23 October 2020

Mountain Critters

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 2020.
Chickadee in the morning sun.

This morning’s cooperative bird was—much to my surprise—a Mountain Chickadee. It flitted, chattering, up to the bluff where dog and I had paused to look and listen. We stood still, and it approached very near, and I grabbed a few photos.

For some reason this happy episode got me thinking of all the species I’ve seen up there with “mountain” in their names. Mountain Bluebird, for instance, and Mountain Cottontail—even Mountain Coyote (which is more of a subspecies, I guess). I feel sure I’m missing at least one. But I’ve come to appreciate the perfection of that simple yet rich, descriptive term in their common names.

Thanks, little chickadee.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. American Robin**
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Mountain Chickadee
10. Sparrow (sp)
11. Rock Wren
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker (v)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Hummingbird (sp)
17. Pine Siskin


18. Rock Pigeon


Rock Squirrel

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

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