30 November 2023

Posts Tagged ‘mourning dove’

Onward, thru the Fog!

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
White-crowned Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 October 2023.
White-crowned Sparrow.

Today dawned foggy. Very, very foggy. When dog and I started up the trailhead, it felt like we were wandering around in a cloud. Foggy, wet, calm—and yet surprisingly birdy for such conditions. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers still, along with bunches of chickadees in the woods.

Most notable was a solitary White-crowned Sparrow that had been chasing after a yellow-rump when it decided to stop and check the trail for seeds. I only see white-crowns at just about this time of year.

Onward!

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. White-throated Sparrow (v)
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Northern Flicker (v)
5. White-crowned Sparrow†
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Gray Catbird (v)
8. American Robin (v)
9. Song Sparrow
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Blue Jay** (v)

Elsewhere

13. Northern Cardinal (v)
14. Mourning Dove
15. Wild Turkey
16. Herring Gull
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Canada Goose (v)

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Sharpie

Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 September 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.).

It was a cool and overcast morning, a kind of weather I truly love to hike in. Something about that layer of clouds above makes me feel safe, like a soft, protective ceiling. And Captain Jack, with his thick fur coat, liked the coolness.

Yesterday’s wayward solo lark appeared again. So did at least one raven—and, most surprisingly, a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I heard a jay first, just ahead of us around a leafy corner, then the hawk. It’s bright rapid cries made me stop in my tracks. I peaked around the leafy corner, and danged if the bird didn’t allow me a decent photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:08 a.m. EST (8:08 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Blue Jay**
8. Horned Lark
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Common Raven
12. American Goldfinch**
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. American Robin (v)
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. White-throated Sparrow (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Many Birdies

Thursday, September 21st, 2023
Hermit Thrush (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 September 2023.
Hermit Thrush (immature).

This morning was clear and cool and breezy and lovely—one of my favorite mornings in a long time, weather-wise. But also a favorite, bird-wise. Not only did many show up, but quite a few posed for photos.

My favorite of the bunch (photo, not bird) was the cooperative young thrush you see here.

(Note: I heard the notes of a White-throated Sparrow this morning, first since spring. Another of several recent signs of fall migration.)

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:23 a.m. EST (8:23 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Broad-winged Hawk
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Red-eyed Vireo
8. White-throated Sparrow (v)
9. American Crow*
10. Common Yellowthroat
11. Gray Catbird (v)
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. American Robin (v)
14. Eastern Towhee (v)
15. Northern Parula
16. Northern Flicker (v)
17. Osprey
18. Common Raven
19. Song Sparrow
20. Turkey Vulture
21. American Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

22. Carolina Wren (v)
23. Mallard
24. Rock Pigeon
25. Herring Gull

(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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