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Misty

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Robin at sunset, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 March 2022.
Robin at sunset.

A chilly, overcast morning, as expected. The slick mud of yesterday had (also as expected) had mostly dried, and dog and I enjoyed our daily excursion. The usual suspects, mostly—along with a goodly number of deer (not expected).

The most noteworthy moment came as we were returning via the deer trail and I heard the single, subtle cry of a Cooper’s Hawk. It came from approximately they’d nested last year. We stopped, and I listened and looked for a good ten or fifteen minutes—as single cries were followed by the species’s signature, repetitive call. But I never saw the bird.

At evening, though, I did the silhouette of a robin against a cantaloupe sky.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:15 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Eurasian Collared-dove* (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Pine Siskin (v)
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. House Finch* (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

Spring

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 March 2022.
Northern Flicker.

This morning was a little nippy, but the skies quickly cleared, and my hike with dog proved enjoyable and inspiring. Had a low-flowing red-tail early, robins and towhees and jays, just three deer, but a good-sized gaggle of chickadees.

Slippery trails on account of yesterday’s rain (and more coming tomorrow), but by afternoon the day had warmed considerably.

No new migrants—but today for the first time, I had no doubt it’s spring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:15 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Pine Siskin (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. House Finch* (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Northern Flicker
11. Song Sparrow* (v)
12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)

Elsewhere

14. California Quail**
15. Mourning Dove (v)
16. European Starling (v)
17. American Crow
18. Turkey Vulture

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

Towhees Galore

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 March 2022.
Spotted Towhee.

A mostly overcast morning of a day that’s forecast to include a thundershower or two. Breezy, but not chilly—rather cool. In more than one way, cool.

Many birds (flocks of robins, a dozen towhees) and good photo ops. A few deer, another kinglet.

And in afternoon, refreshing thundershowers.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:16 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

12. California Quail
13. Eurasian Collared-dove
14. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
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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