13 February 2016 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Lovely, overcast day

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Spring remnant, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 November 2015.

Spring remnant.

Thanksgiving Day. I’m grateful for for strong legs, good eyes (long views), my hearing (birdsong), friends (past, present, and yet to come), family (alive and dead), sensitive souls generally, the tilt of our planet, the best daughter in the world, and this good dog o’ mine.

Captain Jack, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 November 2015.

Captain Jack.

Hit the hill in mid-morning. We were the only ones ther on the way up, but we met several people coming back down. Only two bird species (the commonest), but that’s OK.

Kind of a lovely, overcast day.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Crow*


3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Blue Jay
5. Sharp-shinned Hawk

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

November already

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
The bay today, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 November 2015.

The bay today.

Rainy, raw, gray—with a taunting hint of sun. Took a chilly hike with Jack in mid-afternoon at Beech Hill, where I spied a solitary Sharp-shinned Hawk veering over the ochre-tinged landscape, fighting the wind.

November already.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Sharp-shinned Hawk
4. American Crow* (v)

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



So many Monarchs

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Common Raven, Monhegan Island, Maine, 20 September  2015.

Common Raven.

Scrambled around this morning to make sure to get to the boat on time. Made it! And within the hour, daughter and I were setting foot on Monhegan Island. A more magical place I’m not sure I’ve ever been to.

Monarch butterfly, Monhegan Island, Maine, 20 September 2015.

Monarch butterfly.

The usual fall-migration birding hasn’t really taken off yet, from what I understand. And I didn’t spot many species—nor any “lifers” yet, as I seem nearly always to do out here. But it’s great to be here, wonderful to introduce Sarah (no birder, although she likes birds) to the place, Lovely to run into old friends whom I see just once a year.

Perhaps the most inspiring thing I’ve witnessed out here is the large number of Monarch butterflies moving through. What with the bane that is Roundup®, and the decline of milkweed, this lovely butterfly’s numbers have taken a nosedive lately. I’d seen just one this year before setting foot out here—and now, barely ten hours later, I can attest to having seen at least fifty or sixty—plus, a few chrysalises.

Also ravens, sharpies, an Osprey, an oriole, and other birds.

I can hardly believe we’re here for five more days.

Monhegan Island List
Beginning at about 11:30 a.m., I walked around Monhegan.

1. Herring Gull*
5. Northern Mockingbird
6. Northern Flicker
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Common Raven
9. Osprey
10. Peregrine Falcon
11. Common Grackle
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. European Starling
17. American Crow*
18. Great Cormorant
19. Cedar Waxwing**
20. Common Eider
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Baltimore Oriole


24. Mourning dove
25. Bald Eagle
26. Belted Kingfisher

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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