28 April 2015 Rockport, Maine, USA 
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Diggin’ it

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 April 2015.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Got up early figuring I’d have a nice, long birding hike with dog—but there was a gray overcast, the temperature was in the thirties, and I saw a few tiny snowflakes floating around out there. So, screw that plan. Had breakfast instead, surfed the web a bit. About forty-five minutes later, I saw blue sky, and it didn’t seem so cold anymore, and off we went.

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 April 2015.

Eastern Phoebe.

The sun never stayed out for long, but, damn, it felt good to be hunting birds again. No leaves on trees, not a lot of migrants, just one warbler species (yellow-rump, of course)—but plenty of excitement.

Met up with a couple descending with their dog—Jack and I had met them before—and they said they’d seen a hawk, and I’d mentioned seeing a hovering Kestrel yesterday, and I motioned toward the sky above the barren, and there was a Kestrel, hovering. (Saw another down the eastern slope.)

Down in the bottomlands, I heard a drumming sapsucker, first of the year.

As we were returning along the wood fringe, a harrier flew over, and I got a nice look through my binoculars, and way above the hawk I saw a vee of northbound birds—I mean waaay above, insanely high and away. Double-crested Cormorants.

Then a kingfisher flew over. (A what? A kingfisher—I heard its rattle.)

And heading back down to the parking lot, out of nowhere, came the loud, strident song of a Carolina Wren. In thousands of Beech Hill hikes, that’s only the second of seen or heard up there.

April bouquet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 April 2015.

April bouquet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 April 2015.

I can dig a Carolina Wren.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Robin
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
6. Northern Flicker** (v)
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Chipping Sparrow
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. American Crow*
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. American Kestrel
14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
15. American Goldfinch
16. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker† (drumming)
17. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
18. White-breasted Nuthatch
19. Brown Creeper
20. Hermit Thrush
21. Northern Harrier
22. Double-crested Cormorant†
23. Belted Kingfisher† (v)
24. Song Sparrow** (v)
25. Osprey†
26. Herring Gull*
27. Carolina Wren† (v)
28. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

29. House Finch (v)
30. Mourning Dove

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

A red-tail’s domain

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Distrant red-tail, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 March 2015.

Distrant red-tail.

Took an early hike with Jack—first ones up the hill. The coolest thing I saw today (although I listed several birds) was one lone red-tail in a pine-top, scanning his domain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Robin*
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull

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

 

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

 

 
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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