23 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’

Birdsong

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
House Finch, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2017.

House Finch.

I listened to a House Finch sing this morning,
as often I do, But
I also watched it sing,

Brown-headed Cowbird (singing), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2017.

Brown-headed Cowbird (singing).

cocking its head this way and that
as if to emphasize particular
notes and phrases.

I listened also to many other singing birds,
including two whose voices
I did not recognize.

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

1. American Robin (v)*
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. White-throated Sparrow
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8. Brown-headed Cowbird
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Eastern Phoebe**
12. American Crow*
13. Northern Flicker
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Tree Swallow
16. Northern Cardinal (v)**
17. Herring Gull*
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Red-winged Blackbird
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler
21. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Red-tailed Hawk
24. Purple Finch (v)

Elsewhere

25. House Finch
26. Mourning Dove
27. European Starling
28. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Gallery: Assorted Species

Sunday, April 16th, 2017
Purple Finch, Rockport, Maine, 16 April 2017.

Purple Finch (male).

Purple Finch (female), Rockport, Maine, 16 April 2017.

Purple Finch (female).

White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 April 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

Red-tailed Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 April 2017.

Red-tailed Hawk.

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 April 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

Eastern Towhee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 April 2017.

Eastern Towhee.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Wild Turkey
2. Mourning Dove*
3. Song Sparrow*
4. American Robin*
5. Northern Cardinal* (v)
6. Eastern Phoebe*
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Blue Jay**
9. White-throated Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse**
11. Black-capped Chickadee*
12. American Crow*
13. American Goldfinch**
14. Purple Finch* (v)
15. Herring Gull*
16. Tree Swallow
17. Field Sparrow† (v)
18. Northern Flicker
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Brown-headed Cowbird
20. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
21. Red-tailed Hawk
22. Common Raven
23. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
24. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)

Elsewhere

25. Pine Warbler (v)
26. Downy Woodpecker (v)
27. Chipping Sparrow (v)

First-of-Years

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Threesome (Tree Swallows), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 April 2017.

Threesome (Tree Swallows).

The temperature this morning early topped freezing—maybe 36 or 37 degrees (F). After I’d taken care of a couple hours of work, and Jack and I emerged into the sunlight, the temperature was pushing 50. By the time we reached the summit of Beech Hill, I could tell it’d reached 60 degrees, at least. On our return to the truck, I ditched all by a t-shirt up top—and wore sandals the rest of the day.

Red-tailed Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 April 2017.

Red-tailed Hawk.

So it’s no wonder, perhaps, that a bunch of first-of-year migrants showed up today. In order: Eastern Phoebe (several, calling near their usual Beech Hill nesting spots); Palm Warbler (a few, bouncing around the still-brown grass hunting flies and caterpillars); Tree Swallow (several, fighting for the right to use the nest boxes they did last year); Pine Warbler (heard, then seen, in a pine tree out back of my place in afternoon); Osprey (heard crying high in the sky outside).

So many returning birds make my heart lighter and add a little skip to my step. Also the warmth, I suppose.

I love this day.

Palm Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 April 2017.

Palm Warbler.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. Song Sparrow**
5. American Robin*
6. Northern Cardinal* (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe†
8. Palm Warbler†
9. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
10. American Crow*
11. American Goldfinch**
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Tree Swallow†
14. Turkey Vulture*
15. House Finch** (v)
16. Herring Gull*
17. Bald Eagle
18. Red-tailed Hawk
19. Mourning Dove* (v)
20. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

21. Blue Jay (v)
22. Pine Warbler†
23. Osprey† (v)

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

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 April 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

 
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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