15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘spotted towhee’


Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2021.
Mountain Cottontail.

A hazy, mostly overcast, relatively bird-free morning. Oh, I heard or got glimpses of several bird species, but most were laying low (or perched on wires in the distance). However, I got a nice look at a mammal.

For a few seasons I’ve been watching the Mountain Cottontails that live in and around the old Monarch limestone quarry up at the bluff. Mostly dog and I have encountered them in early morning when the days are longer (although I usually have to point them out for Jack)—but today we spooked one at the quarry.

As I’ve noticed they sometimes do, this one dashed like lightning up a snowy trail and behind a tangle of bushes—then, out of sight, stopped there. All I had to do was creek around to where I had a view of the other side of the tangles to grab a photo or two.

Hawks and eagles and coyotes (even a weasel) also stop by the quarry area, aware of the prospect of potential meals. But the cottontail population seems pretty healthy to me.

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

1. Cassin’s Finch
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Spotted Towhee**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
8. European Starling
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Mourning Dove


11. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

Town Birds

Monday, January 11th, 2021
Song Sparrow in the yard, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2021.
Song Sparrow in the yard.

Was a quiet hike with dog this morning. Had only eight species on my trail list, and I saw only half of those. (Just one—a scrub-jay—posed for photos.) But this was an errand day, and between the in-town birds and yard birds, I ended up with a nice variety.

Gull, geese, and starlings in town. And in the yard, a Golden-crowned Kinglet for the second straight day (heard this time) along with glimpses of the resident Song Sparrow. A good day today.

Anybody’s guess what tomorrow will bring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:02 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. California Quail* (v)


9. House Finch
10. European Starling
11. California Gull
12. Canada Goose
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
14. Song Sparrow

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

The Titmouse

Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 January 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

So, I have a thing for the Juniper Titmouse. It took me a while to spot one here over the past 18 months—not until I learned its bubbly, staccato call did I began to observe its behavior, learn its habits. I’m pretty sure, in fact that I’ve never seen one without first hearing its voice.

So it was a treat to hear that voice at the trailhead this morning, before dog and I had even begun our climb up the switchback. Better yet, it flitted over in our direction (they tend to be rather shy) and posed for photos.

A good Sunday hike (including visits with three groups of hiking friends), and a nice selection of birds. But the highlight happened right at the start.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:04 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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


11. European Starling
12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
14. Mourning Dove


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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