31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

Birds’ Return

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 January 2023.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

The landscape was iced over this morning when dog and I headed up for a daily Beech Hill hike. But the winds were much calmer than yesterday, and the temperature was mild (for winter), and the sun began to peek through the clouds. I had hope such conditions would lure a few birds out.

And it happened. Eight species showed up during our time on the hill, and a nuthatch even posed for photos.

But temperatures for the next couple days will exceed freezing, and that’ll be followed up by snow (so they say), so there’s no telling what’ll appear these next few crazy days.

Whatever it is, we’ll be ready for it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Canada Goose (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Common Raven
8. American Robin* (v)

Elsewhere

9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Mallard
11. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Icier

Friday, January 6th, 2023
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 January 2023.
Brown Creeper.

More freezing rain overnight, enough to create a sort of wonderland in the open fields of Beech Hill Preserve. Dog and I were the only ones up there for most of our hike, and again we encountered few birds—to start. But toward the end of our time up there, we added enough to reach ten species.

Nothing too notable, other than a random robin down in the woods. At the very end, I got my first bird photo of the day: a Brown Creeper very near the trailhead.

Later, at home, it began to snow lightly. Maybe an inch (maybe less), but nice to see some white stuff in winter for a change.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:35 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Canada Goose (v)
7. American Robin (v)
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Brown Creeper

Elsewhere

11. Mallard
12. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

Feels Like Winter

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 December 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

A nippy, overcast morning. Temps in the mid-20s (F), a tiny little western breeze we only felt on the open trail. Few birds—but a couple noteworthy ones.

Most noteworthy: a solitary Snow Bunting we spooked in back of the hut upon summiting, dog and I. Also had a couple nuthatches, a flicker, and the usual other suspects.

It’s starting to feel like winter, though. I like it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Crow**
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Snow Bunting
7. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Canada Goose

(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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