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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


11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Spotted Towhee


Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Rainy Equinox

Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Magpies in conversation, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 March 2021.
Magpies in conversation.

The prognosticators said it’d rain today, and it did. This would not, however, deter dog and me from our daily rounds. It was a quicker hike (about an hour vs. an hour and a half or two or more), and it was wetter, and it had fewer birds—but it was a nice one anyway.

Back home, in afternoon, the rain turned to wet snow, and birds perched on utility lines. It rains infrequently here in the high desert. (In fact, we’re in a drought situation.) This first spring day was a gift.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:26 a.m. (8:26 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee*
6. Northern Flicker**


7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. House Finch
9. Eurasian Collared-dove


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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