14 April 2024

Wren Again

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 September 2021.
Rock Wren.

Mostly overcast this morning. Not great air, but not so bad. Cool, with a breeze to start—but the breeze soon diminished.

Quiet at first. The second bird I saw was another Rock Wren. (Rusty enough that I thought it was a Canyon Wren at first.) Also heard a pair of Chukars—and got a good look at another Vesper Sparrow.

I love this quiet season. Birding’s a challenge. You’ve got to pay close attention, which pulls you out of your head and into the miraculous world.d

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:05 a.m. (8:05 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
2. Rock Wren
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Eurasian Collared-dove
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Lesser Goldfinch
7. Chipping Sparrow
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Chukar (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. House Finch**
12. Vesper Sparrow

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. California Quail
15. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

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