28 February 2024

Wild goose chase

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Red-tailed hawk, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2013.

Red-tailed hawk.

I got a tip this crisp, sunny day about a Ross’s goose hanging out with the resident Canadas down at the Rockland breakwater, so I headed over at low tide, about midday. No Ross’s goose. No geese of any kind. But I did see plenty of other birds—both there, out back, and up Beech Hill. Among them, notably, both chickadees and titmice singing their sweet spring calls.

So, anyway, here’re a few photos.

Tufted titmouse, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2013.

Tufted titmouse.

House finch, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2013.

House finch.

Song sparrow, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2013.

Song sparrow.

Black-capped chickadee, Rockport, Maine, 05 February 2013.

Black-capped chickadee.

Sundown, Rockland Breakwater, Maine, 05 February 2013.


Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee*
2. American crow*


3. Tufted titmouse
4. Herring gull
5. Northern cardinal
6. Mallard
7. House finch
8. Long-tailed duck (v)
9. Downy woodpecker (v)
10. House sparrow
11. Red-tailed hawk
12. Black duck
13. Common eider
14. Mourning dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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