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Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

Onward, thru the Fog!

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
White-crowned Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 October 2023.
White-crowned Sparrow.

Today dawned foggy. Very, very foggy. When dog and I started up the trailhead, it felt like we were wandering around in a cloud. Foggy, wet, calm—and yet surprisingly birdy for such conditions. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers still, along with bunches of chickadees in the woods.

Most notable was a solitary White-crowned Sparrow that had been chasing after a yellow-rump when it decided to stop and check the trail for seeds. I only see white-crowns at just about this time of year.

Onward!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. White-crowned Sparrow†
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Gray Catbird (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Blue Jay** (v)

Elsewhere

13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Wild Turkey
16. Herring Gull
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Canada Goose (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Hark, a Lark

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Horned Lark (immature male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 September 2023.
Horned Lark (immature male)

This first day of autumn brought a morning much like yesterday’s: sunny, cool, and fragrant. It also brought a surprising bird species: a Horned Lark. They’re not rare on the hill, but they typically come in small flocks. I rarely see just one, as I did today. An immature male, the bird was poking around the edges of the main trail—and at one point got very near to dog and me as we stood still, and I took photos.

Another oddball was a Nashville Warbler (haven’t seen any since spring, and few then), adult and juvie Hermit Thrush, and a bunch of the usual suspects.

All in all, a fun one.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:24 a.m. EST (8:24 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Brown Creeper (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch**
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Nashville Warbler
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Gray Catbird
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. American Goldfinch (v)
16. Horned Lark
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-rumped Warbler
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. American Crow* (v)

Elsewhere

21. Northern Cardinal
22. Herring Gull
23. Belted Kingfisher (v)
24. Canada Goose (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

After the Storm

Sunday, September 17th, 2023
Osprey, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 September 2023.
Osprey.

What a difference a day makes, so they say. Yesterday galloped in like a wild river rider, fast and bucking and splashing water all over everything. Today dawned cloudless and merely breezy. As expected, fallen branches littered all preserve trails (along with a couple of toppled trees). I managed to neaten things pretty well, though—and was rewarded with a nice selection of bird species.

Notable were a hummingbird, a fish hawk, a vulture. And elsewhere—including a pleasant drive down a coastal peninsula—a kingfisher, geese, and an eagle.

Simply a lovely September day.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:28 a.m. EST (8:28 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
5. Gray Catbird
6. American Crow*
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Osprey
9. Eastern Towhee (v)
10. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
11. Turkey Vulture*
12. American Robin (v)
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Northern Flicker** (v)
15. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. Belted Kingfisher
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Canada Goose
21. Bald Eagle

(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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