12 December 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Raven and Lark

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2016.

Common Raven.

A period of overcast and rain this week. Dog and I hiked the soggy hill, encountered the usual suspects, then—on returning—added Common Raven and Horned Lark.

That made it an even dozen.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Pileated Woodpecker
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. American Robin
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. American Goldfinch
9. Northern Flicker
10. American Crow*
11. Common Raven
12. Horned Lark

Elsewhere

13. Herring Gull
14. Sparrow (sp.)

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

 

Flight

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2016.

American Crow.

On this chilly, overcast morning
I caught sight of a distant bird
flapping right to left out toward the bay,
and I drew out my binocs and found what
at first I thought a Herring Gull.

But then I saw that the backs of its wings—
the wings of this large bird
flapping in the distance—
were black, and I thought,
No, it’s a Great Black-backed Gull.

But then I saw that the bird itself
was too large-headed,
and too long-winged,
and just too large,
and I knew.

It was an Bald Eagle.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Northern Flicker
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. American Crow
7. American Goldfinch
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Bald Eagle
10. Tufted Titmouse

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull

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

 

The Presence of a Raven

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Canada Geese, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2016.

Canada Geese.

Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2016.

Common Raven.

When first you see a particular raven,
chances are it’ll be on the move
in rapid flight, low between rows of trees
to avoid mobbing crows,
or making circles around a hill
on slow, strong wings,
or taking powerfully off from a perch
or from the ground.

Often, though, your first knowledge
of the presence of a raven
comes with its magical voice—
with croaks and gurgles
or sounds like dripping water
or South Africa’s clicking languages
or cries like from a human baby,
it makes its presence known.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
3. American Crow* (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Common Raven
8. Northern Flicker
9. Canada Goose

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon

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

Demarcation, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2016.

Demarcation.

 
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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