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  • Posts Tagged ‘sharp-shinned hawk’

    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*

    Elsewhere

    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).

    Sunrise.

    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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