28 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘garter snake’

Shy Sparrow

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
Glimpse of White-throated Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 October 2023.
Glimpse of White-throated Sparrow.

The past few mornings of hiking the hill with dog, I’ve heard the distinctive tseet! note of migrating White-throated Sparrows. I’ve had no good looks at white-throats—they mostly flit through leafy tangles, staying out of sight—but they’re always on the move this time of year.

Today, surprisingly, I had a chance glimpse of one along the wooded trail and managed a (not great) photo. Ta-da!!

You never know in early October. Wonder what we’ll encounter tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:39 a.m. EST (8:39 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. Eastern Bluebird (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
6. Blue Jay**
7. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Hermit Thrush
10. White-throated Sparrow**
11. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
12. Gray Catbird (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. American Robin (v)

Elsewhere

16. Mallard
17. American Crow
18. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

Reptiles

Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

Flitting Things

Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

This morning dog and I hiked a calm, cool quiet, early autumn trail. Migration was going on—many yellow-rumps, a kinglet, White-throated Sparrows—but after four sweet days on an island, it felt mostly like being back amid close family.

Best family photo? A close-up of a resident chickadee.

[On our morning hike, I dropped my Garmin device. Didn’t notice till we got back to the truck. So in afternoon, I went back without Jack—and, by golly, someone had found it and left it on a bench at the hut. Added a raven.]

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:03 a.m. EST (9:03 DST) and again at 1:09 (2:09), I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Hermit Thrush
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
8. American Crow*
9. Gray Catbird
10. Eastern Towhee (v)
11. Blue Jay** (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Tufted Titmouse (v)
15. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
16. Common Raven

Elsewhere

17. Mallard
18. Northern Cardinal (v)
19. Herring Gull
20. House Sparrow (v)

Reptiles

Garter Snake

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

†First-of-year

Cooler

Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Song Sparrow on goldenrod, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 July 2023.
Song Sparrow on goldenrod.

Last night’s soaking rain sure enough cooled things down a lot and got rid of the recent humidity. Jack had a much easier time of this morning’s hike—as, I suppose, did I.

But there were fewer flying insects. Perhaps that’s why things were so quiet, bird-wise. Fewer species on my list than in many weeks. But a couple of noteworthy ones: Wood Thrush, Herring Gull, Barn Swallow.

Also, in a chance meeting, I had a nice long chat with three long-time friends I hadn’t seen (or talked to) in a while. Kind of the day’s highlight.

Unless, of course, you count the handsome Eastern Coyote that showed up in the yard this early morning.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 6:56 a.m. EST (7:56 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Wood Thrush (v)
5. Eastern Towhee
6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing
8. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. American Crow*
11. Gray Catbird
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Herring Gull*
14. Song Sparrow*
15. Barn Swallow
16. American Robin*
17. Blue Jay (v)
18. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
19. Common Yellowthroat (v)

Elsewhere

20. Mourning Dove
21. Osprey
22. House Sparrow
23. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
24. Laughing Gull
25. Rock Dove

Mammals

Eastern Coyote

Reptiles

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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