14 August 2022

A Little Magic

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Up the trail with dog as usual, and as lately in the cool, cool shade. Many birds at first—and all told the most species in a while—plus just a little visual magic today for whatever random reason.

For instance: Rock Squirrels perched high on a rock on a ridge, one high, one low; a hummingbird teed up on a twig, the waning gibbous moon behind it; and in late afternoon, a red-tail perched on a utility pole, as an incoming jetliner passes in the sky behind it. (Saw what I assume was the same hawk, on the same pole, this early morning.)

A little magic is a good thing.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. House Finch**
4. Mourning Dove
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Black-billed Magpie**
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Common Raven
12. American Robin* (v)
13. Sharp-Shinned Hawk
13. Warbling Vireo
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Song Sparrow* (v)
18. Lesser Goldfinch**

Elsewhere

19. California Quail
20. House Sparrow
21. Eurasian Collared-dove
22. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

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

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