24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for April, 2016

The Rush of Spring

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Savannah sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2016.

Savannah sparrow.

Joy in the wood and joy in the field,
the land is going green.
The birds are arriving with love in their songs,
the snakes are emerging,
the flies are converging,
the drama of birthing and dying belongs
to the things that are living between.

Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2016.

Pileated Woodpecker.

Voice of the sparrow and song of the thrush,
somewhere the woodpecker drums.
The green leafy things are about to explode,
the ferns are unfurling,
the vultures are swirling
the cloudless blue sky above dog and me glowed
as we steadied ourselves for the rush,

the rush of spring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. American Goldfinch*
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Herring Gull* (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe*
8. American Robin* (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker* (v)
10. Mourning Dove*
11. Osprey** (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Red-winged Blackbird
15. Blue Jay* (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Tree Swallow (v)
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Turkey Vulture*
20. Northern Cardinal** (v)
21. Purple Finch
22. Pileated Woodpecker
23. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
25. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
26. Wild Turkey
27. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Cooper’s Hawk

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

 

Hovering

Friday, April 29th, 2016
American Kestrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2016.

American Kestrel.

On a blue-sky day, in a bracing wind,
with a good dog close beside,
I watched a kestrel hover over the blueberries.

The little falcon is an expert at
staying still in moving air.
For many seconds it will hang motionless,
positioned perfectly in the moving air
for scanning the barren below,
then some sudden twist in the wind
will cause its wings
to begin to flutter again.
And yet with all that fluttering,
its head never will never move.

The kestrel caught no vole today.
And the fox that visited this morning
caught no squirrel,
but snacked instead on a crust of bread.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch* (v)
2. Hermit Thrush*
3. Broad-winged Hawk
4. Turkey Vulture*
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. American Crow*
10. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
11. Song Sparrow** (v)
12. Herring Gull*
13. American Kestrel
14. Downy Woodpecker* (v)
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Mourning Dove
18. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
19. House Finch (v)
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Osprey (v)

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

 

Woodpecker, sparrow, and thrush

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2016.

Pileated Woodpecker.

Chipping Sparrow, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 28 April 2016.

Chipping Sparrow.

Hermit Thrush, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 28 April 2016.

Hermit Thrush.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch** (v)
2. Osprey (v)
3. Wild Turkey
4. Song Sparrow** (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. American Kestrel
8. Herring Gull
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Mourning Dove
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Crow*
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

17. Blue Jay (v)
18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
19. House Finch (v)
20. Red-bellied Woodpecker
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Chipping Sparrow
23. Northern Cardinal (v)
24. 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



3IP Logo
©1997–2017 by 3IP