28 February 2024


Friday, January 7th, 2022
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 January 2022.
American Robin.

If yesterday was warmish, today was positively balmy. What began as a comfortable, bright morning hike with dog—albeit with very icy trails in the shade—ended up sun-soaked and nearly 60° (F). Didn’t see that coming.

Nor did I see the robins coming, or anticipate the towhee’s whine, or expect the appearance of a pair of redpolls, or foresee the nice conversation with a friendly fellow “watcher,” or imagine Jack lying down in the snow to sun himself during said conversation.

Nor the pair of red-tails soaring overhead.

I did kind of expect the herd of deer—and the faint nervousness that a mountain lion’s been hanging around lately (judging not only by its snow-tracks). I shall be even more watchful than usual in coming days.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:12 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie (v)
2. American Robin
3. Spotted Towhee (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. House Finch**
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Common Redpoll
11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. Red-tailed Hawk


13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

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