22 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘white-crowned sparrow’

Magpies

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2020.
Black-billed Magpie.

I haven’t mentioned magpies much lately. They kind of go quiet later in the summer, I guess is one reason. But they’re always around—like crows used to be back in Maine.

Not the same as crows, though. Way too fancy-looking, for one thing. A bit noisier, quicker to freak out. But still you can tell they’re corvids—smart, observant, near to verbal language. Yesterday I spied three or four on the bluff, but they flew as I went to photograph one. (Mostly this was because a hawk showed up unexpectedly.)

Today they were hanging out on the bluff again. And I got a nice photo of one in the process of being noisy.

A lot of folks tend to complain about all the Black-billed Magpies (as humans will do about conspicuous birds generally), but I kind of like ’em.

Lovely nippy hike today. (The temps have begun to dip, as temps will do.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Finch**
3. Northern Flicker**
4. Mountain Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. American Robin
9. White-crowned Sparrow
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow
15. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Hawk and Sparrow

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

A bit warmer this morning, but a favorable northwest-ish wind, and an interesting sky full of clouds. Hardly any birds for the first five minutes, then—pow!

Cooper’s Hawk (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.).

Most fun for me were two young species, both of which made surprise appearances near the trailhead.

First, I’d thought I heard a sparrow near the little old quarry hole but saw nothing. About a minute later, up popped a young White-crowned Sparrow. Then, soon after that, as I was angling to photograph three magpies, a new bird swept in and perched some forty feet away—a young Cooper’s Hawk.

Loved all the other birds, too, of course.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Titmouse

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 2020.
Juniper Titmouse.

What an unexpectedly action-packed hike this morning—bird action, that is. All started quietly (breezy, cool, mountain-shady), but as soon as we topped the switchback, dog and I, we found ourselves surrounded. By birds, that is.

A flock of a dozen towhees. Finches and robins and juncos and a flicker and a singing White-crowned Sparrow (immature), all within view at once. A Red-tailed Hawk on the utility pole I check every morning in case there’s a red-tail perching there. (Been at least a couple months.) Another Steller’s Jay up in the junipers.

Speaking of junipers, though, the little bird that stands out most is the chattery, nondescript Juniper Titmouse we happened upon. It’s only been a couple weeks or so since I saw my first of this species, but after a sighting or two nearly every day since, I now know what to look and listen for.

And today, one flitted up right in front of me and posed.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. House Finch*
7. American Robin
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Lesser Goldfinch**
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
14. Juniper Titmouse
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Mourning Dove*
17. Steller’s Jay
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

20. Eurasian Collared Dove

(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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