12 November 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Hopeful

Monday, November 11th, 2019
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 November 2019.
American Robin.

A little chillier this morning than yesterday, and I headed up the mountain a bit later. Pretty quiet, but had nine species on my list—including the vocal Canyon Wren. Blue-blue sky, light breeze, lovely day.

Tomorrow I’m hopeful that Jack can accompany me again finally.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere
10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. California Quail (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Immigrants

Sunday, November 10th, 2019
European Starling, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 10 November 2019.
European Starling (singing).

During my penultimate hike without dog temporarily [I’d thought our followup visit with the vet was tomorrow, but it’s Tuesday], I got to thinking about the dispersion of critters around the globe—in particular birds. An not, of course, for the first time.

Here along the Wasatch Range, the birds I see daily nearly always include a few so-called “invasives.” Today, for instance, there were four: California Quail (brought here from California), Eurasian Collared Dove (a fast-growing population from overseas), European Starling (released to Central Park in 1890), and Rock Pigeon (settled here about the same time as the Pilgrims).

Invasives have an effect on native ecosystems when they arrive at a new place, of course. But it’s not the birds’ (or mammals’ or insects’ or plants’, etc.) fault that they found themselves having to make do in some strange locale. It’s the fault of Homo sapiens—who somehow tend to blame the newcomers.

Rather than “invasives,” maybe then need a less judgmental name. Say “immigrants”—which is basically what they are.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. California Quail (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. House Finch*
6. Dark-eyed Junco**
7. Canyon Wren (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere
9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. European Starling
11. Song Sparrow
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Lesser Goldfinch
14. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Westerners

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
Northern Flicker (red-shafted race), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 November 2019.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted race).

One fun thing about moving west of the Continental Divide is finding familiar species that look different. An example is the yellow-rump I saw yesterday (which had a yellow throat, being an Audubon’s variety). Another are the red-shafted Northern Flickers we’ve got out here—quite distinct from the familiar yellow-shafted race from back east.

Today I got a good look at a few individuals of the latter. Lovely weather, nice hike. Just two days until my dog can join me again.

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

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

Elsewhere
8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. California Quail

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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