25 May 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Overcast Morn

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 April 2018.

American Goldfinch.

An overcast morning. Not too cold, not too breezy. Birds about, many birds. Singing, lurking, gathering nest material, mating. First-of-year Ruby-crowned Kinglets today.

No raptors, though, on this overcast morn.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Blue Jay** (v)
5. American Goldfinch**
6. American Robin*
7. Song Sparrow**
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
9. Ruffed Grouse
10. Eastern Phoebe**
11. Purple Finch (v)
12. Mourning Dove* (v)
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Northern Cardinal** (v)
15. Wild Turkey
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
18. Herring Gull*
19. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
20. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

21. Herring Gull
22. Turkey Vulture
23. Ring-billed Gull
24. European Starling
25. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

Early April

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
American Robin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 April 2018.

American Robin.

Early April can be cold. When the wind comes insistently from the west, it can be face-numbingly cold. It can also be bright—even birdy. This was not a birdy morning, but it was a cold and bright one.

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

1. American Goldfinch**
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Robin*
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull
8. Mourning Dove
9. Ring-billed Gull.

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

 

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

 
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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