18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘canyon wren’

After the Storm

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 February 2020.
Canyon Wren.

White snow, bright sun, blue sky, brisk breeze, temps in the teens. Coldest day so far in Utah for me—but really rather comfy in the sun.

Soon after dog and I began our morning hike with dog, I heard the calls of a Canyon Wren. Decided to head our usual way south and maybe catch up with the wren later.

Later it was silent, but I decided to try the little sunny cliffs where I last saw the bird—and just as we were about to step off trail, he resumed calling. Made our way through deep snow to where I could peek over a rock.

There he was.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Canyon Wren
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch**
6. Song Sparrow
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. American Robin

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Also elsewhere

Wren Sighting

Friday, January 17th, 2020
Canyon Wren, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 January 2020.
Canyon Wren.

As forecast, it snowed overnight through this early morning. Several fluffy inches worth. After it stopped in late morning, Jack and I commenced to head up the mountainside through fresh snow.

Lots of deer about, a few birds. In the gulch, suddenly, I heard the call of the resident Canyon Wren. It perched in a tree near us, posing for photos.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Canyon Wren

Elsewhere

7. American Robin

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

Siskins

Monday, January 13th, 2020
Pine Siskin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2020.
Pine Siskin.
Mule deer buck, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 January 2020.
Mule deer buck on a snowy day.

I see Pine Siskins so rarely that I forget some of their vocalizations. This irruptive species hangs out in both Maine and Utah (turns out, though I hadn’t looked it up until today). On this morning’s snowy hike, I heard a vocal flock of little perching birds and thought they might be siskins—and they were.

(Also, with no small dollop of sheepishness, I must confess to have identified that crazy rising buzzy call I heard a week or so ago.)

Other highlights: the Canyon Wren calling from the gulch, a Sharp-shinned hawk (possibly a pair) causing the siskins to scatter, a nice array of mule deer—and just a lovely hike with dog.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
5. Canyon Wren (v)
6. Northern Flicker**
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
9. Pine Siskin
10. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

12. American Robin

(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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