5 February 2023

Bluebirds

Friday, November 18th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 November 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

A morning much like yesterday’s—a bit colder (20s (F)), not quite as breezy, perhaps a bit more overcast. Not as many bird species, but quite a few more individual birds.

The species with the most numbers: yellow-rumps. Goldfinches came in a close second. Also a bunch of chickadees. Three woodpecker species, several crows—and even a departing raven. But most noteworthy would be the bluebirds.

A little gang at the summit, perching, posing. Even a single individual way down by the wooded trailhead. Any day with bluebirds—even a nippy day in November—is a good ’un.

(Also notable: en route early, saw a handsome buck loping across a field.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Common Raven

Elsewhere

11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Mallard (v)
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer
American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

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