18 January 2022

Eagle

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Decided to hike with Captain Jack earlier this morning, to compare with yesterday (a similar morning). Was much quieter than yesterday to start—but then things got interesting in a hurry.

First I watched an eagle fly above us, headed for a ridge to the north. I watched it touch down on a rock and begin to preen. Then I heard the solitaire again. And then a flock of what I’m pretty sure were redpolls—but I couldn’t tell for sure from their calls. Then we came upon a random Mourning Dove (first in a good while). Finally, on our return, I spied a secretive bird with an eye ring: a Hermit Thrush. Did not expect one of those at this time of year.

Searched for the old Garmin I dropped on the trail yesterday. Found it right on the trail. (Not sure how I missed it yesterday.) And as we headed back down to the switchback, the eagle was still there.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:04 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Golden Eagle
7. Northern Flicker** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

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