23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Gallery: Christmas Bird Count, Plus One

Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Intrepid bird counters, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 16 December 2017.

Intrepid bird counters.

Purple Sandpiper, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 16 December 2017.

Purple Sandpiper.

Purple Sandpiper, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, 16 December 2017.

Purple Sandpiper.

Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rockport, Maine, 16 December 2017.

Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 December 2017.

Pileated Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. American Crow*
3. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
4. Pileated Woodpecker

Elsewhere (all on Christmas Bird Count list)

5. Canada Goose
6. American Black Duck
7. Mallard
8. Common Eider
9. Long-tailed Duck
10. Common Goldeneye
11. Bufflehead
12. Hooded Merganser
13. Common Merganser
14. Red-breasted Merganser
15. American Wigeon
16. Ring-necked Duck
17. Common Loon
18. Red-necked Grebe
19. Horned Grebe
20. Pied-billed Grebe
21. Bald Eagle
22. Northern Harrier
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk
24. American Coot
25. Purple Sandpiper
26. Bonaparte’s Gull
27. Ring-billed Gull
28. Herring Gull
29. Great Black-backed Gull
30. Black Guillemot
31. Downy Woodpecker
32. Blue Jay
33. Golden-crowned Kinglet
34. European Starling
35. Northern Cardinal
36. House Sparrow

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

 

Year-End Bird Count

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

(Some photos from today’s Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.)

Purple Sandpiper, Rockland, Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Purple Sandpiper.

Common Eider (female), Rockland, Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Common Eider (female).

American Goldfinch, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2016.

American Goldfinch.

Red-breasted Merganser (with an itch), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Red-breasted Merganser (with an itch).

American Tree Sparrow, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2016.

American Tree Sparrow.

Red-tailed Hawk, Chickawaukie Lake, Rockland, Maine, 31 December 2016.

Red-tailed Hawk.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

9. Canada Goose
10. American Black Duck
11. Mallard
12. Common Eider
13. Long-tailed Duck
14. Bufflehead
15. Common Goldeneye
16. Red-breasted Merganser
17. Common Loon
18. Horned Grebe
19. Great Cormorant
20. Northern Harrier
21. Red-tailed Hawk
22. Purple Sandpiper
23. Ring-billed Gull
24. Herring Gull
25. Great Black-backed Gull
26. Black Guillemot
27. Mourning Dove
28. American Tree Sparrow
29. Song Sparrow
30. House Finch
31. American Goldfinch
32. House Sparrow

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

 

The passage of time

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Birch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2016.

Birch.

The stream out back was flowing swiftly when I took Jack out first thing. Breezy still after last night’s big blow, and most all the snow was gone. Didn’t dip down below freezing until tonight sometime.

Oak, and Monhegan, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2016.

Oak, and Monhegan.

Beech Hill this mid-afternoon was a chilly place—a good west wind sluicing down my neck and numbing fingertips. Saw a few birds, got a few nice views. But today was most notable for a subtle detail: the little broken branch that’d been clinging to my favorite little trail-side birch tree for more than two years lost its grip last night. Got to confess, that was huge.

It’s funny, in fact, how in the wake of the ice storm that took the branch in December 2013, I lamented it as a blemish on what was once such a symmetrical tree, as did others who saw my photos of the birch (a few of whom offered to prune it down). I knew Nature would take care of it soon or later, though—and over time I not only grew accustomed to it but gained an appreciation of it as a sort of beauty mark. And today, there it was lying on the ground.

Runoff, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 11 January 2016.

Runoff.

A poignant record of the passage of time.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Herring Gull
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Common Goldeneye
7. Mallard

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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