24 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Calling Shots

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 February 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.
Pair of ravens, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 February 2020.
Pair of ravens.

Warmed up to 50 degrees (F) today. Dog and I headed up the hill early, what with the increasing photoperiod—and the idea that we might avoid a little of the mud we encountered yesterday. And avoid we did.

An active mountainside, replete with elk and deer and multiple bird species. (Scrub-jays were particularly abundant.) Toward the end of our hike, I got to chatting with a fellow hiker about wildlife and birds, and I mentioned that I’d sometimes “see ravens perched on that rock up there on the ridge to the left of the elk herd—wait, there’s one now!”

(Sometimes, if you pay close enough attention, you can call shots like that.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Dark-eyed Junco*
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. House Finch**
6. Lesser Goldfinch**
8. Northern Flicker**
9. European Starling*
10. Common Raven

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow
12. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Elk Herd

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Parley’s elk herd, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2020.
Parley’s elk herd.
Dark-eyed Junco, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 February 2020.
Dark-eyed Junco.

Can’t help but lead with the elk herd. Every other day or so in the past couple weeks, I’ve caught sight of elk high on the ridge to the north, nearly Parley’s Canyon—a.k.a., the Parley’s herd. But never have I seen as many animals as I did this morning. (More than 60, for sure.) They were resting in the snow as dog and I made our ascent, and they were marching east in a caravan as we descended. Very cool.

Otherwise, quite a few birds out and about today—a clear, mildish day. (Will be even milder tomorrow, or so they say.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. House Finch* (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. Dark-eyed Junco
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. American Robin* (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Pine Siskin (v)

Elsewhere

9. Downy Woodpecker
10. House Sparrow
11. European Starling
12. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk
Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

More Snow

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 February 2020.
House Finch, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 06 February 2020.

Snowed a few inches overnight. Snowing lightly as the sky lightened this morning, revealing a world of rich, slate blue.

Jack and I slogged through the snow, spied some deer, encountered several bird species. Nothing outlandish, just the usual familiar winter birds.

A little more wet snow expected over the next two or three days, but the forecast shows sunny weather for a week thereafter.

As the sky tonight dimmed toward gloaming, I spotted a couple robins in a tree across the street.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. House Finch*
3. Black-billed Magpie*
4. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
7. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

8. House Sparrow (v)
9. Rock Pigeon
10. European Starling
11. American Robin

(v) Voice only
*Also 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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