15 February 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Angry Titmouse

February 14th, 2019
Tufted Titmouse, Rockport, Maine, 14 February 2019.
Tufted Titmouse on Valentine’s Day.

An inch or so of snow fell during overnight showers, but today was bright and cold and windy. Of course Jack and I tackled the hill regardless (a couple others did also), and I saw a swift flock of waxwings fly over.

Activity in the back yard also. Including a titmouse that stopped to holler at me.

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

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Snow Bunting (v)
3. Bohemian Waxwing
4. Herring Gull*

Elsewhere

5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Snow Day

February 13th, 2019
Bufflehead pair, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 13 February 2019.
Bufflehead pair.

Dog and I were first up the hill this snowy morning. The snow was wet and heavy, maybe six inches of it, and the wind was high, but the temps were pretty high, too, so it wasn’t bad up there. Randomly, I heard the voice of a Bohemian waxwing up there.

For photos, we dropped by the harbor, where some Buffleheads were hanging around.

Snow stopped, sun emerged, temperature dipped, night fell.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Bohemian Waxwing (v)

Elsewhere

4. Herring Gull
5. American Crow
6. Mallard
7. American Black Duck
8. Bufflehead
9. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

Sparrow Before the Storm

February 12th, 2019
House Sparrow, Rockland, Maine, 12 February 2019.
House Sparrow.

A bare, cold, breezy morning. An overcast had begun to creep into the sky as Jack and I hiked the hill. Noteworthy bird: a solitary Northern Shrike perched in the tip of one a tree in the spruce grove at the summit. Took off before I could get a decent photo, I didn’t see which direction.

Noteworthy elsewhere, I saw a few turkeys crossing a parking lot a stone’s throw from Route 1, and the friendly little flock of House Sparrows at Good Tern Co-op in Rockland posed for pics.

Tomorrow all will be snow-covered again.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. White-breasted Nuthatch*
3. American Robin
4. Northern Shrike

Elsewhere

5. Herring Gull
6. Wild Turkey
7. American Crow
8. Tufted titmouse
9. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also 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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