30 November 2022

Posts Tagged ‘mallard’

Changing Seasons

Saturday, November 19th, 2022
Snow Buntings, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 November 2022.
Snow Buntings.

Saw a few Snow Buntings on the hill today—a nippy, clear-sky day with a slight breeze and ice on the trails. Also saw or heard thirteen other species, including a Brown Creeper, a few woodpeckers, yellow-rumps, and a whole mess of bluebirds.

This time of year—so close (a month away) to the winter solstice—has its own familiar feel to it at this latitude (and longitude). I know it well. And I love it, this thrilling, miraculous feeling of the certainty of impending winter, but with brains enough and stores enough to survive until spring.

In just a few weeks the photoperiod will begin again to lengthen. Faith. Faith in our tilted planet’s dependable seasons.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Northern Flicker
10. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
11. Snow Bunting
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

Elsewhere

15. Mallard
16. Wild Turkey

Mammals

American Red Squirrel (v)

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

†First-of-year

Bluebirds

Friday, November 18th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 November 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

A morning much like yesterday’s—a bit colder (20s (F)), not quite as breezy, perhaps a bit more overcast. Not as many bird species, but quite a few more individual birds.

The species with the most numbers: yellow-rumps. Goldfinches came in a close second. Also a bunch of chickadees. Three woodpecker species, several crows—and even a departing raven. But most noteworthy would be the bluebirds.

A little gang at the summit, perching, posing. Even a single individual way down by the wooded trailhead. Any day with bluebirds—even a nippy day in November—is a good ’un.

(Also notable: en route early, saw a handsome buck loping across a field.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:19 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Tufted Titmouse (v)
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Downy Woodpecker
9. Northern Flicker (v)
10. Common Raven

Elsewhere

11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Mallard (v)
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Herring Gull

Mammals

White-tailed Deer
American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Redbird

Friday, November 4th, 2022
Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 04 November 2022.
Northern Cardinal.

Only occasionally do I see cardinals at Beech Hill, and usually only along the roadsides at either parking lot. Today I encountered three, very near the summit. I couldn’t figure out exactly what they were up to—other than a young one seemed to be calling to an adult, while the adult looked to be hiding out in a bush. (Thinking about it now, it sounds familiar in a human sort of way.) But one of the birds flitted up directly in front of dog and me, then sat there, waiting for me to take it’s photograph.

Thanks, cardinal.

Otherwise, another harrier (this time being harassed by crows), a random towhee (I thought they’d all gone by now), and my first Pileated Woodpecker in a while, down in the woodlands. And a lot of other cool birds.

I feel lucky to be allowed to hike Beech Hill every day with my best friend.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:07 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Crow*
4. White-breasted Nuthatch**
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. American Robin
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Pileated Woodpecker
11. Eastern Bluebird
12. Northern Cardinal**
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. Eastern Towhee
15. Tufted Titmouse*
16. Golden-crowned Kinglet
17. Brown Creeper (v)
18. Purple Finch
19. Northern Harrier
20. Dark-eyed Junco
21. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

22. Mallard

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

(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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