18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘lesser goldfinch’

Caravan

Monday, February 17th, 2020
Many elk, one deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 February 2020.
Many elk, one deer.
Rocky Mountain Elk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 February 2020.
Rocky Mountain Elk.

Got to the trailhead bright and early after a surprise (light) overnight snow. Dog and I were first up the switchback (other than a mess of deer). Spied a few dozen deer loping up the slope beyond the gulch, then happened upon a long caravan of elk on the mountainside not very far above us. (One elk had a GPS collar, I noticed.)

No cervids at all yesterday. Feast or famine, I guess.

Birds were active and vocal after yesterday’s overcast and precipitation. (Not a lot of species—but a lot of individuals.) Another sunny one tomorrow, or so they say.

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

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

Elsewhere

7. Eurasian Collared Dove
8. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
9. American Robin
10. European Starling
11. Northern Flicker

Mammals

Mule Deer
Rocky Mountain Elk

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

I Miss Crows

Sunday, February 16th, 2020
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 February 2020.
Black-billed Magpie.

A snowy, windless morning. Wet snowflakes, floating slowly, straight down. I waited until late morning to hike with Jack, not expecting many bird species—but I got quite a few. (No deer or elk, though.)

Among the birds were the usual high desert corvids: Black-billed Magpie and Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay. Each is endearing in its own way—but they’re not crows.

American Crows were such a ubiquitous part of my daily life back in Maine—their ever-present voices, their harassment of raven and raptor, their enormous conventions in fall. In my six months in SLC, I’ve had exactly two crow sightings, both in town. Not a single caw, though. Weird.

Miss you, crows. We’ll meet again by and by.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

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

Elsewhere

8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

February Thaw

Saturday, February 15th, 2020
California Quail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 15 February 2020.
California Quail.
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, 15 February 2020.
Song Sparrow.

Mostly overcast day. Mild temps for the season. Birds acting antsy—both in the neighborhood and up the mountainside. Also a caravan of elk. (No mule deer, though, for the first time in weeks.)

Even before my hike with dog, I saw and heard signs of spring: quail scurrying across the yard, scattered flocks of goldfinches and robins, the chickadees’ spring love sing (fee-bee), and Song Sparrows singing all over the place.

Muddy trail. Longer photoperiod. Rain in the forecast. The equinox approacheth.

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

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

Elsewhere

11. California Quali
12. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk

(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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