23 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Chukars

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
Chukar tracks, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2020.
Chukar tracks.

Last night was warm and windy—windiest I’ve yet experience in Utah. This morning was warm and breezy. (By warm, I mean about 40° (F).) Not a lot of birds at first. As usual, mule deer. A snowy landscape.

Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2020.
Northern Flicker.

The big news: I finally saw my first-ever Chukars (a Eurasian game bird introduced to the high desert states in the last century). Jack and I flushed three from under a Juniper on the far side of the gulch. Gone in a flash down the slope—but I figured I might find traces of their presence in the snow. And I was right.

Elsewise, the lower trail provided a few photo opportunities of the usual suspects (finches, chickadees, juncos woodpeckers).

This afternoon it snowed like crazy for a couple of hours. Kind of nippy tonight. Capricious weather lately.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. House Finch*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Chukar†
6. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

9. American Robin

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†Lifer

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