15 January 2021

Westerners

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
Northern Flicker (red-shafted race), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 November 2019.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted race).

One fun thing about moving west of the Continental Divide is finding familiar species that look different. An example is the yellow-rump I saw yesterday (which had a yellow throat, being an Audubon’s variety). Another are the red-shafted Northern Flickers we’ve got out here—quite distinct from the familiar yellow-shafted race from back east.

Today I got a good look at a few individuals of the latter. Lovely weather, nice hike. Just two days until my dog can join me again.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere
8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. California Quail

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

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