14 August 2022

Sparrows

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
White-crowned Sparrows (first of year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 April 2022.
White-crowned Sparrows (first of year).

While dog and I were hiking this oddly hazy, warmish, briefly sunny morning, I encountered three species of sparrow: Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow.

The first was a single bird I heard singing down near the trailhead. The second—towhees are a large sparrow—was the first of about ten representatives of the species. The third, were a pair of White-throated Sparrows, the first I’ve seen this year.

In fact, these two were not the first white-throats (I happened to hear one as we started up the trail), but they were gracious enough to pose for photos.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:04 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. White-crowned Sparrow†
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Pine Siskin**
5. California Quail** (v)
6. Spotted Towhee
7. House Finch**
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

14. Eurasian Collared-dove
15. House Sparrow (v)
26. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

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