6 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Crows

Friday, March 6th, 2020
American Crows mobbing Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 March 2020.
American Crows mobbing Golden Eagle.

Before this morning, I’d listed American Crow just three times on my daily bird list—twice, small silent groups of crows in parking lots in town, and once the caws of a crow I heard from the mountainside. It’s been eerie to me not to be surrounded by crows daily, as I was in Maine.

Imagine my surprise, ascending the trail with Captain Jack this morning, when I heard the caws of more than one crow somewhere off in the warm hazy air behind me. I turned and saw four crows, flying fast, apparently distressed about something. They circled back over the city

A couple minutes later, I heard them again, turned again—and this time saw them mobbing a Golden Eagle (much as crows mobbed Bald Eagles back east). The eagle flew quickly away from such folderol.

The whole scene thrilled me (rather more than it should have, probably).

Singing towhees, chickadees, house finches, and juncos; a circling sharpie, elk high on a ridge, and a couple yearling mule deers along the street out from of my house. All in all a good day for wildlife generally.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. House Finch*
4. Dark-eyed Junco*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. American Crow
9. Golden Eagle
10. Northern Flicker**
11. Song Sparrow** (v)
12. California Quail (v)
13. Pine Siskin
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. European Starling

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Eagle Flyby

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
Golden Eagle (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2019.
Golden Eagle (immature).

Got up the mountain early this morning. Temps in the 30s, clear skies, bright sun rising. More birds than any recent day—including a random flyby by a solitary juvie Golden Eagle.

The most interesting thing, though: the distant call of a crow. A sound that was so common back east, but the first time I’ve heard it here in Utah.

Note: I’ve seen crows here a couple times, but they were silent.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. American Crow (v)
7. House Finch*
8. Golden Eagle

Elsewhere
9. European Starling
10. House Sparrow (v)
11. Rock Pigeon
12. California Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Neighborhood Robin

Monday, October 28th, 2019
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 October 201i.
American Robin.

Cold morning—teens for a while. Obliged to stay at the house until midday, then had a nice hike with Jack.

While at home, though, facing a window that overlooked greenery toward the north, I had a chance to watch several birds come and go—chickadee, Downy Woopecker, robin. The robin was most interesting. It perched on a utility line for a while, then bounce down into a vine full of berries, which it plucked an swallowed. Then it bounced over to a place where snow had collected on the leaves of the vine—and “drank” a couple mouthfuls of snow.

Also noteworthy: In afternoon, I saw a crow in town.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Dark-eyed Junco**
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay** (v)
6. House Finch* (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Robin
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. Rock Pigeon
11. American Crow
12. Northern Flicker (v)

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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