17 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘brown creeper’

Pileated

Thursday, October 12th, 2023
Pileated Woodpecker (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 October 2023.
Pileated Woodpecker (female).

A similar start to yesterday’s hike—rather late up the main trail, overcast, damp, nippy, calm—but with a little sun brightening things up after a while. The sun also warmed things up. And birds were active.

Notable were a pair of larks, a loon in overflight, the croaks of a raven—and a rare glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker.

Pileateds themselves aren’t rare in the woods, but they’re good at making themselves scarce. Often you’ll hear their loud, distinctive call, and sometimes you can track one by its especially loud hammering. But I do love to get a peek at these lovely birds. Today’s female posed for a photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:04 a.m. EST (9:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. Blue Jay
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch
6. Common Yellowthroat (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Northern Flicker
9. Common Loon
10. Horned Lark
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Brown Creeper (v)
16. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
17. White-breasted Nuthatch
18. Common Raven (v)
19. Pileated Woodpecker

Elsewhere

20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Corvids

Saturday, October 7th, 2023
Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 07 October 2023.
Common Raven.

Our ceiling on this morning’s hike was a gray overcast, and the air was damp and breezy. The forecast rain would not arrive until later in the day, though, so we’d keep comparatively dry, dog and I. And there was no shortage of bird species—including three corvids.

Of the three—crow, jay, and raven—the most notable was the solitary raven flying above us, accompanied by a single crow. (The crows were many and vocal, apparently gearing up for their annual October convention on the hill.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:19 a.m. EST (8:19 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Robin (v)
5. White-throated Sparrow (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Northern Flicker (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Song Sparrow
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
12. Brown Creeper (v)
13. Common Raven
14. Gray Catbird (v)
15. Red-eyed Vireo

Elsewhere

16. Mallard
17. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Jays

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023
Blue Jay, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 October 2023.
Blue Jay in the canopy.

Another bright, breezy fall morning—but a bit warmer than yesterday. The winds were still unfavorable, migration-wise, but birds were about. Three species in particular were active: chickadees, yellow-rumps, and jays.

The Blue Jays were especially vocal and traveled in little roving bands. I even heard one deliver a pretty accurate Broad-winged Hawk whistle.

Smart birds, jays (as are all corvids). I often wonder what’s on their minds.

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

1. Blue Jay**
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. American Goldfinch (v)
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. White-throated Sparrow (v)
12. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Herring Gull
15. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(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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