28 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-jay’


Monday, April 11th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

Saw hawks and a wren this unseasonably nippy, overcast, windy morning. The wren was hopping about in the rocks around the old abandoned Monarch Quarry, the hawks were sailing in the wind. A red-tail, in fact, looked to be hunting for rabbits at the quarry. (Saw a cottontail, early, but before the hawk showed up.)

At home, the robins are still constructing a nest—possibly in the ivy around the chimney.

Gonna snow tonight.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:02 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Song Sparrow* (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Turkey Vulture
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Red-tailed Hawk


14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. California Quail


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Lovely Morn

Friday, March 11th, 2022
Junco on a snow-capped juniper, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 March 2022.
Junco on a snow-capped juniper.

Cold to start, but also cloudless and windless, and the sun beat down and warmed this patch of the planet, and by the time dog and I had finished our two-hour hike on the deer trails, we both had a spring in our step. (Or an almost-spring: only nine days away!)

Up on the deer trails, lots birds about for a change. Most fun was the sudden appearance of a pair of vocal ravens, croaking and wheeling and circling above us. Couldn’t tell if this was the resident mating pair, or perhaps territorial rival males. (The behavior seemed different from the former.) Tree branches in the way or I’d have gotten a decent photo.

We’ll hike again tomorrow, when the forecast calls for warmer temps. Will still be snow about, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:02 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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


12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)


Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

Eagle’s Call

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 March 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Today I heard my first Golden Eagle vocalization. Dog and I were hiking along our usual deer trail (on this unexpectedly showers-free-yet-mostly-overcast morning) when I heard it. A series of loud, declarative, high, clear notes. Didn’t recognize the sound at all, but it had me looking up in the direction of the ridge—where the eagle appeared, circling.

I’d heard voices of Bald Eagles—which are kind of thin and twittery for such a stately bird—but never a golden. When the eagle swooped down to a rocky outcrop and sat for a good long while without calling, and I began to wonder if I’d heard another bird. But back home, I confirmed the ID.

Right after the eagle, I spied a kestrel in flight. Also saw a cottontail and a Rock Squirrel.

A good hike on the day before the snow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 08:44 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin
2. American Robin*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Golden Eagle
13. American Kestrel


14. House Sparrow (v)
15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock 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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