26 February 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘merlin’

Early Birds

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Robin on takeoff, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 March 2019.
Robin on takeoff.
European Starling, Rockport, Maine, 21 March 2019.
European Starling.

Chilly early but warmed up quick. Plenty of birds around. Singing cardinals everywhere, and a little falcon at the harbor.

Many spring robins on the hill this morning. Pair of bluebirds again. And a solitary starling on a utility pole.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

10. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
11. Mourning Dove
12. Mallard
13. Common Loon
14. Bufflehead
15. Merlin
16. Rock Pigeon
17. House Finch (v)
18. European Starling

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

Merlin, Rockport, Maine, 21 March 2019.
Merlin at the harbor.

Lowery Sort of Day

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Merlin, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 October 2018.

Merlin.

Drizzle early, rain late. In between times, dog and I hiked a hill—a hill that was having some trail work done, so we hurried past the noise and to the summit, where, at the tip of the tallest tree in the spruce grove, perched a solitary Merlin. Well, I mean, Merlins are mostly solitary—but there it was.

Nice little surprise on a lowery sort of day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Downy Woodpecker (v)
4. Dark-eyed Junco
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. American Crow*
7. Merlin
8. American Robin
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Northern Flicker
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Northern Cardinal (v)

Elsewhere

14. Rock Pigeon

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

 

Warbler and Crow

Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 October 2018.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Not quite as cold, not quite as windy. Overcast for a little while, then the sun came out. Surprise birds—Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch—along with the usual (for the season) crows and yellow-rumps. Plus, I got a very quick glimpse of a Merlin.

American Crow, Rockport, Maine, 19 October 2018.

American Crow.

Earlier, in the front yard by the road, I snapped a portrait of a crow.

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

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. American Crow
3. Downy Woodpecker
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Northern Flicker
6. Brown Creeper
7. Golden-crowned Kinglet
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch
9. Merlin
10. Blue Jay

Elsewhere

11. Herring Gull
12. Rock Pigeon
13. House Sparrow

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

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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