23 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘turkey vulture’

Dueling Cardinals

Friday, April 21st, 2017
Northern Cardinal (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2017.

Northern Cardinal.

Cardinals sang from every snag,
it seemed, as dog and I hiked up.
Sweet notes—repeated, slow and quick—
pledged love, laid claim to kingdoms.

As later we descended,
a pair of males began to duel.
They veered and swirled, a frantic chase,
They hollered at each other.

Finally they paused to rest
a foot apart, glaring, staring,
before the interloper fled.
The king his queen defended.

Song Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 April 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Tufted Titmouse**
4. American Robin*
5. Blue Jay*
6. American Goldfinch**
7. White-throated Sparrow (v)
8. Dark-eyed Junco (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Song Sparrow**
11. Common Raven (v)
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
14. Black-capped Chickadee**
15. Northern Flicker
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
17. Turkey Vuture
18. Herring Gull*
19. Mourning Dove*
20. White-breasted Nuthatch**
21. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

22. Rock Pigeon
23. European Starling

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

Birdsong

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
House Finch, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2017.

House Finch.

I listened to a House Finch sing this morning,
as often I do, But
I also watched it sing,

Brown-headed Cowbird (singing), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2017.

Brown-headed Cowbird (singing).

cocking its head this way and that
as if to emphasize particular
notes and phrases.

I listened also to many other singing birds,
including two whose voices
I did not recognize.

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

1. American Robin (v)*
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. White-throated Sparrow
5. Song Sparrow**
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8. Brown-headed Cowbird
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Goldfinch**
11. Eastern Phoebe**
12. American Crow*
13. Northern Flicker
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Tree Swallow
16. Northern Cardinal (v)**
17. Herring Gull*
18. Field Sparrow (v)
19. Red-winged Blackbird
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler
21. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
23. Red-tailed Hawk
24. Purple Finch (v)

Elsewhere

25. House Finch
26. Mourning Dove
27. European Starling
28. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Gallery: More Assorted Birds

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2017.

Northern Harrier.

Northern Flicker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2017.

Northern Flicker.

Turkey Vulture, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2017.

Turkey Vulture.

House Finch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 April 2017.

House Finch.

First-of-year harrier at Beech Hill today. Also first-of-year Wood Frogs.

(Note: I heard my first peepers last night—although they’ve been calling for a few days now.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Northern Cardinal
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. Eastern Phoebe
7. American Robin
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. American Crow
10. Northern Flicker
11. Song Sparrow
12. Tree Swallow
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
16. Eastern Towhee
17. Northern Harrier
18. Golden-crowned Kinglet
10. White-breasted Nuthatch
20. Purple Finch
21. Brown Creeper

Elsewhere

22. House Finch
23. Herring Gull
24. Rock Pigeon
25. European Starling
26. Ring-billed Gull

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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