2 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Quake

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 March 2020.
American Robin.

This morning, right about the time I would’ve gotten out of bed anyway, the earthquake struck. Jack was moving around, and I suggested he go back to sleep for a while—he might’ve seen it coming (as dogs do). But you can do a lot of waking up during ten seconds of intense shaking.

Turned out to be the largest-magnitude quake since 1992—5.7 on the scale. No damage at my house (though some elsewhere in town, a closed airport, and a bunch of power outages). We ended up hiking kind of early, dog and I.

Plenty of birds up there on this otherwise overcast, chilly, snow-showery morning. Plenty in town also, during a quick grocery shopping run. Then, in afternoon, a 4.6-magnitude aftershock struck—same exact feeling, only it only lasted about five seconds.

A memorable day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a couple hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Pine Siskin
4. House Finch* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Spotted Towhee (v)
10. Song Sparrow**
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. European Starling
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Common Raven
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

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