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Posts Tagged ‘American red squirrel’

Sharpie

Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 September 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.).

It was a cool and overcast morning, a kind of weather I truly love to hike in. Something about that layer of clouds above makes me feel safe, like a soft, protective ceiling. And Captain Jack, with his thick fur coat, liked the coolness.

Yesterday’s wayward solo lark appeared again. So did at least one raven—and, most surprisingly, a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I heard a jay first, just ahead of us around a leafy corner, then the hawk. It’s bright rapid cries made me stop in my tracks. I peaked around the leafy corner, and danged if the bird didn’t allow me a decent photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:08 a.m. EST (8:08 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Blue Jay**
8. Horned Lark
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Common Raven
12. American Goldfinch**
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. American Robin (v)
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. White-throated Sparrow (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Breezy

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

Cool and overcast to start soon became bright and breezy. An interesting array of bird species—three ravens, a flushed woodcock, bluebirds in the woodlands—and plenty of humans (and a couple of dogs) out enjoying the change in the weather.

Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2023.
Common Raven.

Got no complaints about Nature’s offerings this fine day. And tomorrow I help with a middle school hike. Fun!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Common Raven
4. Song Sparrow
5. Turkey Vulture*
6. Blue Jay**
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Gray Catbird (v)
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
14. American Woodcock
15. American Robin
16. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
17. Herring Gull*

Elsewhere

18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. Mourning Dove
20. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

Warblers on the Move

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023
Chestnut-sided Warbler (non-breeding male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 September 2023.
Chestnut-sided Warbler (non-breeding male).

Another wet one. Rain early, fog and overcast. And another day—third day?—of migrating birds flitting through the wooded canopy.

Many were warblers: redstart, yellow, black-and-white, yellowthroat. Most were quiet and required an eagle eye to ID. Only one posed for a photo, a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

More rain and sun to come—and the remnants of a hurricane this weekend.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:14 a.m. EST (8:14 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Herring Gull* (v)
3. Song Sparrow
4. Blue Jay** (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
7. American Goldfinch
8. Yellow Warbler (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. Gray Catbird**
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Chestnut-sided Warbler
13. American Redstart
14. Red-eyed Vireo
15. American Robin (v)
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Northern Flicker (v)
18. Black-and-white Warbler
19. Broad-winged Hawk

Elsewhere

20. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
21. Tufted Titmouse (v)
22. Rock Pigeon
23. House Sparrow (v)
24. Northern Cardinal

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

(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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