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

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

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

 
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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