3 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘northern flicker’

Eagle and Rabbit

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 April 2020.
Golden Eagle.
Mountain Cottontail, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 April 2020.
Mountain Cottontail.

A dusting of snow on the ground this morning. Chilly temps, mostly cloudy skies. Planned a modest hike compared to yesterday’s. Right away, dog and I encountered a novelty—two or three Mountain Cottontails hopping away from us into a pile of big rocks.

I got photos of one of the rabbits as it sniffed the nippy air, then we commenced to moving up the hill a ways. Got close to a mule deer and tallied a dozen species—one of which was a soaring golden eagle.

Only later did it occur to me that relatives of the big bird likely dined on relatives of the furry long eared bun.

Ah, the bittersweet Rules of Nature.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. House Finch*
3. American Robin*
4. Northern Flicker**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. Golden Eagle
10. Red-tailed Hawk (v)
11. Dark-eyed Junco
12. Song Sparrow*

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Jack’s Birthday

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
View from a height, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
View from a height.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 April 2020.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted female).

For his 12th birthday today, Captain Jack, my dog, and I veered off the familiar foothills trail and up a grassy slope. And up and up to a rocky climb. And up some more. Kept going to an altitude of 6,736 feet—our highest climb so far.

Saw a high-elevation flicker on a rock. Heard my second Canyon Wren. met some fellow hikers coming down from a longer hike than ours.

Both of us are kind of achy and sore this night. (Jack’s just now napping on his birthday toy in the middle of the floor.)

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch
5. Northern Flicker**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Lesser Goldfinch
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Golden Eagle
11. American Kestrel
12. Canyon Wren (v)

Elsewhere

13. Song Sparrow
14. California Quail
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

His Lordship

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Black-billed Magpie, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 March 2020.
Black-billed Magpie.

Very few crows here. Occasional ravens. Scrub jays. Rare (for me) Steller’s Jays. But no shortage of Black-billed Magpies.

Captain Jack and I have passed through the territory of a pair of nesting magpies nearly every day for a week or two. They make low, secretive noises when we pass, but we don’t mess with them. In fact, I talk to ’em a little. My hope and wish is that they observe us long enough to know we mean them no harm.

(Most all corvids are pretty smart that way, I think.)

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

1. American Robin*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch**
5. Pine Siskin (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Northern Flicker** (v)
9. Common Raven

Elsewhere

10. Song Sparrow
11. Rock Pigeon
12. California Gull

Mammals

Mule Deer

(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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