23 November 2014 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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    Posts Tagged ‘blue jay’

    Bright Sirius

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
    Downy Woodpecker, near Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 19 November 2014.

    Downy Woodpecker.

    Today was a cold one—and, at first, a cloudless one. Eventually, a few small clouds showed up above the horizons, but the sun shone for the whole short photoperiod, essentially. In traveling around, I got a look at a Downy Woodpecker at work, a couple of Blue Jays in flight, and the usual other birds.

    Water crust, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 November 2014.

    Water crust.

    It was friggin’ cold up to Beech Hill. Two species up there, and ice on the trail.

    Tonight is cold and ark with stars and a breeze that keeps moving leaves from one pile to another. Been a while since I’ve seen bright Sirius.

    Beech hill List
    Beginning at 2 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

    1. American Crow*
    2. Song Sparrow

    Elsewhere

    3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
    4. Herring Gull
    5. American Robin
    6. Downy Woodpecker
    7. Blue Jay

    v = Voice only
    *Also elsewhere

     

    Long shadows

    Thursday, November 13th, 2014
    Long shadow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 November 2014.

    Long shadow.

    Cool, clear day. Thirties (F). Quite a few passerines flitting about this morning, a Pileated Woodpecker on a high bare hardwood trunk at midday, three bird species on my mid-afternoon at Beech Hill, where a shallow sun cast long shadows on the trail

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

    1. Northern Flicker (v)
    2. American Crow* (v)
    3. Blue Jay*

    Elsewhere

    4. House Sparrow (v)
    5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
    6. Tufted Titmouse
    7. Pileated Woodpecker
    8. Rock Pigeon

    v = Voice only
    *Also elsewhere

     

    Orion

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 November 2014.

    Northern Flicker.

    Foggy ol’ day today. Wet, drippy, warm. No, really—like, pretty darn close to 60 degrees (F) warm.

    Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 November 2014.

    Black-capped Chickadee.

    Busy ol’ day, too, getting ready for a wing-ding at work this evening. I managed to grab a mid-afternoon hike with dog. Mid-afternoon must’ve been the foggiest part of the day and, ironically, I saw all but one of the birds on my Beech Hill list—a jay, yammering in the middle distance, as jays tend to do. Also saw a turkey take off straight up in a little stand of hardwoods there. And a pigeon at the dump.

    Deer have been moving around, as they do this time of year. The other day I came upon a doe and youngster in the middle of the road in evening, and now I’m watching the roadsides.

    Late tonight, the sky has cleared off completely, and the temperature is headed down. And I saw Orion rising for the first time in a couple of seasons.

    Beech Hill List
    Beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

    1. Dark-eyed Junco
    2. Black-capped Chickadee**
    3. Wild Turkey
    4. American Robin*
    5. Northern Flicker
    6. Song Sparrow
    7. Blue Jay (v)_

    Elsewhere

    8. House Sparrow (v)
    9. American Crow
    10. Canada Goose
    11. Northern Cardinal
    12. Rock Pigeon

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

    Eastern Chipmunk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 November 2014.

    Eastern Chipmunk.

     
    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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