23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘mallard’

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

 

Evaporation

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 January 2017.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Temps rising into the 40s (F) today, with a good breeze and an occasional drizzle. Outside, thick mists rose from remnant snow banks and floated away in the wind. A ghostly evaporation. Several mostly smaller birds took advantage of the warmth to hold little browsing parties.

Ghostly mist, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 January 2017.

Ghostly mist.

Tonight we’re having a soaking rain. How swiftly the snow recedes.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 11 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch
2. American Crow
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. Snow Bunting
6. Common Raven
7. Blue Jay
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. American Robin

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Mallard

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

 

Red-tail

Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Red-tailed Hawk, Route 17, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2018.

Red-tailed Hawk.

Thaw today. Slushy snow, but not hard walking. Big breeze, but not too cold. Heard two birds but didn’t see a one. Had to make a trip to Portland.

Thought to bring my camera, though, and just as dog and I headed out of town, I saw a handsome Red-tailed Hawk perched along the highway, surveying a field emerging from snow. Pulled over and got a shot or two just as it circled away.

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

1. Northern Flicker (v)
2. American Crow (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

4. Herring Gull
5. Red-tailed Hawk
6. Bufflehead
7. Mallard
8. Rock Pigeon

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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