5 February 2023

Wintry Skies

Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2019.
Black-billed Magpie.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Dawn revealed an even gray overcast, sub-freezing temperatures, and a faint dusting of snow. By late morning, the sky hadn’t changed, and the temperature hadn’t risen much. And we hiked, dog and I.

A few birds, a few deer. Most memorable moment was trying like crazy to focus on a scrub-jay perched on a utility line. Finally managed.

And the calendar year winds down.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie
3. House Finch (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Woodpecker (sp, pecking)

Elsewhere

6. American Robin (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

v = Voice only

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