21 January 2021

Kestrel and Jay

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
Kestrel and jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Kestrel and jay.
Mountain Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 November 2020.
Mountain Chickadee.

Just as dog and I began our morning hike, I spied an American Kestrel zipping over to a utility line just above the trail ahead of us. While I was angling for a photo, a Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay showed up, alighting just beyond the kestrel. Just as I began to snap some pics, and the jay lunged at the little falcon, which popped up and veered away.

Otherwise the usual suspects (including a Mountain Chickadee). Will be interesting to see how the wildlife activity changes after our forecast rain and snow and cold arrives this weekend sometime.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

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