30 November 2022

Few Species

November 28th, 2022
Glimpse of Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2022.
Glimpse of Northern Cardinal.

A cool morning, not cold. Sun at first, then overcast. The bay reflecting a beautiful, dramatic, moody sky. Few birds, though. And only one half-way decent photo of a cardinal.

But that’s all right. Captain Jack and I had our usual fun time absorbing the landscape, the air, the temperature, the sights the smells.

We’ll do it again tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Northern Cardinal
7. Evening Grosbeak (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Thrush Surprise

November 27th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Warmish (30s (F)), calm, and mostly clear as dog and I headed up to the wooded trailhead. Although I typically try not to, this morning I had expectations. Expectations because of the calmness, the clearness, the warmish temperatures. I figured we’d see bluebirds, at least.

And I did see bluebirds—later in our hike‚—but not before I saw the most noteworthy species: a lone Hermit Thrush as we were returning up the manicured main trail. Thought it was a sparrow at first so was rather surprised and thrilled to see it. Watched as it left the trail briefly to grab (and swallow) a good-sized caterpillar. Took a few photos before slowly beginning to walk again. Of course it would fly away.

Another nice surprise was a Pileated Woodpecker I happened to spy taking off as we descended back toward the truck. Never got a look at it again.

Supposed to rain overnight. We shall see what Monday morning brings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. White-breasted Nuthatch**

Mammals

American Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Little Buddies

November 25th, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 November 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Rain in the forecast this morning, but not until mid-morning, so dog and I stuck to our usual schedule—but, it being overcast, began on the open trail. Not much wind, temps in the mid-30s (F), not many birds. Three corvid species, a couple woodpeckers, robin, finch, Brown Creeper.

Also chickadees of course. I kinda think of Black-capped Chickadees as my buddies. Their voices are ever upbeat, voices that help ’em keep good track of each other. They let you get pretty close without freaking out. They give other birds a sense of comfort, too, I’ve noticed—a sort of entourage. Plus, they mob and scold owls. (See yesterday’s report.)

And they pose for photos. Had it not been for one of these little birds, I wouldn’t’ve had any great pics today. So thanks, buddy.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Common Raven
8. Brown Creeper
9. Northern Flicker
10. American Robin

Elsewhere

11. Wild Turkey

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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