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Yesterday I was out birdwatching again in the City Cemetery, which was a bit dull, as there were very few birds around.

Last time, there were huge flocks of American Robins Turdus migratorius and House Finches Carpodacus mexicanus everywhere, but this time there were only a few individuals of each species. Not many Black-capped Chickadees Poecile atricapilla either, and few Northern Flickers Colaptes auratus, Mourning doves Zenaida macroura. The only species that was really abundant was Townsend’s Solitaire Myadestes townsendi, which were everywhere, in every tree top, it seemed. I found some Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos Junco hyemalis oreganus and Red-breasted Nuthatches Sitta canadensis, though, which is always nice.

/Colaptes auratus/, City Cemetery

I did get two new species for my Utah List, but both were outside the actual cemetery. One each of Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus sanctijohannis and Great Plains Merlin Falco columbarius richardsonii were sitting on electricity poles along 11th East, and both are new subspecies for me, and new species for my US list. There was a Townend’s Warbler Dendroica townsendi in more or less the same place on the way back.

/Sitta canadensis/, City Cemetery

Photos from Liberty Park this weekend:

/Charadrius vociferus/, Liberty Park

/Larus delawarensis/ (Front) and /Larus californicus/ (back ), Liberty Park

/Branta canadensis moffitti/ (the large subspecies present)

/Branta canadensis ssp./ (the small subspecies present)

According to this article by the renowned birdwatcher Allan Sibley, these smaller ones may be Branta canadensis parvipes, and I will tentatively accept that.

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