24 June 2024

Posts Tagged ‘great black-backed gull’

Return of the Yard Birds

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023
Wild Turkey, Rockport, Maine, 07 March 2023.
Wild Turkeys.

A mostly overcast morning with hints of sun. Breezy, right around freezing. Overall a rather nippy day, but a good hike, with more species than expected. Also met human and dog friends on the hill and hiked together for a time, which was fun.

Still wintry. Back home, in afternoon, a little flock of turkeys ambled through the yard—another sign of the inevitability of spring?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:33 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. Herring Gull
6. Pileated Woodpecker
7. American Goldfinch


8. Blue Jay
9. Dark-eyed Junco
10. Wild Turkey

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


Christmas Count Day

Sunday, December 18th, 2022
Dunlin, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 18 December 2022.
Dunlin at the Rockland Breakwater.

Today was a special day that only happens once a year: Audubon Christmas Bird Count Day. It’d been four years since I’d participated, and I was really looking forward to it. It did not disappoint.

In fact, among the birds we spotted at the Rockland Breakwater (which I hadn’t walked since Jack’s and my return from Salt Lake City back in April) was a lifer for me: Dunlin. Fact is while heading out across the great granite blocks, I nearly stepped on the bird. (OK, it was maybe eight or ten feet away.) There were a pair that I saw (although my birding pals saw a third). Not every day you get a lifer.

Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 December 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Many other species also (see below), and then I returned home for Jack and right away we hiked Beech Hill—albeit a little later than usual.

Notable at the hill were a posing Brown Creeper and the call of an Evening Grosbeak in overflight. Snow up there (not much here, a mile and a half away).

I kinda like the end of the year but, to me, every day is a holiday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
5. Brown Creeper
6. Evening Grosbeak (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)


11. Mallard
12. Herring Gull
13. Great Black-backed Gull
14. Ring-billed Gull
15. House Sparrow
16. House Finch
17. Common Goldeneye
18. Common Loon
19. Horned Grebe
20. Long-tailed Duck
21. Black Guillemot
22. Purple Sandpiper
23. Canada Goose
24. American Wigeon
25. Surf Scoter
26. Bufflehead
27. Red-breasted Merganser
28. Dunlin‡
29. Common Eider
30. Ring-billed Gull

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


Fun Hike

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022
Yellow-rumped Warbler (on bluebird box), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 December 2022.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (on bluebird box).

A morning similar to yesterday’s—low 20s (F), light winds—but nearly cloudless skies. Had few birds to start, but they started showing up eventually.

Most notable was a Ruffed Grouse we flushed, dog and me, as we ascended the upper wooded trail. But I suspected the blue sky and light wind would mean bluebirds (which it did) and yellow-rumps (also did). Two nuthatch species, chickadees and titmice.

All in all a fun hike with my ol’ dog (and best friend) Captain Jack.

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

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
2. American Goldfinch
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker
5. American Crow* (v)
6. Ruffed Grouse
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Northern Flicker
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Eastern Bluebird


12. Great Black-backed Gull
13. Herring Gull
14. Wild Turkey


American Red 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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