22 February 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘European starling’

Silent Raven

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 January 2018.

Common Raven.

A little overnight snow made the trail soft and quiet. The temperature had nearly reached freezing under a bright, angled sun. Jack and I met a pair of young women coming down the trail but were otherwise alone. Most birds on today’s list I heard—except for a low-flying raven, which was as silent as a raven can be.

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

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. Snow Bunting (v)
5. Common Raven
6. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Crow
8. Northern Cardinal (v)
9. American Robin
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Herring Gull
12. Mourning Dove
13. European Starling

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Water Magic

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Three crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 December 2017.

Three crows.

Four or five inches of light, fluffy snow fell overnight. This morning, I could tell from the tracks, Jack and I were the second human-dog pair to hike the hill. I could also tell that hares and voles had been about. Little birds in the trees along the road. Crows.

Water magic, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 December 2017.

Water magic.

And in on the high slopes, Nature had made a kind of art I’d never seen—with water.

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

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

Elsewhere

9. European Starling
10. Herring Gull

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

 

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

 

 
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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