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Archive for October, 2018

Three Woodpeckers

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 October 2018.

Pileated Woodpecker.

This sunny morning, as dog and I started up the hill, I heard the voice of a flicker. Immediately after that, I heard the voice of a Hairy Woodpecker. And right after that, I heard the unmistakably loud hammering of a Pileated Woodpecker. Three—along with the note of a White-throated Sparrow—to greet us.

Other interesting sightings: three or four Snow Buntings in overflight, and a single male Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Fall never fails to surprise.

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

1. Northern Flicker
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. White-throated Sparrow
4. Pileated Woodpecker
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. American Crow
10. American Robin
11. Common Raven
12. Snow Bunting
13. Sharp-shinned Hawk
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Blue Jay

Elsewhere

16. White-breasted Nuthatch
17. House Sparrow
18. Herring Gull

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

 

Lingering Thrushes

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2018.

Hermit Thrush.

Sixteen bird species on the hill this morning. Sixteen. More than in a couple weeks, at least—if memory serves. Most interesting to me is how Hermit Thrushes are lingering. Saw and/or heard at least two at Beech Hill, and one was hopping about on my front lawn with the robins.

[Note: lots of other birds on the lawn the past week or so, too.]

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Brown Creeper
4. American Robin*
5. American Crow*
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Song Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker
10. White-throated Sparrow* (v)
11. Dark-eyed Junco*
12. American Goldfinch
13. Herring Gull*
14. Common Raven
15. Hermit Thrush*
16. Northern Cardinal

Elsewhere

17. European Starling
18. Rock Pigeon

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

 

October Bluebirds

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Eastern Bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2018.

Eastern Bluebirds.

A damp but not cold morning. Temps in the 40s (F), not too much wind. Rain would come later, but not before Jack and I took a moderately late hike up Beech Hill.

The birds weren’t obvious, but they were around: chipping yellow-rumps, the notes of sparrows, a little group of bluebirds lending color to an otherwise gray landscape. The quay of a thrush. Crows in the crown of an ochre-colored tree. Heard the low, liquid cuck-cow! of a raven. Heard jays. Chickadees, of course.

Most memorable, I guess, were the bluebirds.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Hermit Thrush (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Song Sparrow* (v)
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. American Crow*
9. Northern Flicker
10. White-throated Sparrow* (v)
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

13. Dark-eyed Junco
14. Herring Gull
15. Chipping Sparrow

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

 

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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