20 February 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘American goldfinch’

My Pal “Ruff”

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 February 2017.

Ruffed Grouse.

This sunny, breezy, lovely morning, I hiked with Jack to the accompaniment of Eastern Bluebirds and Blue Jays, then returned to encounter—again—my Ruffed Grouse friend. I’ve taken to calling him “Ruff.”

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

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Eastern Bluebird (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee*
6. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
7. Ruffed Grouse

Elsewhere

8. American Robin
9. Herring Gull
10. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

 

Bluebird and Snow

Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Eastern Bluebird (departing), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport Maine, 18 February 2017.

Eastern Bluebird (departing).

Awoke to a white-powdered world—i.e., about a four- or five-inch of snowfall. Today on the hill: chickadee, crow, titmouse, robin, bunting—and a surprise bluebird.

Eastern Bluebird (perching), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport Maine, 18 February 2017.

Eastern Bluebird (perching).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. American Robin
5. Snow Bunting
6. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. House Finch (v)
9. Herring Gull
10. Ring-billed Gull
11. Rock Pigeon

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

Curious Partridge

Friday, February 16th, 2018
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2018.

Ruffed Grouse.

This thawy, muddy morning at the hill, the most interesting of several bird species to make themselves known to dog and me was a Ruffed Grouse. I heard the bird drumming near the parking lot—same bird I’d heard booming there several weeks ago, I felt sure—so I investigated on our return. Sure enough, there he was.

Ruffed Grouse portrait, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2018.

Ruffed Grouse portrait.

Oddly, this bird seemed to take a real interest in both of us, striding out of its woody hiding place and into the parking lot proper, approaching, coming near. Jack and I were transfixed. Eventually, though, I got a little worried about the fellow so decided we’d better up and leave.

Nice to get some close-up photos of a grouse, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
4. Ruffed Grouse
5. Northern Flicker
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Mourning Dove
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Mallard
14. House Sparrow (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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