20 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub jay’

Nice Surprises

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 October 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bit warmer this morning. Dog and I got to the trailhead about 15 minutes later than yesterday. A little cloudiness. A nice morning.

Started quiet—but soon enough I was enjoying a few nice surprises—e.g., a vocal Juniper Titmouse, the cry of a raven (first in many months), and a Townsend’s Solitaire popping up right in front of us on the trail.

I’ll take this kind of birding excursion any ol’ day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Northern Flicker
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Juniper Titmouse
13.Common Raven (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Quietened

Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 October 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Ah, another lovely morning’s hike in the mountain shade—and a bit of sun. A contrast with yesterday’s bird activity, though, thanks (I decided, based on nothing but a hunch) to a nice northwest wind overnight. Figure it might’ve cleared out the place. At least temporarily.

Truly a quietened morning landscape.

But still a nice list of finch and sparrow and corvid and chickadee and woodpecker. A junco even popped up in a sunny patch and posed for me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Variety

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Pretty good variety this morning, bird-wise. About ten degrees (F) warmer than yesterday in the mountain shade—comfortable walking weather. Things started out rather quiet, but picked up soon enough.

On something of a lark, we followed a few deer trails across unfamiliar slopes, dog and I, which was interesting for both of us. Also followed a Juniper Titmouse around and, at quite a distance, spotted a Steller’s Jay in flight.

Perhaps my favorite bird of the day was an unassuming Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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

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

Elsewhere

18. 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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