2 December 2022

Storm a-Comin’

November 30th, 2022
Tufted Titmouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 December 2022.
Tufted Titmouse.

Supposed to be cloudy all day, with high wind and rain later, so Jack and I headed up the main trail this day. Quite windy already, didn’t expect many species—and sure enough had only five by the time we’d gotten nearly back to the parking lot. Then things got interesting.

Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, titmice, chickadees all over the place, and a Downy Woodpecker. So sweet.

We’ll see how tonight’s (very) high winds turn out. Hoping not to lose power. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:56 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Herring Gull
4. American Crow*
5. Canada Goose
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Tufted Titmouse

Elsewhere

10. Northern Cardinal
11. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

Lark

November 29th, 2022
Horned Lark, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 November 2022.
Horned Lark.

This morning’s hike was a fun one. Sub-freezing temps, but calm, with a nearly cloudless sky. In the woods, little birds abounded—chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, a couple woodpecker species. Quieter at the summit, until I rounded Beech Nut and spied a Horned Lark.

First of the species I’d seen since last I’d seen one at Beech Hill, at least four—and maybe five or six or seven—years ago. Mostly I’ve seen them in flocks, I think, but this was a solitary bird who posed for a minute.

Thanks, lark.

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

1. American Goldfinch
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. White-breasted Nuthatch**
6. Brown Creeper
7. American Robin
8. Horned Lark
9. American Crow* (v)
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Canada Goose (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

15. Ring-billed Gull
16. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

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

 
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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