8 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Dog and I did the Millcreek circuit today—up the valley, over the ridge, down the switchback—an elevation gain of about 1,500 feet or so. The day was mild, a bit breezy, comfortable. The landscape was green.

And I’m kinda crushin’ on Black-chinned Hummingbirds.

So many today (I’m thinking at least eight), and in all the places I know they’ll be. I have a feeling that by now they even recognize Jack and me.

And I’m learning their behavioral quirks. In particular, I’m diggin’ their great pendulous flight displays—it’s as if they’re writing a gigantic U above the landscape. I’m also learning what flowers they like to sip.

Not seeing as many Broad-tailed Hummingbirds these days. (Guessing they’re earlier nesters and so have gone rather quiet.) But that’s O.K. by me.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked some 1,500 feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
10. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
11. Mourning Dove
12. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
15. Warbling Vireo
16. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
17. Chukar (v)
18. Western Tanager
19. Turkey Vulture
20. California Quail*
21. Barn Swallow†
22. Red-tailed Hawk


23. House Sparrow (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker
25. Song Sparrow (v)
26. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (wing-trill)



(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird


Sunday, May 17th, 2020
Black-chinned Hummingbird, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 May 2020.
Black-chinned Hummingbird.

There are so many hummingbirds around here. This, first spring in Utah, has me wide-eyed (and -eared) at just how many of these little hummers there are zipping around the sage and scrub.

Every day for a couple weeks, I’ve seen and/or heard at least six or eight individual hummingbirds—nearly always both black-chinned and broad-tailed—and often a dozen or more. Their behavior is interesting—wing-trills and pendulum dances and hovering in one place for seconds above a human and canine on the trail.

This gusty morning, at a fairly high elevation with few trees about, I came upon a black-chinned sipping on the lovely red Coarse Indian Paintbrush flowers. Just one of many things I’ve learned about these hardy little survivors.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked about 1,000 feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak**
2. California Quail*
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. American Robin* (v)
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Song Sparrow** (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Warbling Vireo
10. Pine Siskin
11. Blue-jay Gnatcatcher
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Black-chinned Hummingbird
14. Orange-crowned Warbler
15. House Finch*
16. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
17. Cooper’s Hawk
18. Golden Eagle
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Sharp-shinned Hawk


21. House Sparrow
22. European Starling
23. Downy Woodpecker


Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere


Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Cedar Waxwing, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2020.
Cedar Waxwing.
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 April 2020.
Mountain Cottontail.

This morning brought cloudiness and a little light rain. Didn’t stop dog and me from making our usual rounds.

Spied a Mountain Cottontail. Amassed a list of a dozen bird species on the mountainside. Then, back home, a big flock of waxwings descended on the flowering trees in the yard.

Feels more like spring every day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

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


13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
16. European Starling
17. Cedar Waxwing


Mountain Cottontail
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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