2 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Midday Hike

Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Scrub jay vs gnatcatcher standoff, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 June 2020.
Scrub jay vs gnatcatcher standoff.

A lot happening this morning kept me and Jack from hiking until late morning today. It was bright and warm, but I brought water, and we had a pretty nice time of it—despite the fact that I didn’t manage any decent bird photos.

A good part of the time I spent in the shaded valley trail, where the Warbling Vireos live, trying to get a pic of one of three vireos I saw. Trouble is, they were bothered by the presence of a nearby scrub-jay, so they were all noise and flitty motion, and I couldn’t get a fix. At one point they were joined by a gnatcatcher—I’ve seen little gnatcatchers harassing jays a lot lately—but it didn’t stop and pose, either.

Still, as I say, it was a good ’un. You can kinda tell that summer’s only a week or so away.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. House Finch**
4. American Robin*
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-headed Grosbeak
7. Lazuli Bunting
8. Black-chinned Hummingbird
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
12. Spotted Towhee
13. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Chipping Sparrow
16. California Quail*
17. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
18. Pine Siskin (v)


19. Mourning Dove
20. European Starling
21. Rock Pigeon
22. American Crow
23. House Sparrow
24. Barn Swallow
25. Cliff Swallow



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


Friday, May 29th, 2020
California Quail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 May 2020.
California Quail.

Not long after I moved to SLC last summer, I met a little covey of neighbors: Quentin Quail†† and family. I’d never seen a California Quail before, and here were whole families of them, clicking and scrambling, sprinting across the roads, fluttering up onto rooftops and into trees.

Not until this spring, though, did I realize many of them moved up the slopes to have little quails. Nowadays dog and I encounter them all along the trails we hike each morning.

They’re a little skittish, a little talkative—but all in all pretty likable neighbors.

††Quentin Quail was a character in a Chuck Jones cartoon for Merry Melodies released in 1946.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
7. Pine Siskin
8. California Quail*
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Black-headed Grosbeak
12. American Robin*
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
15. MacGillivray’s Warbler (v)
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Chipping Sparrow (v)
18. House Finch
19. Turkey Vulture


20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. European Starling
22. House Sparrow
23. Rock Pigeon
24. American Crow


Rock Squirrel

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

Big Cat

Friday, May 8th, 2020
Young mountain lion, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 May 2020.
Young mountain lion.
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 May 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

Usually I stick to birds around here, but this breezy, blue-sky morning I saw my first mountain lion.

I heard it first—a high, slurred whistle that didn’t sound like any bird I knew—then scanned the sunny slope across the valley and spotted the big cat. It was clearly a youngster, was just wandering around sniffing things. And in broad daylight, no less. Still an exciting moment.

Elsewhere, quite a few bird species on my list—including two lifers for me (White-throated Swift and Willow Flycacher).

Just another memorable spring day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch*
6. Pine Siskin
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird**
8. Virginia’s Warbler
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler
15. Chukar (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. White-throated Swift*†‡
19. American Robin*
20. California Quail*
21. Black-billed Magpie*
22. Willow Flycatcher†‡
23. Song Sparrow* (v)


24. Eurasian Collared Dove
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon
27. American Crow
28. House Sparrow


Mountain Lion

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

†First-of-year bird

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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