24 June 2024

Winter Courtship

Monday, February 4th, 2019
American Black Ducks (courting), Rockport Harbor, Maine, 04 February 2019.
American Black Ducks (mid-courtship dance).

Winter’s half over. Chickadees and titmice have begun singing their love songs. Somewhere, eagles are about to nest. Other species—bird and mammal—are thinking it’s time to consider starting a family.

A Tufted Titmice sang Peter-peter-peter! pretty much throughout my Beech Hill hike with Jack this unseasonably warm morning. And afterward, at the melting harbor, I got a front-row seat at the head-bobbing dance of a pair of American Black Ducks.

Despite the season, seems lots of birds got courtship on their minds.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Flicker
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker


7. Herring Gull
8. Rock Pigeon
9. American Black Duck
10. Mallard
11. Long-tailed Duck

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

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