25 May 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘red-breasted nuthatch’

No Corvids?

Saturday, May 9th, 2020
Black-headed Grosbeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 May 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak.

We got up to the trail a bit later this morning, Captain Jack and I—9 a.m., to be exact. The sun had topped the mountains, and the variety of birds was a bit different.

The oddest thing: no corvids on my list. Can’t remember the last time that happened (if ever). Also only one warbler. After failing to track down two grosbeaks yesterday, one just kind of dropped in my lap this morning.

Lovely day. Warm and dry. Early breeze giving way to a summery calm. No mountain lions, though.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. Mourning Dove
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Black-headed Grosbeak
10. Brewer’s sparrow
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. Red-tailed Hawk
17. California Quail*
18. Black-chinned Hummingbird

Elsewhere

19. Lesser Goldfinch
20. House Sparrow
21. Song Sparrow
22. European Starling
23. Eurasian Collared Dove
24. American Robin

Mammals

None

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Big Cat

Friday, May 8th, 2020
Young mountain lion, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 May 2020.
Young mountain lion.
Spotted Towhee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 May 2020.
Spotted Towhee.

Usually I stick to birds around here, but this breezy, blue-sky morning I saw my first mountain lion.

I heard it first—a high, slurred whistle that didn’t sound like any bird I knew—then scanned the sunny slope across the valley and spotted the big cat. It was clearly a youngster, was just wandering around sniffing things. And in broad daylight, no less. Still an exciting moment.

Elsewhere, quite a few bird species on my list—including two lifers for me (White-throated Swift and Willow Flycacher).

Just another memorable spring day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Spotted Towhee
5. House Finch*
6. Pine Siskin
7. Broad-tailed Hummingbird**
8. Virginia’s Warbler
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird (v)
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Orange-crowned Warbler
14. Black-throated Gray Warbler
15. Chukar (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. White-throated Swift*†‡
19. American Robin*
20. California Quail*
21. Black-billed Magpie*
22. Willow Flycatcher†‡
23. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

24. Eurasian Collared Dove
25. European Starling
26. Rock Pigeon
27. American Crow
28. House Sparrow

Mammals

Mountain Lion

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

†First-of-year bird
‡Lifer

Found Nest

Thursday, May 7th, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 May 2020.
Nesting Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
The gnatcatchers’ nest, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 07 May 2020.
The gnatcatchers’ nest.

Chilly this morning (upper-30s (F)), with a clear blue sky and a bit of breeze. Lots of birds moving about—the usual suspects mostly—but some interesting finds.

Most interesting was a newly constructed gnatcatcher’s nest directly above a shady section of trail. I heard the birds first, then saw an active pair scolding Captain Jack and me, then noticed that one of the pair was sitting on a nest. Not wanting to disturb, I took a few quick photos, then we continued on our way.

(That little nest, though—so complete and well-constructed. Truly a lovely thing.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked several hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove
2. California Quail*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. House Finch*
7. Pine Siskin (v)
8. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (v)
9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Chukar (v)
14. Virginia’s Warbler
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
17. Orange-crowned Warbler
18. Black-billed Magpie*
19. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
20. American Robin*
21. Song Sparrow* (v)

Elsewhere

22. Eurasian Collared Dove
23. Rock Pigeon
24. European Starling
25. House Sparrow (v)
26. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

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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