2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘golden-crowned kinglet’

Woodland Birds

Thursday, November 10th, 2022
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 November 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Warmer this morning than a day ago, but with a healthy southwest wind. Did not know what to expect, bird-wise.

Not a lot of species to start (nor photo ops), although the highlight was likely the Merlin that we spooked at the summit and I could not photograph as it flapped swiftly away.

Had only a dozen spp. by the time we returned down the lower wooded trail. Did not expect more. But then I heard the voice of a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and spotted a few, and a Brown Creeper appeared. And, after that little pause to attempt actual bird pics, I heard a pair of bluebirds and watched a gull fly away above the canopy.

Clouds are supposed to gather tomorrow, with rain Friday night. Saturday we might get to hike in afternoon for a change.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow**
2. Tufted Titmouse
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Blue Jay
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. White-throated Sparrow (v)
10. Merlin
11. Purple Finch (v)
12. American Robin (v)
13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
14. Brown Creeper
15. Eastern Bluebird (v)
16. Herring Gull*


17. Northern Cardinal (v)

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



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


22. Mallard


American Red Squirrel

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



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)


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


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


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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