2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘northern harrier’

A Bluebird Day

Thursday, November 24th, 2022
Eastern Bluebird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 November 2022.
Eastern Bluebird.

Low-20s (F) this morning, but calm as a lazy summer day. And cloudless: not a single cloud in the sky that I could see—not even out over the bay. And quiet, so quiet. Other than a Downy Woodpecker tapping on a tree near the trailhead, the first few birds I didn’t see, I heard. And then came the bunch of chattering chickadees.

They sounded a little upset, the chickadees, and I saw some flitting through the tree trunks, so I trained my binocs in that direction, and I saw it. A Barred Owl, clearly visible in the morning sunlight. Excitedly, I raised my camera—and the owl had left its perch.

Dangit!

But oh, well. I’m used to dipping on photos. Sure, an owl pic is a rare pic (for me, at least), but I felt sure I’d get others this calm day. And I did, on my return with dog up and over the hill, when I good-sized flock of bluebirds appeared.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:34 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. Downy Woodpecker
3. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Barred Owl
8. American Crow*
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Northern Flicker
12. Blue Jay (v)
13. Northern Harrier
14. Eastern Bluebird
15. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

16. Northern Cardinal (v)

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Clear and Cold

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
Three ravens, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 November 2022.
Three ravens.
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 November 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Sub-freezing temps when dog and I reached the trailhead this morning. The air was calm, however, and the feel of it wasn’t as cold as yesterday’s windy day. Wore new winter boots, and my feet stayed real warm.

Few birds early, but eventually some excitement. First, three woodpecker species (visible from the same vantage), then a harrier, which somehow got tangled in leftover blueberry-pick twine. (I quickly managed to release the bird and took down some of the twine; will take down more tomorrow.)

Finally, a group of five ravens very high in the sky headed south a ways. Three of them huddled together, occasionally dive-bombing each other. It was quite a sight to see.

Tomorrow’s supposed to come rains (and possibly ice/snow). Our trip might be a quick one.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. American Robin
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. Northern Flicker
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Black-capped Chickadee**
10. Northern Harrier
11. Tufted Titmouse (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch
13. Common Raven
14. Dark-eyed Junco

Elsewhere

15. Canada Goose (v)

Mammals

Raccoon (tracks)

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

†First-of-year

More Harrier Action

Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 05 November 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Dog and I had a nice long hike today with our friends Joe and Amy—including a stretch of the Erickson Fields trail. Not a whole lot of birds, but enough to make things interesting.

Especially interesting was yet another harrier experience: crows mobbed the bird, which rose and dipped (as usual), and then a Merlin appeared and began zipping all over the place, chasing whatever it could. When the harrier finally decided to move on, the little falcon stuck around and began to dive bomb the crows. Was a lot of fun.

Final bird? A high-flying eagle that Joe spotted. Nice end to a nice hike with friends.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Robin
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. Blue Jay**
5. Yellow-rumped Warbler
6. Tufted Titmouse**
7. Northern Cardinal
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Northern Flicker
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. American Goldfinch
12. Northern Harrier
13. Merlin
14. Herring Gull
15. Great Black-backed Gull
16. Common Raven
17. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

18. Wild Turkey

(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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