20 February 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘white-breasted nuthatch’

Curious Partridge

Friday, February 16th, 2018
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2018.

Ruffed Grouse.

This thawy, muddy morning at the hill, the most interesting of several bird species to make themselves known to dog and me was a Ruffed Grouse. I heard the bird drumming near the parking lot—same bird I’d heard booming there several weeks ago, I felt sure—so I investigated on our return. Sure enough, there he was.

Ruffed Grouse portrait, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2018.

Ruffed Grouse portrait.

Oddly, this bird seemed to take a real interest in both of us, striding out of its woody hiding place and into the parking lot proper, approaching, coming near. Jack and I were transfixed. Eventually, though, I got a little worried about the fellow so decided we’d better up and leave.

Nice to get some close-up photos of a grouse, though.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
4. Ruffed Grouse
5. Northern Flicker
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Mourning Dove
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Mallard
14. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

Yellow-rumps and Bluebirds

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Eastern Bluebird (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 February 2018.

Eastern Bluebird (female).

I thought this might be a bluebird day—above freezing, sun and clouds—and it was. Also, I’ve been fascinated this winter by all the Yellow-rumped Warblers hanging out with bluebirds on the hill. The former were eating bayberries this morning, the latter (apparently) blueberries.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 February 2018.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

And chickadees were singing their sweet spring song.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Eastern Bluebird
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull

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

 

Spying on Crows

Monday, February 12th, 2018
American Crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 February 2018.

American Crows.

Gray morning on the hill today (although the sky cleared up later). Had fun spying on crows. And then a raven showed up, distracting me (as ravens always do). Only got a distant look at the big evasive corvid—but we’ll meet again, I know.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Crow
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Robin
6. Herring Gull*
7. Common Raven

Elsewhere

8. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also 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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