14 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘American crow’

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

Solitaire and Eagles

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 October 2019.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

As forecast, we had a free last night. Temperature was 27° (F) when first I looked. Waited a bit to hike, an the trails turned out to be surprisingly crowded for a weekday morning. (Ran into four other parties.)

Golden Eagles, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 October 2019.
Golden Eagles.

Not many bird species to start. Not surprising. But on our return trip, I heard a high-pitched cry from on high. My first thought was osprey, but the cry was different. Spotted three large raptors up there approaching from the south and realized—three Golden Eagles.

But when I checked the photos later, it seemed there were two goldens and one bald. The lead bird (what looked to be the bald) kept to its course and disappeared, while the two goldens circled for a good little while. (The photos also revealed one of the birds was carrying some kind of prey.)

As the eagles slowly circled away, a bird flitted across the trail and lit in a far tree opposite. It looked rather like a thrush, but not one I recognized. Got a shot of it also. Turned out to be a thrush all right—and what I thought at the time was a lifer. A Townsend’s Solitaire.

But the look of the bird got me thinking, and I revisited a backlit thrush I’d watched three days ago, and I’m now absolutely convinced that was my first ever Townsend’s Solitaire (not the Hermit Thrush I’d decided at the time). Eye-ring, erect posture, long wings, stripe at the base of the primaries—even the little tan wing patch. Cool.

(Oh, and one other thing: Today I saw my first crows in Utah—a little group of two or three at the supermarket in town.)

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. House Finch*
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Northern Flicker** (v)
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
7. Golden Eagle
8. Townsend’s Solitaire

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. House Sparrow
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. American Crow

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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