20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘red squirrel’

Quietened

Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 October 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Ah, another lovely morning’s hike in the mountain shade—and a bit of sun. A contrast with yesterday’s bird activity, though, thanks (I decided, based on nothing but a hunch) to a nice northwest wind overnight. Figure it might’ve cleared out the place. At least temporarily.

Truly a quietened morning landscape.

But still a nice list of finch and sparrow and corvid and chickadee and woodpecker. A junco even popped up in a sunny patch and posed for me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Nip in the Air

Friday, October 16th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 October 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Temps in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the shady trail. No clouds above us, a bit of a breeze, clean, sweet-tasting air, and quite a few birds about still.

Against this mid-October backdrop, I encountered the usual fall migration suspects—towhees, juncos, a couple kinglets, one yellow-rump—but not bad numbers. Several popped up for photos.

But I was especially thankful for the chickadee who struck a pose.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:35 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Magpies

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2020.
Black-billed Magpie.

I haven’t mentioned magpies much lately. They kind of go quiet later in the summer, I guess is one reason. But they’re always around—like crows used to be back in Maine.

Not the same as crows, though. Way too fancy-looking, for one thing. A bit noisier, quicker to freak out. But still you can tell they’re corvids—smart, observant, near to verbal language. Yesterday I spied three or four on the bluff, but they flew as I went to photograph one. (Mostly this was because a hawk showed up unexpectedly.)

Today they were hanging out on the bluff again. And I got a nice photo of one in the process of being noisy.

A lot of folks tend to complain about all the Black-billed Magpies (as humans will do about conspicuous birds generally), but I kind of like ’em.

Lovely nippy hike today. (The temps have begun to dip, as temps will do.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Finch**
3. Northern Flicker**
4. Mountain Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. American Robin
9. White-crowned Sparrow
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow
15. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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