18 October 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Big Wind

October 17th, 2019
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 October 2019.
A Golden Eagle rides the wind.

An overcast morning, but warm—60s (F)—and featuring a big ol’ wind. Blustery, gusty, seemingly coming from all directions. Dog and I ascended the trail anyway (along with a few other folks with dogs, whom we let go first).

What with the wind setting free the oak leaves and drowning out most other sounds, I didn’t expect many bird species on my list today—and, sure enough, I only totaled five. Among them, however, was a Golden Eagle riding the wind high up the mountain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. American Goldfinch* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk
5. Golden Eagle

Elsewhere

6. Eurasian Collared Dove
7. House Finch (v)
8. Song Sparrow
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Warm Day

October 16th, 2019
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 October 2019.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Cool morning, warm day. Reached 80 degrees (F), by damn. Temperature rose so quickly that it felt pretty chilly inside. Won’t last—but up the mountain, all the usual suspects were celebrating.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. Northern Flicker**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet**
9. House Finch*
10. Townsend’s Solitaire

Elsewhere

11. Eurasian Collared Dove
12. House Sparrow
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Song Sparrow (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Mid-October

October 15th, 2019
Northern Flicker (red-shafted), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2019.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted).
Scrub-jay with peanut, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 October 2019.
Scrub-jay with peanut.

Cool morning, fair, quiet. In the mountain’s shadow, all was pretty quiet, and I didn’t expect to encounter many birds. But then the sun topped the ridge, and my list ended up with a dozen species.

Cool.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Northern Flicker**
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Dark-eyed Junco**
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
9. House Finch*
10. Downy Woopecker (v)
11. Townsend’s Solitaire
12. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. House Sparrow
15. Song Sparrow (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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