21 January 2021

Old Friends

Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 November 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 November 2020.
Song Sparrow.

This warmish, overcast Sunday was awash with sweet, sweet mud. Been a good while since I had to scrape mud off my boots. How nice it is.

Also nice to sped the morning with the local birds, the usual suspects, my new old friends. Magpie, scrub-jay, towhee, junco. Flicker, chickadee, finch, robin. Even the sharpie and American Goldfinch were familiar players in this daily show of mine.

Later, at home, a pair of song sparrows showed up in the ivy, like dessert after a delicious meal.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:21 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. House Finch**
5. American Robin
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

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

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