18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘blue-gray gnatcatcher’

Canyon Wren

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 October 2019.
Canyon Wren.

This nippy morning on the mountainside, toward the end of my hike with dog, I heard an unfamiliar, loud, raspy sort of bird call. I tracked it down around a canyon rim. It was a Canyon Wren. A lifer for me.

Otherwise, lots of migrants moving through. Fall is in full force already. And already looking forward to tomorrow’s morning excursion.

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

1. Song Sparrow* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
4. American Robin*
5. House Finch*
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Spotted Towhee**
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Vireo (sp.)
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13. Buteo (sp)
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Canyon Wren‡


17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. House Sparrow (v)
19. California Quail
20. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
21. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Before the Rain

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2019.
Neighborhood Song Sparrow.

Thundershowers forecast, but early on the ominous skies were zipping in from the southwest but keeping up high along the peaks, barely missing us. So Jack and I took a hike. It was a good one.

No great photos, but a evidence of migration still—sparrows and a vireo with the chickadees, other birds in the periphery. And plenty of activity in the neighborhood.

Thundershowers did finally arrive.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. House Finch*
4. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5. Black-capped Chickadee*
6. Northern Flicker
7. Lesser Goldfinch*
8. Plumbeous Vireo
9. Sparrow (sp)


10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. Song Sparrow
12. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere


Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Salt Lake City Brown Tarantula, East Millcreek, Utah, 26 September 2019.
Salt Lake City Brown Tarantula.

Not a bird, but I had to mention the big ol’ spider dog and I encountered on the mountainside this morning. It’s been decades since I’ve come across a tarantula in the wild—and I’m pretty sure this was Jack’s first sighting. (He was highly interested.)

Elsewise, it was a lovely hike. Bunch of birds (no great photos), great views, cool fall air, and a feeling of, well, just being alive.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. House Finch*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. American Goldfinch*
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. Red-tailed Hawk


12. Eurasian Collared Dove
13. Song Sparrow
14. Mourning Dove
15. European Starling
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)

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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