20 February 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘mourning dove’

Curious Partridge

Friday, February 16th, 2018
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2018.

Ruffed Grouse.

This thawy, muddy morning at the hill, the most interesting of several bird species to make themselves known to dog and me was a Ruffed Grouse. I heard the bird drumming near the parking lot—same bird I’d heard booming there several weeks ago, I felt sure—so I investigated on our return. Sure enough, there he was.

Ruffed Grouse portrait, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2018.

Ruffed Grouse portrait.

Oddly, this bird seemed to take a real interest in both of us, striding out of its woody hiding place and into the parking lot proper, approaching, coming near. Jack and I were transfixed. Eventually, though, I got a little worried about the fellow so decided we’d better up and leave.

Nice to get some close-up photos of a grouse, though.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
4. Ruffed Grouse
5. Northern Flicker
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)


10. Herring Gull
11. Mourning Dove
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Mallard
14. House Sparrow (v)

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


Ms and Mr Bluebird

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Eastern Bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2018.

Eastern Bluebirds.

Among several other species, I ran into Ms and Mr Bluebird on the hill this thawy morning.

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

1. American Robin
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Goldfinch
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Northern Cardinal
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. Pine Siskin
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
10. Herring Gull*
11. Downy Woodpecker


12. Mourning Dove
13. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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)


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

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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