22 April 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-jay’

Fickle Spring

Monday, April 5th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 April 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Few clouds in this morning’s blue sky, and few bird species up along the deer trails. Rock Squirrels were rather conspicuous, as were Mule Deer, and insects—flies, wasps, butterflies—were a bit more numerous. Seems we’ll still have to wait some days for the first wave of migrants.

Especially considering the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow: cooler temperatures, higher winds, and a ew inches of morning snow.

Ah, sweet fickle spring!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:29 a.m. (8:29 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Song Sparrow** (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Juniper Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared-dove
10. California Quail
11. Lesser Goldfinch
12. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Ol’ Boys

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Captain Jack and the cairn, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 March 2021.
Captain Jack and the cairn.

This morning we hiked up the cairn, Jack and I. It’d been a while. It was a very good hike. A cloudless day, warm as spring. We even climbed up above the overlook a hundred feet or so and sat a spell.

Not many birds today, but it didn’t seem to matter much. We both dug the mission, the exertion, the smells, the sights—the views of this miraculous world.

Not bad for a couple ol’ boys.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. House Finch*
8. Black-billed Magpie
9. Cooper’s Hawk

Elsewhere

10. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Snowshoes

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Woke up this morning to a good bit more snow. I’d say maybe nine inches of new stuff down in the neighborhood—which translated into about a foot up the switchback. So, for the first time since I moved here, I broke out my snowshoes.

It was a good plan. As usual, Jack let me break the trail (although, to my surprise, we followed someone else’s tracks up—someone who wasn’t wearing snowshoes). Still snowing lightly for much of our relatively short hike. Which actually included several bird species. I even got a look at all but two (finch and jay). And a Northern Flicker posed for photos.

Not a long hike, but a considerable expenditure of energy, much of which came as I worked to dig my truck out of the snow-plow pile a rammed into while parking it. Gotta say, though, it felt pretty dang good.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:09 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Northern Flicker
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Rock Pigeon*

Elsewhere

8. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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