18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Townsend’s solitaire’

A Blessing

Friday, January 14th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2022.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Bad air again this morning—even worse than a couple days ago—but a nice variety of bird species. And Captain Jack’s good company, no matter the atmosphere.

Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2022.
Common Raven.

Had a couple chats along the trail, which is always nice. And my list had a Steller’s Jay (voice only) and a Townsend’s Solitaire. But the highlight was probably a solitary raven that flew low over our heads as we stood on the bluff, and continued north for a minute or more until it vanished over the far foothills.

Encountering a raven always seems, to me, like a blessing.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:03 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Steller’s Jay (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Northern Flicker
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Common Raven
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere
11. American Kestrel

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Eagle

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Decided to hike with Captain Jack earlier this morning, to compare with yesterday (a similar morning). Was much quieter than yesterday to start—but then things got interesting in a hurry.

First I watched an eagle fly above us, headed for a ridge to the north. I watched it touch down on a rock and begin to preen. Then I heard the solitaire again. And then a flock of what I’m pretty sure were redpolls—but I couldn’t tell for sure from their calls. Then we came upon a random Mourning Dove (first in a good while). Finally, on our return, I spied a secretive bird with an eye ring: a Hermit Thrush. Did not expect one of those at this time of year.

Searched for the old Garmin I dropped on the trail yesterday. Found it right on the trail. (Not sure how I missed it yesterday.) And as we headed back down to the switchback, the eagle was still there.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:04 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Golden Eagle
7. Northern Flicker** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Flicker, Day 2

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11  January 2022.
Northern Flicker.

An eventful morning, but not for the wildlife. For the third time in the past year, I dropped my trusty old Garmin Edge on the trail with dog—but this time, retracing our steps, I didn’t find it. So I bought a new one.

Otherwise, the day was forecast to be similar to yesterday, so we started later, so I could compare bird activity in sunnier conditions. Turns out there were fewer—but it might’ve been due to the bad air. (Big ol’ inversion had a haze of particulates up to a couple thousand feet, looked like.)

The highlight of our hike: At just about the same hour as yesterday, at almost exactly the same place, a flicker flew by in the same direction—only this time, while also being my first bird photo, it was my only good ’un.

(Will look for the old Garmin again in the morning.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:40 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. House Finch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

10. House Sparrow* (v)
11. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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