2 Feb 2006
Uintah County, Utah
Clay and Cliftia Johnson:
It has been quite cold (-33 one recent
morning). We have mostly goldfinches (ca 50), house finches, mature and
immature white-crowned sparrows (pale lores-about 30 birds), three song
sparrows, a flicker or two, and a few house sparrows as a regular feeder
crowd right now. Within a few hundred yards of the house this winter we
are seeing see the occasional bald and golden eagle, sharp-shinned hawk
redtail hawk, sandhill crane, cedar waxwing, mountain bluebird, red winged
blackbird, and Canada goose.
More interesting birds recently include: a brief glimpse of (at least
partial) a yellow-shafted flicker (red nape) on the last day of November,
the first one we have seen; and tonight a first-year black rosy-finch
(as I make it), the first one we have seen at the feeder in a decade. No
Harris’s sparrow so far this winter (disappointing). It is almost time for
the Cassian’s finches and black-lored white-crowned sparrows to appear,
and the male red-winged blackbirds will be displaying by the 27th, about
three more week. Spring is coming!
Clay and Cliftia.