26 February 2021


Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Eurasian Collared-dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 February 2021.
Eurasian Collared-dove.

Good hike with dog this morning. Comfortable winter temperatures, firm trail, plenty of wildlife about. Mammals were apparent (cottontail, deer), as were raptors (Golden Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk).

But also a few a nice sightings out the windows at home: towhee (second straight day of singing towhees), sparrow, finches, collared-doves.

They’re invasive, the Eurasian Collared-doves, but I rather like them. They have a mellow cooing territorial song, along with a raspy call when they mean to make a point. Natty looking, too. They don’t seem to have forced out the native Mourning Doves and are of course nowhere near as numerous as the (likewise invasive) Rock Pigeons that perch ddon the utility lines out toward the city.

Got eagle photos, and a shot of the young sharpie from the other day (on the same perch), and a nice pic of the bun, but I decided to feature the dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Spotted Towhee*
3. Black-billed Magpie**
4. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Black-capped Chickadee*
8. Rock Pigeon*
9. American Robin* (v)
10. Golden Eagle
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Song Sparrow* (v)


12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Eurasian Collared-dove


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel (v)

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

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