23 August 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

The Dandy

August 23rd, 2019
the dandy
Dandified California Quail.

East Millcreek List
No mountain hike today, but here’s what I saw and/or heard.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Sparrow
3. House Finch
4. Eurasian Collared Dove
5. Mourning Dove
6. California Quail
7. Rock Pigeon

Nice Surprise

August 21st, 2019
western tanager (female)
Western Tanager (female—and a life bird for me).

Not long after I missed possibly the nearest photo of a hummingbird I’ve ever had occasion to capture, I spied a life-list bird. Heard it first—had never hear its two-note call—then got a glimpse (and a proof-of-species photo). A female Western Tanager, just randomly passing through.

That’s a nice thing about birding: Best not to get to excited nor too dejected, ’cause you truly just never know.

East Millcreek List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a Utah mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Sparrow
3. House Finch
4. Mourning Dove
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Spotted Towhee (v)
10. Sharp-shinned Hawk
11. Western Tanager‡
12. Eurasian Collared Dove
13. Rock Pigeon
14. California Quail

My Finch Neighbors

August 20th, 2019
house finch (male)
House Finch (male).

Of the common back yard birds here in Salt Lake City, the familiar House Finch is possibly the commonest. Yes, there are lots of mapgies that rove in gangs. And we have a cute little collection of quail. But nearly always I can hear the note or call of a House Finch.

These guys are of course well-known to me from back East, where they were released a long time ago. But out here is where they belong. And they act like it. I like the little guys.

East Millcreek List
No mountain hike today, but here’s what I saw and/or heard.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Sparrow
3. House Finch
4. American Goldfinch
5. California Quail
6. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
7. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only

 
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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