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Archive for December, 2019

Quiet

Saturday, December 28th, 2019
Young buck, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 December 2019.
Young buck.

Aside from humans and dogs, this bright, nippy, late-Saturday-morning hike was a quiet one. Distant rush of traffic, a few faint calls of birds—that was about it.

(That is, aside from a healthy population of mule deer occupying the fringes.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Canyon Wren (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. House Finch
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Glorious Day

Friday, December 27th, 2019
Golden Eagles, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 December 2019.
Golden Eagles.

On our nippy but mostly sunny hike this late morning, dog and I encountered deer and chickadees and several other bird species—including a pair of eagles.

Just another glorious winter’s day.

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

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

Elsewhere

9. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Goldfinches

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Sun this morning, and lots of snow on everything. Didn’t expect many birds to be working the scrub with all the globs of snow stuck to everything—but up the mountain trail, dog and I encountered house finches, juncos—and nice-sized flocks of goldfinches.

(Growing to love the voices of Lesser Goldfinches, so different from their eastern counterparts.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. Lesser Goldfinch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Black-billed Magpie* (v)

Elsewhere

7. Rock Pigeon
8. European Starling
9. House Sparrow

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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