26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘northern harrier’

Valentine’s

Friday, February 14th, 2020
Ravens in love, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 February 2020.
Ravens in love.
Heyyyyyy! (Mule, deer, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 February 2020.)
Heyyyyyy!!!

Dog and I hit the trailhead early this crisp, clear Valentine’s Day morning. Right away I saw a pair of corvids (magpie, scrub-jay) in a juniper tree. Soon after, I saw a pair of eagles soaring above the ridge. And then I spied a mule deer striking a sassy pose.

But the most Valentine’s image I’ll recall from this day was a pair of Common Ravens, chasing each other in the blue-blue sky—flying together, flying in tandem, staying close to each other.

I love this Valentine’s Day.

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

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

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Long List

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2019.
Cooper’s Hawk.
Golden Eagle (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 November 2019.
Golden Eagle (juvie).

Snow last evening, snow overnight, snow this morning. About a foot of it, looked like when it finally stopped in late morning. Soon the sun came out and Jack and I slogged our way up the snowy trail.

I didn’t know what to expect, bird-wise—in fact, I was not too optimistic. Was I ever wrong. Ended up with eleven species on my trail list—including three raptors, a Canyon Wren, Canada Geese of all things, and a young eagle. Maybe being midday, maybe the first clearing after a four-day snow.

Ain’t complainin’. It was a very good day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 12 p.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
3. Northern Flicker** (v)
4. Common Raven
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Golden Eagle
8. Northern Harrier
9. Canyon Wren (v)
10. Canada Goose (v)
11. House Finch* (v)

Elsewhere
12. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
13. Eurasian Collared Dove
14. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

Harrier

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Northern Harrier, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 November 2019.
Northern Harrier.

Snow showers as dog and I ascended this morning. Overcast skies and a bit of wind. I did not expect to see more than a bird or two. Stunned to find six on my trail list—including a Northern Harrier circling above us (first harrier I’ve seen in Utah).

Not much in town, either—other than a bunch of pigeons. Birds and humans lay a littler lower when it snows. Well, in the case of humans, excepting the day before Thanksgiving.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
2. Northern Harrier
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Northern Flicker
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere
7. Rock Pigeon
8. Eurasian Collared Dove

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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