24 June 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘American kestrel’

Cool, Windy Overcast

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 June 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Summer is but a couple weeks away, yet this day dawned cold (46° F), windy, and gray. Those conditions made for a swift hike for dog and me, the better to keep warm. Birds were about—but skittish.

More seasonable weather will come soon.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked (most) all trails.

1. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
2. Ovenbird** (v)
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
6. Common Yellowthroat (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Veery (v)
9. American Redstart (v)
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Gray Catbird*
13. Mourning Dove* (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Alder Flycatcher
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Song Sparrow
18. Tree Swallow
19. American Robin*
20. Black-and-whiteWarbler (v)
21. Scarlet Tanager (v)
22. Northern Parula (v)

Elsewhere

23. Chipping Sparrow (v)
24. Herring Gull
25. American Kestrel

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

 

On a Warm Day

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Least Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2017.

Least Flycatcher.

Common Yellowthroat, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2017.

Common Yellowthroat.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2017.

Black-throated Green Warbler.

American Redstart, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2017.

American Redstart.

Yellow Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 May 2017.

Yellow Warbler.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-throated Green Warbler**
2. Northern Parula (v)
3. American Redstart**
4. Ovenbird**
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Blue Jay
8. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
9. Hermit Thrush (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Veery (v)
13. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
14. Mourning Dove (v)
15. Eastern Towhee
16. Gray Catbird** (v)
17. American Goldfinch
18. Least Flycatcher
19. Blue-headed Vireo
20. Osprey (v)
21. Song Sparrow**
22. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
23. Yellow Warbler
24. Tree Swallow
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Broad-winged Hawk
27. Black-capped Chickadee**
28. Savannah Sparrow
29. Tufted Titmouse (v)
30. Eastern Phoebe*
31. American Robin*
32. Field Sparrow
33. Northern Flicker (v)
34. American Kestrel
35. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
36. Scarlet Tanager (v)

Elsewhere

37. Herring Gull
38. House Finch

Crow vs Raven

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Crow vs Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 May 2017.

Crow vs Raven.

Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 May 2017.

Savannah Sparrow.

Wet again this morning. I had a couple hours of Monday morning work to do, so Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until 10:30—so late, I felt kind of guilty. Overcast and dark headed up through the woods. Birds were about, if secretive and none-too-vocal. I kept missing photo opportunities, though—the most frustrating being the colorful yellow-rump that kept bouncing around in the tangles of a bush not eight feet from me.

I can report the apparent arrival overnight of a whole bunch of gray catbirds. Catbirds and towhees were especially vocal.

And, curiously, at the summit, stuff started happening. First, breaks began to appear in the clouds. Then I heard the croaks of a raven—and managed to grab a short video of a typical episode of Crow vs Raven.

Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 May 2017.

Gray Catbird.

After a while, the sun actually emerged for a time—and I heard the first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the season singing down by Beech Hill Road.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
2. Eastern Phoebe*
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Gray Catbird*
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Northern Parula (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee*
10. White-throated Sparrow
11. Northern Cardinal (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Herring Gull*
14. American Robin* (v)
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Mourning Dove** (v)
17. American Crow*
18. Purple Finch (v)
19. Common Raven
20. Northern Flicker (v)
21. Tree Swallow
22. Savannah Sparrow
23. American Kestrel
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Red-tailed Hawk
26. Chipping Sparrow* (v)
27. Rose-breasted Grosbeak† (v)
28. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
29. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
30. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

31. Wild Turkey
32. Rock Pigeon
33. Mallard
34. Turkey Vulture
35. House Finch

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

 
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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