22 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘ruby-crowned kinglet’

Titmice Three

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 October 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

A morning much like yesterday’s—and arguably even funner. For one thing, the earth and sky were gorgeous. For another, I caught a glimpse of a Merlin, which was cool. And for yet another, I encountered three Juniper Titmice. That’s a record for the species.

For some reason, eBird thinks more than one JUTI seems unlikely on this patch at this season. But I’ve seen two a few times. Three today.

Otherwise, a couple male flickers added a nice splash of color to an already (mutedly) colorful landscape.

I do ?? fall.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:41 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

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

Variety

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Pretty good variety this morning, bird-wise. About ten degrees (F) warmer than yesterday in the mountain shade—comfortable walking weather. Things started out rather quiet, but picked up soon enough.

On something of a lark, we followed a few deer trails across unfamiliar slopes, dog and I, which was interesting for both of us. Also followed a Juniper Titmouse around and, at quite a distance, spotted a Steller’s Jay in flight.

Perhaps my favorite bird of the day was an unassuming Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Cooper’s Hawk
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Northern Flicker
8. American Robin
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Mountain Chickadee
11. Pine Siskin**
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Juniper Titmouse
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

18. Eurasian Collared Dove

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

Nip in the Air

Friday, October 16th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 October 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Temps in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the shady trail. No clouds above us, a bit of a breeze, clean, sweet-tasting air, and quite a few birds about still.

Against this mid-October backdrop, I encountered the usual fall migration suspects—towhees, juncos, a couple kinglets, one yellow-rump—but not bad numbers. Several popped up for photos.

But I was especially thankful for the chickadee who struck a pose.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:35 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. House Finch**
9. American Robin
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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