12 December 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘northern cardinal’

First Snow

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 December 2017.

Common Raven.

First snow, a half-foot, wet, not too drifted. Good snowman snow. Jack and I reached the hill about half-past eight to find that someone had already walked it—but we were alone. Except for a few birds—including a raven we scared up toward the summit. It croaked and flew away.

Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 December 2017.

Beech Nut.

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

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

Elsewhere

9. American Robin (v)
10. Northern Cardinal
11. European Starling (v)
12. Herring Gull

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

 

Woodpeckers

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Hairy Woodpecker, Rockport, Maine, 09 December 2017.

Hairy Woodpecker.

Today, with snow in the forecast, the woodpeckers came out. At home first thing, I had a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers and at least one Downy Woodpecker in the big tree out front. At Beech Hill, I had a pair of downies.

Also noteworthy was the Yellow-rumped Warbler I heard (then got a glimpse of) about half-way up the hill. No bluebirds to hang out with today, though.

By evening, our first measurable snow of the season had begun to pile up—soft, wet, gentle snow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Downy Woodpecker*
8. Herring Gull*

Elsewhere

9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Northern Cardinal
11. Rock Pigeon
12. European Starling

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

 

Grouse Surprise

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 December 2017.

Pileated Woodpecker.

This frosty morning on the hill I encountered a pair of Hermit Thrushes. That was a surprise. I also heard bluebirds, heard then saw a Pileated woodpecker, heard a raven (or two), and, most surprisingly, heard a grouse booming—the first time I’ve ever heard a booming grouse outside of spring

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Crow*
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Eastern Bluebird (v)
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker
9. Common Raven (v)
10. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. Northern Cardinal
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also 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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