30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘hairy woodpecker’

Thrush Surprise

Sunday, November 27th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Warmish (30s (F)), calm, and mostly clear as dog and I headed up to the wooded trailhead. Although I typically try not to, this morning I had expectations. Expectations because of the calmness, the clearness, the warmish temperatures. I figured we’d see bluebirds, at least.

And I did see bluebirds—later in our hike‚—but not before I saw the most noteworthy species: a lone Hermit Thrush as we were returning up the manicured main trail. Thought it was a sparrow at first so was rather surprised and thrilled to see it. Watched as it left the trail briefly to grab (and swallow) a good-sized caterpillar. Took a few photos before slowly beginning to walk again. Of course it would fly away.

Another nice surprise was a Pileated Woodpecker I happened to spy taking off as we descended back toward the truck. Never got a look at it again.

Supposed to rain overnight. We shall see what Monday morning brings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. White-breasted Nuthatch**

Mammals

American Red Squirrel (v)

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

†First-of-year

A Bluebird Day

Thursday, November 24th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 November 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

Low-20s (F) this morning, but calm as a lazy summer day. And cloudless: not a single cloud in the sky that I could see—not even out over the bay. And quiet, so quiet. Other than a Downy Woodpecker tapping on a tree near the trailhead, the first few birds I didn’t see, I heard. And then came the bunch of chattering chickadees.

They sounded a little upset, the chickadees, and I saw some flitting through the tree trunks, so I trained my binocs in that direction, and I saw it. A Barred Owl, clearly visible in the morning sunlight. Excitedly, I raised my camera—and the owl had left its perch.

Dangit!

But oh, well. I’m used to dipping on photos. Sure, an owl pic is a rare pic (for me, at least), but I felt sure I’d get others this calm day. And I did, on my return with dog up and over the hill, when I good-sized flock of bluebirds appeared.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:34 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Downy Woodpecker
3. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Barred Owl
8. American Crow*
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Northern Flicker
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Northern Harrier
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

16. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Changing Seasons

Saturday, November 19th, 2022
Snow Buntings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 November 2022.
Snow Buntings.

Saw a few Snow Buntings on the hill today—a nippy, clear-sky day with a slight breeze and ice on the trails. Also saw or heard thirteen other species, including a Brown Creeper, a few woodpeckers, yellow-rumps, and a whole mess of bluebirds.

This time of year—so close (a month away) to the winter solstice—has its own familiar feel to it at this latitude (and longitude). I know it well. And I love it, this thrilling, miraculous feeling of the certainty of impending winter, but with brains enough and stores enough to survive until spring.

In just a few weeks the photoperiod will begin again to lengthen. Faith. Faith in our tilted planet’s dependable seasons.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Northern Flicker
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. Snow Bunting
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

15. Mallard
16. Wild Turkey

Mammals

American Red Squirrel (v)

(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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