14 August 2022

Promise

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 April 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Windy, windy overnight, and windier this morning. Temps in the 30s (F), gray sky. Waited a bit before hiking with Jack, thinking it might be calmer up under the ridge—and it was. In fact, up on the deer trail, I removed my scarf and gaiter.

What with the wind, I figured there wouldn’t be a lot of species on my list—and I was right. However, down in the deer scrub, I spied a thrush of some kind. A Hermit Thrush, I was pretty sure. A new migrant. But I had my camera in my hands and tried to grab a photo. Couldn’t focus. Missed my chance.

But it was a promise of things to come.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m. (8:59 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. House Finch*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Cooper’s Hawk
5. Song Sparrow** (v)
6. Thrush (sp.)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Juniper Titmouse (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. American Robin*

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

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