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Archive for January, 2019

White-Throat on a Cold Morning

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
White-throated Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2019.
White-throated Sparrow.

Zero degrees (F) first thing this morning. Warmed slowly as the sun rose. Before dog and I hit the nippy hill, I spied a White-throated Sparrow in the bank yard. Actually, I heard its distinctive Tseet! note before I saw it. Then it popped up and I took a photo.

Waterfowl at the harbor. Pigeons in their usual haunts. Sun all day, temps rose some. Slow warming the rest of the week, they say.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Crow*


3. White-throated Sparrow
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Herring Gull
6. Rock Pigeon
7. American Black Duck
8. Mallard
9. Common Loon

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

At the Harbor

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Herring Gull, Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2019.
Herring Gull.

Some days in winter—days like today—you’ll find plenty of birds on the hill, but none will pose for photos. So you head to the harbor to find a photogenic duck or gull.

(After a night of snow, then rain, this morning was a slushy one, with temperatures in the 30s (F). No polar vortex like they’re experiencing in the middle of the continent—still, temperature will be dipping quite a bit over the next couple days.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Herring Gull
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Crow
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. Snow Bunting
6. Tufted Titmouse


7. Rock Pigeon
8. Mallard
9. Red-breasted Merganser
10. Mourning Dove

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

Industrious Little Chickadee

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 January 2019.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Quite cold this morning, but calm. This made for a lovely hike with Jack—just the two of us. Well, and a handful of bird species, among them a little gang of industrious chickadees, drilling and tapping and gleaning breakfast from the bark of little trees..

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

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


6. Herring Gull
7. Wild Turkey
8. Rock Pigeon
9. House Sparrow
10. Northern Cardinal (v)

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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