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Nuthatches in Action

Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2018.

Red-breasted Nuthatch.

This morning at the hill I witnessed a wild display of nuthatches. First, a pair of incoming red-breasteds: One hammered and drilled into a birch trunk while the other called incessantly nearby. Second, a group of white-breasteds chasing each other around in a territorial/mating display. Eventually the larger latter began chasing the smaller former, just on general principles.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2018.

Song Sparrow.

Later, I listened to a Purple Finch mimic phoebe, robin, and other random species. (The phoebe was quite good.)

Also spotted a first-of-year Song Sparrow. Cool.

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

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. American Robin*
9. Northern Cardinal**
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Herring Gull*
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Canada Goose
16. Snow Bunting
17. Song Sparrow†
18. Purple Finch

Elsewhere

19. Ring-billed Gull
20. Mallard

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

The Primal Imperative

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Eastern  Bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 March 2018.

Eastern Bluebirds.

Snow everywhere first thing today—but also sun, and warming temperatures, and calm winds, so much of it melted, the snow. Birds were active, including a pair of bluebirds I spied on one of the Beech Hill boxes. Never mind all the snow that surrounded them.

Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. A time to pair off, to yield to the primal imperative.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Herring Gull* (v)
6. American Robin*
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Northern Cardinal* (v)
9. Eastern Bluebird
10. Mourning Dove** (v)
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

12. Rock Pigeon
13. Mallard
14. Bald Eagle

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

 

Kinglets

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 September 2017.

Savannah Sparrow.

Last night must’ve been a good one for migration, because this morning’s influx of multiple species of small wild birds proved thrilling as all get-out. High among the little migrants at the summit were Ruby-crowned Kinglets—bunches of ’em.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 September 2017.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

But first came a croaking raven, then came a lovely Savannah Sparrow (several migrating Savannahs, too), then—at the summit—multiple warblers and vireos. Along with the kinglets, chattering at each other the way they do, keeping tabs like chickadees.

Chickadees up there, too.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay**
3. Gray Catbird
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Common Raven
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. American Goldfinch
12. Song Sparrow**
13. Common Yellowthroat (v)
14. Cedar Waxwing
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. Northern Flicker
19. American Redstart
20. Philadelphia Vireo
21. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
22. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
23. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. Mourning Dove
26. 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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