23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Staredowns

January 22nd, 2018
Dark-eyed Junco, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2018.

Dark-eyed Junco.

Had a lovely hike with Jack this nippy, overcast morning. I enjoyed a brief staredown with a Dark-eyed Junco, for one thing; for another, my ol’ dog was in a playful mood.

Captain Jack in a playful mood, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2018.

Captain Jack in a playful mood, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2018.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. White-breasted Nuthatch**
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. American Crow*

Elsewhere

8. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

Warming Snow

January 21st, 2018
Evidence of Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01/21/2018.

Evidence of Snowshoe Hare.

Balmy and calm today—a lovely winter Sunday. Caught sight of a bluebird or two. But the birds kept out of view again for the most part, so I focused instead on the tracks of critters in the warming snow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Bluebird
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. American Robin (v)
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. American Crow*
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull

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

 

Bufflehead Undaunted

January 20th, 2018
Bufflehead (male), Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Maine, 20 January 2018.

Bufflehead (male).

The air smelled clean, the breeze brought a chill, the temperature hovered above freezing. Several skittish birds on the hill, and a bunch of ducks at the harbor. I took a particular fancy to a male Bufflehead diving among a huge raft of mallards. Undaunted little guy had work to do.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Herring Gull*
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

9. Rock Pigeon
10. Mallard
11. Bufflehead

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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