23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Sweet Respite

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
White-throated Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 03 January 2018.

White-throated Sparrow.

The temperature rose swiftly for a change this sunny morning, reaching double-digits (F) by the time Jack and I headed out for our hike. Before we did that, though, I spied a few little passerines dining on a Staghorn Sumac out back. One particular drupe caught the attention of a both a White-throated Sparrow and a female Northern Cardinal—but the latter, larger bird chased the former away.

Northern Cardinal (female), Rockport, Maine, 03 January 2018.

Northern Cardinal (female).

Our hike was glorious. I sang along with a little group of Black-capped Chickadees delivering their spring “Fee-bee!” (They can already tell the photoperiod is lengthening.) And than a big adult Bald Eagle flew by.

Today was a sweet respite between this past week’s deep freeze and tomorrow’s promised winter hurricane.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Northern Flicker
4. Bald Eagle
5. American Crow*

Elsewhere

6. Northern Cardinal
7. White-throated Sparrow
8. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Herring Gull

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

Bald Eagle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 January 2018.

Bald Eagle.

Boomer

Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 December 2017.

Ruffed Grouse.

A curious thing happened at Beech Hill today. For the third time in a matter of weeks, I heard the booming of a Ruffed Grouse—the only times I’ve ever heard this dramatic thumping territorial display outside of spring. Well, today I managed to divine the direction of the sound—and caught a glimpse of a flapping wing in a tangle of brush by the road.

Crept through the snow with Jack behind me. Paused and waited. Sure enough, the bird emerged, and we had a brief, silent standoff.

One of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

7. White-throated Sparrow

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

 

First Tree Sparrow

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 November 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

First trace of snow this morning. Brisk hike with Jack. Saw my first American Tree Sparrow of the season—but missed a good chance at a photo. In fact, my only bird pic from today is this blurry one of a White-throated Sparrow. (I swear that’s what it is.)

Hiking with Captain Jack, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 November 2017.

Hiking with Captain Jack.

But I did get a photo of my dog.

Beech Hill List
Beginning somewhere between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Tree Sparrow
4. American Crow*
5. American Robin
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Blue Jay* (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. White-throated Sparrow [during a brief stop at about 4 p.m.]

Elsewhere

11. European Starling
12. Herring Gull
13. House Finch (v)

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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