30 September 2022

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’

Cool, Cool Morning

Saturday, August 27th, 2022
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 August 2022.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Cool again—but this time both literally and figuratively. Last night’s rain dripping from the trees, but blue approaching from the western skies. Drier air than in recent days. The fragrance of late August. And a couple dozen bird species.

Most notable, perhaps, was a turkey fly-by down on the lower wooded trail. (A hiking party on the upper trail spooked it.) Sadly, a dead turkey poult along the open trail.

Happily, a pair of ospreys (one with fish)—and a raven at the end.

Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:35 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow
3. Red-eyed Vireo
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Wild Turkey
9. Brown Creeper (v)
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
11. Gray Catbird**
12. Eastern Towhee
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Common Yellowthroat (v)
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Cooper’s Hawk
19. Herring Gull
20. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
21. Mourning Dove*
22. Osprey
23. American Robin
24. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

25. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

Raven in the Blueberries

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

A rather auspicious hike with dog this morning. First, the sun emerged after a couple misty days, which mixed things up a bit. Second, we encountered lesser-seen species like hummingbirds, hawks, osprey. Third, we got closer to a wild raven than we ever have.

It was a young bird, and it was in the field near the trail, eating blueberries for breakfast. I’d been checking a birch across from the raven, where I thought I saw a warbler, when it croaked. Its nearness startled me. Just there, not thirty feet away. I managed to grab a few photos, even a video or two, while it popped blueberries into its mouth, croaking occasionally. Then it flapped up into the bird I’d been scanning and preened for a while.

I count it as something of a blessing.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Blue Jay
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Crow
5. Red-eyed Vireo
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. American Goldfinch
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker
10. Brown Creeper
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Gray Catbird
13. Cedar Waxwing
14. Purple Finch
15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
16. Least Flycatcher
17. Black-throated Green Warbler
18. Savannah Sparrow
19. Song Sparrow
20. Cooper’s Hawk
21. Common Raven
22. American Robin
23. Common Yellowthroat
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Yellow-rumped Warbler
26. Osprey
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch
28. Hermit Thrush

Elsewhere

29. Mourning Dove
30. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Muggy, Yet Fine

Sunday, August 21st, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 August 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Cool early as dog and I hit the shady trailhead, but warm in a hurry as the sun rose on a humid day. Birds still flitting about, readying for their inevitable travels. Nice selection of species.

Notable: Chimney Swifts, and a Least Flycatcher enjoying the summit fly hatch (along with waxwings). A random Wood Thrush down in the woodlands. Distant gulls. A random Cooper’s Hawk (I believe the first I’ve seen since our return to Maine).

Especially happy to have had a Savannah Sparrow—my favorite sparrow, as certainly I’ve mentioned before—perch and pose for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Northern Flicker (v)
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch**
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Herring Gull* (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Wood Thrush
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Northern Cardinal (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Hermit Thrush
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Gray Catbird**
16. Cedar Waxwing
17. Least Flycatcher
18. Chimney Swift
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. Song Sparrow**
21. Savannah Sparrow
22. Eastern Phoebe
23. Blue Jay** (v)
24. Cooper’s Hawk
25. Common Yellowthroat (v)

Elsewhere

26. Mourning Dove

(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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