27 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘rock squirrel’

Last Bird

Friday, January 22nd, 2021
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 January 2021.
American Kestrel.

This day dawned warm (mid- to upper-30s (F)) and mostly overcast. My morning hike brought not many species, but pretty good numbers.

Birds were hopping back at home, though: I had as many species within ear- and eyeshot of my door. Sparrows, robin, chickadee (a species I did not have up the mountain trails)—and, last bird of the day, an American Kestrel, perched on a street light post overlooking the highway, with the city view behind him.

Thanks, kestrel.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:05 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Northern Flicker
7. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. House Sparrow (v
10. American Robin
11. Eurasian Collared-dove
12. European Starling
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. American Kestrel

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

Harrier

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
Northern Harrier, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 October 2020.
Northern Harrier (headed south).

Another quiet morning—although the muffled traffic noise suggested a northeast breeze. A good number of individual birds moving through, but not a whole bunch of species.

Still, I had a nice surprise when, as on a mission, a solitary Northern Harrier flew determinedly overhead, southbound. Only the third harrier I’ve seen here, I believe.

Had lots of finches and robins, along with a bunch of other usual suspects. No Mountain Chickadees, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:33 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Sparrow

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Chipping Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 October 2020.
Chipping Sparrow.

Nice quick hike with dog this morning. Many birds moving about (although fewer species than a few days ago). Good air, good exercise—and I had a sparrow on my list for a change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:29 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Northern Flicker**
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Mourning Dove
6. House Finch**
7. Mountain Chickadee
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Pine Siskin
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. American Robin
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

15. Song Sparrow (v)
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Mammals

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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