24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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The Biological Imperative

Friday, April 20th, 2018
Wild Turkeys, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2018.

Wild Turkeys.

Everywhere this morning I saw the signs—Song Sparrows singing loudly at each other, chases of goldfinches and crows and gulls, the drumming of downy and sapsucker, the puffing up of Wild Turkeys—of the biological imperative.

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

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Song Sparrow**
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
5. Blue Jay** (v)
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
7. White-throated Sparrow
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Mourning Dove* (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe**
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. American Crow*
16. Downy Woodpecker (v)
17. Northern Harrier
18. Great Blue Heron
19. Herring Gull*
20. Purple Finch (v)
21. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
22. Sharp-shinned Hawk
23. Red-tailed Hawk

Elsewhere

24. Wild Turkey
25. Osprey
26. Rock Pigeon
27. European Starling

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

 

Sproing

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Eastern Bluebird (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 March 2018.

Eastern Bluebird (female).

Today the equinox arrived. A nip in the air, bright sun, snow all around—but I needed the appearance of a bluebird to remind me it’s technically spring.

I like to call this time of year “sproing.”

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Northern Cardinal** (v)
9. Blue Jay** (v)
10. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

11. Mourning Dove (v)
12. Herring Gull
13. House Finch (v)
14. House Sparrow (v)
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Mallard
17. Ring-billed Gull

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

 

Grebe and Duck and Gull

Monday, March 12th, 2018
Horned Grebe, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 11 March 2018.

Horned Grebe (winter plumage).

No bird photos from Beech Hill this spring-like day, so then Jack and I took walked the Rockland Breakwater. Grebes, ducks, loons. Robins and cardinals at home. If it weren’t for the big snowstorm we’re supposed to get in a day or two, I’d think last night’s switch to Daylight Saving Time (stupid!) was not technically “winter forward.”

Long-tailed Duck (male), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 11 March 2018.

Long-tailed Duck (male, winter plumage).

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

1. American Crow* (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

6. Mourning Dove
7. Herring Gull
8. Northern Cardinal
9. Common Raven (v)
10. Sharp-shinned Hawk
11. Common Goldeneye
12. Horned Grebe
13. Common Loon
14. Common Eider
15. Long-tailed Duck
16. Red-breasted Merganser
17. European Starling
18. Great Black-backed Gull

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

Herring Gull, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 11 March 2018.

Herring Gull.

 
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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