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Archive for October, 2014

Gratitude

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Scenic trail, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2014.

Scenic trail.

I’m lucky to get to hike a coastal Maine hill with a breathtaking view just about every day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. White-throated Sparrow**
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Common Raven (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Red-winged Blackbird

Elsewhere

10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Northern Cardinal
12. Herring Gull
13. House Sparrow (v)
14. Pileated Woodpecker
15. Canada Goose
16. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Waning October

Monday, October 27th, 2014
White-tailed Deer, off Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2014.

White-tailed Deer, off Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2014.

Had a quick, late hike with Jack today. Not a lot to report, bird-wise, but I did grab a few photos of waning October.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2014.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Beech Nut, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2014.

Beech Nut.

Sunlit fringe, near Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2014.

Sunlit fringe.

Late sky, near Meadow Street, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2014.

Late sky.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. American Crow*
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. Blue Jay
7. Herring Gull*
8. Horned Lark

Elsewhere

9. Canada Goose
10. American Robin
11. Song Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Fall’s last hurrah

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2014).

Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Another early Beech Hill hike today with dog. Again a clouds-and-sun sort of day and a walk among other weekend hikers. as the sun rose, it warmed the eastern slopes and vegetation, as the breeze came from the west. Dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers flitted among the bayberry, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk circled above the summit.

Distant barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2014.

Distant barren.

The landscape just now looks like brush-strokes across a painter’s canvas, all red and green and gold. A late rain shower left a rainbow above the bay, and the horns of a crescent moon gave the darkening sky a thrill.

Even though, technically, autumn has a couple months to go, this sort of feels like fall’s last hurrah.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. White-throated Sparrow (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Song Sparrow (v)
8. Sharp-shinned Hawk
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. American Robin*

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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

 

 
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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