12 December 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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City Bird, Country Bird

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
House Sparrow, Rockland, Maine, 07 December 2017.

House Sparrow.

Today on the hill, in borderline frosty weather, I encountered a bunch of little songbirds, among them a continuing mixed flock of bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers fluttering around the open hillsides. There must’ve been six or eight of the two species combined—maybe more. And for the second time in recent days I heard the booming of a partridge. Weird.

Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 December 2017.

Eastern Bluebird.

Later, I got my best look at a bird: a House Sparrow in the bushes outside the Good Tern Co-op in Rockland.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Herring Gull*
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Pileated Woodpecker
9. Golden-crowned Kinglet
10. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. House Sparrow

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

 

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
White-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 December 2017.

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Big rains overnight left the trail a bit muddy this morning, but that didn’t bother Jack, the birds, or me. Little birds were poking about in the trees encircling the parking lot, and crows were circling the summit. The temperature neared 50 degrees (F)—but then started to dip come evening, when a bright spattering of stars came out.

American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 December 2017.

American Crow.

I can dig a good spattering of stars.

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

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

Elsewhere

9. Mallard
10. Morning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

State Bird

Monday, December 4th, 2017
Black-capped Chickadee with spruce cone, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 December 2017.

Black-capped Chickadee (excavating spruce cone).

A favorite bird is the chickadee.
Favorite for lots of reasons.
Hardy little critter, sociable,
chatty, resourceful—
a leader of other birds.
Playful.
Given the right conditions,

will perch on your finger
to show you just how light
a bird’s weight is.
This frosty morning,
I watched three chickadees
excavating spruce cones in a grove
at the top of a hill.

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

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch** (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Eastern Bluebird (v)

Elsewhere

6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. Herring Gull
8. European Starling
9. Canada Goose (v)

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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