23 October 2018 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Little Birdies Everywhere

October 22nd, 2018
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 October 2018.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Sub-freezing temps when dog and I hit the hill this morning. Bright sun, brisk wind. Little birdies everywhere.

Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 October 2018.

Hermit Thrush.

Most of the birdies were yellow-rumps—which I’m convinced are among the most abundant of all North American species. They were everywhere, flitting and chipping. For a good long while, Jack and I stood overlooking what I know to be their watering hole, and about a dozen kept zipping around from twig to twig, even dipping to the ground a couple times, but none were fooled by the stock still human and dog.

Also thrushes: a flock of robins and two or three Hermit Thrushes. And, of course, White-throated Sparrows.

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

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Slate-colored Junco (v)
6. Hermit Thrush
7. American Robin
8. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Rock Pigeon
11. Herring Gull

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

 

Backyard Birds

October 21st, 2018
Northern Cardinal, Rockport, Maine, 21 October 2018.

Northern Cardinal.

Chilly, breezy, and overcast on the hill this morning. Felt a wintry chill up there, for sure. Spotted warbler and thrush and creeper and flicker and crow.

But most interesting was a surprise flurry of activity that occurred in my own little yard. First a pair of juncos nibbling on weed seeds. Then a Hairy Woodpecker hammering on the house. Then a House Finch and cardinal scolding dog and me back there.

Never hurts to have a few back yard birds.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. American Robin (v)
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Brown Creeper
9. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Herring Gull
12. House Finch
13. Northern Cardinal
14. Hairy Woodpecker

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

 

Unsettled Morning

October 20th, 2018
Yellow-rumped Warbler at the watering hole, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 October 2018.

Yellow-rumped Warbler at the watering hole.

A lonesome, cool, overcast, blowy, unsettled Saturday morning. Birds on the fringes, none cooperatively posing. Missed a flicker, missed a few yellow-rumps—including some nice(r) shots of a few drinking in their secret watering hole (as I knew they would be). I did get a soft-focus shot of one, at least.

Nevertheless, I love this day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Wild Turkey
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Raptor (sp., possibly gray ghost)
4. American Crow*
5. Northern Flicker
6. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull

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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