14 May 2021

Posts Tagged ‘common redpoll’

Sacred Wind

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Robin in the sumac, Rockport, Maine, 04 April 2019.
Robin in the sumac.

Bright sun this morning, along with a little chill—and a lot of wind. Captain Jack and I were alone on the hill until late in our hike. The wind rushed and roared and gusted to 30 miles an hour, I bet. No birds at all until we’d summited and gone down the other side, where it was calm. Two thrushes there: robin and bluebird. Only a couple-three robins up there.

Elsewhere, robins were hopping around all over the place. Got photos of a couple eating sumac drupes in my back yard—that had a bit of trouble clinging to the things in the gusts of that clean, sacred April wind.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Bluebird (v)
2. American Robin*
3. American Crow*
4. Song Sparrow (v)
5. Common Redpoll (v)
6. Northern Cardinal** (v)


7. Herring Gull
8. House Finch
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Gull and Woodcock

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Herring Gull on a snowy morning, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 03 April 2019.
Herring Gull on a snowy morning.

Awoke to snow, a couple inches of wet stuff cloaking everything. Kind of fun, really. Jack and I were the only ones on the hill this morning—other than a few birds, I mean. No great photos, alas, but I spied a kestrel and heard redpolls and a raven.

No photos elsewhere, either, even after the sun came out in afternoon and melted most of the snow. But I did spot a woodcock out back this evening. That was cool.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30, I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. American Kestrel
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Common Redpoll (v)
6. Herring Gull*
7. Northern Cardinal** (v)
8. Song Sparrow*


9. House Finch (v)
10. European Starling
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Common Loon
13. American Woodcock
14. White-breasted Nuthatch
15. Mourning Dove (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Turkey and Gull

Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Displaying Wild Turkey tom, Rockport, Maine, 31 March 2019.
Displaying Wild Turkey tom.
Portrait of Ring-billed Gull, Rockland, Maine, 31 March 2019.
Portrait of Ring-billed Gull.

Warm and wet, high wind, a number of birds on the hill (including a Sharp-shinned Hawk following a flock of redpolls). But the nearest I got to bird life was in town: turkeys in my front yard and gulls at the grocery store.

Still, spring is shaping up nicely.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m. I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal**
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. American Robin*
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Crow*
7. Common Redpoll
8. Song Sparrow** (v)
9. Herring Gull*
10. Common Raven
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. American Goldfinch (v)


13. Wild Turkey
14. House Finch (v)
15. Mourning Dove
16. Ring-billed Gull

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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