31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘house sparrow’

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)

Elsewhere

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

†First-of-year
‡Lifer

Fox Sparrows

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
Fox Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 November 2022.
Fox Sparrow.

Dawn this morning came little later than yesterday, and much brighter. Nearly cloudless, with angular sun spreading through the now-mostly-ochre wooded Beech Hill trails. Didn’t know what to expect, bird-wise.

And had a couple nice surprises. Most exciting: a pair of Fox Sparrows that appeared just about where I’d last seen some several years ago (but in spring). Recognized ’em right away.

Also had a bunch of thrushes—robins and bluebirds—a random gull, and three woodpecker species.

It was a quick hike (had an early appointment) but a very satisfying one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Purple Finch (v)
2. American Robin
3. American Crow*
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Tufted Titmouse
9. Herring Gull*
10. Fox Sparrow†
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. White-throated Sparrow (v)
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Blue Jay** (v)
16. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

17. Northern Cardinal
18. House Sparrow (v)
19. Ring-billed Gull

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk
American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Cooler

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
Eastern Wood-pewee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 July 2022.
Eastern Wood-pewee.

After the thundershowers of yesterday, things cooled off overnight. This morning was nearly cloudless when dog and I headed up the trail, and the air was a lot cooler than the past few. Plus, at the summit, a nice southwesterly breeze ruffed our hair. (Well, Jack’s, as I don’t have a lot left these days.)

Things started pretty slow, but took off eventually, with a nice number of species—including a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Nashville Warbler, and a Great Blue Heron flying out out toward the bay.

In short, we had a good time of it. With more summer fun to come.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:03 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. Northern Cardinal* (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. American Crow*
7. Eastern Towhee
8. Eastern Wood-pewee
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch
12. Hermit Thrush
13. Tufted Titmouse
14. Common Yellowthroat
15. Alder Flycatcher (v)
16. Song Sparrow**
17. Gray Catbird
18. Chestnut-sided Warbler
19. Ovenbird (v)
20. Herring Gull*
21. Field Sparrow
22. Cedar Waxwing
23. Yellow Warbler
24. American Robin
25. Northern Flicker (v)
26. Blue Jay (v)
27. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
28. Nashville Warbler
29. Broad-winged Hawk
30. Eastern Phoebe
31. Great Blue Heron†
32. Turkey Vulture
33. Eastern Bluebird (v)
34. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

35. Mourning Dove
36. House Sparrow

(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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