30 November 2022

Archive for October, 2022

Blue

Monday, October 31st, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 31 October 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

Blue sky. Bluebirds. Blue Jays.

Chilly at first, with a half-overcast sky, but then the clouds flew away and the sky turned clear and blue. Mostly the usual suspects—including a large gang of robins—but bluebirds again, which is always nice. And along with the bluebirds, high up in the trees of the spruce grove, a random Blackpoll Warbler appeared. First warbler other than a yellow-rump I’ve seen in a couple weeks, at least.

Warmed right up today. Seems warmer than it used to be. Not complaining, exactly, but the climate, it is a-changing’.

Mostly only Red Oak leaves remaining, and those should be falling soon. November on the way.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Brown Creeper
4. American Robin
5. American Crow
6. Purple Finch
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Blue Jay
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Northern Flicker
11. American Goldfinch
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Blackpoll Warbler
15. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Variety

Sunday, October 30th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

A little later, a little warmer than yesterday’s hike—perhaps a little calmer air, as well. All this combined to deliver a few more birds. And an interesting variety, from thrushes, to woodpeckers, to finches, to corvids, to sparrows—even my first waxwing in a while.

Most notable might’ve been the (very loud) Red-shouldered Hawk that appeared low above the trees—too low for a photo, alas, but you can’t miss this species’ call.

Busy otherwise today—a fruitfully busy one. Frankly, I could relieve this day forever and be content.

But tomorrow will come another one. And what’ll happen, no one knows.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. American Crow
3. American Robin**
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Purple Finch
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Red-bellied Woodpecker
9. American Goldfinch
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Blue Jay** (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Northern Flicker
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Song Sparrow (v)
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Red-shouldered Hawk
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Brown Creeper

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

Harrier

Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Still in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the trail this a.m. Bright, though, with barely a breeze, and the birds began to let themselves be heard—and seen. Chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, woodpeckers, jays. They even showed up in numbers: a whole bunch of bluebirds in flight, even more robins bouncing around the treetops, and dozens of cawing crows.

But most fun for me were hawks. First, I spied a Cooper’s Hawk (which had the robins nervous), and later we came upon a handsome Northern Harrier, patrolling low above the blueberry barrens as they do here in both spring and fall. Got a glimpse of one last month, and now another in October.

It’ll be nice to see a “gray ghost” come spring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. American Crow
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Northern Harrier
15. Savannah Sparrow
16. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

17. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
18. Rock Pigeon
19. European Starling
20. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

 
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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