24 June 2024

Anticipation

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 April 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Still snow on the ground from yesterday. Mud on the trails. Chilly, but the sky’e begun to clear. Right away the birds began to announce themselves. Prevailing winds were north-northwesterly, not conducive to easy overnight migration, but there appeared a nice assortment. Also a cottontail.

In a trip to town, a Sharp-shinned Hawk caused the pigeons to skedaddle. Thought I heard another yellow-rump chip, but did not get a look.

Clearer weather on the way, and warmer temps. Anticipation.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. Townsend’s Solitaire
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. American Robin*
6. Black-capped chickadee**
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Chipping Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

15. Black-billed Magpie
16. European Starling
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Eurasian Collared-dove
19. Mourning Dove
20. California Quail (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

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

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