21 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘hairy woodpecker’

Pileated

Thursday, October 12th, 2023
Pileated Woodpecker (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 12 October 2023.
Pileated Woodpecker (female).

A similar start to yesterday’s hike—rather late up the main trail, overcast, damp, nippy, calm—but with a little sun brightening things up after a while. The sun also warmed things up. And birds were active.

Notable were a pair of larks, a loon in overflight, the croaks of a raven—and a rare glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker.

Pileateds themselves aren’t rare in the woods, but they’re good at making themselves scarce. Often you’ll hear their loud, distinctive call, and sometimes you can track one by its especially loud hammering. But I do love to get a peek at these lovely birds. Today’s female posed for a photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:04 a.m. EST (9:04 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Song Sparrow (v)
2. Blue Jay
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch
6. Common Yellowthroat (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Northern Flicker
9. Common Loon
10. Horned Lark
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Brown Creeper (v)
16. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
17. White-breasted Nuthatch
18. Common Raven (v)
19. Pileated Woodpecker

Elsewhere

20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Woodpeckers

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023
Hairy Woodpecker (male), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 10 October 2023.
Hairy Woodpecker (male).

A mostly sunny morning for Captain Jack and me, but also a chilly one (temps in low–50s (F) to start). Still, a much birdier hike than in recent days.

Yellow-rumps still, late-to-migrate catbirds and towhees and thrushes and vireo. A kinglet. The usual chickadees and jays and crows. And three woodpecker species.

Most woodpeckers hereabouts don’t migrate, which makes their presence comforting in a way. Flickers will move around some in the colder months, but for several years now a few have wintered over.

I truly do appreciate our resident woodpeckers.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:40 a.m. EST (8:40 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Downy Woodpecker (v)
2. Blue Jay**
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo
7. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. American Crow* (v)
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Northern Flicker (v)
13. Tufted Titmouse (v)
14. American Goldfinch (v)
15. Gray Catbird (v)
16. Eastern Towhee (v)

Elsewhere

17. Rock Pigeon
18. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk

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

†First-of-year

Thrushes

Sunday, October 8th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 08 October 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

A gray overcast greeted dog and me as we started up the main trail this morning, with chilly, windy, misty air. After a while the sky turned partly sunny—still, the wooded trails were streams from the big rains, and I slipped in the mud at one point. (No damage done.)

In such adverse conditions (possibly also an inconvenient wind direction), few birds species made themselves known. But we always seem to find delights. Like the scattering of Hermit Thrushes we startled in the woods.

They’re the commonest thrush on the hill these days, but they only sing that ephemeral song in spring‚ and they’ll be moving south pretty soon anyway.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:32 a.m. EST (8:32 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Wild Turkey
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Eastern Towhee (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Song Sparrow
8. American Crow*
9. Hermit Thrush
10. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull

Mammals

Meadow Vole

(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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