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Archive for December, 2021

Snowshoes

Friday, December 31st, 2021
Pine Siskin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 December 2021.
Pine SIskin.

Waited a while this morning for it to stop snowing. Had a good six inches at home, I’d say, and a good eight up on the deer trails. Swapped grips for snowshoes.

Despite the late hour, we were first up the switchback, dog and I. A few little birds near the trailhead, but nothing but deer in the foothills. Lovely powdered scenery, gray sky, not too cold—30s (F)—and an altogether nice hike. However, I wanted a bird pic. So we took a little swing down the lower trail, where I found a willing siskin.

And tomorrow, it’ll be a new year.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:22 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Pine Siskin
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

8. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Eagles

Thursday, December 30th, 2021
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 December 2021.
Golden Eagle.

For my birthday today, I had a wintry, windy, bright, fun morning hike with the Captain. Seeing as how it was above freezing, I decided not to wear a winter coat—and nearly regretted it—but after a while the sun (and exercise) counter-balanced the brisk wind quite nicely.

Few birds, a couple rabbits, lots of deer. Then, on our return, I happened to spy two eagles circling in the blue above the ridge. A birthday gift for sure.

Then, this late evening while taking Jack out one last time, I heard the voice of a Great Horned Owl—only my second Utah owl.

Snow and colder air coming. (It’s winter, after all.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:28 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Common Redpoll
8. Golden Eagle

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Year Ending

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021
Chickadee found a morsel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2021.
Chickadee found a morsel.

A morning much like yesterday’s, but with a very slight breeze, a slightly chillier temperature, a little more snow, and a bit of hazy sunlight. A different selection of birds, three cottontails, nine deer, a few humans (whose conversation was intelligible to me, but who did not notice us at all).

Saw a flicker. Heard a bunch of chickadees. Came upon what looked like Mountain Lion tracks. Grabbed a photo or two.

A couple days left in the year. A few hours until my birthday.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:36 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Northern Flicker
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Accipiter (sp?)
8. Black-billed Magpie (v)

Elsewhere

9. Mourning Dove
10. California Gull

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(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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