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Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Birch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 October 2013.

Birch, Beech Hill Preserve.

Dark day, drizzle and rain. Hiked up Beech Hill with Jack again. Got a little wet, saw a few birds, heard a few more, picked up dog turds. Here’s a photo of an undead birch.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee (v)
2. American crow* (v)
3. Song sparrow
4. Yellow-rumped warbler
5. White-throated sparrow (v)

Elsewhere

6. Herring gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

 

Many bluebirds

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Eastern bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2013.

Eastern bluebird.

Today was a sunny one, and kind of cold. Not too windy, though, and I actually thought about going cycling—but I got busy and didn’t do it. I did, however, dash over Beech Hill with dog before running a few errands.

Eastern bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2013.

Eastern bluebird.

Nobody else at the hill when we arrived. Very soon into our ascent—in fact, before we’d even begun to ascend, really—I saw and/or heard a passel of species and saw a couple of bluebirds. We stopped so I could watch the bluebirds. There were just two at first, fluttering over to a tree across the road, but then a third showed up. Then I heard more bluebirds calling from nearby and spotted another batch hanging around the lower blueberry patch. They’d flit from branch to branch in twos and threes. A single bird would swoop over the field and hover for a second. They’d call and chatter at each other. Must’ve been a couple dozen of them in all.

Crows I heard. Robins. Nothing at the summit but a few yellow-rumped warblers in the spruce grove. And a chickadee.

Later, as we pulled out of the parking lot, we scattered a little group of mourning doves.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p., I hiked the open trail.

1. American robin
2. Black-capped chickadee
3. Tufted titmouse (v)
4. Yellow-rumped warbler
5. Downy woodpecker
6. Eastern bluebird
7. American crow*
8. Song sparrow
9. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
10. Mourning dove

Elsewhere

11. Herring gull
12. Ring-billed gull (v)

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

 

Kinglets flit and twee

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2013.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Glued to the computer screen today—well, in and around visits from a couple of guys helping me fix stuff—so Jack and I didn’t get out until kind of late.  And when we did, the sky was clear, the air kind of cold, the view from Beech Hill long.

Berries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2013.

Berries.

But before we got to the summit—before we’d traveled far at all, in fact—I’d already listed most of today’s species. Which included two kinds of kinglet. Kinglets being so flittingly quick and fond of brushy tangles, I got only blurry photos of a ruby-crowned.

Also three kind of woodpecker and at least one thrush (thought I saw a bluebird, too, but I can’t be positive). Crows. Nuthatch. Chickadee.

Meantime, it’s heating season again. I hope I can afford a winter’s worth, but oh well. Maybe again tomorrow I’ll get to see kinglets flit and twee.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee**
2. Downy woodpecker (v)
3. Ruby-crowned kinglet
4. Yellow-rumped warbler
5. Golden-crowned kinglet
6. American crow*
7. White-breasted nuthatch (v)
8. Northern flicker
9. American robin
10. Hairy woodpecker

Elsewhere

11. Tufted titmouse (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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