23 October 2020

Slim Pickin’s

Friday, September 4th, 2020
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah 04 September 2020.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

Cool in the mountain shade this morning. Not as hurried as yesterday—nor as fruitful. I blame the fact that the sun doesn’t clear the ridge these days until my hike with dog is more than half finished, and the insects are late to rise. And in these dry conditions (no precip since 28 July), a lot of birds depend on bugs and flies.

But at the end of our hike a little sparrow popped up to present me with the day’s best photo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. House Finch*
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Virginia’s Warbler
12. Brewer’s Sparrow


13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Rock Pigeon


Red Squirrel (v)
Rock Squirrel

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

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