9 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Missed Moose

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Bald Eagle on high, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2020.
Bald Eagle on high.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

I missed the moose—but I spied a Bald Eagle, heard the voices of Chukars, and had more birds on my list than I have in a while.

Right away when we arrived at the trailhead under a deep blue sky, I heard tell of the excitement over the moose, which was spotted to the north a ways nearly to I-80. As I understand it, moose aren’t exactly rare here, but they’re not as common as elk—which are nowhere near as common as mule deer. I did see mule deer (a couple at close range).

I missed the moose, though. Good thing I saw a few back in Maine.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch*
5. Lesser Goldfinch**
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. American Robin
9. Chukar (v)
10. Bald Eagle


11. Rock Pigeon
12. California Gull
13. European Starling
14. House Finch

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

First Bald

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2020.
Bald Eagle over Salt Lake City.
Red-tailed Hawk (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (immature).

Spied my first Bald Eagle in Utah this morning, a chilly morning, with more sun than was forecast—sun which soon disappeared behind clouds. Mostly sun, though.

We’d just encountered a young Red-tailed Hawk, dog and I, which stayed behind the branches of a small tree, allowing no decent photo. The eagle just appeared off over the valley, flying swiftly northward, toward (I assume) Great Salt Lake.

(Most eagles here have been goldens.)

Otherwise, and lovely Saturday hike, with breaks to visit with fellow hikers. The snow began soon after we’d returned home. Not much accumulation yet—but that’s expected to change within a few days or so

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Song Sparrow* (v)
4. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. House Finch* (v)
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Bald Eagle

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

More Goodness

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
Blue Jay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 May 2019.
Blue Jay.

A bright chilly morning. Started slow, but soon enough warmed enough to set free some black flies, and the birds appeared slowly and steadily. My one first-of-year species I didn’t notice until I looked at photos (a Wilson’s Warbler vs a Yellow Warbler)—but lots of variety.

Blue Jays were conspicuous, others inconspicuous. A few quiet birds snuck onto the list (e.g., kingbirds, waxwings, Blackburnian warbler), a few noisy ones returned (e.g., Great Crested Flycatcher). No cuckoos today.

In a surprise twist, I took a dramatic tumble off a boardwalk, but no damage done to my person or optics, and Jack was amused.

All in all, another day of fun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo
2. Ovenbird
3. Blue Jay
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Veery
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Gray Catbird**
10. Wood Thrush (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. American Redstart
14. American Goldfinch**
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)
16. Scarlet Tanager
17. American Crow*
18. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
22. Purple Finch (v)
23. Tree Swallow
24. Alder Flycatcher
25. Eastern Kingbird
26. Cedar Waxwing
27. Field Sparrow (v)
28. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
29. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
30. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
31. Hermit Thrush (v)
32. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
33. Least Flycatcher (v)
34. Northern Flicker (v)
35. Mourning Dove (v)
36. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
37. Northern Parula (v)
38. Wilson’s Warbler†
39. Blackburnian Warbler


40. House Finch (v)
41. Herring Gull
42. Bald Eagle

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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