30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’

A Warm One

Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

It was pretty warm already when Captain Jack and I hit the lower wooded trail this morning, earlier than the past few. Mid- to upper-60s to start (and mid- to upper-70s when we got done). So it was a bit slow for Jack, with his thick coat and all.

But we made it OK—and my list happened to end up with a bodacious number of bird species.

Three of which were firsts-of-year, none of which I saw—but their voices gave ’em away (Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and Scarlet Tanager). Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a photo of one or the other.

Mid-may is a wondrous time of year for a bird nerd.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler**
5. Northern Parula (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Northern Flicker
16. American Robin (v)
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
24. Yellow warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow**
26. White-throated Sparrow (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Field Sparrow
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)
33. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. Turkey Vulture*
36. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

37. Mallard
38. Herring Gull
39. Pine Warbler
40. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals
Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Farewell, Utah

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
Red-tailed Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 21 April 2022.
Red-tailed Hawk.

The wind was a-whippin’ when dog and I hit the trailhead this morning. Temps about 60 (F), but 20, 30, 40 mile-an-hour gusts. Although it was a favorable southerly wind, I didn’t exactly expect to see a bunch of birds—let alone any first-of-year migrants—in such extreme conditions.

In fact, I didn’t see any first-of-year birds. But I managed to see a good bunch of species.

Most notably were a couple of windblown White-crowned Sparrows. And on a utility pole just above the sparrows perched the neighborhood red-tail. Quail, vulture, gnatcatcher, kinglet—a pretty good selection for the beginnings of a turbulent weather day.

Couple of rainy, snow days coming up, looks like, but Sunday looks nice. Hitting the road on Monday.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:55 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Rock Pigeon*
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Eurasian Collared-dove*
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. House Finch*
10. California Quail** (v)
11. White-crowned Sparrow
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
14. Cooper’s Hawk (v)
15. Turkey Vulture
16. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

17. House Sparrow (v)
18. Lesser Goldfinch
`19. European Starling
20. American Crow (v)

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

FOYs

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
Black-throated Gray Warbler (first of year).
Black-throated Gray Warbler (first of year).

For the fourth straight day, I saw a first-of-year bird on my morning hike with dog. Today’s bird—whose chip note I mistook for a yellow-rump’s at first—was a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Also spied the gnatcatcher again (which I assume is the same bird, since it’s unusually early for the species.

Otherwise, two hawks (Cooper’s and a redtail), were noteworthy, as well as a little herd of deer apparently spooked up the trail by a hiker.

Four days before we take off for Maine, Captain Jack and me. A lot to do yet, but we’ll manage somehow—along with our daily hike).

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:46 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2. American Robin*
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Pine Siskin**
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
8. House Finch*
9. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
10. Rock Pigeon*
11. California Quail* (v)
12. Cooper’s Hawk
13. Black-throated Gray Warbler
14. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

15. Eurasian Collared-dove
16. House Sparrow
17. Lesser Goldfinch
`18. European Starling
19. American Kestrel

Mammals

Mule Deer

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

 
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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