26 May 2022

His Lordship

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 March 2020.
Black-billed Magpie.

Very few crows here. Occasional ravens. Scrub jays. Rare (for me) Steller’s Jays. But no shortage of Black-billed Magpies.

Captain Jack and I have passed through the territory of a pair of nesting magpies nearly every day for a week or two. They make low, secretive noises when we pass, but we don’t mess with them. In fact, I talk to ’em a little. My hope and wish is that they observe us long enough to know we mean them no harm.

(Most all corvids are pretty smart that way, I think.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked a couple hundred feet up the mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Northern Flicker** (v)
9. Common Raven

Elsewhere

10. Song Sparrow
11. Rock Pigeon
12. California Gull

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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