20 October 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Townsend’s solitaire’


Friday, October 15th, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2021.
Rock Wren.

And I don’t mean just juncos (although there were a bunch of those). Today’s nippy. cloudless hike with Captain Jack was a fun one. A cold-and-snowy snap combined with a dwindling photoperiod has kept the migrants moving right along.

Scores of robins today, plus the usual ’rumps, kinglets, and the aforementioned juncos. But also a young sharpy and—last but not least—a solitary Rock Wren. Pretty sure it’s the first of the species I’ve ever seen surrounded by (semi-fresh) snow.

I kinda wish every morning could be like this one. (Not really, but what an inspiration.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:06 a.m. (9:06 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Pine Siskin
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Northern Flicker
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Rock Wren


16. Townsend’s Solitaire
17. Song Sparrow

(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


Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 May 2021.
Lazuli Bunting.

A warm, sunny day was forecast, but it turned out to be warm and mostly cloudy. A perfect day for the arrival of Lazuli Buntings.

It was the sixth species on my list this morning—three up on the bluff (a good, high spot for migrants). Bright blue glinting in a patch of sun. Saw another later, and also got a glimpse of a first-of-year Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Plenty of firsts-of-years yet to come. Again, I look foward to the morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Broad-winged Hummingbird (wing-trill)
4. House Finch**
5. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting†
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird†
10. Chipping Sparrow
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Turkey Vulture


16. House Sparrow (v)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Mourning Dove


Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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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