2 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Families

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
Lazuli Bunting (mama), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 July 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (mama).
Lazuli Bunting (papa), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 July 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (papa).

It’s that family time of year. Up the cool, breezy trail this mid-morning with dog, I came upon a number of families—notably the Buntings and the Vireos. Most other families were quiet, being busy with the youngsters (e.g., the Grosbeaks, the Doves, the Black-throated Green Warblers).

I spied Mama Bunting with a grasshopper, Mama Vireo with a dragonfly (a Variegated Meadowhawk, I believe).

We tiptoed around, dog and I, not wanting to interfere with the private family affairs.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Rock Pigeon
4. House Finch*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird*
10. Song Sparrow** (v)
11. Mourning Dove
12. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Western Tanager (v)
15. Chipping Sparrow (v)
16. Lesser Goldfinch**

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Good Day

Sunday, June 28th, 2020
Black-headed Grosbeak(s), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak(s).
Gnatcatcher vs scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 June 2020.
Gnatcatcher vs scrub-jay.

The air this morning smelled slightly smoky, as dog and I ascended the trail. I suspect because of a fire down around Lehi. (Fireworks.) Mostly overcast, in advance of promised thundershowers (which did arrive this afternoon). Just felt a little off up there.

But we were blessed with a trio of grosbeaks, and a courageous display by two gnatcatchers (and a goldfinch) against a nonchalant (but much larger) scrub-jay.

Dipped (photo-wise) on a Warbling Vireo and two Black-throated Gray Warblers. But that’s OK.

Every day is a good day.

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

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. House Finch*
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Chipping Sparrow (v)
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Warbling Vireo
14. Mourning Dove
15. American Robin*
16. Song Sparrow**

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. House Sparrow
19. European Starling
20. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Summertime

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Rock Pigeon, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 June 2020.
Rock Pigeon.
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 June 2020.
House Finch.

Another cool morning in the shade of the mountain, well before things warmed up into the 90s (F). Dog and I have a pretty nice hike to look forward to, no matter the season.

Not a whole lot of species on today’s list, but plenty to let me give this new camera a try. Not rated as highly as earlier models, but I’m digging it so far.

Today was yet another count-off between Lazuli Buntings and Spotted Towhees. The buntings kept their streak alive (14–11).

Looking forward to my first July here in the mountain west. Summertime.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. American Robin**
5. Black-headed Grosbeak
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Spotted Towhee
9. House Finch**
10. Lesser Goldfinch* (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Warbling Vireo
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Song Sparrow** (v)
16. California Quail* (v)

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow
18. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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