28 February 2024

Balmy

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

Elsewhere

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

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

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