23 October 2020

Jack’s Birthday

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
View from a height, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
View from a height.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female).

For his 12th birthday today, Captain Jack, my dog, and I veered off the familiar foothills trail and up a grassy slope. And up and up to a rocky climb. And up some more. Kept going to an altitude of 6,736 feet—our highest climb so far.

Saw a high-elevation flicker on a rock. Heard my second Canyon Wren. met some fellow hikers coming down from a longer hike than ours.

Both of us are kind of achy and sore this night. (Jack’s just now napping on his birthday toy in the middle of the floor.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked about seventeen hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Golden Eagle
11. American Kestrel
12. Canyon Wren (v)


13. Song Sparrow
14. California Quail
15. Eurasian Collared Dove


Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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