27 January 2021

Warm Day

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2021.
Cooper’s Hawk.

Warmer this morning, and mostly overcast. Showers forecast, but no rain fell until late afternoon (after a few hours of bright sun), and only a spattering. Up the mountainside, dog and I encountered scant few birds for much of our hike, then—as often seems to happen—some good stuff later.

The nicest surprise was a lone Cooper’s Hawk perched on a snag overlooking the landscape. (Perhaps this bird was one reason for how quiet it’d been.) Then I heard (and saw) both Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches. Finally just as we headed down the last stretch of switchback, I heard the voice of a Juniper Titmouse.

Warm day, good hike.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:10 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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


12. American Robin
13. House Sparrow (v)


Red squirrel

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

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