26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Elk Herd

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Parley’s elk herd, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2020.
Parley’s elk herd.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Can’t help but lead with the elk herd. Every other day or so in the past couple weeks, I’ve caught sight of elk high on the ridge to the north, nearly Parley’s Canyon—a.k.a., the Parley’s herd. But never have I seen as many animals as I did this morning. (More than 60, for sure.) They were resting in the snow as dog and I made our ascent, and they were marching east in a caravan as we descended. Very cool.

Otherwise, quite a few birds out and about today—a clear, mildish day. (Will be even milder tomorrow, or so they say.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere

9. Downy Woodpecker
10. House Sparrow
11. European Starling
12. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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