20 January 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Family Ties

Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Scrub-jay feeding its partner, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2020.
Scrub-jay feeding its partner.
Mule Deer family, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 January 2020.
Mule Deer family.

On my hike with dog this snowy winter morning, I encountered a few moments among wildlife families. Like the several groups of mule deer sticking together and moving uphill when hikers with dogs approached. And the pair of Woodhouse’s Scrub-jays feeding each other.

That latter was a first for me—one jay flapping up to a perch below the first one, which then inserted a small morsel of food down its throat.

We humans sometimes forget we’re basically lapsed wildlife. We’d do well not to pretend we’re more important in the grand scheme of things.

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
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Northern Flicker*
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Lesser Goldfinch**

Elsewhere

8. Eurasian Collared Dove

*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Snow Day

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Buck in the snow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 January 2010.
Buck in the snow.
Eurasian Collared Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 January 2010.
Eurasian Collared Dove.

Snow was forecast, so dog and I left for our hike a little early—right about the time the flakes began to fall. Encountered few bird species (saw only one chickadee, heard the rest), but it was fun to be up there along with the mule deer.

(In the neighborhood—and in town for an appointment—I encountered two species of dove.)

A lot more snow forecast for the rest of the week and (especially) the weekend, but every day’s its own day. You never know.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie
3. Lesser Goldfinch
4. House Finch
5. Song Sparrow

Elsewhere

6. Rock Pigeon
7. Eurasian Collared Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**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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