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Fall’s last hurrah

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2014).

Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Another early Beech Hill hike today with dog. Again a clouds-and-sun sort of day and a walk among other weekend hikers. as the sun rose, it warmed the eastern slopes and vegetation, as the breeze came from the west. Dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers flitted among the bayberry, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk circled above the summit.

Distant barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2014.

Distant barren.

The landscape just now looks like brush-strokes across a painter’s canvas, all red and green and gold. A late rain shower left a rainbow above the bay, and the horns of a crescent moon gave the darkening sky a thrill.

Even though, technically, autumn has a couple months to go, this sort of feels like fall’s last hurrah.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. White-throated Sparrow (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. Sharp-shinned Hawk
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. American Robin*


11. Herring Gull
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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


Many peregrines

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Peregrine Falcons, Monhegan Island, Maine, 26 September 2014.

Peregrine Falcons.

One warm, sunny day five years ago, during my first visit to Monhegan for fall migration, as I was sitting at a picnic table eating pizza from The Novelty, five Peregrine Falcons flew over. I was sold.

Warbling Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, 26 September 2014.

Warbling Vireo.

This warm, sunny day, while sitting at a picnic table having pizza at the Novelty, seven peregrines flew over, circling lazily, or chasing each other. Others passed overhead in morning, and more in afternoon. A day of falcons. Unless you see it, pay attention to it, you can’t really appreciate the thrill.

In other news, I went with friends on a 45-minute around-the-island cruise. Seals, porpoises, eagles, Black-bellied Plovers.

Oh, yeah: and I got my first good look at this year’s vagrant Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Monhegan List
Tally of species from my sixth day on the island.

1. Herring Gull
2. Blue Jay
3. American Crow
4. American Goldfinch
5. Pine Siskin
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Northern Flicker
8. European Starling
9. Great Black-backed Gull
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Nashville Warbler
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Merlin
15. Osprey
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-headed Blackbird
19. Rusty Blackbird
20. Peregrine Falcon
21. Carolina Wren
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23. Golden-crowned Kinglet
24. American Redstart
25. Northern Parula
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Mallard
28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Eastern Towhee
30. White-crowned Sparrow
31. White-throated Sparrow
32. Common Grackle
33. Northern Harrier
34. Black-bellied Plover
35. Bald Eagle

…and more I’m forgetting.

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 26 September 2014.

Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Another nice day offshore

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Rusty Blackbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Rusty Blackbird.

Carolina Wren, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Carolina Wren.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Awoke well before sunrise this morning—which was nice, considering the lovely sunrise. Today seemed a little more birdy overall, although the Red-Headed Woodpecker seemed to have split the island. (Someone had done a little road grating right in front of its yard.) Walked through Cathedral Woods to Whitehead today. Saw the mother of all fairy houses. Also saw a seal floating on its back.

Sunrise, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).


Another nice day offshore.

Monhegan List
Tally of species from my fifth day on the island.

1. American Crow
2. Herring Gull
3. Blue Jay
4. Peregrine Falcon
5. Least Flycatcher
6. Baltimore Oriole
7. Dickcissel
8. Carolina Wren
9. Rusty Blackbird
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Cape May Warbler
15. American Redstart
16. Northern Flicker
17. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
18. Common Raven
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Great Black-backed Gull
21. Double-crested Cormorant
22. Great Cormorant
23. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
24. Golden-crowned Kinglet
25. Black Guillemot
26. Common Eider
27. Mallard
28. Red-winged Blackbird
29. Yellow-headed Blackbird
30. Song Sparrow
31. Chipping Sparrow
32. Mourning Dove
33. Merlin
34. Sharp-shinned Hawk

…and more I’m forgetting.

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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