23 January 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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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

 

Woodpeckers

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Hairy Woodpecker, Rockport, Maine, 09 December 2017.

Hairy Woodpecker.

Today, with snow in the forecast, the woodpeckers came out. At home first thing, I had a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers and at least one Downy Woodpecker in the big tree out front. At Beech Hill, I had a pair of downies.

Also noteworthy was the Yellow-rumped Warbler I heard (then got a glimpse of) about half-way up the hill. No bluebirds to hang out with today, though.

By evening, our first measurable snow of the season had begun to pile up—soft, wet, gentle snow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Downy Woodpecker*
8. Herring Gull*

Elsewhere

9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Northern Cardinal
11. Rock Pigeon
12. European Starling

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

 

City Bird, Country Bird

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
House Sparrow, Rockland, Maine, 07 December 2017.

House Sparrow.

Today on the hill, in borderline frosty weather, I encountered a bunch of little songbirds, among them a continuing mixed flock of bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers fluttering around the open hillsides. There must’ve been six or eight of the two species combined—maybe more. And for the second time in recent days I heard the booming of a partridge. Weird.

Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 December 2017.

Eastern Bluebird.

Later, I got my best look at a bird: a House Sparrow in the bushes outside the Good Tern Co-op in Rockland.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Herring Gull*
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Pileated Woodpecker
9. Golden-crowned Kinglet
10. Ruffed Grouse (booming)

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. 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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