31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘European starling’

Quiet Morn

Monday, December 19th, 2022
Chickadee in the bayberries, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 December 2022.
Chickadee in the bayberries.

The day dawned brighter than expected, with a temperate right about freezing. A bit of a breeze, but not too strong. Snow still covering much of the earth—though quite a bit has vanished overnight.

My hike with dog was a quiet one. Not a bunch of birds, but at least a chickadee angling for bayberries posed for a photo.

(One mammal: Red Squirrel.)

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:01 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse**
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. American Goldfinch

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull
8. European Starling

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Harrier

Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Still in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the trail this a.m. Bright, though, with barely a breeze, and the birds began to let themselves be heard—and seen. Chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, woodpeckers, jays. They even showed up in numbers: a whole bunch of bluebirds in flight, even more robins bouncing around the treetops, and dozens of cawing crows.

But most fun for me were hawks. First, I spied a Cooper’s Hawk (which had the robins nervous), and later we came upon a handsome Northern Harrier, patrolling low above the blueberry barrens as they do here in both spring and fall. Got a glimpse of one last month, and now another in October.

It’ll be nice to see a “gray ghost” come spring.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. American Crow
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Northern Harrier
15. Savannah Sparrow
16. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

17. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
18. Rock Pigeon
19. European Starling
20. Rock Pigeon

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Golden Morning

Friday, October 21st, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 October 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

Dog and I hit the trail as the sun was rising in nearly cloudless skies, illuminating the reds and ochres and yellows of October up here on the 44th parallel. Nippy—40s (F)—but not as much breeze as yesterday, and there were birds about.

In fact, besides the still numerous yellow-rumps, my most notable sightings were a Great Black-backed Gull (flying over), a tight flock of starlings (flying low with a gang of crows), and a solitary kinglet. Meanwhile, back at home, a group of nine Wild Turkeys decided to browse in the big west yard.

I so love autumn that I could live this lovely day all over again.

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

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

Elsewhere

22. Wild Turkey

Mammals

American Red 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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