28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘Woohouse’s Scrub-jay’

Bone-Chilling

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2019.
Northern Flicker.

We were expecting a few inches of snow this morning but got only a few flurries. So instead of sticking around indoors—the forecast cold was accurate—dog and I had ourselves our thirtieth straight daily hike up the mountainside.

Not a lot of birds, but a flicker on a utility pole posted while poking about in the snow. Also saw a bunch of curiously quiet magpies in the Canyon Wren gulch.

In the neighborhood were a few of the usual suspects also. Brisk wind—perhaps one of the windiest days here for us—made the dipping temperatures seem bone-chilling toward evening. Brrr.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Northern Flicker**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay** (v)

Elsewhere

6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. American Robin
8. House Finch
9. Eurasian Collared Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Juncos Everywhere

Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 October 2019.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Snowed a little overnight for the first time this season. Dog an I waited until late morning to hike the mountain…

…and found juncos everywhere. Dark-eyed Juncos, but in many different sets of plumage in many color combinations. Dark ones, pale ones, two-tone, you name it. There were scores of ’em up there.

Snow should be melted soon (except in the upper altitudes, of course).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. House Finch
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Solitaire Call

Friday, October 18th, 2019
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 October 2019.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

Snow on the mountaintops this morning. Overnight rain here below. Chilly morning hike with Jack—began cloudy but the sun came out soon enough.

The most exciting moment was near the end of our hike when I heard the territorial call of Townsend’s Solitaire for the first time—a plain musical note on the same pitch uttered every two seconds—an spied the bird in the tip of a juniper.

Really cool.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere

10. 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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