6 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘eastern towhee’

Sweet Mysteries

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 April 2020.
American Robin.
Northern Flicker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 April 2020.
Northern Flicker.

High 20s (F) when dog and I hit the trail this morning. The sky was cloudless, though, so I knew that warmth would come soon—as soon as we climbed out of the mountain shade.

Plenty of birds about, including a Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard), lots of robins, and flickers behaving territorially. In fact, I got a great look at a display I’d never seen before: three male flickers together in one tree, one perched higher, and the other two going through an occasional head-bobbing, tail-flaring wicka-wicka-wicka dance, repeated multiple times (with a pause in between).

Finally the two youngsters (I’m assuming here) fluttered away, leaving the original male to his perch—and, presumably, territory.

Spring’s so full of sweet mysteries.

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

1. American Robin*
2. House Finch** (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Northern Flicker
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

12. Song Sparrow (v)
13. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
14. European Starling

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Eagle and Rabbit

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 April 2020.
Golden Eagle.
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 April 2020.
Mountain Cottontail.

A dusting of snow on the ground this morning. Chilly temps, mostly cloudy skies. Planned a modest hike compared to yesterday’s. Right away, dog and I encountered a novelty—two or three Mountain Cottontails hopping away from us into a pile of big rocks.

I got photos of one of the rabbits as it sniffed the nippy air, then we commenced to moving up the hill a ways. Got close to a mule deer and tallied a dozen species—one of which was a soaring golden eagle.

Only later did it occur to me that relatives of the big bird likely dined on relatives of the furry long eared bun.

Ah, the bittersweet Rules of Nature.

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

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

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Jack’s Birthday

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
View from a height, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
View from a height.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female).

For his 12th birthday today, Captain Jack, my dog, and I veered off the familiar foothills trail and up a grassy slope. And up and up to a rocky climb. And up some more. Kept going to an altitude of 6,736 feet—our highest climb so far.

Saw a high-elevation flicker on a rock. Heard my second Canyon Wren. met some fellow hikers coming down from a longer hike than ours.

Both of us are kind of achy and sore this night. (Jack’s just now napping on his birthday toy in the middle of the floor.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked about seventeen hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Golden Eagle
11. American Kestrel
12. Canyon Wren (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow
14. California Quail
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

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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