30 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘house finch’

Winter’s End

Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Yesterday’s snow made the trails challenging this morning, what with the warmer temperatures making things icy. But the sky was blue, and the wind wasn’t too strong, and the birds appeared here and there.

Singers included cardinal, bluebird, titmouse, and chickadee. No snow today, but a whole bunch forecast for tomorrow.

Rather like the winters used to be around here—not quick to give up as the equinox approaches.

Still, we’ll be hiking in a snowstorm tomorrow, dog and I.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Northern Cardinal** (v)
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Herring Gull*
9. House Finch (v)


10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)

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



Wednesday, March 1st, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee (with bayberry), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 March 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee (with bayberry).

It sure enough snowed overnight, as forecast. Rose early, shoveled the drive, then headed up to the trail head with dog and snowshoes. [The snowshoes are always in the bed of my truck, just in case.]

A gloriously sunny morning, with light winds and warmish (upper-20s into the 30s (F)) temperatures, so I thought I might have more bird species on my list than yesterday (when I had three). And I sure enough did—also birds generally, as we encountered a large murder of crows (at least a couple dozen, probably more).

Heard a raven, heard a finch like bird I could not ID (and a couple finches I could). Couple of gulls, couple of cardinals. Singing birds: cardinals, chickadees, and titmice

More snow tomorrow, but warmer so maybe mixed with rain. Guess we’ll find out!

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:58 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. White-breasted Nuthatch
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Northern Cardinal
5. American Goldfinch
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Herring Gull
8. Common Raven
9. House Finch

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


Winter Thrushes

Thursday, February 16th, 2023
Eastern Bluebird proposal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 February 2023.
Eastern Bluebird proposal.

At sunrise this morning, the air temperature was in the 40s (F). (Don’t think it even touched freezing last night.) Also bright and sunny. I was hoping for a bluebird day, but there was quite a little wind at the summit of the hill.

Not huge numbers of birds (or species), but the usual suspects. Titmouse, chickadee, crow, robin. Heard a finch, saw a red-tail (perhaps the most notable sighting today), heard—and spied from a distance (no photos darn it) a big, healthy raven.

Returning up the hill after we’d made the full hike, I heard bluebirds—and sure enough, a pair were hanging out on a bird box near Beech Hill Road. And later, more robins.

Two thrushes that seem to stick around all winter these warmer days.

[In past years, there were always winter days when I had no birds on my list, but not this winter so far.]

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:50 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. American Robin
4. American Crow*
5. House Finch (v)
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. Common Raven
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)


10. Northern Cardinal (v)

(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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