18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Goshawk

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
Northern Goshawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 January 2020.
Northern Goshawk.

Light snow and thick fog this morning. Temps right around freezing (or a tad above). Dog and I didn’t make it to the trailhead until late morning—still pretty foggy, and I didn’t know what to expect. Kind of thought it might be fun to encounter a surprise.

Goshawk takes flight, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 January 2020.
Goshawk takes flight.

And I did.

Returning from the first leg of trail (which offered up a few deer, fox tracks, and several bird species), I spotted a hawk sitting tall far ahead of us. Thought it was a red-tail at first, but then it took off, showing a long accipiter tail and relatively fast-flapping wings. It flew our way, perched quite near. It had white eyebrows.

My first ever Northern Goshawk. Woo-hoo!

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Northern Goshawk
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Pine Siskin
9. California Quail

Elsewhere

10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

(v) Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

†Lifer

Thanks, Birds.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 January 2020.
Northern Flicker.

What a morning. Similar to yesterday—but fuller of birds.

Right at the trailhead, species after species, I began to hear their voices. Second voice was the slowly (deliberately) repeated note of a Townsend’s Solitaire. And many other birds flitting around the lower trail that Jack and I rarely take.

This morning we took it.

Notable were quail and robin and singing Song Sparrow. In fact, nine of my list of 11 species occurred within the first five minutes of our hike.

The final species was an agreeable Northern Flicker (red-shafted, this being Utah). Thanks, birds.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Townsend’s Solitaire
3. Lesser Goldfinch**
4. House Finch*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. California Quail
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. American Robin**
10. Black-capped Chickadee**
11. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

12. Rock Pigeon

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

Pleasant Day

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Rock Pigeon.
Rock Pigeon.

Up the mountain early this morning—an interesting morning, with big clouds, scraps of blue sky, curtains of distant precipitation. Poor light for photography. Missed photos. Not much in the way of bird activity.

But that’s O.K. I still love this day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch** (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
6. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

9. California Quail
10. Rock Pigeon

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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