26 May 2022

A Blessing

Friday, January 14th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2022.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Bad air again this morning—even worse than a couple days ago—but a nice variety of bird species. And Captain Jack’s good company, no matter the atmosphere.

Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2022.
Common Raven.

Had a couple chats along the trail, which is always nice. And my list had a Steller’s Jay (voice only) and a Townsend’s Solitaire. But the highlight was probably a solitary raven that flew low over our heads as we stood on the bluff, and continued north for a minute or more until it vanished over the far foothills.

Encountering a raven always seems, to me, like a blessing.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:03 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Steller’s Jay (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Northern Flicker
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Common Raven
8. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Black-capped Chickadee

11. American Kestrel


Red Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

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