23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘ruffed grouse’

Boomer

Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 December 2017.

Ruffed Grouse.

A curious thing happened at Beech Hill today. For the third time in a matter of weeks, I heard the booming of a Ruffed Grouse—the only times I’ve ever heard this dramatic thumping territorial display outside of spring. Well, today I managed to divine the direction of the sound—and caught a glimpse of a flapping wing in a tangle of brush by the road.

Crept through the snow with Jack behind me. Paused and waited. Sure enough, the bird emerged, and we had a brief, silent standoff.

One of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Ruffed Grouse
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

7. White-throated Sparrow

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

 

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

 

Grouse Surprise

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 December 2017.

Pileated Woodpecker.

This frosty morning on the hill I encountered a pair of Hermit Thrushes. That was a surprise. I also heard bluebirds, heard then saw a Pileated woodpecker, heard a raven (or two), and, most surprisingly, heard a grouse booming—the first time I’ve ever heard a booming grouse outside of spring

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Hermit Thrush
3. American Crow*
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Eastern Bluebird (v)
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Pileated Woodpecker
9. Common Raven (v)
10. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. Northern Cardinal
13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also 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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