6 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Birds in Snow

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Pine Siskin takes flight, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 March 2020.
Pine Siskin takes flight.
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 March 2020.
Spotted Towhee on a snowy day.

Snowed overnight. Gentle, steady snow for a while—no wind to speak of (as usual, in my one winter’s experience)—accumulating to a depth of three inches or snow. Jack and I took to the trails, as usual, and had ourselves a nice hike.

There were quite a few mule deer. And birds. Robins, magpies, chickadees, towhees—even a pair of siskins. More in town (where I made a quick trip for groceries, taking pandemic precautions of course).

(My favorites today, I think, were siskin and towhee.)

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. Pine Siskin
7. Spotted Towhee

Elsewhere

8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. Eurasian Collared Dove
10. European Starling
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mourning Dove
13. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Quake

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
American Robin, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 18 March 2020.
American Robin.

This morning, right about the time I would’ve gotten out of bed anyway, the earthquake struck. Jack was moving around, and I suggested he go back to sleep for a while—he might’ve seen it coming (as dogs do). But you can do a lot of waking up during ten seconds of intense shaking.

Turned out to be the largest-magnitude quake since 1992—5.7 on the scale. No damage at my house (though some elsewhere in town, a closed airport, and a bunch of power outages). We ended up hiking kind of early, dog and I.

Plenty of birds up there on this otherwise overcast, chilly, snow-showery morning. Plenty in town also, during a quick grocery shopping run. Then, in afternoon, a 4.6-magnitude aftershock struck—same exact feeling, only it only lasted about five seconds.

A memorable day.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. American Robin*
3. Pine Siskin
4. House Finch* (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
7. Northern Flicker**
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Spotted Towhee (v)
10. Song Sparrow**
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. European Starling
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Common Raven
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

Hawks

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Northern Goshawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 March 2020.
Northern Goshawk.
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 March 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk.

Colder today than during yesterday’s snow, but clear with a warming sun. Encountered no one else during my hike with Jack—but there were plenty of tracks in the snow. Mice, deer, dog, human. Quite a few birds out, too.

And then I caught sight of a distant hawk. Too far away to ID in the field, but I thought perhaps it was a red-tail. It flew low, then perched up the mountainside near a mule deer. Through my optics, I saw that it perched upright and seemed to be wearing a dinner jacket—but that’s about it. Decided just to keep my eye out.

On our return trip, my eye spied a nearer hawk. I saw right away it was a goshawk. And it struck me that it was the same bird. (Accipiters tend to fly low, then swoop up to a perch. They have an upright posture and are nearly as large as a Red-tailed Hawk.) Felt good to solve that puzzle.

Coincidentally, in town, I spotted a red-tail, perched on a utility tower.

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

1. House Finch* (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Dark-eyed Junco*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Northern Goshawk
8. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
9. Song Sparrow** (v)
10. Pine Siskin

Elsewhere

11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. European Starling
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Mourning Dove
15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. House Sparrow

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

(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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