24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Exotic Sapsucker

Monday, April 16th, 2018
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 April 2017.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Much chillier this morning, with frost and a scattering of sleet on the mudless trail. Quite a breeze, too—but a lot of bird activity on the hill. Most notable, to me, was a calling and drumming male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, his call exotic and his drumming syncopated.

Elsewhere, I got a look at a little herd of turkeys, pecking away in a field, and two new ospreys arriving.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. American Goldfinch** (v)
6. Northern Cardinal (v)
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
9. American Robin*
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Phoebe
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
14. Blue Jay (v)


15. Wild Turkey
16. Mourning Dove
17. Osprey

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


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