30 May 2023

Ups and Downs

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020
Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 December 2020.
Common Raven.
Raven in the blue.

A morning much like yesterday—except I just turned 69. So thankful I can still get around well enough to climb a mountain or two, can hear well enough to hear distant singes, can see well enough to spy a perched bird (or is that a rock?) a half-mile away.

Nippy again—maybe even a degree or two nippier than a day ago—and with just a few wispy clouds drifting overhead. Few birds to start, and not a lot of numbers, but a nice birthday surprise on our return: a raven.

I heard it’s harsh cry high above us, dog and me. I stopped, turned, found it up in the blue, and fire off a mess of photos of it circling and gliding and calling before it drifted away off over the ridge.

Right after that is when I noticed I’d lost one of my ice grips and had I had to retrace my steps about 300 paces down a slippery slope to retrieve it.

Hey, life’s got its ups and downs!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:02 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie (v)
2. House Finch (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Common Raven


11. American Robin

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

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