5 February 2023

Fun Dozen

Monday, April 4th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Northern Flicker.

Had an early appointment, so Captain Jack and I were late to hit the trail this morning. The early sun had slipped behind a veil of haze—first trace of coming precipitation, I reckon—but the light was good, and there were a dozen bird species to watch and/or listen to.

Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A Rock Wren showed up, which was fun. And gang of fifteen deer surprised us (or me, at least) up amid the junipers. But the funnest moment was when I heard the voices of crows.

In Maine, crows appeared on my list nearly every day, whereas up in the foothills, I think I’ve only listed them a two or three times (I can recall two) in my years here. So I gasped when I heard a caw!—then another. I spied them a few hundred feet above us, eight in all, flying in a loose circle.

Seems I really miss ’em, crows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Eurasian Collared-dove**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. California Quail
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Rock Wren
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch**
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow


13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. California Gull
15. European Starling
16. Lesser Goldfinch


Rock Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

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