9 July 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘great black-backed gull’

Bluebirds

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 25 July 2019.
Eastern Bluebird .

This morning was a morning of catbirds and bluebirds. Catbirds mewing everywhere under the cool early overcast. And bluebirds fluttering around the summit in high numbers.

The bluebirds upstaged the catbirds, in fact, as gangs of five or six—adults and youngsters—fluttered and called together, practicing high flight and (perhaps) plucking flies from mid-air.

One adult male even stopped to pose against the blue bay.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Robin
2. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Chestnut-sided Warbler**
7. Gray Catbird**
8. Song Sparrow**
9. Northern Cardinal** (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow*
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Herring Gull*
13. Common Yellowthroat
14. Yellow Warbler (v)
15. Mourning Dove*
16. American Goldfinch**
17. Cedar Waxwing
18. Eastern Phoebe*
19. Eastern Bluebird

Elsewhere

20. Rock Pigeon
21. Great Black-backed Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Water Birds

Monday, March 11th, 2019
Red-necked Grebe, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 11 March 2019.
Red-necked Grebe.
Loon with crab, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 11 March 2019.
Loon with crab.

A warm, thawy, slushy, breezy morning. Several birds on the hill—including a fly-by Red-tailed Hawk—but I figured I’d swing by the harbor anyway, see what’s what. Windier when I got there at high tide, but the water birds were cooperative. In fact, I saw the first Red-Necked Grebe I’ve seen in I don’t know how long exactly.

Loon eating a crab, pair of Horned Grebes, black-backs. Good times.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse**
3. American Crow*
4. Northern Cardinal** (v)
5. American Robin
6. Herring Gull*
7. Red-tailed Hawk
8. Black-capped Chickadee**

Elsewhere

9. Wild Turkey
10. Rock Pigeon
11. Mallard
12. Great Black-backed Gull
13. Common Loon
14. Horned Grebe
15. Red-necked Grebe†
16. Turkey Vulture†

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere
†First-of-year bird

Brown Creeper at Breakfast

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 February 2019.
Brown Creeper.

As soon as I got out of the truck with Jack this morning, I heard the voice of a Brown Creeper in the trees above us. Didn’t take long to spot it, poking about in the trunks and branches. Nice start to a nice hike.

All sun, few clouds. Quite cold, little wind. Half a dozen birds on the hill—and a couple more elsewhere.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Brown Creeper
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. American Goldfinch

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull
8. Rock Pigeon
9. Great Black-backed Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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