14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Townsend’s solitaire’

High Elevation

Friday, April 8th, 2022
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 April 2022.
Townsend’s Solitaire at 7,000 feet.

A cool but sunny morning, destined to be a warm midday, and for some reason dog and I headed up to the eastern ridge—and kept right on going. I didn’t bring a lot of water, but I guessed (correctly) that there’d be snow up there, so Jack had plenty of water. Even thought of continuing up to Grandeur Peak again, but we’re two years older now, and both have semi-creaky joints.

So we stopped at about 7,500 feet.

But what an accomplishment. We both felt it. We also felt a few aches and pains—but there was scenery, there were smells, there were birds and deer and distances.

Hell of a hike. Dog’s been snoozin’, and I had to take an ibuprofen.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked about 2,500 feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. American Robin*
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. House Finch**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Pine Siskin**
7. Northern Flicker* (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Chukar
10. Townsend’s Solitaire
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Common Raven
13. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. California Quail
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
18. European Starling

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Warmer

Friday, March 25th, 2022
Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 March 2021.
Mourning Dove.

A warmer, dryer morning of a soon-to-be a somewhat hot day. Seventy degrees (F) seems alarmingly warm for the season here—and it’s gonna get into the 80s this weekend (so they say).

Cloudless skies, birds about—including a solitaire and a pair of Mourning Doves. Heard another kinglet in the same junipers as yesterday’s. (Same bird?)

Really looking forward to what tomorrow has in store.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:10 a.m. (9:10 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. House Finch*
3. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
6. American Robin*
5. Townsend’s Solitaire
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Eurasian Collared-dove**
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Pine Siskin (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Mourning Dove

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

Sproing

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Something changed overnight. The planet had another rotation, and because of its revolution around the sun, the photoperiod lengthened slightly. And a butterfly showed up this afternoon. A deer appeared in front of the house, ambling toward town. And the birds went just a little bit spring-crazy.

Scrub-jays looking for places to cache things. A Steller’s Jay in the junipers. Two solitaires up along the deer trails, but just one deer. First red-tail in a while. A random raven. Four mammals. At home, a pair quail this morning, and an eagle this afternoon. Temps on the rise.

Sproing!

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

1. Northern Flicker
2. House Finch*
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. American Robin*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Spotted Towhee**
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. Common Raven

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. California Quail
18. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
19. Canada Goose
20. European Starling
21. Golden Eagle
22. Mourning Dove (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)
Mule Deer
Mountain Cottontail
Rock 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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