14 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Magpies

Saturday, November 16th, 2019
Magpie in a juniper, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 November 2019.
Magpie in a juniper.

Before I move to Utah, I asked a birder friend what I might expect out here. “Magpies,” he said. “Lots of magpies.”

He wasn’t wrong—magpies are the crows of the Salt Lake City area (although there are a scant few American Crows here also). The local corvids are various jays (I’ve seen only scrub-jays), the occasional raven, and Black-billed Magpies.

I’ve come to like them, though, magpies. As I did the crows of Maine.

Lovely day today. Few bird species where dog and I happened to roam— but plenty to see and hear and think about.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Dark-eyed Junco**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere
6. Song Sparrow (v)
7. Eurasian Collared Dove
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
9. Rock Pigeon

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

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