24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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The Biological Imperative

Friday, April 20th, 2018
Wild Turkeys, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2018.

Wild Turkeys.

Everywhere this morning I saw the signs—Song Sparrows singing loudly at each other, chases of goldfinches and crows and gulls, the drumming of downy and sapsucker, the puffing up of Wild Turkeys—of the biological imperative.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Song Sparrow**
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
5. Blue Jay** (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. White-throated Sparrow
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe**
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Northern Harrier
18. Great Blue Heron
19. Herring Gull*
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Sharp-shinned Hawk
23. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

24. Wild Turkey
25. Osprey
26. Rock Pigeon
27. European Starling

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

 

Exotic Sapsucker

Monday, April 16th, 2018
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 April 2017.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Much chillier this morning, with frost and a scattering of sleet on the mudless trail. Quite a breeze, too—but a lot of bird activity on the hill. Most notable, to me, was a calling and drumming male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, his call exotic and his drumming syncopated.

Elsewhere, I got a look at a little herd of turkeys, pecking away in a field, and two new ospreys arriving.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow* (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. American Goldfinch** (v)
6. Northern Cardinal (v)
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
9. American Robin*
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
11. Eastern Phoebe
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
14. Blue Jay (v)

Elsewhere

15. Wild Turkey
16. Mourning Dove
17. Osprey

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

 

And So It Begins Anew

Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2018.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Got out of my truck at Beech Hill to a serenade of wood frogs. Later, I spied my first Tree Swallow of the year. Also, at the summit, the first yellow-rump in spring plumage.

And so it begins.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Song Sparrow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
4. American Robin*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe** (v)
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
10. Red-winged Blackbird
11. Herring Gull*
12. Northern Cardinal** (v)
13. Tree Swallow
14. Canada Goose (v)
15. Eastern Bluebird
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler†
17. Mourning Dove* (v)
18. Northern Flicker (v)
19. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
21. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

22. Rock Pigeon
23. Osprey

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

 

 
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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