18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

Elk Herd

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Parley’s elk herd, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2020.
Parley’s elk herd.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Can’t help but lead with the elk herd. Every other day or so in the past couple weeks, I’ve caught sight of elk high on the ridge to the north, nearly Parley’s Canyon—a.k.a., the Parley’s herd. But never have I seen as many animals as I did this morning. (More than 60, for sure.) They were resting in the snow as dog and I made our ascent, and they were marching east in a caravan as we descended. Very cool.

Otherwise, quite a few birds out and about today—a clear, mildish day. (Will be even milder tomorrow, or so they say.)

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

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

Elsewhere

9. Downy Woodpecker
10. House Sparrow
11. European Starling
12. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Towhee Surprise

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 February 2020.
Spotted Towhee.
Mule deer buck East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 February 2020.
Mule deer buck.

Down in the mid-teens last night. Nippy in the shadow of the mountain this morning. But in that shadow, a handsome mule deer buck trotted along the street out from of my place, which was cool.

However, even cooler was the surprise appearance of a Spotted Towhee in the side yard. I heard its whine, which didn’t register, because I was making a video of a singing Song Sparrow—but then the towhee suddenly flitted over to within a foot of the sparrow.

Talk about cool.

The rest of the day was blue-sky sunny. Warmed up, encountered a bunch of bird species. A lovely, productive day.

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

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

Elsewhere

12. Spotted Towhee
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Eurasian Collared Dove

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

More Snow

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 February 2020.
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 February 2020.

Snowed a few inches overnight. Snowing lightly as the sky lightened this morning, revealing a world of rich, slate blue.

Jack and I slogged through the snow, spied some deer, encountered several bird species. Nothing outlandish, just the usual familiar winter birds.

A little more wet snow expected over the next two or three days, but the forecast shows sunny weather for a week thereafter.

As the sky tonight dimmed toward gloaming, I spotted a couple robins in a tree across the street.

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

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

Elsewhere

8. House Sparrow (v)
9. Rock Pigeon
10. European Starling
11. American Robin

(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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