18 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Frosty Morn

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah. 24 November 2019.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Frosty morn. Clear skies. Snow tomorrow, so they say.

Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (caching a peanut), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah. 24 November 2019.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay (caching a peanut).

My early hike with dog began with a hawk sighting—a sharpie zipping over to the top of a far utility pole. Snapped a couple photos just for grins, and later noticed in one of them an approaching kestrel. Weird.

The day warmed pretty quickly as the sun topped the ridge, and we encountered birds aplenty. Finches and juncos mostly. Yellowrumps in town again.

Later, in the neighborhood, I watched a magpie yank the tip of the tail of a rock squirrel filling its cheek pouches with fallen plums. The squirrel lept in the air, and the magpie took off.

Meantime, out back of my place, a scrub-jay went about its daily business: digging up and re-caching peanuts.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up the mountain.

1. Sharp-shinned Hawk*
2. American Kestrel***
3. House Finch*
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Northern Flicker
9. Black-billed Magpie

Elsewhere
10. Rock Pigeon
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. European Starling
13. Eurasian Collared Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
***Spotted in a photo of another bird

Dove

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Eurasian Collared Dove, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 November 2019.
Eurasian Collared Dove.

Last fall when I visited Salt Lake City, I saw my first-ever Eurasian Collared Dove. Then, randomly, this past spring, on a quick trip to Monhegan Island, I saw a wildly vagrant Eurasian Collared Dove (singing even).

Now that’ve moved to SLC, I see these handsome invasives nearly every day. Here, they’re more abundant than the native Mourning Dove—although the old world Rock Pigeons still outnumber both.

I’ve come to like the species quite a bit. They’re kind of neat and spiffy. Have dark-red eyes and a pleasant call. They’re survivors, for sure. And you can’t exactly fault ’em for their arrival in this foreign land.

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

1. Black-billed Magpie*
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. House Finch*
5. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay* (v)

Elsewhere
6. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
7. Eurasian Collared Dove
8. Song Sparrow
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

A Little Frosty

Sunday, November 17th, 2019
Yellow-rumped Warbler, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 November 2019.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Got up the hill early this morning, before the sun topped all the ridges. A little frosty, but bright. Quite a few birds flitting around, but none were overly excited to be photographed.

The sunny days here stack up like books on a shelf.

Back home in afternoon, I caught sight of another yellow-rump out my office window. Love those little guys.

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

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

Elsewhere
10. Eurasian Collared Dove
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler

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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