24 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘rock pigeon’

Lovely Hike

Monday, November 16th, 2020
Towhee in a wild rose, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 November 2020.
Towhee in a wild rose.
Butt of scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 November 2020.
Butt of scrub-jay.

Some warmer this morning. Still muddy (reminding me of Maine), and with quite a few bird species right away. Ten species after about ten minutes, in fact—then no more for about an hour or so.

But a couple more toward the end (both heard only). Two corvids, four finches, two chickadees, two sparrows, a thrush, and a woodpecker.

All in all, a lovely hike with dog.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:18 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Big Birds

Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 November 2020.
Common Raven.
Golden Eagle (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 November 2020.
Golden Eagle (youngster).

A lovely Saturday morning with a dramatic, partly cloudy sky, a half-inch layer of fresh snow, and a slight breeze. The air tasted clean. Few birds to start—although including a Mountain Chickadee (voice only)—but some high excitement toward the end of our hike, dog and me.

My count was ten species when I spied the Bald Eagle above the rocky ridge. It was a young eagle, and I took a bunch of pictures of it in flight. Less then a minute after it sailed away, I saw another soaring shape—a Common Raven. First raven I’ve seen since June, and I really love those guys, so I have to declare that the highlight of the morning.

Nice to see a couple big birds again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
7. Northern Flicker
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Bald Eagle
12. Common Raven
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Downy

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Downy Woodpecker (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 November 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (female).
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 November 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

Nearly every day for the past week or two, I’ve had a standing a.m. date with a female Downy Woodpecker. She likes to frequent the scorched scrub oaks in and around the burnt patch—the acre or so near the high point of last summer’s little wildfire.

Usually (like this nippy, fresh-snow morning), dog and I will slow and get quiet as we approach this area, and I’ll listen for her gentle tapping. And there it is. And I follow it. And I see her, and take per photo.

I really kind of have a crush on her. (So grateful for my hearing.)

Today also had three finches, two corvids, three sparrows, and a Cooper’s Hawk. Every day’s a different day—each and every one.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:12 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. House Finch*
8. Spotted Towhee*
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(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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