14 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Gull and Deer

Friday, December 13th, 2019
California Gull, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 December 2019.
California Gull.

Back in Maine, gulls were common. Herring gulls were commonest, but there were also ring-bills, Laughing Gulls, and various winter species. Here in Utah, I’ve only seen four or five gulls in the four or five months since I arrived. All California gulls.

It’s nice to start to get to know a new gull.

Mule deer family, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 December 2019.
Mule deer family.

Meanwhile, on my hike with Jack, I saw (and/or heard) seven bird species—and watched a little family of mule deer browse on the scrub up a mountainside.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. House Finch* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. American Robin (v)
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Song Sparrow (v)

Elsewhere
9. European Starling
10. Rock Pigeon
11. House Sparrow
12. California Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Bit of Drama

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
House finch (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 December 2019.
House finch (male).
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 December 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

A relatively uneventful hike. Sunny, with my first true “inversion” here, when the air turns over in the valley, leading to a sort of high desert smog. Didn’t seem to bother us any, and I got a look at a handful of bird species.

One bit of drama: Jack was minding his own business when he got jumped on the trail by a little old lady dog and ended up with a cut lip. This seemed to depress him for most of the rest of the day.

Seems a little better this evening, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. Song Sparrow (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay

Elsewhere
7. Rock Pigeon
8. European Starling
9. California Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Snow

Monday, November 25th, 2019
Rock Pigeons, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 November 2019.
Rock Pigeons.

Interesting day. Was supposed to snow—and it did, but not before Jack and I had just begun our morning hike. Big flakes, falling gently, piling up over time. Only an inch or so by the time we returned home, but a good four inches by nightfall.

Few birds about on the trail—saw one, heard two. More in town, but they were also laying low on account of the first real snow.

(Should have a foot by week’s end.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie* (v)

Elsewhere
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Rock Pigeon
6. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also 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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