3 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Chickadee Pic

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Late getting up the hill with dog today. Mostly overcast, some sun. Snowmelt mud, plenty of the usual birds.

My favorite critter was one particular chickadee.

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

1. House Finch* (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Northern Flicker** (v)
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
10. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow
12. European Starling
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Lovely Cool

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Magpie with dead vole, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City Utah, 17 March 2020.
Magpie with dead vole.

A lovely cool morning with fair skies and plenty of sun. Cool in the shade, anyway. The mud’s drying up fast—although we’re advised to expect some rain (possible snow) over the next few days).

A dozen species again—though nothing outlandish. In fact, my most outlandish sighting involved arguably the commonest bird species in these parts: a magpie dining on a dead vole (I think it was).

Lots of towhees singing up the trail. (Lots of ’em.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Northern Flicker** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee*
6. House Finch* (v)
7. Pine Siskin
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. European Starling
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Juncos & Towhees

Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 March 2020.
Spotted Towhee.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 March 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

A gray, warmish, muddy, springlike day. Got to the trailhead at late morning under a mostly overcast sky. Saw elk, deer, dogs, and humans—and ten bird species.

Two of the species were towhee and junco. These two bring me back more than fifty years, to when I was in junior high school in North Carolina. My mother kept a backyard feeder back then, and I remember her being impressed one day by two new birds that had come by. She must’ve looked them up in a book. Towhee and junco. I remember thinking what curious bird names those were.

That former was an Eastern Towhee, of course, and the one I saw today was a spotted Towhee. But they’re very much alike, as are all the assorted races of Dark-eyed Junco that inhabit North America.

Still and all I remember my mom’s muted excitement at identifying those two new birds. Likely she had a lot to do with my being a birder.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Northern Flicker** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Robin*
5. House Finch* (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco*
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
8. Golden Eagle
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Townsend’s Solitaire
11. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

12. European Starling
13. Lesser Goldfinch

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

(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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