31 January 2023

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More Sparrows

Monday, October 10th, 2022
Swamp Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 October 2022.
Swamp Sparrow.

Chilly air this morning, but mostly calm, with little bit of sun early, then overcast. Captain Jack and I loved this day—loved our hike. Both us old guys. No denying it.

Jack had smells—loads and loads of smells—to investigate. He plunged his face in the grass, he raised his nose into the air. I looked and listened for birds. We both found the objects of our interest. In my case, woodpeckers, finches, corvids, many yellow-rumps, miscellaneous other species—and sparrows.

About thirty White-throated Sparrows in fact. Tons of that species moving through. A couple or three towhees. A couple or three Song Sparrows. A couple or three Swamp Sparrows. I only see the latter on the hill during migration—and this year seems to have been fruitful for the species.

I love warblers, I love hawks, I love thrushes, I love a lot of bird families—among them (dearly) sparrows.

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

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Robin
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. American Crow
7. Eastern Towhee
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
10. Blue Jay (v)
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Purple Finch (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Gray Catbird (v)
16. American Goldfinch
17. Swamp Sparrow
18. Dark-eyed Junco
19. Northern Flicker
20. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
21. Hairy Woodpecker

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Fall Lusciousness

Sunday, October 9th, 2022
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 October 2022.
Red-bellied Woodpecker.

At dawn, my indoor-outdoor thermometer showed thirties (F) first thing. By the time dog and I headed up the hill, it had risen to about 40°—and mostly sunny. An absolutely lovely, colorful woodland, with little birds flitting around in the periphery.

Granted, most of these birds were yellow-rumps, but I also heard the (off-season) booming of a Ruffed Grouse and the teeny of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Another Swamp Sparrow—bunch of sparrows moving through—and plenty of woodpeckers. A fun hike.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

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

1. American Crow**
2. Blue Jay** (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Eastern Bluebird (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Hermit Thrush
8. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9. Ruffed Grouse (booming)
10. American Robin
11. Downy Woodpecker (v)
12. Northern Flicker
13. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
14. Gray Catbird
15. White-throated Sparrow*
16. American Goldfinch (v)
17. Song Sparrow (v)
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Swamp Sparrow
20. Common Raven
21. Black-and-white Warbler
22. Red-bellied Woodpecker

Elsewhere

23. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Sparrow

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Rained overnight, and the damp understory made me happy (and a little wet and muddy). Fewer ticks than yesterday (one on Jack), but a nice variety of species.

Aside from the usual—a random Swamp Sparrow. Near the summit, in the brushy barrens. First swamp, then Savannah, then song (then, soon after, towhee). Four sparrows, three corvids, two woodpeckers, two nuthatches, two tits (chickadee, titmouse), and a really nice sky.

Note: Full fall color will be later this year on account of global warming.

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

1. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
5. Northern Flicker (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee*
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Robin (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. American Goldfinch (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Purple Finch (v)
15. White-throated Sparrow* (v)
16. Swamp Sparrow
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow
19. Blue Jay (v)
20. Eastern Towhee (v)
21. Eastern Phoebe
22. Common Raven (v)
23. Northern Cardinal** (v)

Elsewhere

24. Carolina Wren
25. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

(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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