25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Lushness

May 22nd, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

A little nippy this morning. We had no human company on the trail, dog and I, until most of our hike was over. Plenty of wildlife, though.

Mountain Coyote, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2020.
Mountain Coyote.

For one instance, I spied at least three cottontails hopping around in the grass. For another, I caught sight of a coyote up one grassy slope, eyeing us attentively. For a third, I stumbled onto two lifers, bird-wise. (One, the MacGillivray’s Warbler, had been driving me nuts for two days prior—never got a glimpse of the bird and couldn’t match its song. Today I got a swift peek.)

The weather was mixed but pleasant. The trail seemed friendly, the surroundings turning lush. Tonight will come some rain—so tomorrow might be lusher.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
12. Empidonax (sp?)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. MacGillivray’s Warbler†‡
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Lesser Goldfinch**
18. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
19. Western Tanager
20. Mourning Dove (v)
21. Cliff Swallow†
22. Western Wood-pewee†‡
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

24. European Starling
25. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mountain Coyote

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

†First-of-year bird
‡Lifer

The Sound

May 21st, 2020
The Lazuli Buntings at home, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 May 2020.
The Lazuli Buntings at home.

At 5:50 a.m. this morning, a sound out my bedroom window brought me immediately from sleeping soundly to alert and awake. It was the distinctive, bright whistle of a mountain lion.

I only learned the sound a couple weeks ago, when I first heard it—and soon after saw (at a distance) what animal was doing the whistling. I’d then researched the sound online a bit, and apparently internalized its pitch and timbre. Which is why, upon awakening—instead of running for my camera and trying for photos—I lay there perfectly still with my eyes wide open.

A minute or two later, after I heard the cat’s final kip-kip as it moved away up the hill, I double-checked the recordings I’d found, Sure enough, that had to be a cougar. Later I heard a security cam on a street not far from me had captured a pic of a mountain lion this a.m. So it wasn’t a dream after all.

Thus, today’s hike with Captain Jack came with a little extra distraction—but the only critters I encountered up there were birds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked some 1,500 feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Song Sparrow** (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. House Finch*
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow (v)
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
15. Chukar
16. Violet-green Swallow

Elsewhere

17. California Quail
18. American Robin
19. Mourning Dove
20. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mountain Lion (heard whistling)

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

My Sweet Patch

May 20th, 2020
Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 May 2020.
Lazuli Bunting.

’Twas a chilly, gray morning. The air was clean, the sky tumultous. The forecast called for the possibility of thundershowers later. (Only a little light rain came.) Dog and I enjoyed a quick, sweet hike up the trails.

Black-chinned Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 May 2020.
Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Not so many birds, although those we encountered were quite vocal, including one calling in the greenery that I did not recognize. (Possibly an odd-voiced towhee.) The two most photogenic species were—again—Lazuli Bunting and Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Still quite a few resident species I have not seen; still time to see ’em, but I might have to stray from my patch.

And I do love my sweet patch.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked some 1,500 feet up a mountain.

1. Black-chinned Hummingbird
2. Black-headed Grosbeak
3. American Robin*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. House Finch*
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Pine Siskin
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
12. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Western Tanager
17. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

18. House Sparrow (v)
19. Rock Pigeon
20. European Starling
21. Mourning Dove
24. Turkey Vulture
25. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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