20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’

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


15. Song Sparrow


Red Squirrel

*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Fleeting Snow

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Side-yard Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 14 October 2021.
Side-yard Song Sparrow.

Awoke to the promise of wet, lightly falling snow—a promise soon kept. Dog and I encountered footprints on the trail but no human or dog or cottontail. However, we did encounter several bird species, including big bunches of robins and yellow-rumps.

Red-tailed Hawk (calling), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2021.
Red-tailed Hawk (calling).

What with all those snowflakes in the way, I didn’t expect to end up with any great photos, but was surprised. Still, my favorites came in afternoon, after much of the snow had melted. Thought about leading with the (calling) Red-tailed Hawk—but settled on a portrait of the resident Song Sparrow.

(Hadn’t had pic of the sparrow in a good while.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:03 a.m. (9:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay** (v)
3. House Finch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Pine Siskin
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
10. American Robin


11. Black-billed Magpie
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Red-tailed Hawk

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


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


17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Gull


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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