24 September 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for December, 2016

Year-End Bird Count

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

(Some photos from today’s Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.)

Purple Sandpiper, Rockland, Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Purple Sandpiper.

Common Eider (female), Rockland, Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Common Eider (female).

American Goldfinch, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2016.

American Goldfinch.

Red-breasted Merganser (with an itch), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Red-breasted Merganser (with an itch).

American Tree Sparrow, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2016.

American Tree Sparrow.

Red-tailed Hawk, Chickawaukie Lake, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Red-tailed Hawk.

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

1. American Robin*
2. Black-capped Chickadee*
3. White-breasted Nuthatch*
4. American Goldfinch* (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
8. Blue Jay

Elsewhere

9. Canada Goose
10. American Black Duck
11. Mallard
12. Common Eider
13. Long-tailed Duck
14. Bufflehead
15. Common Goldeneye
16. Red-breasted Merganser
17. Common Loon
18. Horned Grebe
19. Great Cormorant
20. Northern Harrier
21. Red-tailed Hawk
22. Purple Sandpiper
23. Ring-billed Gull
24. Herring Gull
25. Great Black-backed Gull
26. Black Guillemot
27. Mourning Dove
28. American Tree Sparrow
29. Song Sparrow
30. House Finch
31. American Goldfinch
32. House Sparrow

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

 

After the Storm

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Northern Shrike, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2016.

Northern Shrike

Morning bay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2016.

Morning bay.

Birthday today, Christmas Bird Count tomorrow.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Common Raven
5. Horned Lark (v)
6. Northern Shrike
7. Herring Gull*
8. American Crow** (v)
9. American Robin

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

 

Before the Storm

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 December 2016.

Brown Creeper.

Before the storm, Jack and I hiked in tiny ice pellets and a slight chill breeze. Many small birds were out and about at the parking lot—among them more Brown Creepers. And I heard the voice of a Golden-crowned Kinglet.

No birds at the summit, though. Too exposed, I guess.

Rain tonight, snow inland. Our hike will be different tomorrow.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin
3. White-breasted Nuthatch
4. Brown Creeper
5. Blue Jay
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Tufted Titmouse (v)
9. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. 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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