30 June 2022

Cloudless, Nippy…

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
Cassin’s Finches, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2020.
Cassin’s Finches.

Cloudless, nippy, bracing morning. Got to the trailhead a bit late today, but still got a glimpse of a Cooper’s Hawk in flight right out of the pickup. Many more numbers than yesterday (though no Downy Woodpecker).

Most exciting to yours truly was a flock of 15 Cassin’s Finches in the Russian olive trees above the little old lime quarry. [Aside: thanks to an email from a local friend, I got confirmation that the hole at the bluff was, in fact, a quarry until about a hundred years ago—name of Monarch Quarry.]

All in all, a lovely hike, a lovely day. The year 2020 is nearly over.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:06 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Cooper’s Hawk
2. House Finch (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Northern Flicker
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Cassin’s Finch
11. California Quail (v)

Elsewhere

12. American Robin (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

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