3 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘bald eagle’

More Harrier Action

Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 November 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Dog and I had a nice long hike today with our friends Joe and Amy—including a stretch of the Erickson Fields trail. Not a whole lot of birds, but enough to make things interesting.

Especially interesting was yet another harrier experience: crows mobbed the bird, which rose and dipped (as usual), and then a Merlin appeared and began zipping all over the place, chasing whatever it could. When the harrier finally decided to move on, the little falcon stuck around and began to dive bomb the crows. Was a lot of fun.

Final bird? A high-flying eagle that Joe spotted. Nice end to a nice hike with friends.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Robin
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. Blue Jay**
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Tufted Titmouse**
7. Northern Cardinal
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Northern Flicker
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Goldfinch
12. Northern Harrier
13. Merlin
14. Herring Gull
15. Great Black-backed Gull
16. Common Raven
17. Bald Eagle


18. Wild Turkey

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


Big Birds

Sunday, October 16th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 October 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

I call ’em “big birds”—hawks and vultures and gulls and ravens and other large species that I see in the sky overhead. This morning’s fun hike with an old pal, for me and Jack, was a long but fun one. And it included several big birds.

Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagles (three!), Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey… The day began a bit foggy, cleared up, got warm and clear, and glowed with fall color. During tomorrow’s cloudiness, I’ll remember.

(Here’s a photo of a small bird: a lovely Hermit Thrush.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:03 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Blue Jay (v)
5. Northern Flicker
6. White-throated Sparrow
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. Peregrine Falcon
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Osprey
21. Bald Eagle
22. Red-shouldered Hawk
23. Common Raven
24. Turkey Vulture


25. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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


Big Birds

Friday, September 9th, 2022
Osprey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2022.
Osprey flyover.

Another clear, cool morning with lovely views—both shady woodland and open hilltop. Not quite as many bird species as in recent days, but a couple nice big ones.

Hermit Thrush fledgling, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 September 2022.
Hermit Thrush fledgling.

“Big birds” is a category I use while counting species in my head during our daily hikes, dog and me. Big birds tend to come in batches—larger species that I mostly see in flight. Like ravens, gulls, hawks, and such. Today’s were a Bald Eagle and an Osprey.

A few sweet small birds showed up, too, on this lovely September morning. Perhaps sweetest was a little fledgling Hermit Thrush.

With migration impending, I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

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

1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Gray Catbird**
6. American Redstart
7. American Robin (v)
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. American Goldfinch
14. Bald Eagle†
15. Osprey
16. Northern Cardinal** (v)
17. Hermit Thrush
18. Downy Woodpecker
19. Hairy Woodpecker (v)


20. Mourning Dove
21. Herring Gull

(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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