16 November 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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 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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