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State Bird

Monday, September 25th, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 September 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

This morning felt fall-like (which I guess makes sense, since it’s autumn): chilly, breezy, a little pungent, with a mostly blue sky above and a few fallen leaves below. Not many bird species today—although the Horned Lark was joined by another one today—and few numbers, just one or two of each.

Except for the Black-capped Chickadee. I saw and/or heard eight of those happy little year-round guys. Summer’s gone, but the chickadees are still out and about.

No wonder it’s Maine’s state bird.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:17 a.m. EST (8:17 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Horned Lark
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Blue Jay**
10. Gray Catbird

Elsewhere

11. Wild Turkey
12. Mallard
13. Herring Gull
14. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Sharpie

Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 September 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.).

It was a cool and overcast morning, a kind of weather I truly love to hike in. Something about that layer of clouds above makes me feel safe, like a soft, protective ceiling. And Captain Jack, with his thick fur coat, liked the coolness.

Yesterday’s wayward solo lark appeared again. So did at least one raven—and, most surprisingly, a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I heard a jay first, just ahead of us around a leafy corner, then the hawk. It’s bright rapid cries made me stop in my tracks. I peaked around the leafy corner, and danged if the bird didn’t allow me a decent photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:08 a.m. EST (8:08 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Blue Jay**
8. Horned Lark
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Common Raven
12. American Goldfinch**
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. American Robin (v)
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. White-throated Sparrow (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Many Birdies

Thursday, September 21st, 2023
Hermit Thrush (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2023.
Hermit Thrush (immature).

This morning was clear and cool and breezy and lovely—one of my favorite mornings in a long time, weather-wise. But also a favorite, bird-wise. Not only did many show up, but quite a few posed for photos.

My favorite of the bunch (photo, not bird) was the cooperative young thrush you see here.

(Note: I heard the notes of a White-throated Sparrow this morning, first since spring. Another of several recent signs of fall migration.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:23 a.m. EST (8:23 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Red-eyed Vireo
8. White-throated Sparrow (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. American Robin (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Northern Parula
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Song Sparrow
20. Turkey Vulture
21. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

22. Carolina Wren (v)
23. Mallard
24. Rock Pigeon
25. 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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