28 February 2024

Long List

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2019.
Cooper’s Hawk.
Golden Eagle (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2019.
Golden Eagle (juvie).

Snow last evening, snow overnight, snow this morning. About a foot of it, looked like when it finally stopped in late morning. Soon the sun came out and Jack and I slogged our way up the snowy trail.

I didn’t know what to expect, bird-wise—in fact, I was not too optimistic. Was I ever wrong. Ended up with eleven species on my trail list—including three raptors, a Canyon Wren, Canada Geese of all things, and a young eagle. Maybe being midday, maybe the first clearing after a four-day snow.

Ain’t complainin’. It was a very good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 12 p.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. Northern Flicker** (v)
4. Common Raven
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Golden Eagle
8. Northern Harrier
9. Canyon Wren (v)
10. Canada Goose (v)
11. House Finch* (v)

12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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