24 April 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Nuthatches in Action

Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2018.

Red-breasted Nuthatch.

This morning at the hill I witnessed a wild display of nuthatches. First, a pair of incoming red-breasteds: One hammered and drilled into a birch trunk while the other called incessantly nearby. Second, a group of white-breasteds chasing each other around in a territorial/mating display. Eventually the larger latter began chasing the smaller former, just on general principles.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2018.

Song Sparrow.

Later, I listened to a Purple Finch mimic phoebe, robin, and other random species. (The phoebe was quite good.)

Also spotted a first-of-year Song Sparrow. Cool.

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

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. American Robin*
9. Northern Cardinal**
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Herring Gull*
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Canada Goose
16. Snow Bunting
17. Song Sparrow†
18. Purple Finch

Elsewhere

19. Ring-billed Gull
20. Mallard

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Owl and Buntings

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Snowy Owl (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 March 2018.

Snowy Owl (immature).

We got between fifteen and eighteen inches of snow in the last 24 hours, I’d guess. Jack and I didn’t make it to the hill until about 10 a.m., (DST), but we were the first. Carving a fresh snowshoe track out of deep west snow was quite a task—dog of course follows my track—but the endorphins flowed.

Snow Bunting and Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 March 2018.

Snow Bunting and Snowy Owl, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 March 2018.

Even better came a reward toward the summit: a young Snowy Owl. I’d been scanning for one. Saw none. Then this owl flapped low overhead as we headed through the spruce grove. A crow got wise and chased the owl through the snowy air down toward a lower field. I figured it was worth carving a track down there also, just in case. So down we slogged. No owl.

Returning, I happened to look up at the distant hut—which had an owl on top. It soon flew off away from us, but I hurried back up anyway. Lucky for me it stood on the “owl stone” where I’ve seen at least three owls stand before. Spent a while vatching, photographing, videoing.

As I videoed, a flock of Snow Buntings appeared and circled the young owl, who watched with turning head. These two species—which nest in the same Arctic latitudes—were clearly familiar with each other.

What with a bunch of shoveling, I got some good exercise this morning.

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

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
3. American Crow**
4. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
5. American Robin (v)
6. Snow Bunting
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Snowy Owl

Elsewhere

9. Northern Cardinal
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Herring Gull
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. House Finch

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

 

Snow and Bluebirds

Friday, March 9th, 2018
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 March 2018.

Eastern Bluebird.

This morning on our arrival, I could tell that no other dog or human had hiked Beech Hill since Jack and I did yesterday—except for one cross-country skier who made it only about a hundred yards up the trail before turning around. The snow was deep, the sun was out, and our snowshoe had track held up pretty well.

Ski tracks, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 March 2018.

Ski tracks.

A beautiful blue-and-white day. Blue sky, white cloud, bluebirds.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. American Robin
5. Common Raven (v)
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Snow Bunting (v)
8. Northern Cardinal (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

10. Mourning Dove
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Herring Gull
13. House Sparrow

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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