14 August 2022

Eagle’s Call

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 March 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Today I heard my first Golden Eagle vocalization. Dog and I were hiking along our usual deer trail (on this unexpectedly showers-free-yet-mostly-overcast morning) when I heard it. A series of loud, declarative, high, clear notes. Didn’t recognize the sound at all, but it had me looking up in the direction of the ridge—where the eagle appeared, circling.

I’d heard voices of Bald Eagles—which are kind of thin and twittery for such a stately bird—but never a golden. When the eagle swooped down to a rocky outcrop and sat for a good long while without calling, and I began to wonder if I’d heard another bird. But back home, I confirmed the ID.

Right after the eagle, I spied a kestrel in flight. Also saw a cottontail and a Rock Squirrel.

A good hike on the day before the snow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 08:44 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin
2. American Robin*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Golden Eagle
13. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

14. House Sparrow (v)
15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
* Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

First-of-year

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