21 January 2021


Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A pleasant, quick, relatively low-key hike with dog this nippy morning. Quite a few bird species, although not that many individuals. Heard its tapping, then spied my Downy Woodpecker friend (the male), heard the raspy call of a Mountain Chickadee. One moment stood out, though.

We were standing on the bluff overlooking the neighborhood, where sometimes I spot a cool bird or two. Heard a finch, spied a scrub-jay carrying a peanut, heard a Townsend’s Solitaire. Wait—that latter was rather unusual for the residential streets below, but it sure sounded like the sweet, clear, repeated territorial note of the species.

Knowing a solitaire’s tendency to perch in high places, I grabbed my binocs and scanned the treetops in the residential yards far below. There, a slim gray bird. Looked like it might be… Took up my camera and fired off a few shots just as it flew, revealing those telltale white underwing stripes.

A solitaire after all.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Townsend’s Solitaire
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
11. Mountain Chickadee (v)


12. Eurasian Collared-dove
13. European Starling
14. Rock Pigeon
15. California Gull


Red Squirrel (v)

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

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