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Blue Sky Day

Sunday, December 4th, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 04 December 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker.

This morning was a different sort of morning from yesterday morning. Clear, not overcast; breeze, not wind; chilly, not icy. As a result, many more bird species.

Most notable? A trio of woodpeckers. Down in the lower woods, I heard a couple of woodpeckers pecking on trees: a deep, slow pecking and a brighter, more percussive pecking. The first turned out to be (as I suspected) a Pileated Woodpecker, and the second, a Hairy Woodpecker. Soon after, I spied a downy—thus the trio.

Also bluebirds. Also juncos, and a solitary yellow-rump.

Kinda looking forward to tomorrow (forecast sounds similar, but maybe warmer).

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

1. American Crow
2. Purple Finch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Dark-eyed Junco


12. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel

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


Changing Seasons

Saturday, November 19th, 2022
Snow Buntings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 November 2022.
Snow Buntings.

Saw a few Snow Buntings on the hill today—a nippy, clear-sky day with a slight breeze and ice on the trails. Also saw or heard thirteen other species, including a Brown Creeper, a few woodpeckers, yellow-rumps, and a whole mess of bluebirds.

This time of year—so close (a month away) to the winter solstice—has its own familiar feel to it at this latitude (and longitude). I know it well. And I love it, this thrilling, miraculous feeling of the certainty of impending winter, but with brains enough and stores enough to survive until spring.

In just a few weeks the photoperiod will begin again to lengthen. Faith. Faith in our tilted planet’s dependable seasons.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Northern Flicker
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. Snow Bunting
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Dark-eyed Junco (v)


15. Mallard
16. Wild Turkey


American Red Squirrel (v)

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


Clear and Cold

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
Three ravens, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 November 2022.
Three ravens.
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 November 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Sub-freezing temps when dog and I reached the trailhead this morning. The air was calm, however, and the feel of it wasn’t as cold as yesterday’s windy day. Wore new winter boots, and my feet stayed real warm.

Few birds early, but eventually some excitement. First, three woodpecker species (visible from the same vantage), then a harrier, which somehow got tangled in leftover blueberry-pick twine. (I quickly managed to release the bird and took down some of the twine; will take down more tomorrow.)

Finally, a group of five ravens very high in the sky headed south a ways. Three of them huddled together, occasionally dive-bombing each other. It was quite a sight to see.

Tomorrow’s supposed to come rains (and possibly ice/snow). Our trip might be a quick one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. American Robin
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Northern Flicker
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Northern Harrier
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Common Raven
14. Dark-eyed Junco


15. Canada Goose (v)


Raccoon (tracks)

(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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