14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘northern harrier’

Change in the Weather

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 August 2022.
Least Flycatcher.

It was warm—about 71° (F)—when dog and I arrived at the trailhead rather early. Still some sun shining through the clouds, but the clouds were supposed to take over, with rain possible later in the day. Not many birds to start, but once we hit the edge between woods and fields, my species numbers kinda took off.

Young Red-bellied Woodpecker, sapsucker in the woods, a few Brown Creepers, jay and crow and raven. Most notable: a group of about fifteen cawing crows approached the summit on our return—and I spied what the source of their attention: a first-of-year Northern Harrier.

Still no rain tonight, but it’s supposed to start in the wee hours and rain much of tomorrow. We shall see what kind of hike we take. Exciting!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Hermit Thrush (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)
9. Brown Creeper
10. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. Gray Catbird
13. Alder flycatcher (v)
14. Eastern Towhee**
15. Red-bellied Woodpecker
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Downy Woodpecker (v)
18. American Robin* (v)
19. Yellow Warbler
20. Mourning Dove*
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Northern Flicker
24. Least Flycatcher
25. Blue Jay (v)
26. Northern Harrier†
27. Common Raven (v)


28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Herring Gull
30. Chimney Swift
31. Osprey

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


Wren, Revisited

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

Dog and I hiked a bit later this morning, in weather much like yesterday’s—but with a veil of clouds and a breeze. And a goodly number of bird species. Also more deer: more than a dozen in the junipers, despite the unseasonable heat and dryness.

Most noteworthy was the glimpse I got a glimpse of a Northern Harrier in flight (I’ve only seen one or two here), but most fun was a little chase I had with a Rock Wren, I suspect (but can’t be sure) the same bird as yesterday. Also two doves, and a first-in-a-while Downy Woodpecker.

I’m advised to expect a little rain and more seasonable temperatures this coming week. Of course I’ll hike in any weather.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:56 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Northern Flicker** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. House Finch*
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Rock Wren
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Black-billed Magpie**
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Northern Harrier†
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. California Quail (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker (v)
16. Mourning Dove (wing whistle)


14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. European Starling


Mountain Cottontail
Mule Deer
Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

Sparrows Again

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow,East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 October 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow.

I do admire the handsomeness of a White-crowned Sparrow. And for two straight mornings—a fair one and an overcast one—they honored me by posing for photos. So here’s another pic.

Yesterday’s forecast had called for morning showers, but none appeared. (There was a brief midday one.) A dozen species again, including—today’s surprise—a Northern Harrier, headed south.

The weather folks are more confident of rain tomorrow. We shall see.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:40 a.m. (8:40 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Northern Flicker
6. Spotted Towhee (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. American Robin
10. Black-billed Magpie (v)
11. Northern Harrier
12. Lesser Goldfinch
13. American Robin


13. Eurasian Collared-dove


Red Squirrel

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

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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