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Eagles

Monday, January 31st, 2022
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 January 2022.
Bald Eagle.

Started up the switchback a little later than the past few days. The morning was warmer—right about freezing—and the birds seemed to like the (brief) reprieve: dozens of juncos, singing finches, vocal jays, a pair of eagles—the cool thing being the eagles were of differing species.

First I happened to spy a high-flying Golden Eagle circling above the cairn ridge, then ten or fifteen minutes saw it again—that is, I assumed it was the same bird. Turned out to be a Bald Eagle (a species I see far less frequently than goldens).

The bald appeared just to be passing through.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:37 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Golden Eagle
8. Lesser Goldfinch
9. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
10. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Spotted Towhee

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Surprises

Monday, January 24th, 2022
Lesser Goldfinch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 January 2022.
Lesser Goldfinch.
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 January 2021.
Bald Eagle.

Warmer this morning, with a few more clouds—but basically sunny (outside of the shade). A nice early surprise was a singing Lesser Goldfinch, which actually posed for a pic. A later surprise was a big ol’ gang of deer (after I’d spied only a couple high on the ridge and figured, with the lack of snow they’d moved higher).

A nice late surprise was a Bald Eagle flyover—but even more surprising was the fact that, after a fellow hiker pointed out the bird, I dubbed it a Golden Eagle, only to find out when I looked at the photos that I was very wrong. Guess I’ll clean up that embarrassment later.

But I do like a little surprise or two.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:15 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
2. House Finch** (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie**
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. American Robin
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

11. House Sparrow (v)
12. Spotted Towhee

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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

Eagle

Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 February 2021.
Bald Eagle.

A little bit of snow this morning. Jack and I were the only dog and human on the trails again. We did encounter the usual birds—other than two oddities: 1) didn’t see one Spotted Towhee; 2) an adult Bald Eagle flew by.

The eagle passed overhead early in our hike, with snow spitting around it, not far away. It didn’t bother to give us so much as a glance.

We also spotted a few mule deer. Good times.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:08 a.m. (MST), I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin** (v)
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Song Sparrow (v)
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Bald Eagle
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Black-billed Magpie*
10. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
11. Rock Pigeon*

Elsewhere

12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer
Red Squirrel

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