25 November 2015 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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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


Quiet evening

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Song Sparrow (juvie), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 September 2015.

Song Sparrow (juvie).

For the first time in I don’t know how long, Jack didn’t accompany me on my Beech Hill hike today. (He’s taking it easy after yesterday’s little dustup.) Ironically, I brought a poop bag back with me—his own poop bag from yesterday, which I lost track of during the, um, little episode.

Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 September 2015.

Northern Harrier.

Anyway, I took my time, stood looking into a young wooded area for several minutes, which revealed chickadees cardinals, and a male redstart. Only the chickadees were making any sound at all. Then, on up the hill, I spotted my first harrier in a while. Heard the soft squee! of a waxwing. Heard alarm notes from: Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, catbird. Spotted (but did not hear) a secretive towhee.

Did hear the brief calls of goldfinch, yellowthroat, and Pileated Woodpecker.

All in all, though, a quiet evening.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Cardinal
3. American Redstart
4. Northern Harrier
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. Song Sparrow
7. Gray Catbird** (v)
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Common Yellowthroat (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)


13. Sharp-shinned Hawk
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Herring Gull
16. Rock Pigeon
17. Mourning Dove
18. American Crow
19. Double-crested Cormorant

v = Voice only
**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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