22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Townsend’s solitaire’

Clear

Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Raven overflight, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 April 2021.
Raven overflight.

As forecast, the day dawned clear. Nippy still, but much dryer trails. Bunches of birdies, too—nearly 50 of them robins.

A raven flew over, had a nice look at a solitaire, two starlings flew by (unusual), and a goodly amount of towhees. Also stopped to chat with some early-rising human (and dog) friends.

Tomorrow being Sunday—and having a similar forecast—we can maybe expect more of the same.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Townsend’s Solitaire
5. Northern Flicker
6. Common Raven
7. European Starling
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch*
11. Juniper Titmouse (v)
12. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Mourning Dove
16. California Quail
17. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Hawk & Deer

Friday, April 9th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 April 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk.
Mule Deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 April 2021.
Mule Deer.

Another cloudless morning. Nippier than yesterday, but despite that feeling more like spring. And with another interesting selection of bird species. (Also a few deer.)

Most unusual (to me) was a pair of Mallards that flew over. Pretty sure they were the first ducks I’ve seen out here. They circled once and sped away in the direction of Great Salt Lake (and other bodies of water down in the basin). Also a pair of Cooper’s Hawks, a whole bunch of robins, and a couple of Juniper Titmice.

On our return Jack and I encountered three parties with dogs—two being genuine parties, as a couple of groups of dogs being walked got together.

A fun time was had by all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m. (8:32 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Mallard
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Juniper Titmouse
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Townsend’s Solitaire
13. Mountain Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
15. California Quail
16. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

A Spring Snow

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 06 April 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire in a spring snow.

As forecast, it snowed. Light, slightly wind-blown snow falling when first I cast a glance outside. Supposedly, the snow would pass, so I waited a bit, but it didn’t pass, and in fact got a bit more insistent, so we just headed out in it, dog and me. We were the only ones on the deer trails—other than a few birds, and (judging by their tracks) some rabbits and what might’ve been a fox.

I didn’t expect any decent bird photos, but a Townsend’s Solitaire surprised me in little Coyote Canyon. It perched quietly in the snow as I snapped a few pictures.

The snow lasted longer than forecast. Perhaps two inches fell. But then the clearing came, and come evening the sky was mostly blue.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:47 a.m. (9:47 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Townsend’s Solitaire
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Robin
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. House Sparrow (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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