30 November 2023


Friday, September 27th, 2019
Wood-house’s Scrub Jay (with acorn), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 September 2019.
Wood-house’s Scrub Jay (with acorn).

Most high desert days seem to be clear days. At least that’s my experience. We’ve had a few stormy ones, and the weekend upcoming is supposed to be rainy—but today was (so far, for me) one of the rare overcast days.

Despite a breeze (apparently) favorable for migration, I saw few birds up the mountainside this morning. But I love an overcast day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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


8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Song Sparrow
10. American Goldfinch
11. Rock Pigeon
12. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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