14 April 2024

A Quickie

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 August 2021.
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek.

Had a quick hike this morning, since Jack had a vet appointment about an hour and a half after we began. (Just a vaccine.) Warmer, about room temperature. And quieter—much quieter than yesterday.

The highlight was a Vesper Sparrow, which I didn’t get a decent photo of. Also missed a few small migrants (I assume) that were traveling along with a gang of chickadees (as were yesterday’s warblers). “The Chickadee Trick,” I call this—casting about for glimpses of such tagalong birds. I failed at the trick this morning.

Good hike. And we were only a few minutes late for our appointment.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Eurasian Collared-dove*
6. Vesper Sparrow
7. Spotted Towhee
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)

Elsewhere

11. Black-billed Magpie
12. California Quail
13. Barn Swallow
14. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel

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

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