20 February 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Woodpecker at Work

Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Pileated Woodpecker (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 January 2018.

Pileated Woodpecker (female).

This overcast morning, right at the end of my hike with Jack—after I’d already let him in the pickup, in fact—I heard the call of a Pileated Woodpecker. It grew nearer. And a female woodpecker approached through the trees and landed in a berry bush, where she plucked a few. Then she headed over to a nearby tree. I managed to sneak up for a video (see below).

After she’d drilled a pretty good-sized hole, I heard the drumming of what must’ve been her mate up the hill a ways. She heard it, too, shinnied up the big dead pine trunk (which I watched the male excavate a few Christmases ago), and at the very top let off a loud cry before flapping away.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. American Robin
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Pileated Woodpecker
8. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
9. American Goldfinch
10. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
*Voice only elsewhere

 

Staredowns

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Dark-eyed Junco, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2018.

Dark-eyed Junco.

Had a lovely hike with Jack this nippy, overcast morning. I enjoyed a brief staredown with a Dark-eyed Junco, for one thing; for another, my ol’ dog was in a playful mood.

Captain Jack in a playful mood, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2018.

Captain Jack in a playful mood, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2018.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

8. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

Bufflehead Undaunted

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Bufflehead (male), Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Maine, 20 January 2018.

Bufflehead (male).

The air smelled clean, the breeze brought a chill, the temperature hovered above freezing. Several skittish birds on the hill, and a bunch of ducks at the harbor. I took a particular fancy to a male Bufflehead diving among a huge raft of mallards. Undaunted little guy had work to do.

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

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Herring Gull*
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)

Elsewhere

9. Rock Pigeon
10. Mallard
11. Bufflehead

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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