21 January 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘dark-eyed junco’

Wonder of It All

Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 January 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Profile of mule deer doe, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 January 2020.
Profile of mule deer doe.

A bright, crisp, mile-high morning. Dog and I encountered lots of mule deer, a bunch of chickadees, and a few other species. Mainly, I just marveled at the wonder of it all.

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

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

(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

Chukars

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
Chukar tracks, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2020.
Chukar tracks.

Last night was warm and windy—windiest I’ve yet experience in Utah. This morning was warm and breezy. (By warm, I mean about 40° (F).) Not a lot of birds at first. As usual, mule deer. A snowy landscape.

Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 January 2020.
Northern Flicker.

The big news: I finally saw my first-ever Chukars (a Eurasian game bird introduced to the high desert states in the last century). Jack and I flushed three from under a Juniper on the far side of the gulch. Gone in a flash down the slope—but I figured I might find traces of their presence in the snow. And I was right.

Elsewise, the lower trail provided a few photo opportunities of the usual suspects (finches, chickadees, juncos woodpeckers).

This afternoon it snowed like crazy for a couple of hours. Kind of nippy tonight. Capricious weather lately.

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

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

Elsewhere

9. American Robin

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

†Lifer

 
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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