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Suddenly, Raptors

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk (riding the wind), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 December 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (riding the wind).

Hawks are not uncommon around here, rather they’re intermittent. I might se one a day for two or three days, then none for a week. Then I might have a day with three.

Today I had one of those.

Mostly overcast, a storm brewing, a gusty breeze, a dramatic sky, and hardly any obvious birds during my entire hike with dog: eleven species, but only a couple dozen individuals. Two of the individuals were raptors.

The first was an adult Bald Eagle I spied way, way way up above the ridge, riding the breeze. The other was a Red-tailed Hawk, nose to tdhe wind, hovering occasionally. [Aside: I don’t believe I’d ever a redtail hover before.]

Later, from my deck, I spied another hawk—another redtail. Watched it soar and circle—then suddenly veer over and down to perch on utility pole.

I wonder how much snow we’ll get this time around.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:48 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Rock Pigeon
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Bald Eagle
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Red-tailed Hawk*
11. Pine Siskin (v)


12. European Starling

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

Nice Surprises

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 October 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

A bit warmer this morning. Dog and I got to the trailhead about 15 minutes later than yesterday. A little cloudiness. A nice morning.

Started quiet—but soon enough I was enjoying a few nice surprises—e.g., a vocal Juniper Titmouse, the cry of a raven (first in many months), and a Townsend’s Solitaire popping up right in front of us on the trail.

I’ll take this kind of birding excursion any ol’ day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:42 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Northern Flicker
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Juniper Titmouse
13. Common Raven (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)


15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)


Mountain Cottontail

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


Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

I like an overcast day. If not for my inability to take a decent photo in dim light, I’d prefer birding on cloudy days.

This morning was gray and calm and pleasantly cool. Spotted (or heard) a good selection of birds up the mountain—including a singing female grosbeak, a random pair of cowbirds, and a wayward collared dove.

Most exciting for me, though: after three days of trying, I somehow managed to grab a single half-way decent photo of a Warbling Vireo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American robin* (v)
2. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (v)
3. Eurasian Collared Dove*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. California Quail* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Black-headed Grosbeak
13. Brown-headed Cowbird
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Black-chinned Hummingbird
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Warbling Vireo
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler


20. Song Sparrow
21. European Starling



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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