29 September 2020

Posts Tagged ‘sparrow’

Four Downys

Monday, September 14th, 2020
Downy Woodpecker (male), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 September 2020.
Downy Woodpecker (male).

Weather-wise, a morning much like the last two or three. Bird-wise, rather inauspicious. I did spot a Green-tailed Towhee (first bird of the hike), but otherwise the usual species, dipped on a couple of species, no great photos.

A highlight was the appearance in the burnt patch by a little pack four male Downy Woodpeckers. Not sure I’ve ever seen such a thing before. Cool.

(Meanwhile, though, I’m alarmed by a report of hundreds of thousands of dead birds found in New Mexico and other places in western states. Perhaps the record wildfires forcing too-early migration, perhaps some mysterious other factor. Whatever the cause, it felt like a kick in the gut.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Green-tailed Towhee
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Mourning Dove
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
6. Black-chinned Hummingbird
7. Spotted Towhee
8. House Finch*
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. American Robin
11. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Black-billed Magpie** (v)
14. Lesser Goldfinch*
15. Sparrow (sp.)


16. California Quail
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Barn Swallow


Rock Squirrel
Red Squirrel (v)

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

Big Rains

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Wild Turkeys, off South Street, Rockport, Maine, 25 October 2017.

Wild Turkeys.

We waited for a break in the rain. The wind did not abate. Heard a chickadee on the hill and caught sight of one Yellow-rumped Warbler. Spotted a sparrow that I couldn’t identify—which flitted away down the blueberry barren. Spied a swift, skittish thrush.

Elsewhere, I saw three crows, one herring gull, a small a flock of turkeys, and a large flock of starlings.

Still wet out there this evening.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Sparrow (spp)
4. Hermit Thrush


5. American Crow
6. Wild Turkey
7. Herring Gull
8. European Starling

v = Voice only


Foggy Day Photos

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2017.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Cooper’s Hawk, Rockport, Maine, 06 May 2017.

Cooper’s Hawk.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. American Goldfinch
3. Eastern Phoebe
4. Black-and-white Warbler
5. Gray Catbird
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Herring Gull
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. White-throated Sparrow
10. Purple Finch
11. Common Yellowthroat
12. American Robin
13. American Crow
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Song Sparrow
16. Black-capped Chickadee
17. American Kestrel
18. Tree Swallow
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Northern Cardinal
21. Northern Flicker
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23. White-breasted Nuthatch
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Tufted Titmouse


26. Cooper’s Hawk
27. Rock Pigeon
28. House Sparrow

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


Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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