12 November 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Archive for April, 2019

Quiet Overcast

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Bluebird on a cloudy morning, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2019.
Bluebird on a cloudy morn.

This morning was nippy, overcast, calm—and quiet. Not many birds singing. (This, after I was awakened by a bird song I didn’t recognize that’s stuck with me every since.)

Glimpse of Sharp-shinned Hawk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 April 2019.
Glimpse of Sharp-shinned Hawk.

The most interesting species I saw was a Sharp-shinned Hawk perched low at the edge of a hardwood thicket. It then flew low across the field and—without so much as slowing down—zipped into the trees on the other side. As it did, a pair of phoebes popped up giving calls of alarm.

Otherwise, quiet. Bluebirds were creeping about their bird box. Then, at the summit, a Purple Finch began singing like crazy from the tips of one of the spruces in the summit grove.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Northern Cardinal (v)
3. Brown-headed Cowbird
4. Black-capped Chickadee*
5. Pileated Woodpecker**
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Eastern Phoebe
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Chipping Sparrow**
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. American Goldfinch** (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Purple Finch
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. American Robin (v)

Elsewhere

18. House Finch (v)
19. Herring Gull
20. Blue Jay

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

Vireo

Monday, April 29th, 2019
Blue-headed vireo (first of year), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2019.
Blue-headed vireo (first of year).

Kind of chilly this morning. Chilly like not yet 40° (F) when dog and I hit the trail. Also breezy. No, windy. A northwesterly wind—so I didn’t expect a lot of bird activity.

And then, in the lee of the eastern slope, I came upon a first-of-year Blue-headed Vireo.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee (v)
2. Song Sparrow (v)
3. Chipping Sparrow**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Eastern Phoebe
8. Tree Swallow
9. American Crow*
10. American Goldfinch (v)
11. Turkey Vulture*
12. American Robin* (v)
13. Yellow-rumped Warbler
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Blue-headed Vireo†
16. Northern Harrier
17. American Kestrel
18. Common Raven

Elsewhere

19. House Finch (v)
20. Herring Gull

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

Raven in the Wind

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

A clear, nippy, breezy morning. Wind not favorable to spring migration, but several birds were out singing—towhee, chickadee, cardinal, chippy, phoebe. Bluebirds have grabbed the first bird box, swallows have laid claim to a couple upper ones.

One of the nicest sights was a raven out play-flying in the wind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Chipping Sparrow*
3. American Crow*
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. Northern Flicker
7. Eastern Phoebe**
8. Purple Finch
9. Eastern Towhee
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Robin*
12. Tree Swallow
13. Herring Gull* (v)
14. Osprey
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. Common Raven
17. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

18. House Finch (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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