I missed the moose—but I spied a Bald Eagle, heard the voices of Chukars, and had more birds on my list than I have in a while.
Right away when we arrived at the trailhead under a deep blue sky, I heard tell of the excitement over the moose, which was spotted to the north a ways nearly to I-80. As I understand it, moose aren’t exactly rare here, but they’re not as common as elk—which are nowhere near as common as mule deer. I did see mule deer (a couple at close range).
I missed the moose, though. Good thing I saw a few back in Maine.
Grandeur Peak Area List Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.
1. Black-billed Magpie* 2. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay 3. Black-capped Chickadee 4. House Finch* 5. Lesser Goldfinch** 6. Dark-eyed Junco 7. Song Sparrow (v) 8. American Robin 9. Chukar (v) 10. Bald Eagle
11. Rock Pigeon 12. California Gull 13. European Starling 14. House Finch
(v) Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere
Last night was warm and windy—windiest I’ve yet experience in Utah. This morning was warm and breezy. (By warm, I mean about 40° (F).) Not a lot of birds at first. As usual, mule deer. A snowy landscape.
The big news: I finally saw my first-ever Chukars (a Eurasian game bird introduced to the high desert states in the last century). Jack and I flushed three from under a Juniper on the far side of the gulch. Gone in a flash down the slope—but I figured I might find traces of their presence in the snow. And I was right.
Elsewise, the lower trail provided a few photo opportunities of the usual suspects (finches, chickadees, juncos woodpeckers).
This afternoon it snowed like crazy for a couple of hours. Kind of nippy tonight. Capricious weather lately.
Grandeur Peak Area List Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.