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Redbird

Friday, November 4th, 2022
Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 November 2022.
Northern Cardinal.

Only occasionally do I see cardinals at Beech Hill, and usually only along the roadsides at either parking lot. Today I encountered three, very near the summit. I couldn’t figure out exactly what they were up to—other than a young one seemed to be calling to an adult, while the adult looked to be hiding out in a bush. (Thinking about it now, it sounds familiar in a human sort of way.) But one of the birds flitted up directly in front of dog and me, then sat there, waiting for me to take it’s photograph.

Thanks, cardinal.

Otherwise, another harrier (this time being harassed by crows), a random towhee (I thought they’d all gone by now), and my first Pileated Woodpecker in a while, down in the woodlands. And a lot of other cool birds.

I feel lucky to be allowed to hike Beech Hill every day with my best friend.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:07 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Crow*
4. White-breasted Nuthatch**
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. American Robin
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Pileated Woodpecker
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Northern Cardinal**
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Tufted Titmouse*
16. Golden-crowned Kinglet
17. Brown Creeper (v)
18. Purple Finch
19. Northern Harrier
20. Dark-eyed Junco
21. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

22. Mallard

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Kinglets

Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 October 2022.
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

The day dawned mostly cloudy, or rather foggy below and hazy above, with a little bit of sunlight filtering through. Chilly, but with the promise of warming. Dog and I slept a little late—convenient for the coming switch to Standard Time—so arrived a bit late to the hill, main trail.

Within a hundred yards, I had a dozen species on my list. Birds everywhere during that first roadside stretch—including a pair of kinglet species. The golden-crowned actually posed for a pic.

Happened to rendezvous with a couple of our friends, and we proceeded up the slope with company and good conversation—and bluebirds, and a White-crowned Sparrow. Eventually headed down the wooded trail alone, just the two of us, as we’re accustomed to doing. Got a Hairy Woodpecker and a titmouse down there.

If I were living in the movie Groundhog Day, I wouldn’t mind reliving this morning a time or two. And tomorrow comes sweet, sweet rain.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:20 a.m., I hiked all trails.

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

Elsewhere

22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Hermit Thrush

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Woods, Field, Sky

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
Glimpse of Mourning Dove, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 October 2022.
Glimpse of Mourning Dove.

Another clear cool morning, with a slight breeze. Really beautiful fall woods and fields and sky. Also quite a few birds on the hill.

A couple of thrush species, a couple of corvids, a couple of finches, a couple of woodpeckers, a couple of nuthatches, four sparrows. A gull. Many, many yellow-rumps (again). Other native year-round species—and a kestrel at the end.

Cloudy tomorrow, some rain next week. A rich and varied place this is.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:09 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Blue Jay
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Brown Creeper
6. Eastern Bluebird (v)
7. Purple Finch (v)
8. American Crow
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. American Robin (v)
12. American Goldfinch (v)
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Eastern Towhee (v)
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Song Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. American Kestrel

Mammals

American Red Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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