26 May 2022

Chickadee Hike

Friday, January 29th, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 January 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee.

A stout warm breeze greeted dog and me when we emerged into this overcast morning. Also plenty of bird life, now that the nip had gone out of the air.

Not many bothered to pose for photos, though. For much of our hike, my ears made most of the IDs. That is, until we started up little Coyote Canyon, when a little gang of Black-capped Chickadees decided to accompany us. One in particular seemed to like the camera. And they always seem so bright and carefree, the chickadees.

In afternoon, around the house and running errands, I added quite a few nice species—American Crow, California Gull, Canada Goose. Place-name species, they were.

Still my thoughts turns back to those early chickadees.

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

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


11. Eurasian Collared-dove
12. Song Sparrow
13. American crow
14. California Gull
15. Canada Goose


Red Squirrel

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

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