8 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Mammals

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 July 2020.
Mountain Cottontail.
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 July 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

While I’m out looking for wild birds to photograph, sometimes a mammal pops into view. And of course I cannot resist.

This warm morning, it was a Mountain Cottontail. (My usually alert dog didn’t seem to notice—but he’s never been a chaser, so I’m not sure.) It began to hop away, but then everybody stopped, and I watched it mosey over and begin to munch on a sprig dry grass.

Otherwise, a lovely little hike. Plenty of birds flitting in the greenery (many with secret fledglings), and not a few on perches, singing.

Ah, summertime.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. House Finch*
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
9. Spotted Towhee
10. American Robin*
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Black-headed Grosbeak
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Chipping Sparrow

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. California Quail
18.Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Oriole, Vireo

Monday, July 6th, 2020
Bullock’s Oriole, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 July 2020.
Bullock’s Oriole.
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 July 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

The middays will be hot going forward, but the mornings are pretty cool in the mountain shade. Nice long hike with dog this day, stalked a couple heard birds but struck out.

Also got a photo of a Warbling Vireo, though. And a Bullock’s Oriole made an appearance out of the blu.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Rock Pigeon*
8. Black-billed Magpie*
9. Pine Siskin
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
13. Mourning Dove*
14. American Robin*
15. Bullock’s Oriole**

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Yard Birds

Sunday, July 5th, 2020
Bullock’s Oriole (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 05 July 2020.
Bullock’s Oriole (female).

Another lovely hike this morning. Encountered only two humans on the trails—as many as rock squirrels. But got glimpses of vireo and grosbeaks and many chickadees. The highlight of the day, however, was a bird I spied out my front window: a female Bullock’s Oriole fluttering around in the roses, hunting insects and flies.

The oriole got me thinking of all the cool birds I’ve seen out there in the yard this past year. Hummingbirds and finches, corvids and sparrows, thrushes and assorted hawks (at least three species). Thinking I might even like to keep a yard list.

Yep, I do cherish my daily hike with Captain Jack. But you don’t really have to travel far to see good birds.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. House Finch*
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Black-headed Grosbeak
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch**
13. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

16. American Robin
17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. Mourning Dove
19. European Starling
20. Bullock’s Oriole

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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