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Archive for March, 2019

Turkey and Gull

Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Displaying Wild Turkey tom, Rockport, Maine, 31 March 2019.
Displaying Wild Turkey tom.
Portrait of Ring-billed Gull, Rockland, Maine, 31 March 2019.
Portrait of Ring-billed Gull.

Warm and wet, high wind, a number of birds on the hill (including a Sharp-shinned Hawk following a flock of redpolls). But the nearest I got to bird life was in town: turkeys in my front yard and gulls at the grocery store.

Still, spring is shaping up nicely.

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

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Crow*
7. Common Redpoll
8. Song Sparrow** (v)
9. Herring Gull*
10. Common Raven
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

13. Wild Turkey
14. House Finch (v)
15. Mourning Dove
16. Ring-billed Gull

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

Morning Surprises

Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Eastern Phoebe (first of the year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 March 2019.
Eastern Phoebe (first of the year).

What a fun morning. Spring surprises all over the place.

A surprise bluebird flitting over to a perch a few feet away from me. A surprise Eastern Phoebe popping up out of nowhere (first-of-year bird). A surprise pair of Yellow-rumped Warblers in the spruce grove.

Eastern Bluebird (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 March 2019.
Eastern Bluebird.

Also a big blackbird flock. Juncos all over the place. A flock of redpolls still.

(I was most surprised and impressed by the phoebe.)

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

1. Dark-eyed Junco**
2. Song Sparrow** (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Tufted Titmouse** (V)
7. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Common Grackle
11. Common Redpoll
12. Pileated Woodpecker
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Yellow-Rumped Warbler (v)
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Mourning Dove* (v)
17. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

18. Wild Turkey (v)
19. Herring Gull
20. Turkey Vulture
21. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Sparrows

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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

Song Sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 29 March 2019.
Song Sparrow.

Drizzly morning, little breeze, sparrows everywhere.

Mostly juncos, but many song sparrows, a white-throat, and a fox. Also several other species—flock of redpolls, fighting male bluebirds, robins galore.

Possible drizzle again tomorrow. Likely more sparrows, too.

1. Northern Cardinal* (v)
2. Dark-eyed Junco*
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Robin*
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Common Redpoll
9. Fox Sparrow (v)
10. Song Sparrow* (v)
11. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. White-breasted Nuthatch**
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Herring Gull*

Elsewhere

16. Mourning Dove (v)
17. Rock Pigeon
18. White-throated Sparrow
19. Wild Turkey
20. European Starling

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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