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Archive for November, 2018


Friday, November 30th, 2018
Pine Grosbeak (fem), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 November 2018.

Pine Grosbeak (fem).

A lot of folks have seen Evening Grosbeaks this late fall. I’m not among them—haven’t seen any in maybe 20 years, in fact. However, this morning I happened upon a pair of Pine Grosbeaks at Beech Hill. The only one of the two I saw was a female who peaked up over the spruce branches she’d been combing for cone sees.

Took another trip to Portland, where there’s been a Great Black Hawk (!) hanging around lately. Too late to get a look at the hawk, alas.

Maybe some other day.

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

1. Pine Grosbeak
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Snow Bunting (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)


6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Herring Gull
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Bufflehead
10. Canada Goose

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



Friday, November 30th, 2018
Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls.

Drippy, muddy breezy early morning hike with Jack. Got glimpses of a couple birds but didn’t expect any photos—until a flock of redpolls appeared on the trail in front of us.

Then I drove to Portland and saw a bunch of roadside birds.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Snow Bunting
3. American Robin*
4. Common Redpoll


5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Herring Gull
9. Mallard
10. Bald Eagle
11. Rock Pigeon
12. European Starling
13. Pileated Woodpecker
14. Canada Goose
15. Red-tailed Hawk
16. Bufflehead

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere



Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
Eastern Bluebirds, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2018.

Eastern Bluebirds.

Sun came. Temperature rose. Bluebirds showed up on the hill.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Common Raven
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Goldfinch
7. American Robin


8. Wild Turkey
9. 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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