23 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Dueling Cardinals

Friday, April 21st, 2017
Northern Cardinal (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2017.

Northern Cardinal.

Cardinals sang from every snag,
it seemed, as dog and I hiked up.
Sweet notes—repeated, slow and quick—
pledged love, laid claim to kingdoms.

As later we descended,
a pair of males began to duel.
They veered and swirled, a frantic chase,
They hollered at each other.

Finally they paused to rest
a foot apart, glaring, staring,
before the interloper fled.
The king his queen defended.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. American Robin*
5. Blue Jay*
6. American Goldfinch**
7. White-throated Sparrow (v)
8. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Song Sparrow**
11. Common Raven (v)
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee**
15. Northern Flicker
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
17. Turkey Vuture
18. Herring Gull*
19. Mourning Dove*
20. White-breasted Nuthatch**
21. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

22. Rock Pigeon
23. European Starling

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

Titmouse Obsessed

Friday, April 14th, 2017
Tufted Titmouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 April 2017.

Tufted Titmouse.

Titmouse came too close
For focus so I took
A photo of its tail.

(This Tufted Titmouse seemed absolutely fascinated by Jack. He came very near, studied my dog from all directions, even followed us up the hill a ways. I’ve seen curious birds a time or two—but I’d never seen such apparently obsessive behavior.)

Osprey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 April 2017.

Osprey.

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

1. American Robin*
2. American Crow*
3. Eastern Phoebe**
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
8. Eastern Towhee
9. Eastern Bluebird
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Song Sparrow**
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Brown-headed Cowbird
14. Tree Swallow
15. House Finch** (v)
16. Purple Finch (v)
17. Black-capped Chickadee**
18. Herring Gull*
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
21. Northern Harrier
22. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

 

Water Weather

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Pine Siskin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 April 2017.

Pine Siskin.

Drizzle, fog, mud, and remnant snow
greeted dog and me today
as we slogged up the breezy April hill.

We heard the songs of robins,
the trills of sparrows,
and soft sounds of a siskin.

We saw a silent, solitary raven
flying low over the thawing barren—
perhaps a spirit of the water weather.

Raven in fog, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 April 2017.

Raven in fog.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. American Crow
3. Blue Jay
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. American Robin
6. Song sparrow
7. Northern Cardinal
8. Common Raven
9. Black-Capped Chickadee
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Pine Siskin
12. American Goldfinch

Elsewhere

13. Herring Gull
14. Mourning Dove

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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