26 November 2020

Posts Tagged ‘yellow-rumped warbler’

Nice Surprises

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 October 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bit warmer this morning. Dog and I got to the trailhead about 15 minutes later than yesterday. A little cloudiness. A nice morning.

Started quiet—but soon enough I was enjoying a few nice surprises—e.g., a vocal Juniper Titmouse, the cry of a raven (first in many months), and a Townsend’s Solitaire popping up right in front of us on the trail.

I’ll take this kind of birding excursion any ol’ day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Northern Flicker
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Common Raven (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

Nip in the Air

Friday, October 16th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 October 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Temps in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the shady trail. No clouds above us, a bit of a breeze, clean, sweet-tasting air, and quite a few birds about still.

Against this mid-October backdrop, I encountered the usual fall migration suspects—towhees, juncos, a couple kinglets, one yellow-rump—but not bad numbers. Several popped up for photos.

But I was especially thankful for the chickadee who struck a pose.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:35 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. House Finch**
9. American Robin
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

Hawk and Sparrow

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (imm.).

A bit warmer this morning, but a favorable northwest-ish wind, and an interesting sky full of clouds. Hardly any birds for the first five minutes, then—pow!

Cooper’s Hawk (imm.), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk (imm.).

Most fun for me were two young species, both of which made surprise appearances near the trailhead.

First, I’d thought I heard a sparrow near the little old quarry hole but saw nothing. About a minute later, up popped a young White-crowned Sparrow. Then, soon after that, as I was angling to photograph three magpies, a new bird swept in and perched some forty feet away—a young Cooper’s Hawk.

Loved all the other birds, too, of course.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:28 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. Northern Flicker*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. House Finch**
7. American Robin
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Pine Siskin (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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