2 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Two-Hawk Day

Monday, June 29th, 2020
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 June 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (and State Capitol).

Rain this early morning. Captain Jack and I awoke to a gray day and a chill: about 42 degrees (F). We waited until the air dried up a bit, then hiked up the switchback—and saw no other dog or human. Saw a few birds, though.

Notable were two hawk species on this morning’s list. Not far from the trailhead, soaring in the direction of town, was a handsome Red-tailed Hawk. Then up the drippy valley trail (Coyote Canyon, I hear it’s called), I heard the distinctive kip-kip! calls of a Cooper’s Hawk.

The Cooper’s silenced the voices of Warbling Vireo and Black-throated Green Warbler, but I didn’t mind.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. House Finch**
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Pine Siskin
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
15. Warbling Vireo (v)
16. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
17. American Robin*
18. Mourning Dove

Elsewhere

19. Eurasian Collared Dove
20. European Starling

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

Good Day

Sunday, June 28th, 2020
Black-headed Grosbeak(s), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak(s).
Gnatcatcher vs scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2020.
Gnatcatcher vs scrub-jay.

The air this morning smelled slightly smoky, as dog and I ascended the trail. I suspect because of a fire down around Lehi. (Fireworks.) Mostly overcast, in advance of promised thundershowers (which did arrive this afternoon). Just felt a little off up there.

But we were blessed with a trio of grosbeaks, and a courageous display by two gnatcatchers (and a goldfinch) against a nonchalant (but much larger) scrub-jay.

Dipped (photo-wise) on a Warbling Vireo and two Black-throated Gray Warblers. But that’s OK.

Every day is a good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. House Finch*
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Chipping Sparrow (v)
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Mourning Dove
15. American Robin*
16. Song Sparrow**

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. House Sparrow
19. European Starling
20. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Blue

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
Backside of Lazuli Bunting, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 June 2020.
Backside of Lazuli Bunting.

Today was a cloudless day. My morning hike with dog was cool and clean. This afternoon, the sun was bright, bright, and the sky was blue, blue.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Lazuli Bunting
5. House Finch**
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
11. Warbling Vireo (v)
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
15. Song Sparrow** (v)

Elsewhere

16. Downy Woodpecker
17. Mourning Dove
18. California Quail
19. Rock Pigeon
20. House Sparrow
21. Eurasian Collared Dove
22. European Starling

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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