4 August 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Quietude

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
American Robin (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 July 2020.
American Robin (juvie).

This morning’s hike up the cool, shady foothills began quietly. It took a good fifteen minutes before I had a half-dozen bird species on my (mental) list. Feathered things did begin to flit and flutter, but mostly hidden by vegetation or in swift flight from one place to another. Time to lay low, apparently. The final count (thirteen) was the lowest I can remember.

One of a pair of tanagers, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 July 2020.
One of a pair of tanagers.

Still, things were interesting—plenty of young buntings and towhees and robins. (In fact, all that hidden chipping and subtle vocalizing made for a challenging birding excursion.) No outlandish sightings, true.

But lucky thirteen turned out to be another pair of tanagers in the tanager.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. American Robin
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Mourning Dove
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. House Finch**
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Pine Siskin (v)
12. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
13. Western Tanager

Elsewhere

14. Black-billed Magpie
15. House Sparrow
16. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

BTYA

Monday, July 27th, 2020
Black-throated Gray Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 July 2020.
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

Serious birders use shorthand for the species they see or hear—four-letter alpha codes (based on the English names) standardized by the Institute for Bird Populations. So when you hear somebody say they saw a MODO and a flock of BOWAs, what they really mean is they saw a Mourning Dove and a bunch of Bohemian Waxwings.

The rules are fairly easy to follow, but sometimes there are conflicts. Back in Maine, for instance, when I saw a Black-throated Green Warbler, I might refer to it as a BTGW—but now that I’m birding Utah, what if I spy a Black-throated Gray Warbler? Welp, gotta learn to refer to it as a BTYW.

Long story short: today I saw a BTYW.

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

1. Rock Pigeon
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Lazuli Bunting
6. House Finch**
7. Black-chinned Hummingbird
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. American Robin*
12. Black-throated Gray Warbler
13. Warbling Vireo (v)
14. Bullock’s Oriole (v)
15. Yellow Warbler
16. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

17. Black-billed Magpie
18. House Sparrow

Mammals

Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

You Never Know

Saturday, July 25th, 2020
Warbling Vireo, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 July 2020.
Warbling Vireo.

This morning’s walk with dog up our usual trail began eerily quiet. For several minutes, I neither saw nor heard a single bird. Then, for the next few, I heard one, two, three birds. Individual birds, that is (although they happened to be of three different species).

We got to the trailhead a bit later than yesterday, so this seemed odd. At first. Until I began to consider the warmth, dryness, photoperiod, and all the other subtle (to humans) factors that must go into a bird’s daily activities.

With a few minutes more, the numbers had increased to about normal for the season. And by hike’s end, I had a nice list, with a few notable sightings.

As, while birding, I often say out loud: “You never know.”

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

1. Red-tailed Hawk (v)
2. Rock Pigeon*
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Mourning Dove*
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. American Robin*
8. House Finch**
9. Lesser Goldfinch**
10. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
11. Spotted Towhee
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
14. Virginia’s Warbler
15. Warbling Vireo
16. Pine Siskin
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. California Quail* (v)
19. Western Tanager

Elsewhere

20. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
21. Black-billed Magpie

Mammals

Red Squirrel (v)

(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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