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The Gray Days of April

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Rock Pigeon, Rockland, Maine, 27 April 2019.
Rock Pigeon.

Rained early, then the thick fog fell. The hike was damp but invigorating. The birds were there on the hill, but I saw but few of them. It’s been a watery spring so far. (Not complaining.)

Elsewhere, the birds were more observable—among them a good-looking pigeon on the peak of a roof on the business block in town.

It brightened later, but we’re still not done with the gray days of April.

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

1. Wild Turkey
2. Song Sparrow** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
8. American Crow* (v)
9. American Robin (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Herring Gull (v)


13. House Finch (v)
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Ring-billed Gull
17. European Starling

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

Wet Spring

Friday, April 26th, 2019
House Sparrow, Rockland, Maine, 26 April 2019.
House Sparrow.

It’s been kind of a wet spring so far. All springs are wet, of course—at least to a certain extent, what with melting snow and seasonal weather patterns. But this one has had a lot of foggy, overcast days.

Never mind, though, because the birds keep showing up—so far, anyway. No first-of-year species today, but a nice variety, despite adverse winds, etc.

My favorite bird of the day? A female House Sparrow hanging out at Good Tern Co-op in Rockland.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Chipping Sparrow** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. White-throated Sparrow** (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. Tree Swallow
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Herring Gull*
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. American Kestrel
17. Turkey Vulture
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
20. Eastern Phoebe**
21. Downy Woodpecker (v)
22. Pileated Woodpecker


24. Brown-headed Cowbird
25. House Finch (v)
26. European Starling
27. Broad-winged Hawk
28. Rock Pigeon
29. House Sparrow
30. Ring-billed Gull

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

Saw the Sun

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Tree Swallow at home, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 April 2019.
Tree Swallow at home.

Sun came out. Bright through the early morning shades. A semi-sunny day, with lots of birds about—among them a first-of-year Broad-winged Hawk.

Tree Swallows were setting up house near the summit.

I love this day.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-throated Sparrow** (v)
3. Song Sparrow* (v)
4. Eastern Phoebe**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Hermit Thrush (v)
7. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
8. Chipping Sparrow*
9. Northern Flicker
10. Northern Cardinal** (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Crow*
13. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
14. Herring Gull* (v)
15. Broad-winged Hawk†
16. Tree Swallow
17. Eastern Bluebird
18. Turkey Vulture*
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. American Robin* (v)
21. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
22. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
23. Downy Woodpecker


24. House Finch (v)
25. Mourning Dove
26. Rock Pigeon
27. European Starling
28. Common Grackle

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

†First-of-year bird

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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