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Archive for October, 2015

No buntings

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2015.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Another busy day of unpacking. Another quick walk up and down Beech Hill—but an overcast, chilly, windy one today. The three Snow Buntings from the past couple days had gone.

Owls Head Light, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2015.

Owls Head Light.

Still some nice fall scenery, although a big blast of wind and rain is supposed to come through overnight and tomorrow, stripping the trees of much of the late-October foliage.

I like a good wind-and-rainstorm. I’m interested in seeing how the little stream behind my new place fills up and flows.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Tufted titmouse
4. Golden-crowned Kinglet
5. American Crow*

Elsewhere

6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Mourning Dove
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Herring Gull

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

 

Snow Buntings again

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Snow Buntings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2015.

Snow Buntings.

The whole way up the Beech Hill trail this afternoon, I wondered—hoped, in fact—I’d find Snow Buntings for the third straight day. I kind of thought I would and even asked a couple descending if they’d seen any up there. They hadn’t.

Barren, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2015.

Barren.

But they were there. We arrived with some others, and I broke off to circle the hut slowly, to check the disturbed ground, and there they were. Three of them again (although I only got photos of two together).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Flicker
5. Snow Bunting

Elsewhere

6. Northern Cardinal
7. Mourning Dove
8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)

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

 

Ruddy, rusty, orange

Monday, October 26th, 2015
Mr Cardinal, Camden, Maine, 26 October 2015.

Mr Cardinal.

A flurry of activity on a clear, chilly day. Busy, busy. Then an hour at Beech Hill with dog.

Snow Bunting, Beech Hill preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2015.

Snow Bunting.

Today there were three buntings at the summit—a male and two females. They kept fluttering around the hut, returning to that attractive patch of disturbed ground. I love how their white-flashing, twittering flight. Maybe tomorrow there will be a dozen.

This morning I grabbed a photo of a cardinal out the window of my new place. The photo was all ruddy, rusty. orange—in keeping with the season.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay*
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. American Crow*
4. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Snow Bunting
7. American Robin

Elsewhere

8. Northern Cardinal
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Herring Gull

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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