20 February 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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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)

Elsewhere

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

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

 

Splash of Color

Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 February 2018.

Eastern Bluebird.

A slushy walk up the hill this morning, thanks to a steady overnight drizzle. But the birds were out, albeit mostly hidden away in the winter woods. I did spy a pair of bluebirds, though—a little splash of color on a gray day.

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

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

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Woodpecker at Work

Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Pileated Woodpecker (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 January 2018.

Pileated Woodpecker (female).

This overcast morning, right at the end of my hike with Jack—after I’d already let him in the pickup, in fact—I heard the call of a Pileated Woodpecker. It grew nearer. And a female woodpecker approached through the trees and landed in a berry bush, where she plucked a few. Then she headed over to a nearby tree. I managed to sneak up for a video (see below).

After she’d drilled a pretty good-sized hole, I heard the drumming of what must’ve been her mate up the hill a ways. She heard it, too, shinnied up the big dead pine trunk (which I watched the male excavate a few Christmases ago), and at the very top let off a loud cry before flapping away.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. American Robin
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Pileated Woodpecker
8. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
9. American Goldfinch
10. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull

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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