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Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 April 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

The day dawned clear. A little remnant snow along the trails, although not nearly as muddy as the past two days. Few bird species to start, but a flurry toward the end of my hike with dog.

(Aside: I thought about leaving Jack home this morning, since his back legs aren’t as sturdy as they used to be, and I thought he might benefit from a day off. However, he seems eager, and in fact led the way more than once this morning. Plus, he’d miss all the smells I worry about him, though.)

Heard a couple bird calls I didn’t recognize. Neve got a look. New arrivals, I believe, perhaps sparrows. Should be a flurry of migrants in the next few warm days.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:23 a.m. (8:23 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee**
4. House Finch**
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Turkey Vulture
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. Cooper’s Hawk

Mammals

Rock squirrel

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

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