19 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘spotted towhee’

Shady Morn

Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Black-capped chickadee and sunflower seeds, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 October 2021.
Black-capped chickadee (dining on sunflower seeds).

Hiked early today—not summertime early, but certainly autumn early. About three-fourths of my hike with dog occurred in shade of the mountain, as did most of my bird sightings.

Among them, more kinglets, robins juncos, and yellow-rumps moving through (although not as many as yesterday). Plus, a Mountain Cottontail.

Here’s hoping tomorrow’s hike is as enjoyable.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:31 a.m. (8:31 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


Mountain Cottontail

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

Fleeting Snow

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Side-yard Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 14 October 2021.
Side-yard Song Sparrow.

Awoke to the promise of wet, lightly falling snow—a promise soon kept. Dog and I encountered footprints on the trail but no human or dog or cottontail. However, we did encounter several bird species, including big bunches of robins and yellow-rumps.

Red-tailed Hawk (calling), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2021.
Red-tailed Hawk (calling).

What with all those snowflakes in the way, I didn’t expect to end up with any great photos, but was surprised. Still, my favorites came in afternoon, after much of the snow had melted. Thought about leading with the (calling) Red-tailed Hawk—but settled on a portrait of the resident Song Sparrow.

(Hadn’t had pic of the sparrow in a good while.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:03 a.m. (9:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay** (v)
3. House Finch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Pine Siskin
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
10. American Robin


11. Black-billed Magpie
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Red-tailed Hawk

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


Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk (adult fem.).

Snowed a tiny bit overnight, and the temperature still hovered right about freezing when dog and I headed up the trail. Nearly cloudless sky, though, so—once the sun topped the ridge—melting commenced.

Meanwhile, we encountered a bunch more migrants, no doubt spurred on by the extra chill.

Many yellow-rumps, quite a few kinglets, a little gang of sparrows, surprisingly few juncos, and a solitary Cooper’s Hawk. (Also a solitaire Townsend’s Solitaire, which was fun to see.)

Sky, chill, migrants—ah, the clarity of a season’s change.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m. (9:58 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire
10. Northern Flicker*
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
16. Pine Siskin


17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
18. California Gull


Red Squirrel

(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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