21 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘spotted towhe’

Cassin’ses

Thursday, January 14th, 2021
Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finches.
Cassin’s Finch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2021.
Cassin’s Finch (male).

I’d lived here in Utah about a year before I saw my first (ever) Cassin’s Finch. In the past few months, I’ve seen a bunch of ’em.

From what I understand, they tend to wander around in flocks, depending on food, weather, and/or reasons known only to themselves. They’ve been hanging around a lot lately, though, and I’m glad. I like the way they look—all clean-cut and stylish looks. I also like their habit of letting me approach nearer than other finches do. Makes for some nice photos.

I also like Lesser Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, and House Finches (in their original native habitat, unlike those back in Maine). But I’ve kind of got a crush on Cassin’s.

(Saw a dozen today.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:09 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
6. Spotted Towhee*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Golden Eagle
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Cassin’s Finch

Elsewhere

11. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel

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

Warm Day

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk.

Warmer this morning, and mostly overcast. Showers forecast, but no rain fell until late afternoon (after a few hours of bright sun), and only a spattering. Up the mountainside, dog and I encountered scant few birds for much of our hike, then—as often seems to happen—some good stuff later.

The nicest surprise was a lone Cooper’s Hawk perched on a snag overlooking the landscape. (Perhaps this bird was one reason for how quiet it’d been.) Then I heard (and saw) both Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches. Finally just as we headed down the last stretch of switchback, I heard the voice of a Juniper Titmouse.

Warm day, good hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:10 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. Spotted Towhee*
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Northern Flicker*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Cooper’s Hawk
9. House Finch*
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Juniper Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

12. American Robin
13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red squirrel

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

Kestrel and Jay

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
Kestrel and jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Kestrel and jay.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

Just as dog and I began our morning hike, I spied an American Kestrel zipping over to a utility line just above the trail ahead of us. While I was angling for a photo, a Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay showed up, alighting just beyond the kestrel. Just as I began to snap some pics, and the jay lunged at the little falcon, which popped up and veered away.

Otherwise the usual suspects (including a Mountain Chickadee). Will be interesting to see how the wildlife activity changes after our forecast rain and snow and cold arrives this weekend sometime.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

 
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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