30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Canada goose’

A Good Day

Friday, May 20th, 2022
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport,Maine, 20 May 2022.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

An overcast morning, calm and cool. Birds weren’t particularly vocal, so I wondered if the atmospheric conditions might keep this morning’s numbers down—but it turned out they were flitting all over the place.

Notable was a sapsucker that popped up as I was angling for photos of (I believe) a hummingbird. Three thrushes, nine warblers, two birds posing with nesting materials in their beaks (catbird and robin). One of the thrushes was a Prairie Warbler.

No first-of-years, but dog and I didn’t mind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:05 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
3. Ovenbird**
4. Black-throated Green Warbler* (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Northern Parula (v)
7. Northern Cardinal (v)
8. Gray Catbird
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
11. Veery (v)
12. American Goldfinch*
13. American Redstart (v)
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. Black-and-white Warbler
17. Common Yellowthroat (v)
18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
19. Blue Jay
20. Hermit Thrush
21. Tufted Titmouse**
22. Song Sparrow*
23. Yellow Warbler (v)
24. Common Raven
25. Field Sparrow
26. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
27. Prairie Warbler
28. Tree Swallow
29. American Robin
30. Savannah Sparrow
31. Nashville Warbler
32. Wood Thrush (v)
33. Eastern Bluebird


34. Pine Warbler
35. Herring Gull
36. Purple Finch
37. Canada Goose
38. Mallard

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


Fun Morning

Sunday, May 1st, 2022
Eastern Phoebe, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04856.
Eastern Phoebe.

Had an eerie sense of déjà vu during my Beech Hill hike with Jack this early morning. As if caught between two times and places. After thousands of hikes up the hill over the years, we took a couple-three years off—and still I feel kind of caught in between Utah and Maine.

The trails were wider, the trailside underbrush cleared out. (No doubt this helps discourage black-legged ticks.) But after following all trails today, I felt I’d recollected all there is to know about the place. I’m sure that’s not entirely true—but still.

Thirty-two bird species. (Yay!) Among them many old familiar faces, beaks, eyes, habits. Could hardly stop searching—then admiring—whenever we’d hear the voice of a new bird.

A very fun morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:58 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Chipping Sparrow
4. Turkey Vulture
5. American Crow
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Tufted Titmouse (v)
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Palm Warbler
11. Barn Swallow
12. Tree Swallow
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Savannah Sparrow
15. Song Sparrow
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
18. Herring Gull
19. Osprey (v)
20. Eastern Phoebe
21. Hairy Woodpecker
22. Pileated Woodpecker
23. Hermit Thrush
24. Greater Yellowlegs (v)
25. White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Brown Creeper
27. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
28. Downy Woodpecker (v)
29. Northern Flicker (v)
30. Canada Goose (v)
31. Broad-winged Hawk
32. Common Raven (v)


33. Rock Pigeon
34. European Starling

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


Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
Red-naped Sapsucker, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 April 2022.
Red-naped Sapsucker.

The morning dawned a bit warmer than yesterday, with a bit of a breeze and dry trails. Spied only a few deer—but a goodly number of good spring birds.

Along with the usual resident species, there came a little vee of geese, multiple Cooper’s Hawks, the voice of Chukar and quail. And also—out of the blue and much to my delight—my first Red-naped Sapsucker. A day with a lifer is always a good day.

But so is a day so infused with evidence—greenery, butterflies, bird migration—of early spring.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 8:07 a.m., sun time, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin*
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
3. Spotted Towhee*
4. Northern Flicker** (v)
5. Rock Pigeon*
6. House Finch* (v)
7. California Quail (v)
8. Pine Siskin
9. Red-naped Sapsucker‡
10. Chukar (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
13. Canada Goose
14. Cooper’s Hawk


15. Eurasian Collared-dove
16. House Sparrow (v)


Mule Deer

(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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