23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

Robins and Such

Friday, January 19th, 2018
Chickadee with tasty morsel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 January 2018.

Black-capped Chickadee (with tasty morsel).

A teensy bit of snow this morning. Temps in the 20s (F). Dog and I hit the hill to find a couple friends meeting there for a hike. We hung back so they could catch up, and I saw (among other things) the first good-sized flock of robins on the hill this winter.

Back home, the resident cardinals were lurking in the bushes, and I heard (but did not see) the distinctive call of a Pileated Woodpecker nearby.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. American Crow*
7. American Robin
8. Common Raven (v)


9. Herring Gull
10. Northern Cardinal
11. Pileated Woodpecker (V0

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


Snow Day

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Rock(port) Pigeons, Rockport Village, Maine, 17 January 2018.

Rock(port) Pigeons.

Snow today. Gentle snow. Saw a flock of robins on South Street but none on Beech Hill. Watched a red squirrel munch on berries in my dooryard. But the best avian representation of this day? The pigeons hunkering down in the snow on their high lookout in Rockport Village.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. Blue Jay (v)


7. American Robin
8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon

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


Warmth and Wind and Corvids

Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Raven in the fog, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 January 2018.

Raven in the fog.

Rained overnight. A lot. And wind—so dang windy. Wind howling in the eaves and roaring in the night trees. Was supposed to rain all morning, too, but it’d let up by the time Jack and I were ready to hike.

The temperature had risen into the 50s (F) by then, too, and the snow was gone. All except for plow piles and a few shade drifts. Muddy and warm and windy. I wore ice cleats, which helped the climb. I heard a crow, and a raven flew by, and , and I heard a jay. Ravens love to fly in the wind, by the way.

As forecast, the temperature has plummeted tonight. Single digits are not out of the question.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Common Raven
4. Blue Jay


5. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also 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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