22 April 2021

A Spring Snow

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 06 April 2021.
Townsend’s Solitaire in a spring snow.

As forecast, it snowed. Light, slightly wind-blown snow falling when first I cast a glance outside. Supposedly, the snow would pass, so I waited a bit, but it didn’t pass, and in fact got a bit more insistent, so we just headed out in it, dog and me. We were the only ones on the deer trails—other than a few birds, and (judging by their tracks) some rabbits and what might’ve been a fox.

I didn’t expect any decent bird photos, but a Townsend’s Solitaire surprised me in little Coyote Canyon. It perched quietly in the snow as I snapped a few pictures.

The snow lasted longer than forecast. Perhaps two inches fell. But then the clearing came, and come evening the sky was mostly blue.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:47 a.m. (9:47 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Townsend’s Solitaire
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Robin
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. House Sparrow (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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