26 May 2022

Kestrel

Sunday, September 26th, 2021
American Kestrel, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 September 2021.
American Kestrel.

This morning’s lovely hike was serene for the most part. Stll plenty of finches and yellow-rumps, but no outlandish species to speak of—at least not until afternoon. The hike highlight was probably the sudden appearance (amid a small flock of robins up in the juniper barrens) of a solitary Hermit Thrush.

Later, from the back deck, I noticed a couple of birds on a wire. Turns out one was a kestrel—and not far behind it sat a Mourning Dove.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:25 a.m. (8:25 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. House Finch**
8. American Robin
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Lesser Goldfinch

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared-dove
14. House Sparrow
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)

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

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