23 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for October, 2015

An eagle, unperturbed

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 October 2015.

White-throated Sparrow.

Below freezing first thing. Bright sun. Not much wind. Got a bunch of chores done early, then took a midday hike with dog.

Crow and eagle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 October 2015.

Crow and eagle.

Several other folks hiking. Little birds poking about in the trees just up from the parking lot—including a White-throated Sparrow. Coming up along the open fields, I saw a big bird flying low over the upper field to our left, and soon the ever-present October crows erupted in sound, and eight or ten of them headed for the big bird. A young eagle. The eagle seemed unperturbed. It rose and circled away toward the southeast.

Back down in the trees near the parking lot, I watched a pair of kinglets for a little while. Hard to take photos of those flitting little suckers.

Later, en route back home, I had to stop the pickup to let a flock of about a dozen Wild Turkeys cross the road.

Hiding out upstairs for Halloween tonight, writing this post to you—whoever you are.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. White-throated Sparrow
5. American Crow*
6. Bald Eagle
7. Golden-crowned Kinglet

Elsewhere

8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Herring Gull
10. Wild Turkey

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

 

Bright dippers

Friday, October 30th, 2015
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2015.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Still arranging things at the new place this sunny, windy, coldish day. The photoperiod shortens noticeably. Still working out what to put where, what to do how, which direction north is. But I got shit done.

Earth’s surface, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2015.

Earth’s surface.

Then Jack and I took a quick, brisk hike. Not a lot of bird species out there—at least in my view (or earshot). But pretty much foliage remains in the wake of the wind- and rainstorm. Yesterday was balmy, come to think back on it. In fact, speaking of thinking back: while descending back toward the parking lot today, I recalled flushing a grouse there a week or two ago. But I’m not sure I put it on any list.

Funny story: this afternoon I got bandwidth all set up at my new place. Then, this evening, the neighborhood (town? county?) lost bandwidth. For more than four hours. I’d only had it for about three. Hahaha.

I like that the back yard is darker here then where I used to live. The dippers are bright tonight.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Black-capped Chickadee

Elsewhere

4. Herring Gull
5. American Crow
6. Blue Jay

Ghost of milkweed, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2015.

Ghost of milkweed.

Southern wind

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2015.

Common Raven.

Big rain last night. Kept waking up and listening to it in under this new roof. Also wind. Lots of electrical outages, so I hear, but we never lost power here. The stream out back was rapid.

Afternoon haze, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2015.

Afternoon haze.

The rain let up in the middle of the day, and when dog and I stopped off at Beech Hill Preserve, ours was the only vehicle in the lot. We only saw a jogger up there, in fact, and a few birds. Notable: a couple Dark-eyed Juncos and a solitary raven.

The clouds blew away while we were on the hill. A warm day, though, with a southern wind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch
4. American Crow*
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Common Raven
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon

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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