8 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘song sparrow’

Many Birds

Friday, July 3rd, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.
American Robin (juvie), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03 July 2020.
American Robin (juvie).

During this morning’s bright, breezy hike with dog, I encountered more wild birds than I have since at least last fall. Quite a few species, too—but I’ve had more species on my list this year. Just not as many individual birds.*

The youngsters have been sprung free.

Many young finches, many young robins, random other juvie birds—along with the usual high number of buntings and towhees. By my count, 107 individuals—among them (today’s highlight) a curious Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Can hardly wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

*Not counting large flocks of Rock Pigeons.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. House Finch*
3. Black-headed Grosbeak
4. Black-billed Magpie*
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. American Robin*
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Pine Siskin
10. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Warbling Vireo (v)
13. Black-throated Gray Warbler
14. Chipping Sparrow
15. Violet-green Swallow
16. Cooper’s Hawk
17. Song Sparrow** (v)
18. Sharp-shinned Hawk
19.Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay

Elsewhere

20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. Brown-headed Cowbird
22. Rock Pigeon
23. House Sparrow
24. Cliff Swallow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Chickadee

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 July 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

The Black-capped Chickadee. Maine’s state bird—and a favorite of mine.

When I moved with dog from coastal Maine last summer, I didn’t know I’d find this chickadee species out here in Utah (along with a new one I’ve seen—Mountain Chickadee). But I was happy to discover it’s a common resident.

True, the accent is off—its casual burble is louder and more declarative out here—but the behavior is the same, the look is the same, the song is (usually) just the same. Its a favorite species, a personable bird whose habit of keeping track with little calls of “Marco” and “Polo” attracts other species who appreciate such keeping track.

Today I got a good look at a singing male—singing loudly, proudly—and it made me smile.

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

1. Mourning Dove
2. House Finch*
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Rock Pigeon*
10. Pine Siskin
11. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow (v)
13. Warbling Vireo (v)
14. Song Sparrow** (v)
15. American Robin*

Elsewhere

16. Eurasian Collared Dove
17. European Starling
18. Barn Swallow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

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

Families

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
Lazuli Bunting (mama), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 July 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (mama).
Lazuli Bunting (papa), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 01 July 2020.
Lazuli Bunting (papa).

It’s that family time of year. Up the cool, breezy trail this mid-morning with dog, I came upon a number of families—notably the Buntings and the Vireos. Most other families were quiet, being busy with the youngsters (e.g., the Grosbeaks, the Doves, the Black-throated Green Warblers).

I spied Mama Bunting with a grasshopper, Mama Vireo with a dragonfly (a Variegated Meadowhawk, I believe).

We tiptoed around, dog and I, not wanting to interfere with the private family affairs.

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

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

Elsewhere

17. Eurasian Collared Dove
18. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(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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