29 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘European starling’

Camouflage, I Guess

Friday, April 28th, 2017
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Goldfinch in fog.

Third straight foggy day. But it’s the end of April in Maine, after all, which means I’ll be mowing the lawn in a week or so. Also, birds. Arriving birds. Migrants, inbound for the next month or so. They’ll come from the direction of the bay, arrive at sunup, begin working their way up to Beech Hill.

Tomorrow might be sunny for a change, so I hear. Sounds promising.

Black Swan (American Crow), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Black Swan (American Crow).

This morning while working to track a singer I didn’t recognize, we flushed a woodcock that’d been sitting in the muddy trail not 20 feet in front of dog and me.

“How’d I miss that?” I said to Jack. “Camouflage, I guess.”

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

1. American Robin*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
4. Northern Cardinal* (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Brown-headed Cowbird
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Purple Finch (v)
11. Tree Swallow
12. Song Sparrow
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. American Goldfinch
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Northern Flicker
19. American Woodcock
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

21. White-breasted Nuthatch
22. Herring Gull
23. Rock Pigeon
24. European Starling

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

Eastern Chipmunk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 April 2017.

Eastern Chipmunk.

Finch and Phobe: A Photo Essay

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
House Finch, Rockport, Maine, 27 April 2017.

House Finch.

Eastern Phoebe, Rockport, Maine, 27 April 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

Finch and Phoebe, Rockport, Maine, 27 April 2017.

Finch and Phoebe.

Alert, Rockport, Maine, 27 April 2017.

Alert.

Attack, Rockport, Maine, 27 April 2017.

Attack!

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

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. Northern Cardinal** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee*
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Towhee
7. White-throated Sparrow (v)
8. Brown-headed Cowbird
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Tree Swallow
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Song Sparrow**
14. American Robin*
15. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
16. Purple Finch (v)
17. American Goldfinch (v)
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. Savannah Sparrow (v)
21. Herring Gull* (v)

Elsewhere

22. Chipping Sparrow
23. House Finch
24. Rock Pigeon
25. European Starling
26. Cedar Waxwing
27. House Sparrow
28. Double-crested Cormorant

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

Dueling Cardinals

Friday, April 21st, 2017
Northern Cardinal (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2017.

Northern Cardinal.

Cardinals sang from every snag,
it seemed, as dog and I hiked up.
Sweet notes—repeated, slow and quick—
pledged love, laid claim to kingdoms.

As later we descended,
a pair of males began to duel.
They veered and swirled, a frantic chase,
They hollered at each other.

Finally they paused to rest
a foot apart, glaring, staring,
before the interloper fled.
The king his queen defended.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. American Robin*
5. Blue Jay*
6. American Goldfinch**
7. White-throated Sparrow (v)
8. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Song Sparrow**
11. Common Raven (v)
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee**
15. Northern Flicker
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
17. Turkey Vuture
18. Herring Gull*
19. Mourning Dove*
20. White-breasted Nuthatch**
21. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

22. Rock Pigeon
23. European Starling

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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