2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘common raven’

Little Buddies

Friday, November 25th, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 November 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Rain in the forecast this morning, but not until mid-morning, so dog and I stuck to our usual schedule—but, it being overcast, began on the open trail. Not much wind, temps in the mid-30s (F), not many birds. Three corvid species, a couple woodpeckers, robin, finch, Brown Creeper.

Also chickadees of course. I kinda think of Black-capped Chickadees as my buddies. Their voices are ever upbeat, voices that help ’em keep good track of each other. They let you get pretty close without freaking out. They give other birds a sense of comfort, too, I’ve noticed—a sort of entourage. Plus, they mob and scold owls. (See yesterday’s report.)

And they pose for photos. Had it not been for one of these little birds, I wouldn’t’ve had any great pics today. So thanks, buddy.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Blue Jay (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Common Raven
8. Brown Creeper
9. Northern Flicker
10. American Robin

Elsewhere

11. Wild Turkey

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

†First-of-year

Overcast

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2022.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

What a lovely hike this morning with my best friend. Just above freezing, not much of a breeze, mostly overcast—an overcast aglow. Before long I heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker’s call (first in a good while), also a titmouse (first in a little while). No buntings at the summit, but a bunch of bluebirds and yellow-rumps, and a solitary Red Crossbill.

Chickadees up there, too, along with a red squirrel and goldfinches. Saw no one else in the quiet woods, but I did hear the croak-croak of a raven.

Thanksgiving tomorrow. Wonder if we’ll encounter a turkey.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:44 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. American Crow*
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Downy Woodpecker (v)
11. Red Crossbill
12. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

13. White-breasted Nuthatch
14. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Blue Sky Birding

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022
Canada Geese, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 November 2022.
Canada Geese (southbound).

A nearly cloudless morning, much warmer (and less windy) than yesterday. Few birds along the wooded trails—but more up on (or near) the open summit.

The buntings were still hanging around Beech Nut (perhaps different buntings), and again chickadees flitted about everywhere. Heard a flock of finchy-sounding birds flying overhead but couldn’t see or identify them.

Yellow-rumps and bluebirds galore. Also goldfinches. A couple woodpecker species—and a raven announcing his presence in the blue, blue sky.

Most noteworthy? A skein of a dozen Canada Geese, southbound.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:28 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. American Goldfinch
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Yellow-rumped warbler
7. Snow Bunting
8. Blue Jay (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Canada Goose
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Common Raven
13. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

14. Herring Gull

(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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