30 November 2023


Monday, August 29th, 2022
Hairy Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 August 2022.
Hairy Woodpecker.

A lovely morning—clear, with a bit of breeze, still greenery everywhere. Also birds, quite a few species. Among them three woodpecker species.

I do like woodpeckers. Love ’em, actually—their drumming, their unique method of hunting and dining, their calls, their bouncy flight. Today’s species were hairy and downy and red-bellied (in the reverse order). Others I see on the hill are pileated, flicker, and sapsucker. I love ’em all.

Today’s best woodpecker encounter was at the end of our hike, when dog and I stopped to admire the interactions of a little family of Hairy Woodpeckers—a chase, some vocalizations, some excavations.

In my world, a day without woodpeckers is just a little diminished.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Ovenbird (v)
4. Gray Catbird**
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Red-eyed Vireo
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. Eastern Towhee
11. Common Raven (v)
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. American Crow* (v)
16. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Song Sparrow
21. Blue Jay
22. Northern Cardinal**
23. Purple Finch
24. American Robin
25. Ruffed Grouse
26. Hairy Woodpecker


27. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


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