17 January 2021

Nearly Fall

Sunday, September 20th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 September 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (immature).

A nice hike with dog this morning. A little nippy in the early shade—50s (F)—but a nice selection of birds, only a couple of which I missed identifying. Somehow I get the feeling it’s nearly fall.

Managed a nice sparrow sighting on our return. First heard it’s tseet! note, then saw it flit away, then followed in that direction and, rounding a curve, ended up with a nice view of my first-of-Utah White-throated Sparrow (immature).

(I’d thought the most interesting thing about today would be the lack of gnatcatchers, but I heard one across the little gulch at the end of our hike.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Northern Flicker
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
11. American Robin (v)
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Eurasian Collared Dove**
14. White-crowned Sparrow†
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

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