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Archive for October, 2017

State Bird

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2017.

Black-capped Chickadee.

I love Black-capped Chickadees, deservedly Maine’s state bird. Ran into a little flock of ’em on the hill—a colorful day, with a nip in the air.

Hills, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 October 2017.

Hills.

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

1. American Goldfinch** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Song Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull

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

 

How to Photograph a Warbler

Friday, October 27th, 2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

First, find a warbler—
or, better still, a flock.
Then walk slowly to a place
where the sun is between you
and the flock of warblers.

Then just stand there
for as long as it takes
for one of the birds
to tee up on a branch nearby
and pose for a portrait.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Northern Cardinal (v)
4. Herring Gull*
5. American Crow*
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)

Elsewhere

10. Mourning Dove
11. Mallard
12. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Cardinal, Sparrow, and Crow

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2017.

Northern Cardinal (female).

White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2017.

White-throated Sparrow.

American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2017.

American Crow.

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

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. White-throated Sparrow
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. White-breasted Nuthatch

Elsewhere

10. European Starling
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Herring Gull

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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