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Posts Tagged ‘white-crowned sparrow’


Thursday, October 29th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (youngster).

Three sparrows today. First (and most exciting) was a pair of young White-crowned Sparrows that popped up in a rose bush on my morning hike with dog—then flitted around a bit. I heard them first, and their thin notes took my breath away.

Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 2020.
Song Sparrow.

Second were a few House Sparrows in town, where I ran a quick errand.

Third was the Song Sparrow in my yard (photo here from yesterday). It’s a year-rounder that seems to live in a thick mass of ivy.

Sparrows seem rarer here then in Maine, which makes me kind of appreciate them more.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:08 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch**
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Spotted Towhee**
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Lesser Goldfinch**
10. American Robin**


11. Rock Pigeon
12. European Starling
13. House Sparrow
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. Song Sparrow (v)

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


Long-tailed Weasel

Very Good Day

Friday, October 23rd, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East MIllcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Got cold overnight. Somewhere in the 30s (F), with a brisk breeze. I wore a scarf on my hike with Jack, who wore his usual fur coat.

Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 October 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Didn’t see or hear a bird for many minutes, and then only faint clues to finch or flicker or towhee. But somewhere around half-way along, things changed. Chickadees began to call, and a couple of Juniper Titmouse, and a bunch of Dark-eyed Juncos, and a pair of Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Before long, it was all I could do to keep count.

Not complaining, mind you. It was one of those pleasantly surprising, unexpectedly successful birding excursions—even built to a nice crescendo (a large flock of juncos at the end). All in all, a very good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


16. Rock Pigeon

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

Surprise Raptors

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 October 2020.
Kestrel of the mountains.

Right at the beginning of my (truly active) birding hike with dog this morning, I heard the frantic, unmistakable voice of an American Kestrel and looked up to see two of the little falcons wheeling around in the sky above the trailhead. As I angled for an action shot I never got, one of the birds abruptly, veered rapidly away and down to a perch at the tip of a nearby conifer. Auspicious, that.

The next two hours were full of odd and surprising bird visitations. Most were species I’ve been seeing nearly every day, but one stood out: a lone Osprey—first I’ve seen in more year-plus here in Utah—circling high above us. Migrating, I suspect, because there’ll be cooler days ahead.

If the forecasters are typically accurate, in fact, tomorrow morning’s hike will be the nippiest of the season.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Kestrel
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Northern Flicker
6. Pine Siskin
7. Juniper Titmouse
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. American Robin
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Osprey
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Mourning Dove*


17. Rock Pigeon
18. American crow

(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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