23 April 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Every Day Is Earth Day

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Raven in the grass, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2017.

Raven in the grass.

Today on the hill, in a misty atmosphere, Captain Jack and I encountered mud, a chilly breeze, and many flitting birds. Among them was a raven with a morsel in its beak that looked, from a distance, like a nestling bird. The raven flew into a field, dropped what it carried, picked it up again, and flew away—flying low, to avoid crows.

Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 April 2017.

Eastern Phoebe.

We also encountered many phoebes, robins, cardinals.

We also encountered the usual casual litter and trash, which I retrieved as I always do. Only later did I remember that this is Earth Day, and that great throngs of conscientious folks were braving the mist and chill to tidy up roadsides all over the county. I’m proud to count myself among the few who pick up after others.

Although in my world, I suppose, every day is Earth Day.

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

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. American Goldfinch**
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Towhee
5. White-throated Sparrow** (v)
6. American Robin*
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Northern Flicker
9. American Crow*
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
13. Song Sparrow**
14. Mallard
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Common Raven
17. White-breasted Nuthatch
18. Common Grackle
19. Brown-headed Cowbird
20. Purple Finch (v)

Elsewhere

21. Herring Gull
22. Chipping Sparrow (v)
23. Wild Turkey

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

 

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

Finch and Turkey

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
American Goldfinch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2017.

American Goldfinch.

Today at Beech Hill, as Jack and I rounded a corner near the summit, I spied a male goldfinch perched in a budding tree. The tree grew below us on the hillside, and the finch sat at about eye level, the far fields behind it. I took his photo and proceeded up the trail, where we spooked a Wild Turkey, which ran away.

White-throated Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

Back home, I came upon a White-throated Sparrow scratching in last year’s fallen leaves.

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

1. American Robin*
2. Northern Cardinal**
3. Blue Jay
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. American Crow*
7. Herring Gull*
8. White-throated Sparrow* (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse (v)
10. Brown-headed Cowbird
11. Purple Finch (v)
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. Song Sparrow**
16. Black-capped Chickadee**
17. Field Sparrow (v)
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
19. Northern Flicker
2o. Wild Turkey

Elsewhere

21. Chipping Sparrow (v)
22. Mourning Dove
23. Rock Pigeon
24. European Starling

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

Runaway Wild Turkey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2017.

Runaway Wild Turkey.

 
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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