28 October 2020

Posts Tagged ‘horned grebe’

High Wind

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Loon with fresh-caught crab, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 23 March 2019.
Loon with fresh-caught crab.

Dog and I got to the hill a bit late this morning, and by the time we did, the wind was high. A trace of snow had fallen overnight, but the temperature was also high—upper-30s (F)—and I knew that’s soon be gone. Bird sightings included those in flight only: gulls, crows, and vultures.

The waves were rockin’ at the harbor, meanwhile, but a loon and some grebes were fishing. Ducks sticking to the calmer river outlet.

And later, during a quick stop in Camden, I spied three crows diving on a red-tailed.

The wind makes you feel alive.

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

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Herring Gull*
5. Turkey Vulture
6. Northern Cardinal** (v)

Elsewhere

7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. American Robin
10. Rock Pigeon
11. Mallard
12. Common Loon
13. Horned Grebe
14. Red-tailed Hawk

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

Grebe, Revisited

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Horned Grebe, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 14 March 2019.
Horned Grebe.

Snowed a little last night, maybe an inch and a half. Wet snow, scenic. Warm this morning—mid-30s (F). A lot of the snow melted by the end of the day.

However, during our mid-morning hike, dog and I encountered a lot of it still. Nice hike. First up the hill even though we didn’t start until 10. I cleaned out a couple bluebird boxes, got wind of several species.

No photos, though, so later we swung by the harbor. Low tide, but an accommodating grebe posed for me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10 a.m., I hiked the open trail

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Downy Woodpecker (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull
8. Mourning Dove
9. American Robin
10. Mallard
11. American Black Duck
12. House Finch (v)
13. Horned Grebe
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Northern Cardinal (v)
16. Turkey Vulture

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

 
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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