8 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘ruffed grouse’

Solstice

Saturday, June 20th, 2020
Golden Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 June 2020.
Golden Eagle.

Pretty chilly in the mountain shade this morning of the first day of summer. But the sun warmed things quickly. Dog and I hiked our favorite circuit, about !,200 feet up along the ridge overlooking Millcreek Canyon.

Up on that ridge, I spied a solitary Golden Eagle circling lazily in the blue. Somehow a fitting sign of the solstice.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked some 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. American Robin*
4. House Finch**
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Warbling Vireo (v)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
15. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
16. Black-billed Magpie (v)
17. Golden Eagle
18. Ruffed Grouse
19. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Jonesin’ for Migration

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Northbound geese, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 April 2020.
Northbound geese.

Cooler than yesterday, but nearly cloudless, with little wind. Perfect for heading up to the ridge.

Which dog and I did. A lovely hike. A lovely morning. Singing towhees and singing chickadees. Magpies and jays negotiating territories. Canada Geese headed north. We flushed a grouse near the summit, and I heard (then saw) a sharpie.

Still mere hints of migration. Already looking forward to morning.

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

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
7. Canada Goose
8. Pine Siskin (v)
9. House Finch*
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Ruffed Grouse
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Elsewhere

14. European Starling (v)
15. Eurasian Collared Dove

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere

**Voice only elsewhere

The Upper Air

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
View from a height, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 April 2020.
View from a height.
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 April 2020.
Cooper’s Hawk.

It always seems to go this way: I decide to challenge myself (and Jack, my dog)—in this case, hike up to the same ridge we hiked yesterday—and then I keep going. I have this thing about moving beyond. Or something.

Anyway, this morning that meant climbing about 2,400 feet, to 7,500 feet—the highest we’ve ascended here yet. Rewards were my first Ruffed Grouse sighting in Utah (we flushed it at above 7,000 feet) and my second Steller’s Jay sighting (at 7,500).

Took a while. Left us tuckered. But it felt like an achievement—and the view from up there was grand.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked about 2,400 feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Spotted Towhee**
3. Black-billed Magpie
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. Cooper’s Hawk
8. House Finch*
9. Chukar
10. Northern Flicker
11. Ruffed Grouse
12. Steller’s Jay
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Common Raven

Elsewhere

15. Song Sparrow
16. European Starling
17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. California Quail

Mammals

Mule Deer

(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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