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A Very Fine Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 November 2020.
Canyon Wren.

A calm, nearly cloudless morning with chillier temps (20s (F)) than yesterday—and a bunch of nice surprises to discover. The first being a Canyon Wren in the rocky cavity up near the bluff. I heard it first, remembered the call from early spring, and managed even to spy the little energetic bird.

Soon after that sighting, I decided we should climb up to the ridge where the cairn stands—where I’d seen (from a distance) that it’d partly fallen in on account of (I assume) a few very windy days. It’d been a couple-three months, at least. Past time.

And it was a grand climb, a lovely view. I repaired the cairn (more or less), and dog and I ascended a couple hundred feet above it, sat a spell, then came back down (during which descent I heard—then spotted—a couple Chukars) and finally hiked a stretch of our usual trail, for good measure.

Good measure turned out to be a Sharp-shinned Hawk, perched low in the scrub not far away, casting about for voles or juncos until a trail runner jogged by.

All in all a very fine day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m. (MST), I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Pine Siskin (v)
3. House Finch* (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. American Robin** (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Canyon Wren
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Chukar
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie* (v)


14. American Kestrel


Red Squirrel (v)

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


Friday, June 5th, 2020
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 June 2020.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

Slept late this morning. We didn’t make it to the trailhead until the sun had long cleared the ridge. Warm, not too breezy. Didn’t know what to expect.

Not many birds on my list, but what showed up were vocal. The usual buntings and towhees and grosbeaks, along with chippies, finches, gnatcatchers. No magpies, which was odd. And the cherry on top was a cooperative Black-throated Gray Warbler (singing an interesting alternate song that—astonishingly—didn’t fool me).

After two long hikes, today’s was a quick one. Rain forecast for the weekend. Wind and rain. Scattered thunderstorms. Should be interesting. Looking forward to it.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Pine Siskin
6. Canyon Wren? (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Lesser Goldfinch
10. House Finch* (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Song Sparrow* (v)
16. California Quail** (v)


17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. American Robin
19. European Starling
20. Mourning Dove
21. Song Sparrow
22. Black-billed Magpie



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

Jack’s Birthday

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
View from a height, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
View from a height.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female).

For his 12th birthday today, Captain Jack, my dog, and I veered off the familiar foothills trail and up a grassy slope. And up and up to a rocky climb. And up some more. Kept going to an altitude of 6,736 feet—our highest climb so far.

Saw a high-elevation flicker on a rock. Heard my second Canyon Wren. met some fellow hikers coming down from a longer hike than ours.

Both of us are kind of achy and sore this night. (Jack’s just now napping on his birthday toy in the middle of the floor.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked about seventeen hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Golden Eagle
11. American Kestrel
12. Canyon Wren (v)


13. Song Sparrow
14. California Quail
15. Eurasian Collared Dove


Mule Deer

(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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