Had an early appointment, so Captain Jack and I were late to hit the trail this morning. The early sun had slipped behind a veil of haze—first trace of coming precipitation, I reckon—but the light was good, and there were a dozen bird species to watch and/or listen to.
A Rock Wren showed up, which was fun. And gang of fifteen deer surprised us (or me, at least) up amid the junipers. But the funnest moment was when I heard the voices of crows.
In Maine, crows appeared on my list nearly every day, whereas up in the foothills, I think I’ve only listed them a two or three times (I can recall two) in my years here. So I gasped when I heard a caw!—then another. I spied them a few hundred feet above us, eight in all, flying in a loose circle.
Seems I really miss ’em, crows.
Grandeur Peak Area List At 8:58 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.
1. American Robin** 2. Eurasian Collared-dove** 3. Spotted Towhee 4. California Quail 5. Northern Flicker** 6. Rock Pigeon* 7. Dark-eyed Junco 8. Rock Wren 9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay 10. House Finch** 11. Black-capped Chickadee 12. American Crow
13. Song Sparrow (v) 14. California Gull 15. European Starling 16. Lesser Goldfinch
Rock Squirrel Mule Deer
(v) Voice only *Also elsewhere **Voice only elsewhere
Overcast and rather windy this morning. Warm enough—50s (F)—that dog and I both found it comfortable. The birds were less comfortable with the windy conditions, however: only six species today. Among them, notably, was a pair of wind-blown, first-of-year Turkey Vultures.
The deer didn’t mind, though—And in afternoon, in the front garden, a visit by a quail.
(No rain today after all, but the possibility of thundershowers tomorrow.)
Grandeur Peak Area List At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.
1. American Robin** 2. House Finch* (v) 3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay 4. Turkey Vulture† 5. Pine Siskin (v) 6. Eurasian Collared-dove* (v)
7. Song Sparrow 8. Rock Pigeon 9. California Gull 10. California Quail
(v) Voice only *Also Elsewhere **Voice only Elsewhere †First-of-year