24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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The Biological Imperative

Friday, April 20th, 2018
Wild Turkeys, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2018.

Wild Turkeys.

Everywhere this morning I saw the signs—Song Sparrows singing loudly at each other, chases of goldfinches and crows and gulls, the drumming of downy and sapsucker, the puffing up of Wild Turkeys—of the biological imperative.

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

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Song Sparrow**
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
5. Blue Jay** (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. White-throated Sparrow
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe**
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Northern Harrier
18. Great Blue Heron
19. Herring Gull*
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Sharp-shinned Hawk
23. Red-tailed Hawk


24. Wild Turkey
25. Osprey
26. Rock Pigeon
27. European Starling

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


Overcast Morn

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 April 2018.

American Goldfinch.

An overcast morning. Not too cold, not too breezy. Birds about, many birds. Singing, lurking, gathering nest material, mating. First-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglets today.

No raptors, though, on this overcast morn.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Blue Jay** (v)
5. American Goldfinch**
6. American Robin*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
9. Ruffed Grouse
10. Eastern Phoebe**
11. Purple Finch (v)
12. Mourning Dove* (v)
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Northern Cardinal** (v)
15. Wild Turkey
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
18. Herring Gull*
19. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
20. Downy Woodpecker


21. Herring Gull
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Ring-billed Gull
24. European Starling
25. House Sparrow (v)

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


Portrait of a House Finch

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
House Finch, Rockport, Maine, 17 April 2018.

House Finch.

A foggy morn. An overcast day. Heard a bunch of birds on the hill but saw only three or four.

Back home, I grabbed a portrait of a House Finch.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Song Sparrow*
2. American Robin* (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Blue Jay (v)
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. American Crow* (v)
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Dark-eyed Junco
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)


14. Mourning Dove
15. House Finch
16. Herring Gull

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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