23 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘California gull’

Flockin’ Siskins

Monday, January 27th, 2020
Flock of Pine Siskins, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 January 2020.
Flock of Pine Siskins.

Snowed a few inches this morning, so dog and I waited until it stopped to head up into the freshly blanketed mountainside.

Several of the usual species. Many mule deer. And, near the end of our hike, a huge flock of Pine Siskins flew over. Man there were a lot of birds up there. I think there were actually two large flocks that merged as they passed overhead.

(In town, I happened to spy a Golden Eagle circling high above a busy supermarket. That was a first.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay** (v)
4. House Finch** (v)
5. Northern Flicker** (v)
6. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
7. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

8. Rock Pigeon
9. American Robin
10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. European Starling
12. House Sparrow (v)
13. California Gull
14. Golden Eagle

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

A Birdy Day

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 January 2020.
Song Sparrow.
Pine Siskin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 January 2020.
Pine Siskin.

First thing this morning, on stepping outside with dog, I found myself in a world of active, vocal birds. Starlings, a robin, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches—I counted eleven species within about five minutes.

Similar story on our hike at mid-morning—a warmish (temperature-wise), showery (both drizzle and snow showers) morning—with flocks of siskins, juncos, corvids, and a surprise Red-tailed Hawk (which barely escaped a posse of magpies that chased it away).

Every now and then, sometimes seemingly at random, you get a very birdy day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere

10. European Starling
11. American Robin
12. House Sparrow (v)
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Rock Pigeon
16. California Gull

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

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

Elsewhere

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

(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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