26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 August 2019.
Portrait of Cooper’s Hawk.

During this morning’s lovely hike, dog and I got a very close look at a pair of Cooper’s Hawks. One, in fact, flew right up close (trailed by ever-alert hummingbirds) and posted for pictures.

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

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay (v)
2. Mourning Dove
3. House Finch*
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. House Wren
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. American Goldfinch*


11. Black-billed Magpie
12. Eurasian Collared Dove
13. California Quail
14. Rock Pigeon
15. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Brewer’s sparrow
Brewer’s sparrow (lifer for me), East Millcreek, Utah, 23 August 2019.

Exciting to have spotted another lifer on the mountainside today—but that wasn’t the most exciting moment on my morning hike with Jack.

The most exciting moment came as we were stalking an unfamiliar bird call up ahead when a hummingbird rose out of nowhere and let out a sort of frantic, sustained, high-pitched trill. A male Black-chinned Hummingbird (first male I’ve seen here) delivering a clear message to dog and me and/or other hummers in the neighborhood.

Within a second or two, I heard, from behind me, another trill—this one brigher, higher, faster, and also sustained. Turned and saw a (male also) Broad-winged Hummingbird hovering about twenty feet up, calling urgently.

Got no photo, got no great looks even, but the very fact of these two tiny birds checking us out (and delivering their thoughts to any critter within earshot) seemed to me nothing shy of miraculous.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a Utah mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie
2. House Sparrow
3. House Finch
4. Eurasian Collared Dove
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Mourning Dove
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Black-chinned Hummingbird
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
13. Lazuli Bunting
14. Brewer’s Sparrow
15. California Quail

v = Voice only
‡ Life-list bird


Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 July 2019.
Savannah Sparrow.

I love Savannah Sparrows. I’m not sure what it is. Well, I love their wonderful sibilant, insect-like, understated song, with a little hiccup at the end. And yet it carries a mile. Arguable my favorite birdsong.

The past few days I’ve heard the familiar, sharp, faint chip of a Savannah, then spied down the bird, perched near the tip of a low bush (as is their habit). For whatever reason, this species did not nest in early spring at Beech Hill this year, as usual. I missed ’em like crazy. Nice to see at least one second nest has (apparently) prove fruitful.

Otherwise, a luscious, dry, cool breezy July morning. Not many places have such exceptionally sweet summer’s as we do here at the 44th parallel.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Veery (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Ovenbird (v)
5. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
6. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
7. Barn Swallow
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Alder Flycatcher (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Field Sparrow
15. Herring Gull*
16. American Crow*
17. American Robin* (v)
18. Eastern Bluebird
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. American Goldfinch
22. Northern Cardinal** (v)


23. Mourning Dove
24. House Sparrow
25. Rock Pigeon

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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