5 February 2023

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Wren, Revisited

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

Dog and I hiked a bit later this morning, in weather much like yesterday’s—but with a veil of clouds and a breeze. And a goodly number of bird species. Also more deer: more than a dozen in the junipers, despite the unseasonable heat and dryness.

Most noteworthy was the glimpse I got a glimpse of a Northern Harrier in flight (I’ve only seen one or two here), but most fun was a little chase I had with a Rock Wren, I suspect (but can’t be sure) the same bird as yesterday. Also two doves, and a first-in-a-while Downy Woodpecker.

I’m advised to expect a little rain and more seasonable temperatures this coming week. Of course I’ll hike in any weather.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Rock Wren
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Northern Harrier†
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. California Quail (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. Mourning Dove (wing whistle)


14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. European Starling


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel (v)

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


Saturday, March 26th, 2022
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 March 2022.
Rock Wren.

Toward the end of my lovely, even warmer (albeit earlier) morning hike with dog, I still had only seven species on my list. Perhaps it was the dryness, or the earlier hour, or both, but most of the wildlife activity involved deer—about twenty of them roaming quite near us.

Then I spied the Rock Wren. Just yesterday, I’m pretty sure, I wondered when I’d see one by the old Monarch Quarry—and this one popped up quite near that hole. Every migration I see them there. First-of-year bird.

Then, coming down the switchback, I spied a kestrel, headed north. And then I heard the call of a collared-dove.

Tomorrow should similarly, unseasonably warm. What new bird will I see?

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:30 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Spotted Towhee
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Rock Wren†
9. American Kestrel
10. Eurasian Collared-dove**


14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. Black-billed Magpie (v)
16. European Starling
17. Song Sparrow (v)


Mule Deer

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


Friday, October 15th, 2021
Rock Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2021.
Rock Wren.

And I don’t mean just juncos (although there were a bunch of those). Today’s nippy. cloudless hike with Captain Jack was a fun one. A cold-and-snowy snap combined with a dwindling photoperiod has kept the migrants moving right along.

Scores of robins today, plus the usual ’rumps, kinglets, and the aforementioned juncos. But also a young sharpy and—last but not least—a solitary Rock Wren. Pretty sure it’s the first of the species I’ve ever seen surrounded by (semi-fresh) snow.

I kinda wish every morning could be like this one. (Not really, but what an inspiration.)

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

1. American Robin
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. Pine Siskin
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Northern Flicker
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. White-crowned Sparrow
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Rock Wren


16. Townsend’s Solitaire
17. Song Sparrow

(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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