25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for December, 2019

Sparrow

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 December 2019.
Song Sparrow.

How perfectly fitting to have chased and found, on the last day of the year, a Song Sparrow, plain but comely member of one of our most familiar, most endearing, most optimistic-seeming birds.

Now we ease into the unknown that is Year 2020.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

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

Gift

Monday, December 30th, 2019
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 December 2019.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Late-morning hike in flurries and chill. Many birds near the trailhead—in fact, my entire Grandeur Peak list occurred with in the first five or ten minutes of an hour-and-a-half hike.

Later, we came upon a number of browsing and/or napping deer. (Jack even spotted a doe, who spotted him.)

A gift of a day.

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. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay

Elsewhere

9. Rock Pigeon
10. California Gull
11. Eurasian Collared Dove

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

Wintry Skies

Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2019.
Black-billed Magpie.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 December 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Dawn revealed an even gray overcast, sub-freezing temperatures, and a faint dusting of snow. By late morning, the sky hadn’t changed, and the temperature hadn’t risen much. And we hiked, dog and I.

A few birds, a few deer. Most memorable moment was trying like crazy to focus on a scrub-jay perched on a utility line. Finally managed.

And the calendar year winds down.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie
3. House Finch (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Woodpecker (sp, pecking)

Elsewhere

6. American Robin (v)
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

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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