28 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘killdeer’


Tuesday, April 18th, 2023
Turkey Vulture, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 April 2023.
Turkey Vulture.

A glimpse of sun preceded my morning hike with Captain Jack, but most of the hike itself happened in a hazy fog. Not so drippy as the past couple days, and birdier, but the sun didn’t return until afternoon (after a patch of rain).

No firsts-of-year, but the towhee’s still hanging around. Four woodpecker species, three thrushes, and a random Killdeer flyover. Notable was a late Turkey Vulture—and then seven or eight TVs flew over the house later in the day. Spring migration, y’all.

But, yes, it was a lovely, foggy morning—and in afternoon, between showers, I rode my bike around doing errands. I love this day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:51 a.m. real time (7:51 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Dark-eyed Junco
2. American Robin
3. Song Sparrow**
4. American Goldfinch
5. Northern Cardinal**
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Chipping Sparrow (v)
9. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. American Crow*
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Killdeer
16. Herring Gull* (v)
17. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
18. Brown Creeper (v)
19. Downy Woodpecker (v)
20. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
21. Northern Flicker (v)
22. Eastern Bluebird
23. Blue Jay (v)
24. Turkey Vulture*
25. Brown-headed Cowbird


26. Wild Turkey
27. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

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


Lovely Overcast Morn

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023
Chatty chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 March 2023.
Chatty chickadee.

An overcast morning with temps a bit above freezing and a smattering of drizzle and flurries. But despite the weather, many bird species made themselves heard before we’d proceeded a hundred yards or so up the trail. Over time, the numbers declined—and I broke me multi-day streak of 19 spp. (18 today)—but still a nice day of hiking and birding and being outside.

Notable might’ve been a grackle flyover and a Killdeer flyover (two), but otherwise no firsts-of-year today. Those will come soon enough, though.

Tomorrow will be sun.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7 a.m. sun time (8 stupid DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow*
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee**
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker**
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. White-breasted Nuthatch**
10. American Robin**
11. Herring Gull* (v)
12. Eastern Bluebird
13. Red-winged Blackbird (v)
14. Song Sparrow**
15. Yellow-rumped Warbler
16. Northern Cardinal** (v)
17. Common Grackle (v)
18. Killdeer


19. Mourning Dove
20. House Sparrow (v)
21. Hairy Woodpecker


Eastern Chimpunk

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


End of Winter

Sunday, March 19th, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 March 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

I knew it’d be nippier than yesterday, but wasn’t expecting to get snowed on at dog and I started up the main Beech Hill trail this morning. Sure enough, a brisk west wind was blowing little flakes around, and I was thankful I decied to wear my winter coat. Captain Jack, of course, is always wearing his winter coat.

Not as many bird species as yesterday, but noteworthy were Mourning Dove, Herring Gull, another Killdeer, and a raven.

Spring arrives tomorrow, sneaking up on me. Wonder what spring’ll bring.

(This afternoon, driving Route 90, I spied a solitary Northern Harrier.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:34 a.m. (8:34 fake time), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Mourning Dove (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. Herring Gull*
7. Killdeer (v)
8. Common Raven (v)
9. American Robin (v)


10. Northern Harrier


Eastern Gray Squirrel

(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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