15 January 2021

Posts Tagged ‘American woodcock’

This Sunny Morning

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Alder Flycatcher, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 22 June 2019.
Alder Flycatcher.

Flushed two woodcock this sunny morning. Flushed one of them twice. All three times I hunted carefully for youngsters but didn’t see any—although I didn’t want to pester the woodcock families too much.

Also saw my first Beech Hill Bobolink in at least three years. Also, somehow, ended up with thirty-three species on today’s list.

Later today there came a couple of thundershowers, which was fun.

More fun tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail—and then some.

1. Eastern Bluebird
2. Blue Jay**
3. American Goldfinch
4. Veery (v)
5. American Woodcock
6. Chipping Sparrow*
7. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
10. Alder Flycatcher
11. Ovenbird (v)
12. Tree Swallow
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Field Sparrow (v)
16. Savannah Sparrow
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Gray Catbird** (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe*
21. Cedar Waxwing
22. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
23. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
24. Hermit Thrush (v)
25. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
26. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
27. Black-capped Chickadee**
28. Bobolink
29. Herring Gull*
30. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
31. Mourning Dove* (v)
32. Northern Cardinal** (v)
33. American Redstart (v)
34. American Robin*


35. Mallard
36. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

A Wonderful Hour

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Gray Ghost (male Northern Harrier), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 April 2019.
Gray Ghost (male Northern Harrier).
American Kestrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 April 2019.
American Kestrel.

On my Beech Hill hike with Jack this morning, I encountered 18 bird species—among them American Woodcock, Eastern Phoebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Red-winged Blackbird, Killdeer, and Eastern Bluebird. Just a wonderful hour of walking around.

A thought occurs:

Despite the gray, chilly, muddy, leafless landscape you might see out your windows, this is a perfect time of year to take up birding. Spring migration is happening, folks. So if you’re not already a birder, considering grabbing a pair of binoculars, buying (or borrowing) a field guide, and stepping out for a look and listen. Prepare to be inspired, thrilled, frustrated, astounded, pleased with yourself, and filled with awe.

Honestly, I envy novice birders, recalling that sweet awakening to a world I’d never known. No matter your age or personality or politics, birding will improve your life. Believe me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30, I hiked the open trail.

1. Hairy Woodpecker
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Northern Cardinal** (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
6. American Woodcock**
7. Mourning Dove* (wingbeats)
8. Red-winged Blackbird
9. Song Sparrow**
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Crow*
12. American Kestrel
13. Northern Harrier
14. American Goldfinch
15. Great Blue Heron
16. Killdeer
17. Black-capped Chickadee**
18. Eastern Phoebe**


19. Herring Gull
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Mallard
22. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Gull and Woodcock

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Herring Gull on a snowy morning, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 April 2019.
Herring Gull on a snowy morning.

Awoke to snow, a couple inches of wet stuff cloaking everything. Kind of fun, really. Jack and I were the only ones on the hill this morning—other than a few birds, I mean. No great photos, alas, but I spied a kestrel and heard redpolls and a raven.

No photos elsewhere, either, even after the sun came out in afternoon and melted most of the snow. But I did spot a woodcock out back this evening. That was cool.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30, I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. American Kestrel
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Common Redpoll (v)
6. Herring Gull*
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Song Sparrow*


9. House Finch (v)
10. European Starling
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Common Loon
13. American Woodcock
14. White-breasted Nuthatch
15. Mourning Dove (v)

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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