5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘downy woodpecker’

C-c-cold, Clear, Calm

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 February 2023.
Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 February 2023.
Eastern Bluebird.

When I first checked the outside temperature this morning, it was 9° (F). We waited a bit longer than usual to head up to the trailhead, by which time it was maybe 12° or 3°. Near cloudless, though, and calm—so it was a lovely, lovely hike.

And a bunch of birds showed up, too. Most notably a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers appeared along the lower wooded trail (only saw the female), but there were bluebirds at the summit, joined (as usual) by yellow-rumps.

Heard a raven (not unusual, really), and both chickadees and titmice were singing their spring songs. (In a couple days it sure won’t feel like spring, but the photoperiod tells the tale.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:48 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Hairy Woodpecker (drumming)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Robin
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker
7. American Crow* (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Goldfinch (v)


12. Herring Gull


American Red Squirrel

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


No One

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023
American Robin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 January 2023.
American Robin.

The sun came out this morning, revealing a few more inches of snow. About 20° (F) to start, with a wondrous clouds above. Animal tracks in the snow, and a few birds about. Slight breeze.

Fixed my snowshoes last night, and they worked fine today—but the crusty snow wasn’t great for Jack, so I hiked first to flatten things for him.

Saw no one—no dog nor human. Sometimes days like that are fine for Jack and me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. American Robin**
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
7. American Goldfinch (v)


8. Northern Cardinal (v)

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



Monday, January 23rd, 2023
Northern Flicker in flight, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 January 2023.
Northern Flicker in flight.

Snowstorm in the forecast, and sure enough it snowed most of the night and was coming down pretty good when I took a little time to shovel the driveway. Oddly, though—and contrary to the forecast—by the time we got to the hill, we had light rain.

Hiked all trails, had few birds, saw no other humans or dogs, had trouble with one of my snowshoes. In fact, we both got a tone of exercise slogging through it all. Was lucky to get a crappy distant photo of a flicker.

Still snowing tonight, so who knows what tomorrow will bring—but I believe there might be a little sun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:57 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Northern Flicker


4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. American Robin (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)

(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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