24 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘brown-headed cowbird’


Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 May 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

I like an overcast day. If not for my inability to take a decent photo in dim light, I’d prefer birding on cloudy days.

This morning was gray and calm and pleasantly cool. Spotted (or heard) a good selection of birds up the mountain—including a singing female grosbeak, a random pair of cowbirds, and a wayward collared dove.

Most exciting for me, though: after three days of trying, I somehow managed to grab a single half-way decent photo of a Warbling Vireo.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American robin* (v)
2. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (v)
3. Eurasian Collared Dove*
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. California Quail* (v)
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Black-headed Grosbeak
13. Brown-headed Cowbird
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. Black-chinned Hummingbird
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Warbling Vireo
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler


20. Song Sparrow
21. European Starling



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Fun Hike

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Another fun morning hike. Even before the hike, in fact: the first bird I spied this early morning—perched on the tip of a conifer out front of the house—was a first-of-year species (Brown-headed Cowbird).

But during the hike proper—which happened on a nippy morning (40s (F) to start, in the mountain shade) turning into a warmish morning—I counted lots of species, failed at tracking a couple of new songs, but managed to tally a new lifer and see a bunch of hummingbirds.

The lifer: a Plumbeous Vireo, which I first heard, than caught a glimpse of. Alas, no photo, though. (Yet.)

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

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


24. Brown-headed Cowbird†
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon


Mountain Cottontail

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

†First-of-year bird

Hello, Little Birdie

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 June 2019.
Yellow Warbler.

I got my best photo of a Yellow Warbler this morning. I’ve been spotting the same bird, singing in the same birch tree, for weeks. Never could pin it down.

But this third foggy morning in a row, soon after I discovered that the cloud had burned away about half-way up the hill, I stood and waited and got just the glimpse I’ve been looking for.

Hey, little birdie.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery (v)
2. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Common Yellowthroat**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Northern Cardinal*
8. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
9. Nashville Warbler (v)
10. Ovenbird** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Tree Swallow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Field Sparrow (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Yellow Warbler
17. American Goldfinch (v)
18. Chipping Sparrow**
19. Gray Catbird**
20. Red-eyed Vireo**
21. Eastern Bluebird
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
24. American Crow*
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
27. Brown-headed Cowbird


28. Herring Gull
29. Mourning Dove
30. House Sparrow
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Chimney Swift†

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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