26 May 2022

Snowshoes

Friday, December 31st, 2021
Pine Siskin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 December 2021.
Pine SIskin.

Waited a while this morning for it to stop snowing. Had a good six inches at home, I’d say, and a good eight up on the deer trails. Swapped grips for snowshoes.

Despite the late hour, we were first up the switchback, dog and I. A few little birds near the trailhead, but nothing but deer in the foothills. Lovely powdered scenery, gray sky, not too cold—30s (F)—and an altogether nice hike. However, I wanted a bird pic. So we took a little swing down the lower trail, where I found a willing siskin.

And tomorrow, it’ll be a new year.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:22 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Pine Siskin
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

8. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

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