26 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

October Birds

Friday, October 6th, 2017
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 October 2017.

Northern Harrier.

Northern Harriers are my favorite raptors, I’m pretty sure. Their dependable arrival in October, their low, graceful, circuitous flight, their close attention to the barrens, even their seeming patience with crows—all add up to the kind of bird you’d just like to get to know. I was delighted to see one roaming the hill this afternoon.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 October 2017.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

It made me happy also to come upon little flocks of both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. October birds, to me, exemplify the perfection of the season.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m.—and again at 4 p.m.—I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Golden-crowned Kinglet
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. American Crow*
6. Song Sparrow
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. Northern Flicker
9. American Robin
10. European Starling
11. White-throated Sparrow
12. Gray Catbird (v)
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. Northern Harrier
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17. Pileated Woodpecker


18. Rock Pigeon

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


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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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