24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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The Biological Imperative

Friday, April 20th, 2018
Wild Turkeys, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2018.

Wild Turkeys.

Everywhere this morning I saw the signs—Song Sparrows singing loudly at each other, chases of goldfinches and crows and gulls, the drumming of downy and sapsucker, the puffing up of Wild Turkeys—of the biological imperative.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Song Sparrow**
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
5. Blue Jay** (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. White-throated Sparrow
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe**
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Northern Harrier
18. Great Blue Heron
19. Herring Gull*
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Sharp-shinned Hawk
23. Red-tailed Hawk


24. Wild Turkey
25. Osprey
26. Rock Pigeon
27. European Starling

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


And So It Begins Anew

Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2018.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Got out of my truck at Beech Hill to a serenade of wood frogs. Later, I spied my first Tree Swallow of the year. Also, at the summit, the first yellow-rump in spring plumage.

And so it begins.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. American Robin*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
10. Red-winged Blackbird
11. Herring Gull*
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. Tree Swallow
14. Canada Goose (v)
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler†
17. Mourning Dove* (v)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
21. Dark-eyed Junco (v)


22. Rock Pigeon
23. Osprey

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


This Little Chickadee.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 April 2018.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Rained all night, drizzle this morning, foggy on the hill. Loads of birds, though—including a first-of-year Brown-headed Cowbird (heard). My favorite bird of the day, though: this little chickadee.

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

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Song Sparrow**
4. Tufted Titmouse**
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. American Robin*
9. American Crow*
10. Brown-headed Cowbird† (v)
11. Downy Woodpecker (drumming)
12. Herring Gull*
13. Northern Cardinal*
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)


17. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice 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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