2 December 2021

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-jay’

Junco in a Juniper Tree

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

A quick hike, an earlier hike—most of it in the mountain shade. Quite a few species, but lower numbers. I only managed a photo of one, a junco in a juniper tree.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:29 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Spotted Towhee (v)
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

12. Song Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

Jay Day

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Another frosty morning hike up the switchback in the mountain shade. Pretty darn quiet up on the deer trails—until we reached a little mount overlooking the neighborhood, dog and I, where and saw the first two of a number of scrub-jays.

Also heard a solitaire from up there, and a singing song sparrow, and got a glimpse of a flicker and a couple juncos.

If you wander about a bit, you can nearly always find a bird or two. Today was kind of a jay day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:50 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-billed Magpie*
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. California Quail (v)
11. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

12. American Kestrel

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

Finishing Strong

Sunday, November 7th, 2021
American Goldfinch (non-breeding male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 November 2021.
American Goldfinch.

Saw a goldfinch this morning—an American Goldfinch. Possibly the only one of this species I’ve seen in Utah (although I’ve heard a bunch), and certainly the only one I’ve photographed. In my first year here, I wasn’t even aware they hung out in this region. Anyway, it was cool.

Cooler still was finishing strong today. Dog and I were approaching the end of our hike when I got my tenth species (a heard siskin), but as we neared the trailhead, I added four more—including the goldfinch.

(Was kind of wild, but I’m not complainin’.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:30 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Northern Flicker
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. House Finch
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. California Quail** (v)
9. American Robin
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Spotted Towhee** (v)
12. American Goldfinch
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
14. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Red Squirrel

(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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