26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘rock squirrel’

Springy

Friday, April 15th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A few showers overnight, and more showers this morning, so dog and I waited a bit before embarking on what I knew would be a slippery, muddy hike. Which was awesome. A nice assortment of birds—including a handsome wren, a pair of vultures, the neighborhood redtail. Was also a three-mammal day. Got good and muddy, slipped three or four times, but never fell down.

Also busy at home, bird-wise: quail, sparrows, finches, and robins poking about in the garden. (The robins are doing some major nest-building.) A sunny, warm afternoon.

A springy day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:36 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin**
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch* (v)
6. Rock Wren
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Northern Flicker* (v)
10. Turkey Vulture
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
14. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch
18. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Everywhere Siskins

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

Sure enough snowed a little overnight—and into this morning for a few hours. Very light snow, but wet enough (and chilly enough) to convince me to wait for a clearing. And when it came we headed up, dog and I.

And a grand hike it was, mostly because of the siskins. Pine Siskins everywhere—individuals, small batches, good-sized flocks. I heard and/or saw siskins at every point during our hike. (Vocal birds, siskins. Even an solo individual can sound like a squabbling family of ’em.)

The trace of spring snow and the siskin invasion were probably related somehow. Perhaps also the lone Cooper’s hawk perched nonchalantly in the tree overlooking the little old Monarch quarry.

On our return trip, the sun emerged. An enjoyable time was had by all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:49 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

11. European Starling
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel

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

Fun Dozen

Monday, April 4th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Northern Flicker.

Had an early appointment, so Captain Jack and I were late to hit the trail this morning. The early sun had slipped behind a veil of haze—first trace of coming precipitation, I reckon—but the light was good, and there were a dozen bird species to watch and/or listen to.

Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A Rock Wren showed up, which was fun. And gang of fifteen deer surprised us (or me, at least) up amid the junipers. But the funnest moment was when I heard the voices of crows.

In Maine, crows appeared on my list nearly every day, whereas up in the foothills, I think I’ve only listed them a two or three times (I can recall two) in my years here. So I gasped when I heard a caw!—then another. I spied them a few hundred feet above us, eight in all, flying in a loose circle.

Seems I really miss ’em, crows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Eurasian Collared-dove**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. California Quail
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Rock Wren
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch**
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. California Gull
15. European Starling
16. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer

(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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