26 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘song sparrow’

Eerily Quiet

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

This morning’s hike under lowery skies was eerily quiet. Chilly—30s (F)—and with an unusual bit of humidity, and with fewer bird species than recently. Overall, puzzlingly quiet.

Noteworthy were many magpies and scrub-jays, not a single House Finch, and a Juniper Titmouse that would not pose for a photo.

The most interesting bird showed up this afternoon: a Song Sparrow in the side yard, dining on fallen apples.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:23 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Juniper Titmouse
7. Northern Flicker
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared-dove
10. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Good Hike

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Good hike, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2020.
Good hike.

Calm today, and chilly. Birds were active again—and the towhees were out again.

Not many photo ops (in fact, most birds on my list were heard, not seen), but a nice variety. Most interesting, arguably, were the geese I heard while down in Coyote Canyon, where I had only a glimpse of a sliver of sky. (All I can say for sure is there were more than one.)

The sky was nice, though, as was the company of the best dog of all time.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker** (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. American Robin** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-billed Magpie**
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch*
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. Canada Goose (v)
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

15. Rock Pigeon
16. Mourning Dove

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

Old Friends

Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.

This warmish, overcast Sunday was awash with sweet, sweet mud. Been a good while since I had to scrape mud off my boots. How nice it is.

Also nice to sped the morning with the local birds, the usual suspects, my new old friends. Magpie, scrub-jay, towhee, junco. Flicker, chickadee, finch, robin. Even the sharpie and American Goldfinch were familiar players in this daily show of mine.

Later, at home, a pair of song sparrows showed up in the ivy, like dessert after a delicious meal.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

13. Song 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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