14 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

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

Eagle Flyby

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
Golden Eagle (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 November 2019.
Golden Eagle (immature).

Got up the mountain early this morning. Temps in the 30s, clear skies, bright sun rising. More birds than any recent day—including a random flyby by a solitary juvie Golden Eagle.

The most interesting thing, though: the distant call of a crow. A sound that was so common back east, but the first time I’ve heard it here in Utah.

Note: I’ve seen crows here a couple times, but they were silent.

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

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. American Crow (v)
7. House Finch*
8. Golden Eagle

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

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Jay

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 November 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Few birds up the mountainside this windy, mostly overcast morning. Windiest day I can recall since my move to Utah. (I kind of loved it.) The highlight was a scrub-jay that popped up right in front of us, dog and me.

Supposed to have showers tomorrow—first precipitation in a fortnight or more.

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

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

Elsewhere
4. House Finch
5. Eurasian Collared Dove
6. California Quail
7. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
8. Rock Pigeon
9. European Starling
10. House Sparrow (v)

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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