20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘rock squirrel’

Fall Sweet

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

The forecast called for rain for most of the day, and the morning was lowery and drippy—but from the time dog and I headed up the switchback until we jumped back in the truck, all we saw were some very light flurries of snow.

Well, that wasn’t all we saw—there were a bunch of birds. Migrating robins and yellow-rumpes, a pair of White-crowned Sparrows, many finches, a circling redtail, and, in distant flight, a random, solitary Canada Goosed.

The held the pungent aroma of autumn, and the temperature was chilly (but not too chilly)—and the feeling in the breeze was fall sweet.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:41 a.m. (9:41 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

15. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Before the Rains

Friday, October 8th, 2021
Mourning Dove in the burnt patch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 October 2021.
Mourning Dove in the burnt patch.

Was supposed to rain all day, so headed out prepared to get a little wet, dog and I. However—despite a dramatic looking sky—we encountered only sparse sprinkles. And I managed to spot a few birds.

A couple even posed (a couple of doves that we surprised in the little burnt patch).

Rained lightly for much of the rest of the day, and tomorrow’s looking rainier. We shall hike either way, Captain Jack and I.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:34 a.m. (8:34 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. House Finch**
3. Northern Flicker
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Spotted Towhee (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Mourning Dove
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. White-crowned Sparrow

Elsewhere

12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. California Quail

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

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

A Morning Like This

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 October 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

What began as a damp, chilly, quiet morning in the foothills (after an overnight shower or two) turned out to be the most exciting of the young season for dog and me.

Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 October 2021.
Golden Eagle.

First, the sound of a siren rose from I-215 below, and a few seconds later, the scrub downhill from us erupted in yips and barks and howls. Many coyotes, singing at the tops of their lungs—and for a good couple of minutes. (And behind us, from somewhere high up the near the ridge, came another solo howl.)

Next, we encountered a little flock of juncos. First juncos since spring.

Finally, a Golden Eagle flew by. First eagle—or big bird of any kind—in a good long while.

I’ll take a morning like this one any ol’ day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:40 a.m. (8:40 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Coyote
Rock 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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