24 June 2024

Wind and woodpeckers

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Red-bellied Woodpecker, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 29 March 2016.

Red-bellied Woodpecker.

An overcast morning full of wind gusts and backyard birds. Juncos, sparrows, jays, nuthatches, titmice, finches, doves—and woodpeckers. Right off the bat I heard the voice of a Red-bellied Woodpecker. And then I saw the fox. Grabbed my camera, but had dashed behind the barn next door. Snuck out and looked around the corner, and there it was. Healthy-looking animal. Too dark and in a hurry will make a photo a little blurry.

American red fox, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 29 March 2016.

American red fox.

Spotted the male red-belly. Heard the Pileated Woodpecker’s call again—and saw that the hole in the dead snag is a lot bigger than last time I looked. Spotted a Hairy Woodpecker. Spotted a Downy Woodpecker.

In my late Beech Hill hike with Jack, we got wind-blown. A red-flew over as we pulled up. Nobody else there today with the wind whipping as it was. Heard only the caws of crows and a nearby chickadee.

A day of wind and woodpeckers. And a good-looking American red fox, to boot.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-tailed Hawk
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Robin*


5. Blue Jay (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Northern Cardinal
8. Dark-eyed Junco
9. Mourning Dove
10. American Goldfinch
11. Song Sparrow
12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. Tufted Titmouse
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. Downy Woodpecker
17. Golden-crowned Kinglet
18. Herring Gull
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Mallard
21. House Finch (v)

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

Song Sparrow, near Mount Battie, Camden, Maine, 29 March 2016.

Song Sparrow.

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