6 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Spotted Towhees

Sunday, March 15th, 2020
Spotted Towhee (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 March 2020.
Spotted Towhee (female).

In case you can’t tell by now, I’m a patch birder. That is, I like to hike the same trails every day, so I can really get to know the resident bird life (as opposed to racing around visiting rich, exotic locales—not that there’s anything wrong with that.) I like details. Like to dive kinda deep, I guess.

Here in Utah, I found a great patch to study, to slowly absorb the sounds and behavior of these interesting western species.

Today I learned to tell female from male Spotted Towhee. The females have soft brown heads and necks, whereas the males’ are black. (I kind of prefer the look of the females, TBH.) Getting to know their songs also, as they’ve been singing for a week or two.

Soon I’ll hear more Wasatch-area birdsong as spring fast approaches.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. American Robin*
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Sharp-shinned Hawk
9. Spotted Towhee
10. Golden Eagle
11. Pine Siskin
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. California Quail
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Rocky Mountain Elk

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

Long Climb

Friday, March 13th, 2020
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first-of-year), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 March 2020.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first-of-year).
Jack at high altitude, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 March 2020.
Jack at high altitude.

On this cool, breezy, overcast morning, dog and I embarked on a long climb. Decided to fulfill a promise I’d been making for a while—specifically, “We’re gonna climb up to that ridge one of these days.”

And we did.

I’d guess it was at least double our usual ascent, and with a much more expansive view. After we topped the rocky ridge, we got a look at a little dip beyond, where about a dozen elk were grazing. It was a fun hike.

Back down in our usual haunts, I spied my first-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Chukar (v)
8. American Robin*
9. Northern Flicker
10. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†

Elsewhere

11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. European Starling
13. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
14. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Westerners

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
Northern Flicker (red-shafted race), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 November 2019.
Northern Flicker (red-shafted race).

One fun thing about moving west of the Continental Divide is finding familiar species that look different. An example is the yellow-rump I saw yesterday (which had a yellow throat, being an Audubon’s variety). Another are the red-shafted Northern Flickers we’ve got out here—quite distinct from the familiar yellow-shafted race from back east.

Today I got a good look at a few individuals of the latter. Lovely weather, nice hike. Just two days until my dog can join me again.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay*
3. Dark-eyed Junco**
4. American Goldfinch** (v)
5. House Finch*
6. Black-billed Magpie*
7. Northern Flicker*

Elsewhere
8. Eurasian Collared Dove
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
12. California Quail

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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