18 January 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub jay’

Quiet Morning

Saturday, January 15th, 2022
Scrub-jay found a peanut, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2022..
Scrub-jay found a peanut.

A quiet morning hike with dog. A bit later than yesterday, nearly cloudless, hazy (but not as hazy), many fewer bird species.

Still, got a glimpse of a cottontail, a few deer, and a scrub-jay with a peanut, so all was not lost. In fact, much (as usual) was found.

We’ll do it again tomorrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:16 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-billed Magpie**
6. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere
7. House Sparrow (v)
8. European Starling

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

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

Thawy

Thursday, January 13th, 2022
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2022.
Black-billed Magpie.

This morning’s hike with dog was a quick, quiet one. Similar to the past couple mornings but a tad bit warmer and thawier. Not as much excitement as yesterday, but a couple-three birds did pose for pics.

Smoggy down in the city, a lot less snow on the deer trails, fewer deer. Dry conditions expected to continue.

Who knows what tomorrow might bring?

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:05 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. European Starling
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker** (v)

Elsewhere

9. California Gull
10. Mourning Dove
11. House Sparrow
12. Spotted Towhee

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer
Mountain Cottontail

(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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