14 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘American robin’

Juvies

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Spotted Towhee (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 July 2020.
Spotted Towhee (juvie).
Lazuli Bunting (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 July 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (juvie).

My morning hike with dog began quietly. And by that I mean there were surprisingly few bird sounds. No singing buntings or towhees until well into our hike. Notably quieter than yesterday—or any recent day.

I knew why: young ’uns.

After the sun climbed above the mountains, birds began to vocalize a bit—but not a lot. Yet still I spied (and heard) fledglings and juvenile birds all over the place. (Notable were my first young towhees of the season.)

It’s just that juvie time of year.

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

1. Black-headed Grosbeak
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Pine Siskin
11. Mourning Dove
12. Rock Pigeon*
13. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
14. Black-billed Magpie*

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian collared Dove
16. California Quail
17. European Starling
18. House Sparrow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Cooper’s

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 July 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk.

Another cloudless day, with coolish temperatures early and hot temperatures late. (It’s a dry heat.) Lovely hike with dog—many bird species.

Northern Flicker (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 July 2020.
Northern Flicker (female).

Lots of fledglings out there. Chippies and buntings and (at home) California Quail chicks. The funnest occurrence was when, as we were hiking a high deer trail, a Cooper’s Hawk abruptly entered the picture—zipping downhill, low above the slope, into a sagebrushy area maybe 150 yards away.

As we hurried down in that direction, my GoPro’s battery ran out, so I replaced that thinking I’d missed my chance—but no. The red-eyed bird posed for a bunch of photos and a video. Despite a general upset in the little bird population. I could find no evidence that it’d made a kill.

(Later, I got a lovely photo of a lovely female flicker with tiny black hearts on its breast.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Chipping Sparrow
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
10. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
11. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
12. Pine Siskin
13. Rock Pigeon*
14. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
15. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing trill)
16. Warbling Vireo (v)
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Golden Eagle
19. Mourning Dove
20. Northern Flicker
21. Song Sparrow (v)
22. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

23. Eurasian collared Dove
24. California Quail
25. European Starling

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Swallows

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
Barn Swallow nestlings, Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 July 2020.
Barn Swallow nestlings.
Barn Swallow, Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 July 2020.
Barn Swallow.

Lovely cool hike this morning. Managed to tally eighteen species—including a juvie Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by robins, finches, and at least one oriole.

Then, this afternoon, dog and I had a meet-up with visiting friends at Sugar House Park, a nice green area in town with a creek and pond. Fun conversation amid a whole bunch of wild birds: geese, ducks, hummingbirds—and a plethora of Barn Swallows tending nests in the corners of the pavilion roof.

Could hardly get enough of the swallows.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Robin*
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. House Finch*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Mourning Dove*
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Pine Siskin
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
10. Black-headed Grosbeak
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Rock Pigeon*
13. Red-tailed Hawk
14. Bullock’s Oriole
15. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Virginia’s Warbler (v)
18. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. California Quail
21. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
22. Canada Goose
23. Mallard
24. Barn Swallow

(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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