21 January 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘song sparrow’

Missed Moose

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Bald Eagle on high, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2020.
Bald Eagle on high.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 January 2020.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

I missed the moose—but I spied a Bald Eagle, heard the voices of Chukars, and had more birds on my list than I have in a while.

Right away when we arrived at the trailhead under a deep blue sky, I heard tell of the excitement over the moose, which was spotted to the north a ways nearly to I-80. As I understand it, moose aren’t exactly rare here, but they’re not as common as elk—which are nowhere near as common as mule deer. I did see mule deer (a couple at close range).

I missed the moose, though. Good thing I saw a few back in Maine.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. House Finch*
5. Lesser Goldfinch**
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. American Robin
9. Chukar (v)
10. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. California Gull
13. European Starling
14. House Finch

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

First Bald

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Bald Eagle, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2020.
Bald Eagle over Salt Lake City.
Red-tailed Hawk (immature), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 January 2020.
Red-tailed Hawk (immature).

Spied my first Bald Eagle in Utah this morning, a chilly morning, with more sun than was forecast—sun which soon disappeared behind clouds. Mostly sun, though.

We’d just encountered a young Red-tailed Hawk, dog and I, which stayed behind the branches of a small tree, allowing no decent photo. The eagle just appeared off over the valley, flying swiftly northward, toward (I assume) Great Salt Lake.

(Most eagles here have been goldens.)

Otherwise, and lovely Saturday hike, with breaks to visit with fellow hikers. The snow began soon after we’d returned home. Not much accumulation yet—but that’s expected to change within a few days or so

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Song Sparrow* (v)
4. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (v)
6. House Finch* (v)
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Bald Eagle

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Eagle vs Magpie

Thursday, January 9th, 2020
Golden Eagle takes off, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 December 2020.
Golden Eagle takes off.
Song Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 09 December 2020.
Song Sparrow.

Fun hike this morning. The highlight was the appearance of an adult Golden Eagle (after I’d predicted one might show up, ahem), which proceeded to land on the mountainside so it could preen. Within a minute (tops), a Black-billed Magpie showed up and—mostly ignored by the eagle—snuck up behind it to tug on its tailfeathers.

This happened a few times until the eagle decided to fly to another spot. Then two magpies showed up and began creeping up behind it. That was enough for the eagle, which took off and soared away.

Some sun, some snow—more snow on the way (or so I hear).

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

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

Elsewhere

9. Song Sparrow
10. American Robin (v)

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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