30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘American red squirrel’

Thrush Surprise

Sunday, November 27th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Warmish (30s (F)), calm, and mostly clear as dog and I headed up to the wooded trailhead. Although I typically try not to, this morning I had expectations. Expectations because of the calmness, the clearness, the warmish temperatures. I figured we’d see bluebirds, at least.

And I did see bluebirds—later in our hike‚—but not before I saw the most noteworthy species: a lone Hermit Thrush as we were returning up the manicured main trail. Thought it was a sparrow at first so was rather surprised and thrilled to see it. Watched as it left the trail briefly to grab (and swallow) a good-sized caterpillar. Took a few photos before slowly beginning to walk again. Of course it would fly away.

Another nice surprise was a Pileated Woodpecker I happened to spy taking off as we descended back toward the truck. Never got a look at it again.

Supposed to rain overnight. We shall see what Monday morning brings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. White-breasted Nuthatch**


American Red Squirrel (v)

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


A Bluebird Day

Thursday, November 24th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 November 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

Low-20s (F) this morning, but calm as a lazy summer day. And cloudless: not a single cloud in the sky that I could see—not even out over the bay. And quiet, so quiet. Other than a Downy Woodpecker tapping on a tree near the trailhead, the first few birds I didn’t see, I heard. And then came the bunch of chattering chickadees.

They sounded a little upset, the chickadees, and I saw some flitting through the tree trunks, so I trained my binocs in that direction, and I saw it. A Barred Owl, clearly visible in the morning sunlight. Excitedly, I raised my camera—and the owl had left its perch.


But oh, well. I’m used to dipping on photos. Sure, an owl pic is a rare pic (for me, at least), but I felt sure I’d get others this calm day. And I did, on my return with dog up and over the hill, when I good-sized flock of bluebirds appeared.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:34 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Downy Woodpecker
3. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Barred Owl
8. American Crow*
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Northern Flicker
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Northern Harrier
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Hairy Woodpecker


16. Northern Cardinal (v)


American Red Squirrel

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



Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2022.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

What a lovely hike this morning with my best friend. Just above freezing, not much of a breeze, mostly overcast—an overcast aglow. Before long I heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker’s call (first in a good while), also a titmouse (first in a little while). No buntings at the summit, but a bunch of bluebirds and yellow-rumps, and a solitary Red Crossbill.

Chickadees up there, too, along with a red squirrel and goldfinches. Saw no one else in the quiet woods, but I did hear the croak-croak of a raven.

Thanksgiving tomorrow. Wonder if we’ll encounter a turkey.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:44 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Red Crossbill
12. Common Raven (v)


13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel

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


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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