14 August 2022

A Little Snow

Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 December 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco on a snowy morn.
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 December 2020.
Solitaire takes flight.

The forecast snow arrived overnight, light snow, dry snow, about an inch. Made for slightly slipper footing, but neither of us took a digger, dog and me. Really foggy at first—but things cleared up late in our hike.

Not many birds to start, but things ended up with a flurry. First, ascending the leafy canyon, I wondered if I might see a (the?) Townsend’s Solitaire for a fourth straight morning, doubted it, then saw one (it?). And if that weren’t enough of a nice surprise, at least thirty juncos fluttered around us for a short spell.

And at the end, the voices of three quick species—bam, bam, bam.

(Already wondering if tomorrow will bring another solitaire.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:44 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared-dove

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

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