26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘American kestrel’

Frosty Morn

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah. 24 November 2019.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Frosty morn. Clear skies. Snow tomorrow, so they say.

Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (caching a peanut), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah. 24 November 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (caching a peanut).

My early hike with dog began with a hawk sighting—a sharpie zipping over to the top of a far utility pole. Snapped a couple photos just for grins, and later noticed in one of them an approaching kestrel. Weird.

The day warmed pretty quickly as the sun topped the ridge, and we encountered birds aplenty. Finches and juncos mostly. Yellowrumps in town again.

Later, in the neighborhood, I watched a magpie yank the tip of the tail of a rock squirrel filling its cheek pouches with fallen plums. The squirrel lept in the air, and the magpie took off.

Meantime, out back of my place, a scrub-jay went about its daily business: digging up and re-caching peanuts.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Sharp-shinned Hawk*
2. American Kestrel***
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Black-billed Magpie

Elsewhere
10. Rock Pigeon
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. European Starling
13. Eurasian Collared Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
***Spotted in a photo of another bird

Young Eagles

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
Golden Eagle (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 13 November 2019.
Golden Eagle (immature).

Wonderful to hike with dog for the second straight day. A quiet hike to start—but then I spotted an immature eagle. Then another one, above it. The two circled for about three or four minutes up near the rocky outcrop where I usually see them.

That—and Jack being there, too—kind of made my day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere
9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. American Kestrel
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Song of the Solitaire

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 October 2019.
Townsend’s Solitaire.

Today for the first time I heard the song of a Townsend’s Solitaire. Toward the end my hike with dog this morning, I spotted a pair of these cool western thrushes zipping around on a high slope with junipers on it. Come to find out they subsist on junipers during the off-season.

Anyway, they were singing. Or at least one of them was. The song had a thrushy timbre, but it involved many notes in a rather rapid flurry, much like improvisational jazz. It was glorious.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for these cool new (to me) birds going forward.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere

11. Lesser Goldfinch
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Song Sparrow (v)
15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. American Kestrel

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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