2 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Spring Solitaire

Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 Mach 2020.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

Can’t help it: I have a thing for solitaires. Since I spotted my first one way back last year, I’m always on the lookout—and always get a thrill to encounter one.

Maybe it’s because they’re so unassuming, so nondescript, not the least bit gaudy or proud. And yet they tend to perch high on a tree, in plain sight, and don’t exhibit a lot shyness. They tend to sneak up on you—or, anyway, me. And then they pose for photos.

But they’re far from a daily bird. You never know when they’ll show up. Or where. (At least I don’t.

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

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


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


Mule Deer

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

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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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