31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘cooper’s hawk’

Numbers

Monday, December 12th, 2022
Downy Woodpecker (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 December 2022.
Downy Woodpecker (male).

Higher species numbers today, despite temps about 20° (F) and a nice little breeze. Perhaps it was the warmth of the morning sun that did it, of the fact that it was more a breeze than a wind.

Notable was a Cooper’s Hawk at the summit, first flickle in a while, a bluebird, a titmouse. Most photogenic was a little downy we encountered nearing the summit, dog and I. The moon was high in the blue, blue sky, and the view out over the bay was delicious.

I could do this day again and likely be at least as pleased.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:58 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Cooper’s Hawk
7. Eastern Bluebird (v)
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. Tufted Titmouse
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
11. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

12. Northern Cardinal (v)

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

†First-of-year

Harrier

Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Still in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the trail this a.m. Bright, though, with barely a breeze, and the birds began to let themselves be heard—and seen. Chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, woodpeckers, jays. They even showed up in numbers: a whole bunch of bluebirds in flight, even more robins bouncing around the treetops, and dozens of cawing crows.

But most fun for me were hawks. First, I spied a Cooper’s Hawk (which had the robins nervous), and later we came upon a handsome Northern Harrier, patrolling low above the blueberry barrens as they do here in both spring and fall. Got a glimpse of one last month, and now another in October.

It’ll be nice to see a “gray ghost” come spring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. American Crow
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Northern Harrier
15. Savannah Sparrow
16. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

17. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
18. Rock Pigeon
19. European Starling
20. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Promise

Thursday, October 27th, 2022
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 October 2022.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

The sun shone this morning. Fog and rain and clouds had dispersed—well, most of ’em—and the brightness of our star rendered the landscape bright and colorful and squint-worthy. Birds were about, too—but, oddly, fewer sparrows. (Perhaps the recent socked-in days brought them down to browse for food.)

Two hawks, two corvids, two finches, two thrushes, two woodpeckers. A kinglet, a creeper, still quite a few yellow-rumps.

Most notable, perhaps, were the bluebirds fluttering around the spruce grove at the summit. Those, and the kinglets. And the promise of more birds to come.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:05 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Blue Jay
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. American Robin
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. American Goldfinch
9. Eastern Bluebird
10. Northern Flicker
11. White-throated Sparrow
12. Purple Finch
13. Song Sparrow
14. Herring Gull
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. Cooper’s Hawk
17. Brown Creeper
18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Elsewhere

19. Northern Cardinal

(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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