22 July 2024

Posts Tagged ‘common loon’

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

A Change of Scenery

Friday, June 16th, 2023
Red-winged Blackbird (female), Camden Snow Bowl, 16 June 2023.
Red-winged Blackbird (female).

Welp, we mixed it up this early morning, dog and me—accompanied our human and dog friends up the many trails winding around the Camden Snow Bowl. The day was bright and the winds were light and the grade was steep. Got a few different-than-usual species (and missed a few common at Beech Hill) and couldn’t well keep track of the chronology of sightings—thus, today’s species are listed I alphabetical order.

Ol’ Jack did well for such a warm, steep hike. (I could say the same for myself.) A change of scenery ain’t ever a bad thing.

We’ll be back at Beech Hill tomorrow, though (during what’s supposed to be some light rain).

Camden Snow Bowl Trails List
Starting at 6:13 a.m. EST (7:13 DST), I hiked some Camden Snow Bowl trails.

1. Alder Flycatcher (v)
2. American Goldfinch**
3. American Redstart (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Baltimore Oriole
6. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Black-throated Blue Warbler (v)
9. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
10. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
11. Blue Jay (v)
12. Broad-winged Hawk (v)
13. Brown Creeper (v)
14. Cedar Waxwing (v)
15. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
16. Chipping Sparrow*
17. Common Loon
18. Common Yellowthroat (v)
19. Dark-eyed Junco
20. Eastern Phoebe* (v)
21. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
22. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
23. Hermit Thrush (v)
24. Least Flycatcher (v)
25. Mallard
26. Mourning Dove (v)
27. Ovenbird (v)
28. Purple Finch (v)
29. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
30. Red-winged Blackbird
31. Scarlet Tanager
32. Song Sparrow*
33. Tree Swallow
34. Tufted Titmouse (v)
35. Turkey Vulture
36. Warbling Vireo (v)
37. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
38. Yellow Warbler (v)

Elsewhere

39. American Crow

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Waxwings, Etc.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023
Cedar Waxwings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 June 203.
Cedar Waxwings.

The morning rain wasn’t supposed to arrive for a couple hours after dog and I would reach main Beech Hill trailhead, so I was happy to be hiking in a mostly overcast day—a day with quite a few birds despite the semi-gloom. Temps were nice (60° F or so), wind was light, the air was fragrant, a little blue in the eastern sky.

Ended up with thirty-one species—including, at the very end, the voice of a loon sailing off toward Chickawaukie Lake.

Afterward, we ate some lunch, then I rode my bicycle up to the Town Office to vote (a long-time tradition). And after that, I made a dump run.

All in all, a mighty fruitful day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:38 a.m. sun time (7:38 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Veery
3. Northern Cardinal (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. American Crow*
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler
7. Ovenbird
8. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
9. Mourning Dove** (v)
10. American Redstart (v)
11. Eastern Towhee
12. American Goldfinch
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Gray Catbird**
15. Common Yellowthroat
16. Field Sparrow (v)
17. Alder Flycatcher (v)
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Eastern Bluebird
20. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Savannah Sparrow (v)
23. Prairie Warbler (v)
24. Hermit Thrush (v)
25. Eastern Wood-pewee
26. Black-and-white Warbler (v)
27. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
28. Blue Jay (v)
29. Tufted Titmouse (v)
30. Common Loon (v)

Elsewhere

31. Wild Turkey
32. Chipping Sparrow
33. Pine Warbler (v)
34. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

(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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