26 September 2016 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Kettle of Vultures

Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Turkey Vulture (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2016.

Turkey Vulture (immature, one of a kettle of seven).

Chilly morning. Kettle of vultures. More flickers. More yellow-rumps. And, finally, on the sixth day of use, I sorted out to my satisfaction the last of my new camera’s settings.

Orange, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2016.

Orange.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay
2. Turkey Vulture
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. Gray Catbird (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Eastern Phoebe (v)
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. American Crow*

Elsewhere

13. Herring Gull

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

 

Flickers Galore

Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 September 2016.

Northern Flicker.

A dozen—perhaps a score—of flickers on the hill today, hanging out in the bayberry.

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

1. Hermit Thrush
2. American Robin (v)
3. White-throated Sparrow (v)
4, Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Eastern Phoebe
6. Northern Flicker
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow*
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow (v)
17. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
18. Blue Jay**

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Ring-billed Gull
22. Wild Turkey

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.

 
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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