21 January 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Elk

Sunday, January 19th, 2020
RockyMountain Elk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 January 2020.
RockyMountain Elk.

O.K., an elk is not a bird—but I’m gonna lead with the species anyway.

Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 January 2020.
Song Sparrow.

In particular the Rocky Mountain Elk subspecies of one of the largest mammals on the continent. I’d heard that in winter they come down from the higher altitudes to browse within sight of the hiking trails, and I’d been scanning the high bare patches every day for weeks, but did not catch sight of any—until today.

(To be forthright, a fellow-hiker friend saw me and dog arrive at the trailhead and called me over to point out the elk on the ridge. Although I’m pretty sure I would’ve noticed ’em anyway, I was grateful.)

There were fifteen elk in all, among them likely a bull or two shed of antlers (and a couple with small ones). When I first caught sight of them, they were mostly lying in the snow, soaking up the sun, but soon enough they began to mosey along, single file, like camels in the desert. Very cool sight to see.

In bird news, the second species on my list this morning was one of my favorites here, aTownsend’s Solitaire, I heard its plain, repeated territorial note, a subtle but thrilling sound.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Townsend’s Solitaire (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. House Finch* (v)
5. Northern Flicker* (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
7. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

8. American Robin (v)
9. Rock Pigeon

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

Wonder of It All

Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 January 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Profile of mule deer doe, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 January 2020.
Profile of mule deer doe.

A bright, crisp, mile-high morning. Dog and I encountered lots of mule deer, a bunch of chickadees, and a few other species. Mainly, I just marveled at the wonder of it all.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. House Finch** (v)
4. Northern Flicker*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco

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

Wren Sighting

Friday, January 17th, 2020
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 January 2020.
Canyon Wren.

As forecast, it snowed overnight through this early morning. Several fluffy inches worth. After it stopped in late morning, Jack and I commenced to head up the mountainside through fresh snow.

Lots of deer about, a few birds. In the gulch, suddenly, I heard the call of the resident Canyon Wren. It perched in a tree near us, posing for photos.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Canyon Wren

Elsewhere

7. American Robin

(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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