18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘song sparrow’

Same Bird

Monday, January 17th, 2022
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 January 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

The highlight of this morning’s hike with dog—which unfolded very much like the past three or four or five mornings’—happened as we were hiking up the little wooded gully trail, when I heard the voice of a raven in flight. I never caught sight of the bird through the webs and tangles of branches above us, but I did hear it call again a bit later. Also in flight, but returning.

I feel sure it was the same bird.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:18 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

8. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Coyote (v)
Red Squirrel (v)
Mule Deer

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

Snowbirds

Sunday, January 16th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Another morning hike much like the past few—clear skies, sub-freezing to start, ice on the trails, kinda bad air, few bird species, some deer. Still, as nearly always, we enjoyed it, dog and I.

Notable today were the number of juncos. Juncos everywhere—twittering, flitting in the scrub oaks, poking about in the grass where snow used to be. I counted 22 of these little snowbirds.

I do like Dark-eyed Juncos. Their presence is comforting somehow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:24 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. House Finch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Flicker, Day 2

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11  January 2022.
Northern Flicker.

An eventful morning, but not for the wildlife. For the third time in the past year, I dropped my trusty old Garmin Edge on the trail with dog—but this time, retracing our steps, I didn’t find it. So I bought a new one.

Otherwise, the day was forecast to be similar to yesterday, so we started later, so I could compare bird activity in sunnier conditions. Turns out there were fewer—but it might’ve been due to the bad air. (Big ol’ inversion had a haze of particulates up to a couple thousand feet, looked like.)

The highlight of our hike: At just about the same hour as yesterday, at almost exactly the same place, a flicker flew by in the same direction—only this time, while also being my first bird photo, it was my only good ’un.

(Will look for the old Garmin again in the morning.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:40 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. House Finch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

10. House Sparrow* (v)
11. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
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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