18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘mourning dove’

Before the Storm

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 February 2020.
House Finch.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 February 2020.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male).

Dog and I headed up the mountain a little early this morning, as an overcast swept in quickly following a clear dawn. Tonight we’re supposed to receive the leading edge of a snow storm—one that is forecast to last more than 24 hours. Tomorrow’s hike could prove an adventure.

Today’s was quiet, warm, gray. No elk, few deer, but plenty of birds up there—including the usual corvids, chickadees, flickers, and a large flock of starlings. Also a distant golden eagle.

Plenty of birds in the neighborhood, too, among them the resident singing song sparrow—and the first mourning dove I’ve seen in a while.

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

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

Elsewhere

10. Mourning Dove
11. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
12. American Robin (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Cooper’s, Kinglets

Saturday, October 12th, 2019
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2019.
Cooper’s Hawk.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 October 2019.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Early hike this morning. Barely sub-freezing, in the shadow of mountains for the most part. But birds were about—including one of several Cooper’s Hawks I’ve seen up there. Also a trio of kinglets.

Of note: In town, I spotted a pair of California Gulls foraging for scraps in a parking lot (first I could ID as lifers); in the neighborhood, I heard the exotic song of a California Quail for the first time.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker** (v)
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. House Finch*
6. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7. Cooper’s Hawk
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
9. American Robin* (v)

Elsewhere

10. House Sparrow (v)
12. Eurasian Collared Dove
13. California Quail
14. California Gull‡
15. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere
‡Lifer

Tarantula

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Salt Lake City Brown Tarantula, East Millcreek, Utah, 26 September 2019.
Salt Lake City Brown Tarantula.

Not a bird, but I had to mention the big ol’ spider dog and I encountered on the mountainside this morning. It’s been decades since I’ve come across a tarantula in the wild—and I’m pretty sure this was Jack’s first sighting. (He was highly interested.)

Elsewise, it was a lovely hike. Bunch of birds (no great photos), great views, cool fall air, and a feeling of, well, just being alive.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
2. House Finch*
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. American Goldfinch*
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

12. Eurasian Collared Dove
13. Song Sparrow
14. Mourning Dove
15. European Starling
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)

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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