12 November 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for November, 2019

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

Warbler

Friday, November 8th, 2019
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 08 November 2019.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s).
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 08 November 2019.
Song Sparrow.

A day much like yesterday, sunny and calm and pleasant. Fairly quiet on the mountainside, but a few interesting species in the neighborhood—including what I’m pretty sure was my first sighting of a western yellow-rump (Audubon’s Warbler) out my office window. Just the third warbler I’ve seen here, in fact—which seems weird.

Managed to survive another hike without Jack my dog (and didn’t get eaten by lions).

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

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

Elsewhere
8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Song Sparrow
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. California Quail
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Rock Pigeon

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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