6 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Solitaire (and Raven)

Monday, October 7th, 2019
Townsend’s Solitaire, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 October 2019.
Townsend’s Solitaire (a lifer for me).

Late hike this morning. Thirties (F) early, but temps took off into the 60s by mid-afternoon. Good hike, not a load of birds.

However, one of the birds [come to realize three days later] was a lifer: a Townsend’s Solitaire. The bird was perched atop a scrub oak, facing away—and backlit. I could see it had a thrush’s shape and first thought it might be a robin, but I could detect only a distinct eye-ring when it turned its shaded face. It sat a bit upright, like a bluebird, but it wasn’t big enough.

Common Raven, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 October 2019.
Common Raven.

Then I hard the note of a thrush behind me and turned and saw the spckled breast of what I’m sure was a Hermit Thrush hiding in the scrub. Eventually, it seemed, both birds flew away together—but when the backlit bird flew, it showed clear light stripes beneath its wings. Later, online, I found photos showing that hermits do indeed show these stripes in flight, and so I declared that the species.

On the trail days later, I saw what I assumed was my first Townsend’s Solitaire, perched on the tip of a tree—upright posture, eye-ring, etc. Later I thought, Wait a minute. Sure enough, inspecting this day’s photos again, I could see all the signs of a solitaire (posture, eye-ring, tendency to perch for long moments at the tips of trees, long wings, little tan patch on wing).

A highlight for sure.

(Another highlight was a telltale croaking from above, and I got a look at my first Utah raven.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Common Raven
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8. Hermit Thrush
9. American Robin**
10. Townsend’s Solitaire‡


11. Eurasian Collared Dove
12. House Sparrow
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Lesser Goldfinch
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. Song Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere


Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Dark-eyed Junco (pink-sided race), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 September 2019.
Dark-eyed Junco (pink-sided race).

Couple days ago, I saw my first Utah junco. Being a bird of this longitude, it looked different from the juncos in Northern New England—had pinkish sides. Today I saw another couple of ’em. Cool-looking birds.

Also had another Cooper’s Hawk—and my first Utah thrush. A hermit, I feel sure (considering they have darker spots here than in the east).

Later hike than usual (third in three days), but what a lovely day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. House Finch*
6. Turkey Vulture
7. American Goldfinch*
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. Hermit Thrush


13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Song Sparrow
15. Broad-tailed Hummingbird

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

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

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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