23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Woodpeckers

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 December 2017.

Hairy Woodpecker.

I hiked the hill
before the snow.
Encountered three
woodpeckers there—
hairy, downy,
pileated.
The former two
were dueling.
Just heard the voice
of the latter.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. American Goldfinch** (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse* (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
9. Snow Bunting

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mallard

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

 

State Bird

Monday, December 4th, 2017
Black-capped Chickadee with spruce cone, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 December 2017.

Black-capped Chickadee (excavating spruce cone).

A favorite bird is the chickadee.
Favorite for lots of reasons.
Hardy little critter, sociable,
chatty, resourceful—
a leader of other birds.
Playful.
Given the right conditions,

will perch on your finger
to show you just how light
a bird’s weight is.
This frosty morning,
I watched three chickadees
excavating spruce cones in a grove
at the top of a hill.

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

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Eastern Bluebird (v)

Elsewhere

6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. Herring Gull
8. European Starling
9. Canada Goose (v)

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

 

Holiday Ornament

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
European Starling, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2017.

European Starling.

I hiked the hill
as I do every morning
with my good dog Jack
on this Thanksgiving day
and socialized with
other holiday hikers
but got no photo of any bird
so at home later
when I stepped out and heard
the tumbling voices of starlings
I turned my camera
across the road and
took a picture
of a holiday ornament

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Goldfinch** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Snow Bunting (v)
7. Blue Jay** (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

9. Mallard
10. Herring Gull
11. European Starling
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)

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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