5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘woodpecker (sp)’

Wintry Skies

Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2019.
Black-billed Magpie.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Dawn revealed an even gray overcast, sub-freezing temperatures, and a faint dusting of snow. By late morning, the sky hadn’t changed, and the temperature hadn’t risen much. And we hiked, dog and I.

A few birds, a few deer. Most memorable moment was trying like crazy to focus on a scrub-jay perched on a utility line. Finally managed.

And the calendar year winds down.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie
3. House Finch (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Woodpecker (sp, pecking)

Elsewhere

6. American Robin (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

v = Voice only

Zero

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Cold morning, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 12 February 2016.

Cold morning.

Not long after sunup, when I first glanced at the miraculous wireless thermometer, I saw that it was zero degrees (F) outside. Took a while for true winter to arrive.

Heard a few little birds around out there nonetheless—including a chickadee singing it’s spring fee-bee! They know from the lengthening photoperiod how many weeks until the equinox. Eagles have likely begun to nest already, and bluebirds should be thinking about it before long.

Worked until mid-afternoon, then hiked. By then the temperature had risen to the mid-teens. Not much wind to make a lovely hike challenging. But big snow is in tomorrow’s forecast—and crazy low wind-chills for Sunday morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. Woodpecker (sp, probably Downy—drilling)

Elsewhere

5. Blue Jay (v)
6. American Crow
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*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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