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The Ridge

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
Glimpse of Golden Eagle (from above), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 April 2022.
Glimpse of Golden Eagle (from above).

I brought a second water bottle this morning, ’cause I figured Captain Jack and I might like to take our first ridge hike in—well, months. (Since sometime in fall anyway.) And so, on a bright spring morning, we did.

Mourning Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 April 2022.
Mourning Dove.

And it was lovely. Pleasantly nippy and breezy and sunny and improved by the company of wildlife. Eighteen bird species in all, including an eagle flyby, just as we set off up the ridge, on Millcreek Canyon side. (A slightly difficult photo, as the bird was below us.) Also three mammals.

A couple hours later, toward the end of our descent, as I was searching for the source of the cry of a Cooper’s Hawk, I heard the whistle of the wings of a dove, which took a perch right behind us. Easier photo.

Will likely be our last ridge hike—my personal favorite on these trails—but we shall see.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:40 a.m., sun time, I hiked 1,200 feet or so up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Eurasian Collared-dove**
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Northern Flicker*
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. House Finch**
9. Pine Siskin
10. Golden Eagle
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Chukar (v)
14. Black-billed Magpie (v)
15. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
16. Mourning Dove
17. Red-tailed Hawk
18. California Quail** (v)


19. Lesser Goldfinch


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel

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


Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Something changed overnight. The planet had another rotation, and because of its revolution around the sun, the photoperiod lengthened slightly. And a butterfly showed up this afternoon. A deer appeared in front of the house, ambling toward town. And the birds went just a little bit spring-crazy.

Scrub-jays looking for places to cache things. A Steller’s Jay in the junipers. Two solitaires up along the deer trails, but just one deer. First red-tail in a while. A random raven. Four mammals. At home, a pair quail this morning, and an eagle this afternoon. Temps on the rise.


Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:06 a.m. (9:06 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker
2. House Finch*
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. American Robin*
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Black-billed Magpie
11. Spotted Towhee**
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Townsend’s Solitaire
14. Common Raven


15. House Sparrow (v)
16. Lesser Goldfinch
17. California Quail
18. Eurasian Collared-dove (v)
19. Canada Goose
20. European Starling
21. Golden Eagle
22. Mourning Dove (v)


Red Squirrel (v)
Mule Deer
Mountain Cottontail
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

Eagle’s Call

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 March 2022.
Golden Eagle.

Today I heard my first Golden Eagle vocalization. Dog and I were hiking along our usual deer trail (on this unexpectedly showers-free-yet-mostly-overcast morning) when I heard it. A series of loud, declarative, high, clear notes. Didn’t recognize the sound at all, but it had me looking up in the direction of the ridge—where the eagle appeared, circling.

I’d heard voices of Bald Eagles—which are kind of thin and twittery for such a stately bird—but never a golden. When the eagle swooped down to a rocky outcrop and sat for a good long while without calling, and I began to wonder if I’d heard another bird. But back home, I confirmed the ID.

Right after the eagle, I spied a kestrel in flight. Also saw a cottontail and a Rock Squirrel.

A good hike on the day before the snow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 08:44 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin
2. American Robin*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. House Finch**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Spotted Towhee (v)
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Golden Eagle
13. American Kestrel


14. House Sparrow (v)
15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock 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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