14 April 2024

Posts Tagged ‘eastern garter snake’

Sad

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased).
Bald Eagle (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Bald Eagle (immature).

Two Beech Hill hikes today: a quick, early one with Jack-my-dog, and a later, longer one with a group of curious kids on a middle school field trip. Both were fun.

Ten species early and another six later—the latter ones being most interesting (including an eagle accompanied by hawks). Alas, the last bird on my list was deceased: a dead Black-and-white Warbler I found lying along the trail near the summit. My guess is the bird flew into a window of the hut and managed to flutter across the lawn a ways before succumbing to its injuries. Whatever the case, it’s always sad to find a dead bird.

Migration is risky no matter who you are, and some migrants don’t make it to their destinations. I tossed the little warbler into a soft, shady patch of grass.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Hermit Thrush (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Turkey Vulture*
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Red-shouldered Hawk
15. American Crow*
16. Bald Eagle
17. Black-and-white Warbler (deceased)

Elsewhere

18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. House Sparrow
20. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
House Sparrow

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

Transitions

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 May 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Two firsts-of-year this morning of changing atmospheres: a Gray Catbird, and a Black-and-white Warbler. Will be many more in days to come.

Weather-wise, the morning began overcast and lowery but ended with a half-blue sky and lovely light. Above, more Broad-winged Hawks moving through, and Turkey Vultures. Also a random vee of twenty Double-crested Cormorants (first-of-year birds at Beech Hill).

Crows and ravens and jays and many sparrows. Woodpeckers and finches and thrushes. I could possibly feel content if a day like this one repeated until the day I died.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:45 a.m. real time (7:45 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Purple Finch**
2. Eastern Towhee
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Chipping Sparrow
5. Red-winged Blackbird** (v)
6. Eastern Bluebird (v)
7. Savannah Sparrow
8. American Crow*
9. Song Sparrow
10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. Field Sparrow (v)
13. Northern Cardinal** (v)
14. Common Raven
15. American Robin** (v)
16. Yellow-rumped Warbler
17. Herring Gull* (v)
18. Gray Catbird† (v)
19. Tufted Titmouse (v)
20. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
21. Downy Woodpecker (v)
22. Osprey (v)
23. Blue Jay (v)
24. Broad-winged Hawk
25. Turkey Vulture*
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
28. Eastern Phoebe
29. Tree Swallow (v)
30. Black-and-white Warbler† (v)

Elsewhere

31. Wild Turkey
32. Mourning Dove
33. Mallard
34. House Sparrow (v)

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

(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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