24 March 2023

Wild Rose

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
House Wren (in a wild rose), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 September 2021.
House Wren (in a wild rose).

My morning hike with dog began quietly, in keeping with this quiet season, when I mostly scan for silent flitting birds. And, dang, did I hit the jackpot.

In particular, that pot appeared in the form of a trailside rose bush, where in the pat I’ve often seen lurking towhees. What I saw this morning were three quietly flitting Brewer’s Sparrows. As I stood still angling fdor photos, Another bird popped up: a Nashville Warbler. Turned my camera to the warbler, when another species appeared: a House Wren. Got some nice pics of the wren—when I noticed a Green-tailed Towhee in there, too.

Four species in the same little wild rose.

Later, on our return, I decided to head over and revisit the rose bush, and what should I find there? A Spotted Towhee.

You can bet I’ll be checking that wild again in the morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:07 a.m. (8:07 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. House Finch**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Western Tanager
5. Eurasian Collared-dove
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
9. Brewer’s Sparrow
10. Nashville Warbler
11. Green-tailed Towhee
12. House Wren
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-capped Chickadee
15. Lazuli Bunting
16. American Robin


17. California Quail (v)
18. House Sparrow


Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel

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

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