26 May 2022

Posts Tagged ‘peregrine falcon’

Flicker at Last

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 September 2021.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted male).

Finally—this cool, cloudless early morning during my daily hike with dog—I got a photo of a flicker. Not sure when the last one happened (possibly last spring), but it’s been a while, with a few recent near misses. It popped up randomly in the Russian Olive. Just felt like a bit of serendipity.

Otherwise, very few hike species—nine, to be exact—including a hummingbird I could not ID.

However, oddly, it was a three-hawk day. First came the peregrine I spied before our hike, dining on breakfast atop the utility pole usually occupied by a red-tail. Then came a young Cooper’s I spotted during our hike, trying (but failing) to catch a scrub-jay in the big olive tree. Finally, in afternoon, a red-tail where the peregrine was having breakfast.

I’ll take a three-hawk day any day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:22 a.m. (8:22 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. House Finch**
3. Spotted Towhee
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. American Robin
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Hummingbird (sp?)
8. Cooper’s Hawk
9. Black-capped Chickadee


10. Peregrine Falcon
11. Red-tailed Hawk


Red Squirrel

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

Smooth Green Snake Day

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Smooth Green Snake, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 May 2018.

Smooth Green Snake.

The temperature today started out in the 40s (F) but rose in a hurry, ending up at about 77 degrees or so. Even on a morning hike, I felt warm and overdressed. But the warmth apparently brought out Smooth Green Snakes—which was a nice surprise. (I encountered two crossing the trail nearly a mile apart.)

Conditions were alluring enough to draw in three first-of-year species: Black-and-white Warbler, Ovenbird, and Blue-headed Vireo. None of which I saw (just heard). A Peregrine Falcon sighting was also nice.

And this afternoon, I went cycling and rode a dozen miles or so. Ahhh.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe
2. Herring Gull*
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Northern Cardinal* (v)
8. Black-and-white Warbler†
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
11. Ovenbird† (v)
12. Hermit Thrush (v)
13. Tufted Titmouse (v)
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Tree Swallow
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. American Robin* (v)
21. American Crow*
22. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
23. Broad-winged Hawk*
24. Peregrine Falcon
25. Pileated Woodpecker (drumming)
26. Wild Turkey
27. Blue-headed Vireo† (v)


28. Mourning Dove
29. Rock Pigeon
30. European Starling
31. Common Eider

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Long Weekend at Monhegan

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Song Sparrow, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial day Weekend 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Philadelphia Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial day Weekend 2017.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Cattle Egret, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Cattle Egret.

Baltimore Oriole, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Baltimore Oriole.

Peregrine Falcon, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Peregrine Falcon.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Black-throated Green Warbler.


Monhegan List
From midday Friday, 26 May 2016, to midday Monday, 29 May 2016, I hiked all over the island.
(Alphabetical list includes species seen from the ferry both to and from Monhegan.)

1. Alder Flycatcher (v)
2. American Black Duck
3. American Crow
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Redstart
6. American Robin
7. Atlantic Puffin
8. Baltimore Oriole
9. Belted Kingfisher
10. Black Guillemot
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Black-throated Green Warbler
14. Blackburnian Warbler
15. Blackpoll Warbler
16. Blue Jay
17. Brown Thrasher (v)
18. Canada Goose
19. Cattle Egret
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
22. Common Eider
23. Common Grackle
24. common Loon
25. common Raven
26. Common Tern
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Double-crested Cormorant
29. Eastern Kingbird
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. European Starling
32. Gray Catbird
33. Great Black-backed gull
34. Great Blue Heron
35. Green Heron
36. Hairy Woodpecker
37. Herring Gull
38. Laughing Gull
39. Magnolia Warbler
40. Mallard
41. Mourning Dove
42. Mourning Warbler
43. Northern Cardinal
44. Northern Gannet
45. Northern Mockingbird
46. Northern Parula
47. Orange-crowned Warbler
48. Peregrine Falcon
49. Philadelphia Vireo
50. Purple Finch
51. Red-breasted Nuthatch
52. Red-eyed Vireo
53. Red-winged Blackbird
54. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
55. Roseate Tern
56. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
57. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
58. Scarlet Tanager (v)
59. Song Sparrow
60. Sora
61. Tree Swallow
62. White-breasted Nuthatch
63. White-eyed Vireo
64. Yellow Warbler

v = Voice only

Beech Hill List
On 29 May 2017, beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. Song Sparrow (v)
5. American Crow
6. Tree Swallow
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Eastern Phoebe
10. Gray Catbird
11. Common Yellowthroat (v)
12. Northern Cardinal (v)

v = Voice only

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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