16 September 2014 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

Tiny butterfly

Monday, September 15th, 2014
American copper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 September 2014.

American copper.

Early to rise, busy morning. Jack and I took our Beech Hill break at midday.

American crow, near Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 15 September 2014.

American crow.

And what a lovely midday it was. Things had started chilly (like, in-the-40s (F) chilly), but a bright sun had warmed things. Few birds about—in fact, I laid eyes on only two species.

I did see a tiny, handsome American Copper butterfly.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 12:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Song Sparrow
4. Common Yellowthroat (v)
5. Gray Catbird (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

8. American Crow
9. Mourning Dove
10. Herring Gull
11. Canada Goose
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Mallard
14. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

 

Turkey surprise

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Drop shadow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 September 2014.

Drop shadow.

My Beech Hill visit with Jack this morning was brisk and bright and breezy. Met a few friends up there among the many who were drawn to hike. Birds were lurking in the fringes—other than a handful of Yellow-rumped Warblers I spied chasing each other in the trees over toward the wooded trail.

Birch moon, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 September 2014.

Birch moon.

Then, returning down the sloping straightaway, we encountered a large bird flying directly toward us not three feet above the trail. A turkey hen—or a youngster. About forty feet away it veered off into a clump of brush. A crazy surprise.

This afternoon I spent writing at my desk. Nice to have some time for that for a change.

Beech Hill Preserve
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. Cedar Waxwing
4. American Crow*
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Wild Turkey

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. Osprey (v)
13. Mourning Dove

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

 

Where my mind is at

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Blueberry chase, Cedar Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2014.

Blueberry chase.

After a crystal clear night with a hint of an aurora, we had a chilly, overcast day today, with a hint of fall—and rain toward the end of it. Hearing of the promise of rain, I took Jack up to Beech Hill early. Already it was cloudy and cool. In fact, I wore a sweatshirt.

The bay today, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2014.

The bay today.

But birds were about. Nervous birds, excited birds, excitable birds. Quiet vireos, groups of young waxwings (saw a little skirmish over a blueberry), skittish catbirds, Song Sparrows, a pair of phoebes. We walked over the summit and down toward the woods a ways, but the trail down there was seriously overgrown with asters and sumac, and I kept looking at my jeans legs for deer ticks, and at one point I found one, so we turned around.

In a week I’ll be headed out to Monhegan. Really looking forward to it. It’s kind of where my mind is at.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trial—and then some.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Gray Catbird
3. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. American Crow*
7. Blue Jay**
8. Common Yellowthroat (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. Yell0w-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

13. Herring Gull
14. Mourning Dove
15. Rock Pigeon
16. House Sparrow

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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