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Archive for September, 2014

A little color

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2014.

Northern Flicker.

The last day of September. Already. Cold and damp. A few birds—migrating or dilly-dallying—flitting nervously through and above the dewy foliage.

Maple leaf, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 September 2014.

Maple leaf.

Busy day, work-wise. Got a nice, quick midday hike with Jack. The gray landscape is showing nice little yellow and red flames of color. This is my favorite time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Flicker
7. Gray Catbird (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Herring Gull
13. Mourning Dove
14. European Starling

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

 

In balance

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Yellow-rumped Warbler (with fly), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 September 2014.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (with fly).

With Jack hiking chilly, gray Beech Hill today, I got a photo of a warbler that had just caught a fly. Think of all the warblers, and all the flies, and all the flies there’d be if there were no warblers, and all life’s other ifs. Populations do rise and fall, species do go extinct. But within our thin, protective atmospheric cocoon, Nature so breezily juggles so many interconnected systems. It all seems normal. We hardly notice.

I did, however, notice the bloody carcass of a big healthy fox killed by a car out front of my place this morning. Roadkill seems, well, out-of-place.

Still, Nature manages to keep all things in balance—in its secret, inscrutable way.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
2. Black-capped Chickadee*
3. American Crow*
4. Song Sparrow
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Eastern Towhee (v)

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull

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

 

Ovenbird

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Ovenbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 September 2014.

Ovenbird.

Lots to do after my Monhegan trip, but the day was warm (80s (F)), and Beech Hill beckoned. Jack and I headed out in mid-morning, and en route I decided we’d hike all trails.

The landscape had changed in a week: much more red and yellow, and leaves falling around us from as a breeze rippled through the canopy. Many yellow-rumps, a few sparrows, individuals of other species. And, returning down the lower wooded trail, what looked like a youngish Ovenbird—first I’ve seen in a good while.

(My cell phone ringtone is the song of an Ovenbird. That should tell you how much I love those little guys.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Song Sparrow*
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. White-throated Sparrow
6. Gray Catbird (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Blue Jay**
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Cedar Waxwing
12. Northern Flicker
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Ovenbird

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull

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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