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Wind and wet and warm

Monday, November 24th, 2014

 

Spruce grove, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 24 November 2014.

Spruce grove.

Warm and foggy this morning. Rain this late forenoon. Downpours at midday. Drizzle in afternoon—about when dog and I took a hike.

Snow Bunting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 24 November 2014.

Snow Bunting.

The wind never stopped, though. Wind, wind, blowing out of the southeast. But warm, warm. Felt like the 60s (F), but it was probably only 50-something. And we came upon a Snow Bunting.

Nearly missed it. Didn’t expect many birds. Did hear a chickadee and a crow—but the bunting just suddenly took off from the trail in front of us, near a puddle. Was it bathing? Not sure. I got a crappy photo.

Thick fog tonight, when I attended an impromptu celebration of the life of an old local newspaper colleague, Walter Griffin, which ended a few days ago. Walter will be missed.

Is already.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Snow Bunting
3. American Crow* (v)

Elsewhere

4. Herring Gull
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Canada Goose

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

 

Sweet respite

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Ruddy Duck (female), Chickawaukie Lake, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2014.

Ruddy Duck (female).

A different sort of day. Nearly 40 degrees (F) when I first checked this morning, and the temperature continued on up to—eventually—50-something. Took Jack up to Beech Hill early, where a few others had the same idea. Not a lot of species there, but I did hear a bluebird and see a tree sparrow.

American Coots, Chickawaukie Lake, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2014.

American Coots.

On the way to town (for a quick trip to the grocery store) is when things got interesting. Hadn’t been by Chickawaukie Lake for a while, and I noticed that seasonal coot invasion was underway. I also noticed a handful of diving ducks near the Route 17 turnout—so I pulled in. They were Ruddy Ducks, four or five of them, females and youngsters looked like. Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen any of those (if ever).

Probably a hundred coots. A few goldeneyes. Geese at the swim Beech. Town birds in town.

Did a little desk work but then decided 50-something was too good to pass up, so I went for a long bicycle ride. Felt great. Eighteen miles. En route, I added a bunch more species to today’s list—including a solitary Pileated Woodpecker near Route 1. I heard the bird first, then spotted it high in a tree, then pulled my bike over and dug my camera out of my backpack. I knew I’d stuck it in there for some reason.

Tonight it’s cooling off a bit. I hear we’ll be getting a little rain.

Pileated Woodpecker, near Route 1, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2014.

Pileated Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Bluebird (v)
5. American Tree Sparrow
6. Northern Cardinal* (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Herring Gull
9. American Robin
10. Mourning Dove
11. American Coot
12. Ruddy Duck
13. Common Goldeneye
14. Canada Goose
15. Rock Pigeon
16. House Sparrow
17. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. European Starling
20. Pileated Woodpecker

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

 

Pair of hawks

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Red-tailed Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 November 2014.

Red-tailed Hawk.

Saturday is errand day. Post office, bank, grocery (and other) shopping. Then I loaded up my pickup with a piled of dead branches from the big storm early this month, since free tree-waste days at the dump are continuing. After hauling those over, Jack and I took a hike.

Birch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 November 2014.

Birch.

Right away, I spotted a distant hawk, then a nearer one. I’d assumed two harriers, and the near one certainly was, but the far one turned out to be a hovering red-tail. Got some distant photos, then went looking for the marsh hawk, which had veered over the rise ahead. Walked slowly, with Jack behind me, until the slope opened up, but I saw no big, low-flying bird.

Then the harrier rose from the barren not thirty yards away. A rich, coppery-red bird. Wasn’t ready with my camera. Damn.

Cold up there, and windy. Twenties for most of the day. I think a warming trend is due, though—or that’s what I hear.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-tailed Hawk
2. Northern Harrier
3. Herring Gull*
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. American Crow* (v)

Elsewhere

7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. House Finch (v)
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also 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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