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A calm day

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2015.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

A calm day. Pretty calm. Chilly, but not too bad. Mostly cloudy again. I realized today I haven’t gone out cycling once yet this year. But I hear the weekend’s supposed to be warm.

My hike with Jack today was nice. We were alone up there until the very end. No hawks, lots of little birds. Dozens of yellow-rumps.

Spotted a towhee, a junco, and a secretive White-Throated Sparrow scratching about in last year’s leaves.

A calm day, today was.

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

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. American Robin** (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Purple Finch**
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull*
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
15. Dark-eyed Junco
16. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

17. House Finch (v)
18. Double-crested Cormorant

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

 

Blown around

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

 

Cloudscape, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2015.

Cloudscape.

Last night I dreamed I was outside wearing a t-shirt and jeans and thinking the jeans were too much for how warm and sunny it was. (I also heard someone singing a country tune called “Lobster Town, USA.”) Then I awoke to a sunny day—but a chilly one, and with a gusty wind.

Remnants, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2015.

Remnants.

Later, the clouds thickened, and it got really gray out, and my dog and I went for a hike.

No one else on the hill today. Too windy up there. Amazing gusts, which I’m happy I dressed for. But despite the crazy wind, I was able to ID a few birds.

And, in a calm part of the trail on the other side of the hill—in a little lee, you might say—I found what was left of an unlucky bird. Victim of a hawk, I guess. By the feathers, I’m pretty sure it’d been a robin.

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

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
3. American Robin
4. Tufted titmouse (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Osprey
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

10. American Crow
11. Herring Gull
12. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Exciting times

Monday, April 27th, 2015
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 April 2015.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Just a quick late-afternoon hike today—but, man, was the weather wild. We’d had periods of rain throughout the day, then periods of letup. Then late some patches of blue moved over, and the sun came out and beamed onto a warming scene. That’s about the time Jack and I headed out.

Gull and dog at Hannaford, Camden, Maine, 27 April 2015.

Gull and dog at Hannaford

But then the clouds closed up again, and it rained again—but about the time we reached the hill, the rain tapered off. So the walk was fine.

Best sighting today: a bright little Fox Sparrow hanging in the pile of little trees just felled by a work party the other day. (In fact, there might’ve been a pair.)

These are exciting times.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1 http://www.preventforschools.org/sha/acheter-viagra-en-ligne.html. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Goldfinch** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Fox Sparrow
6. Downy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Herring Gull*
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. American Crow*
12. Canada Goose
13. Field Sparrow
14. White-breasted Nuthatch**
15. Brown Creeper (v)

Elsewhere

16. House Finch

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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