20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘ruffed grouse’

The Unexpected

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
Ruffed Grouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Ruffed Grouse.
Plumbeous Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 August 2020.
Plumbeous Vireo.

This morning was chilly compared to recent mornings. Right away, as dog and I started up the switchback, birds began to make themselves apparent. The usual suspects mostly (albeit not singing so much as they used to), until we got to the shade of Coyote Canyon, when things got exciting.

First were the wing-trills of the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that’ve been following us up the cool valley there in past days. Soon enough I heard heard a short, sweet, subtle warble, which turned out to be a female grosbeak’s. Then I spied my first Warbling Vireo in a few days, a random Yellow Warbler in the leafy maples, then another bird up there I could not quickly ID—apparently a young bird, being fed by a parent. I got a photo, thought, which revealed it to be a Plumbeous Vireo (only my third-ever glimpse of the species).

The short climb was thrillingly birdy. Then, unexpectedly, I happened to notice two Ruffed Grouse in the thick greenery not six feet off the trail. Possibly a female and a young bird. Also unexpectedly, they did not fly—just stood contemplating me as I snapped photos, then moseyed off into the vegetation.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Mourning Dove*
4. American Robin
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. House Finch**
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Plumbeous Vireo
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Black-headed Grosbeak
17. Ruffed Grouse
18. Lazuli Bunting
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


20. California Quail
21. Song Sparrow
22. House Sparrow (v)
23. Northern Flicker (v)
24. Eurasian Collared Dove


Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere


Saturday, June 20th, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 June 2020.
Golden Eagle.

Pretty chilly in the mountain shade this morning of the first day of summer. But the sun warmed things quickly. Dog and I hiked our favorite circuit, about !,200 feet up along the ridge overlooking Millcreek Canyon.

Up on that ridge, I spied a solitary Golden Eagle circling lazily in the blue. Somehow a fitting sign of the solstice.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch**
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Warbling Vireo (v)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Black-billed Magpie (v)
17. Golden Eagle
18. Ruffed Grouse
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)


20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. California Quail


Rock Squirrel

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

Jonesin’ for Migration

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Northbound geese, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 April 2020.
Northbound geese.

Cooler than yesterday, but nearly cloudless, with little wind. Perfect for heading up to the ridge.

Which dog and I did. A lovely hike. A lovely morning. Singing towhees and singing chickadees. Magpies and jays negotiating territories. Canada Geese headed north. We flushed a grouse near the summit, and I heard (then saw) a sharpie.

Still mere hints of migration. Already looking forward to morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Canada Goose
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch*
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Ruffed Grouse
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk


14. European Starling (v)
15. Eurasian Collared Dove


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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