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Li’l Owl

Friday, November 20th, 2020
Northern Pygmy Owl, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 November 2020.
Northern Pygmy Owl.

The temperature dipped last night, so dog and I enjoyed a brisk, bracing hike. The usually species, mostly—including a young Mountain Cottontail—but my first batch of juncos sparked my interest. They seemed a little more upset with our approach than usual (usually they flit away). I tried to keep track, hoping for a photo.

Saw movement in a juniper ahead of us, pointed my camera in that direction, and saw a cool-looking unfamiliar bird. Some kind of very small hawk or owl. My first Utah owl. I had no idea what it was. I thought perhaps a saw-whet (which species I’ve heard but not seen in person), but the tail seemed too long. Got a bunch of pics and figured I’d look it up when we got back home.

Which I did. My first-ever Northern Pygmy Owl. A tiny terror.

Been a while since I’ve had a lifer. I’ve saved the memory of its sighting for recall in the future.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m. (MST), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Juniper Titmouse (v)
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Northern Pygmy Owl‡


13. House Sparrow
14. European Starling
15. Mourning Dove


Mountain Cottontail
Red Squirrel (v)

(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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