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Archive for December, 2018

Last Day of 2018

Monday, December 31st, 2018
Hairy Woodpecker (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 December 2018.

Hairy Woodpecker (female).

Mid-20s (F), slight southeast breeze, overcast. Precipitation due tomorrow, just a nervous sort of stasis on the hill today. Along with the voices of a few peripheral birds. I did finally see two: crow and Hairy Woodpecker.

Tomorrow—the first day of 2019—should be an interesting one.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker


6. Herring Gull
7. Rock Pigeon

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice 0nly elsewhere

Town Birds

Sunday, December 30th, 2018
House Sparrow, Rockland, Maine, 30 December 2018.

House Sparrow.

Snow two days ago, big thaw yesterday, big chill today. Birds were hunkered down—saw none on the hill, in fact (although I did hear a couple of species)—except in town. Gulls, crows, pigeons, and a tidy flock of agreeable House Sparrows.

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

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Common Raven (v)


3. Herring Gull
4. European Starling
5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Rock Pigeon
8. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere


Balmy Winter’s Day

Saturday, December 29th, 2018
Surf Scoter (first winter male), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 29 December 2018.

Surf Scoter (first winter male).

Some rain early, so dog and I waited until it’d passed to do our daily hike. Windy, but temps up in the 40s. The birds on the hill were shy, however, and since I had my designs on a photo, we took a second hike out to the end of the Rockland Breakwater—where it seems a bunch of other folks had the same idea.

Low tide this time, with a brisk wind and plenty of waves. Was hoping for Purple Sandpipers, saw none, and settled for a few diving ducks—including a good-looking young Surf Scoter.

Supposed to get a lot colder now.

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

1. Herring Gull*
2. Downy Woodpecker (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)


4. American Crow
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Mallard
7. Common Eider
8. Black Guillemot
9. Surf Scoter
10. House Sparrow

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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