26 May 2022

Snowbirds

Sunday, January 16th, 2022
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 January 2021.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Another morning hike much like the past few—clear skies, sub-freezing to start, ice on the trails, kinda bad air, few bird species, some deer. Still, as nearly always, we enjoyed it, dog and I.

Notable today were the number of juncos. Juncos everywhere—twittering, flitting in the scrub oaks, poking about in the grass where snow used to be. I counted 22 of these little snowbirds.

I do like Dark-eyed Juncos. Their presence is comforting somehow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:24 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. House Finch
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Pine Siskin (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

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