30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘American woodcock’

Possible Owl

Friday, November 11th, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 November 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker.

I thought I saw an owl this morning. I feel pretty sure I did see an owl, in fact. A Barred Owl is my guess. But all I really saw was a hawk-sized brown bird float silently down between the (similarly brown) tree trunks along the trail I was hiking with Jack-my-dog. “Hawk!” was my first thought. But the broad-wings are gone—and at this season, what other hawk would decide to hang out among the trunks of a forested hillside?

Without a sure ID, of course, I couldn’t add the bird to my list today. Nor could I add two species with very different unfamiliar calls. I could add the woodcock we flushed, though. And a Pileated Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked all trails (and then some).

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay
4. American Crow*
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. American Woodcock
8. Song Sparrow
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. American Robin
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird (v)


14. Northern Cardinal (v)
15. Wild Turkey

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


A Birdy Morning

Friday, October 7th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 October 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Overcast and chilly when dog and I headed up to the preserve. Ordinarily I’d take us to the main trail, where the open air would brighten things photographically—but I spied a scrap or two of blue, so decided on the wooded trailhead. It was the right decision. Not only did the sun emerge, but the morning got warm and humid in a hurry.

And a bunch of birds showed up.

Corvids, nuthatches, thrushes, finches, warblers, woodpeckers, sparrows. Many, many yellow-rumps (about 90, I figured) and a good-sized flock of robins. Surprised a woodcock (no photo, dangit). But the highlight was likely a solitary Blackpoll Warbler—first of year on the hill for me.

No photo of the blackpoll, but here’s a Hermit Thrush.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Brown Creeper
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Eastern Bluebird (v)
8. Blackpoll Warbler
9. Purple Finch
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. American Robin
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Hermit Thrush
15. American Woodcock
16. White-throated Sparrow
17. Gray Catbird
18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
20. Savannah Sparrow
21. Osprey
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
24. Downy Woodpecker (v)
25. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)


26. Carolina Wren (v)
27. Herring Gull
28. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel

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



Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Blue-headed Vireo, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 September 2022.
Blue-headed Vireo.

Another clear, breezy morning with a nice assortment of nervous birds. Among the several species up at the summit spruce grove, I spied a Blue-headed Vireo. It’s been weeks since I’ve seen one, months since I’ve heard them singing. This one must’ve been on its way south.

As, by the way, was a nice-sized flock of migrating Monarchs—most I’ve seen so far.

No hawks today, but dog and I did spook another woodcock.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Common Yellowthroat (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Blue Jay
4. Northern Flicker
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. American Robin
8. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. American Woodcock
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Gray Catbird (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch
16. Blue-headed Vireo
17. Song Sparrow
18. Hermit Thrush
19. Osprey
20. Downy Woodpecker (v)


21. Mourning Dove


Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

(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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