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Springier

Saturday, April 16th, 2022
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 April 2022.
Spotted Towhee.

Overcast and hazy sun this morning. Birds about—plenty of ’em, vocalizing and moving around—although no crazy migrants yet. Breeze was from the southwest, though, so favorable for mogration.

Wren again, nesting chickadees, five kinglets, a Cooper’s. Lots of birds in the neighborhood, too—and in town (including a domestic mallard in Sugar House that I did not list here).

Deer, too, and the voice of a quail.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:47 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

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

Elsewhere

18. Lesser Goldfinch
16. House Sparrow
17. Eurasian Collared-dove
18. European Starling
20. Mourning Dove
21. California Gull

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Mule Deer

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

Springy

Friday, April 15th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A few showers overnight, and more showers this morning, so dog and I waited a bit before embarking on what I knew would be a slippery, muddy hike. Which was awesome. A nice assortment of birds—including a handsome wren, a pair of vultures, the neighborhood redtail. Was also a three-mammal day. Got good and muddy, slipped three or four times, but never fell down.

Also busy at home, bird-wise: quail, sparrows, finches, and robins poking about in the garden. (The robins are doing some major nest-building.) A sunny, warm afternoon.

A springy day for sure.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 10:36 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Pine Siskin**
2. American Robin*
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch* (v)
6. Rock Wren
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Northern Flicker* (v)
10. Turkey Vulture
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
14. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

15. House Sparrow
16. Eurasian Collared-dove
17. Lesser Goldfinch
18. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

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

Fun Dozen

Monday, April 4th, 2022
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Northern Flicker.

Had an early appointment, so Captain Jack and I were late to hit the trail this morning. The early sun had slipped behind a veil of haze—first trace of coming precipitation, I reckon—but the light was good, and there were a dozen bird species to watch and/or listen to.

Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 April 2022.
Rock Wren.

A Rock Wren showed up, which was fun. And gang of fifteen deer surprised us (or me, at least) up amid the junipers. But the funnest moment was when I heard the voices of crows.

In Maine, crows appeared on my list nearly every day, whereas up in the foothills, I think I’ve only listed them a two or three times (I can recall two) in my years here. So I gasped when I heard a caw!—then another. I spied them a few hundred feet above us, eight in all, flying in a loose circle.

Seems I really miss ’em, crows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin**
2. Eurasian Collared-dove**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. California Quail
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Rock Pigeon*
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Rock Wren
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. House Finch**
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow (v)
14. California Gull
15. European Starling
16. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
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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