As forecast, the morning brought sprinkles. Dog and I high-tailed it up the switchback before the rain became too steady. Nobody up there except us and five bird species. It was a quick hike—not much more than an hour. Didn’t get too wet, got a little muddy.
In afternoon, it snowed a bit, just enough to whiten the roofs and yards. I happened to see the resident pair of Song Sparrows, who didn’t seem at all perturbed by the weather.
In a week it’ll be a sunny 80° (F).
Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.
1. American Robin**
2. House Finch** (v)
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Song Sparrow* (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. California Quail
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
(v) Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere
Tags: American robin, black-capped chickadee, California quail, house finch, song sparrow, spotted towhee, Woodhouse’s scrub jay