30 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘barred owl’

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


In the Mist

Monday, June 13th, 2022
Field Sparrow with caterpillar, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 June 2022.
Field Sparrow with caterpillar.

Rained early, but it moved on, so dog and I hit the trailhead by about mid-morning. Drippy about 60° (F), with plenty of mosquitoes (which, interestingly, have seemed most successful in biting me on the neck).

More birds than I imagined—including a first-of-year Barred Owl letting go with a brief but unmistakable hoot from down on the southern wood edge. Also a raven. A sapsucker down in the trees. And in perhaps the funnest moment, the discovery of a couple of blue flag irises—first of year.

Should be clearing up tomorrow, election day. Will hike early then ride my bicycle up to the town office to vote.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:39 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Ovenbird
2. Red-eyed Vireo
3. Eastern Phoebe
4. Black-throated Green Warbler
5. Common Yellowthroat
6. Veery
7. American Goldfinch
8. American Redstart
9. Gray Catbird
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Alder Flycatcher
12. Tufted Titmouse
13. Eastern Towhee
14. Yellow Warbler
15. Song Sparrow
16. American Crow
17. Prairie Warbler
18. Purple Finch
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Tree Swallow
21. Common Raven
22. American Robin
23. House Wren
24. Blue Jay
25. Field Sparrow
26. Barred Owl†
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. Black-capped Chickadee
29. Hermit Thrush
30. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (v)


31. Northern Parula (v)
32. European Starling
33. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

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



Monday, May 16th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler.

A later hike with dog this morning. Foggier than yesterday. But surprisingly birdy, nonetheless.

Highlights were a couple of hummingbird sightings (first-of-year birds), as well as the hoots from the bottomlands of a Barred Owl (also first of year, I guess you could say).

Still several species that haven’t showed up yet. Anticipation.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Eastern Phoebe*
2. Ovenbird**
3. Black-throated Green Warbler**
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Black-and-white Warbler
7. American Robin
8. Gray Catbird
9. Blue Jay
10. Chestnut-sided Warbler
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. American Crow*
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
16. Common Yellowthroat
17. White-throated Sparrow
18. Hermit Thrush (v)
19. Yellow Warbler (v)
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Tree Swallow
22. Field Sparrow (v)
23. Nashville Warbler (v)
24. Yellow-rumped Warbler
25. Northern Parula
26. Barred Owl (v)
27. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
28. Wild Turkey
29. Hairy Woodpecker


30. Mallard
31. European Starling
32. 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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