11 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for November, 2018

Shrike on a Spruce

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Northern Shrike, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2018.

Northern Shrike.

Big wind and rain today, as promised. So wet and wild that dog and I didn’t make it up the hill until afternoon. Got a nice dry lull, too—although birds were scarce. In fact, the only bird I saw was a Northern Shrike—same bird I’ve been seeing, I feel sure—perched on a tip of a spruce in the grove on the summit.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow
2. Snow Bunting
3. Northern Shrike

Elsewhere

4. Herring Gull
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Mallard

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

 

Shrike, Revisited

Monday, November 26th, 2018
Northern Shrike, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 November 2018.

Northern Shrike.

Three sightings in the same area over less than a week has me convinced that a Northern Shrike has taken up its off-season residency on the hill. Today, in fact, I believe I’ve located the general area of its food cache (or one of them). Hope to investigate soon.

Probably not tomorrow, though. Tomorrow will bring rain.

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

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Canada Goose
4. Northern Shrike
5. American Goldfinch
6. Snow Bunting
7. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. Northern Cardinal
10. House Sparrow (v)

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

 

Chickadee and Shrike

Sunday, November 25th, 2018
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 November 2018.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Four bird species on the hill this drippy morning, including what I think might be a season-long guest. Saw a Northern Shrike in the same area (possibly the same tree) as the one I spied a few days ago. They do tend—if they show up at all—to stick around all winter.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Northern Shrike
4. Northern Flicker

Elsewhere

5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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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