24 June 2024


Thursday, December 30th, 2021
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 December 2021.
Golden Eagle.

For my birthday today, I had a wintry, windy, bright, fun morning hike with the Captain. Seeing as how it was above freezing, I decided not to wear a winter coat—and nearly regretted it—but after a while the sun (and exercise) counter-balanced the brisk wind quite nicely.

Few birds, a couple rabbits, lots of deer. Then, on our return, I happened to spy two eagles circling in the blue above the ridge. A birthday gift for sure.

Then, this late evening while taking Jack out one last time, I heard the voice of a Great Horned Owl—only my second Utah owl.

Snow and colder air coming. (It’s winter, after all.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:28 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Common Redpoll
8. Golden Eagle


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

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