30 June 2022

Sparrows

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
White-crowned Sparrow (youngster), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 October 2020.
White-crowned Sparrow (youngster).

Three sparrows today. First (and most exciting) was a pair of young White-crowned Sparrows that popped up in a rose bush on my morning hike with dog—then flitted around a bit. I heard them first, and their thin notes took my breath away.

Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 2020.
Song Sparrow.

Second were a few House Sparrows in town, where I ran a quick errand.

Third was the Song Sparrow in my yard (photo here from yesterday). It’s a year-rounder that seems to live in a thick mass of ivy.

Sparrows seem rarer here then in Maine, which makes me kind of appreciate them more.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:08 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch**
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Spotted Towhee**
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Lesser Goldfinch**
10. American Robin**

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. European Starling
13. House Sparrow
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. Song Sparrow (v)

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

Mammals

Long-tailed Weasel

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