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Ol’ Boys

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Captain Jack and the cairn, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 March 2021.
Captain Jack and the cairn.

This morning we hiked up the cairn, Jack and I. It’d been a while. It was a very good hike. A cloudless day, warm as spring. We even climbed up above the overlook a hundred feet or so and sat a spell.

Not many birds today, but it didn’t seem to matter much. We both dug the mission, the exertion, the smells, the sights—the views of this miraculous world.

Not bad for a couple ol’ boys.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:39 a.m. (8:39 MDT), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. Spotted Towhee
3. American Robin*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. House Finch*
8. Black-billed Magpie
9. Cooper’s Hawk

Elsewhere

10. Eurasian Collared-dove

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Titmouse Chase

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
Juniper Titmouse, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 March 2021.
Juniper Titmouse.

On my hike with dog this morning—a nippy hike, with temps in the low- to mid-20s to start—we encountered the usual birds. And a few deer. Above the little shaded canyon, I heard a sweet bird song I didn’t at once recognize. The sound of it inspired me to hurry down in search of its source.

Only a minute or so later the singer changed its tune—to the very familiar chatter of a Juniper Titmouse. I had of course heard both chatter and song before, but the latter only ever followed the first; out of context I whiffed on the ID. But now I had to chase the bird, to try for a photo.

Took a while, but I got it.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. Song Sparrow** (v)
9. American Robin* (v)
10. Juniper Titmouse
11. Black-billed Magpie** (v)

Elsewhere

12. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Sky Show

Monday, March 29th, 2021
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 March 2021.
Golden Eagle.
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 March 2021.
Red-tailed Hawk.

This morning dawned warm and breezy and mostly overcast. Few birds coming up the switchback, and things were quiet up the deer trails—at first.

Then a Red-tailed Hawk appeared, soaring. Not long after, a pair of Golden Eagle’s topped the ridge and hung in the air relatively motionless for a while, facing the wind. Soon enough, then, a pair of ravens showed up in the sky, circling each other as they moved away.

There were also a bunch of Mule Deer. It was a good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m. (8:42 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee**
2. American Robin*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. House Finch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Golden Eagle
9. Common Raven
10. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

11. Canada Goose
12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. European Starling
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)
16. American Crow
17. Mourning Dove

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red 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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