of my hike with dog happened in the sunshine this morning. Mild temperatures, plenty of interesting birds, just an all-around nice time.

Plus, a kinglet actually posed for a photo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:30 a.m. (9:30 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. House Finch**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Mourning Dove
8. Lesser Goldfinch**
9. Northern Flicker
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. European Starling
13. Black-billed Magpie**
14. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

15. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel

*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Clarity

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.).

Snowed a tiny bit overnight, and the temperature still hovered right about freezing when dog and I headed up the trail. Nearly cloudless sky, though, so—once the sun topped the ridge—melting commenced.

Meanwhile, we encountered a bunch more migrants, no doubt spurred on by the extra chill.

Many yellow-rumps, quite a few kinglets, a little gang of sparrows, surprisingly few juncos, and a solitary Cooper’s Hawk. (Also a solitaire Townsend’s Solitaire, which was fun to see.)

Sky, chill, migrants—ah, the clarity of a season’s change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m. (9:58 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
16. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Gull

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Plentiful

Monday, October 11th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 October 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Plentiful birds this nippy-yet-sunny morning. Not too many species—but scads of individual birds. E.g., at least sixty (60!) robins flying south (in two large flocks), and half that many yellow-rumps. Also many juncos, along with a few kinglets and such.

Plus, it felt and smelled and tasted of October, rich and sweet and pungent. And looked as a fall day should—a colorful landscape under a blue-and-white morning sky.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:51 a.m. (8:51 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch**
3. American Robin
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Northern Flicker
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Spotted Towhee*
10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
14. Song Sparrow** (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

(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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