5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘American goldfinch’

Before the Big Chill

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 February 2023.
American Crow.

Since tomorrow’s supposed to bring the first of two days of super-frigid temperates (and high winds), I made a point of enjoying this not-that-frigid winter hike with dog this morning. Wasn’t sure what to expect, bird-wise.

In fact—perhaps on account of the overcast—there were fewer species (and birds) than yesterday. But still a few bluebirds and yellowrumps, along with a raven.

No woodpeckers, though. I’m already trying to divine what (if any) birds I might find on my list during tommorrow’s cold and wind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:33 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Crow (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Common Raven (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

Sun & Species

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockoprt, Maine, 25 January 2023.
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Early temps in the low-20s (F) and a mostly clear morning sky. Again we were alone on the hill, dog and I—although I did spy one man and dog from a distance—aside from nice number of bird species compared to recent days. Early on, I heard a kinglet, spotted the bird, and it posed more than a second, so I got a photo or two.

Otherwise just one posing chickadee—although in later morning, doing errands, I spied a Bald Eagle flying over Route 1.

Snow this evening, rain tomorrow. Ah, the new version of winter in Maine.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Golden-crowned Kinglet
4. American Robin
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Bald Eagle

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

†First-of-year

Between Snows

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 January 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Low temps when I first looked at the thermometer this morning: 15° (F). Gray skies (a little glow in the east), and calm air. But nippy.

A lot of folks had headed up the hill yesterday afternoon, so the trails were nicely packed down, and the hike was a nice one. Truly a beautiful gray-sky winter’s day. Few birds still—but more species than yesterday.

Notable were a couple of ravens (both calling those magical calls of theirs), but winter days around here seem more birdy when the sun’s out. That won’t be the case tomorrow, though, as tonight a winter storm will arrive—a storm that’s supposed to drop another eight or ten inches of snow.

Ah, a Maine winter as it should be.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:38 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Common Raven
3. Northern Flicker (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Downy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

7. American Robin
8. Northern Cardinal
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker
10. Blue Jay

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

†First-of-year

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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