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Lifers Three

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Utah, 13 August 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

All three mountain hikes I’ve taken with Jack have resulted in at least one life-list bird for me—and today there were three.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female), East Millcreek, Utah, 13 August 2019.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female).

First was a Spotted Towhee, which I knew about, heard first, spotted briefly, then got a full view of a female. Similar to the familiar (to me) Eastern Towhee but with a different voice.

Next was a Broad-tailed Hummingbird, which I’d been looking for (but had seen only black-chins)—a female perched calmy near us pretty far up the trail.

Spotted Towhee (female), East Millcreek, Utah, 13 August 2019.
Spotted Towhee (female).

Finally, back in my suburban neighborhood, I spied a mostly blue, jay-sized bird on somebody’s fence gate. Had to look it up. Never even heard of Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay before.

Low sixties (F) this morning in the shade of the mountain, about 90 in the heat of the day. Ah, the high desert.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a Utah mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. Mourning Dove
3. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
4. California Quail
5. House Sparrow
6. House Finch
7. American Goldfinch
8. Lazuli Bunting
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Spotted Towhee‡
13. American Kestrel
14. Black-chinned Hummingbird
15. Broad-tailed Hummingbird‡
16. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay‡
17. Gray Catbird (v)

v = Voice only

Solitary Morning

Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 July 2019
Song Sparrow.

Cool, breezy, sunny, birdy. What a lovely morning—complete with familiar voices. Birds were all over the place (young and old), so I wasn’t hurting for photographs.

We had ourselves the run of the hill this morning, oddly. Where were all the early Sunday morning hikers I’m accustomed to seeing? It was weird.

But that left more birds to pay attention to. A couple of minor oddities: Red-winged Blackbird in flight, and the voice of a (migrating?) Ruby-crowned kinglet. Many, many juveniles.

Dewy blueberries, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin*
4. Common Yellowthroat
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
9. Ovenbird (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
15. Mourning Dove* (v)
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow (v)
19. Herring Gull*
20. Common Raven (v)
21. American Goldfinch**
22. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Purple Finch (v)
25. Gray Catbird**
26. Northern Cardinal** (c)
27. Downy Woodpecker (v)


28. European Starling
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsehwere
**VOice only elsewhere

Alder Fly

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 July 2019.
Alder Flycatcher.

I love the little Alder Flycatcher. These are shy birds, but the nest along he field edges of the preserve, and I’ve grown accustomed to their various subtle vocalizations (beyond their typical “free beer!” song).

Descending today, I heard the familiar Pip! alert sound of theirs coming from some greenery very near the trail. Of course Jack and I stopped so I could take a peek. The bird must’ve had fledglings nearby—otherwise I’d never have gotten close enough for this photo with a sprig of fireweed.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Gray Catbird**
10. Cedar Waxwing
11. Song Sparrow**
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Yellow Warbler (v)
14. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe*
16. Eastern Bluebird
17. Osprey
18. American Robin
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Alder Flycatcher


21. Wild Turkey
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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