26 February 2015 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

Pleasant day

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
American Robin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 February 2015.

American Robin.

Kind of a balmy day. Kind of a balmy, birdy day. Right away I heard the voices of a couple species that’d been silent for weeks—cardinal and jay—and during my Beech Hill hike with dog, I saw a little collection of Bohemian Waxwings.

Dreamlike frosting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 February 2015.

Dreamlike frosting.

Also saw three Yellow-Rumped Warblers up there, and those Canadian robins are still abundant.

That last snow that blew in from, seemingly, the southwest caused some interesting frosty effects on natural and artificial objects alike.

I helped push a van out of a slippery spot.

All in all a pretty pleasant day.

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

1. Bohemian Waxwing
2. American Robin
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. White-breasted Nuthatch**
5. Hairy Woodpecker
6. American Crow*
7. American Flicker
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Blue Jay** (v)

Elsewhere

10. Northern Cardinal (v)
11. House Finch (v)
12. Herring Gull

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

 

Snow slush fog

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Wintry pinnacle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 January 2015.

Wintry pinnacle.

Heard the plows before I rose this morning. The snow had piled up, as forecast—and soon it began to rain lightly, and then the snow got slushy. Had breakfast, shoveled snow, then went with Jack to Beech Hill, where we were the first ones in the parking lot.

One other person had hiked before us, I could see by their footprints. Very foggy up there what with all the now-slushy snow evaporating into the damp air. Saw some roadside birds, heard the voices of several others, including the chip of a yellow-rump.

This afternoon, I worked at my desk downstairs. Gets dark in a hurry still.

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

1. Mourning Dove
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. American Tree Sparrow (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

9. Herring Gull
10. House Sparrow
11. American Goldfinch
12. Blue Jay
13. Ring-billed Gull
14. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

 

Waxwings, revisited

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

 

Bohemian Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2014.

Bohemian Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2014.

This first full day of winter was not too wintry. Drippy, damp, not very cold. A busy day, though, with a narrow opening for my daily hike with dog.

December bouquet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2014.

December bouquet.

Saw a couple dooryard birds—cardinal and jay—prowling the tangles near the Beech Hill Road parking lot. Saw a gull fly over. Heard the (near-)daily flicker. Chickadees and nuthatches. And then, returning, I happened to spy another little clutch of waxwings preening on some bare twigs a little ways down the slope.

Any day with Bohemian Waxwings is a good ’un.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay
2. Northern Cardinal
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow*
5. Herring Gull
6. Mourning Dove
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Bohemian Waxwing
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

11. House Sparrow (v)
12. Canada Goose
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Ring-billed 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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