14 August 2022

Cassin’s Finches

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
Pair of Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 November 2020.
Pair of Cassin’s Finches.
Closeup of Cassin’s Finch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 November 2020.
Closeup of Cassin’s Finch (male).

A nice but quiet hike this morning. Warmish—ahead of cold weather descending this coming weekend for a spell—with mostly the usual bird suspect. Had a Mountain Chickadee and a Merlin (in flight, heades south with a purpose), but no great photos.

Until the end of my hike with dog, when I stumbled upon a pair of Cassin’s Finches.

I’d only seen the species a couple of times—both times females/immature males—but with this pair the ID was clear. Face markings, rosy red peaked head on th emale, notched tails, etc. They perched and posed for quite a while.

A nice moment on a pretty nice day (weather-wise—although election-wise it’s been rather unsettling).

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:05 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Mountain Chickadee (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Spotted Towhee**
5. American Goldfinch
6. Northern Flicker**
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Merlin
12. Cassin’s Finch
13. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon

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

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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