21 January 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

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

Mystery Bird

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 January 2020.
Black-billed Magpie.

Another fine winter hike this morning. Overcast, but not too chilly. A layer of fresh snow, but not enough to cause us to slip and slide, dog and I. The usual suspects, bird-wise—and plenty of mule deer snoozing on the mountainsides.

Near the end of it—in a place where juncos and chickadees were flitting about and vocalizing—I heard a call I didn’t recognize. Almost like the song of a Northern Parula, but it wasn’t. (Not only because parulas are eastern warblers, but because the quality of the call was notably different.)

Have no idea what it was. Maybe I’ll find out someday.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay*
3. House Finch*
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Northern Flicker
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. Dark-eyed Junco

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Gift

Monday, December 30th, 2019
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 December 2019.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Late-morning hike in flurries and chill. Many birds near the trailhead—in fact, my entire Grandeur Peak list occurred with in the first five or ten minutes of an hour-and-a-half hike.

Later, we came upon a number of browsing and/or napping deer. (Jack even spotted a doe, who spotted him.)

A gift of a day.

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. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay

Elsewhere

9. Rock Pigeon
10. California Gull
11. Eurasian Collared Dove

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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