29 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Kestrel

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
American Kestrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 April 2017.

American Kestrel.

“There he is,” I said to Jack upon catching site of our first-of-year kestrel. I’ve had my eye peeled for several days for this dependable April arrival.

(And, yes, I talk to my dog.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal (v)
2. American Robin*
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. American Crow*
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker
9. Brown-headed Cowbird
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
11. American Kestrel†
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
14. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Red-winged Blackbird
16. Canada Goose (v)

Elsewhere

17. House Finch
18. Herring Gull
19. Chipping Sparrow (v)
20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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

 

Flickers and Phoebes and Sky

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2016.

Eastern Phoebe.

Thanks to a more or less steady rain, Jack and I didn’t hit the hill until late in the day—for the first time in weeks. Glad we did, too, because the late-afternoon sky was interesting and complex and limned and amazing.

Interesting clouds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2016.

Interesting clouds.

Birds were scarce, and it was too chilly (and/or not sunny enough) for butterflies. Or dragonflies. Or a run-of-the-mill September fly hatch. Oddly, though, two species were well represented: Eastern Phoebes and Northern Flickers. Saw or heard a few of each throughout our hike.

Also saw a fluttering kestrel, which was sweet. And—I can hardly believe this—the first time ever I made out Heron Neck Light way out on Vinalhaven. Chilly enough to wear a sweatshirt for the first time since spring.

But that sky.

Heron Neck Light, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2016.

Heron Neck Light.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Phoebe
2. Northern Flicker
3. American Kestrel
4. Herring Gull*
5. Song Sparrow (v)
6. Gray Catbird (v)
7. Blue Jay**
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Turkey Vulture

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

Late-afternoon trail, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2016.

Late-afternoon trail.

Butterfly Day

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2016.

Savannah Sparrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

Monarch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2016.

Monarch.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Goldfinch
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. Herring Gull*
7. Common Yellowthroat (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Savannah Sparrow
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
13. Alder Flycatcher
14. American Kestrel

Elsewhere

15. Mourning Dove
16. Wild Turkey
17. Rock Pigeon

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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