6 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘northern shrike’

Sparrow Before the Storm

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
House Sparrow, Rockland, Maine, 12 February 2019.
House Sparrow.

A bare, cold, breezy morning. An overcast had begun to creep into the sky as Jack and I hiked the hill. Noteworthy bird: a solitary Northern Shrike perched in the tip of one a tree in the spruce grove at the summit. Took off before I could get a decent photo, I didn’t see which direction.

Noteworthy elsewhere, I saw a few turkeys crossing a parking lot a stone’s throw from Route 1, and the friendly little flock of House Sparrows at Good Tern Co-op in Rockland posed for pics.

Tomorrow all will be snow-covered again.

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

1. Black-capped Chickadee*
2. White-breasted Nuthatch*
3. American Robin
4. Northern Shrike

Elsewhere

5. Herring Gull
6. Wild Turkey
7. American Crow
8. Tufted titmouse
9. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Return of the Shrike

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
Northern Shrike, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 February 2019.
Northern Shrike.

It’d been a few weeks—maybe a month or more—since I’d seen one. But there it was, a Northern Shrike, perched alone as they do on the tiniest of twigs at the tip of a young hardwood. Waiting.

As a long-time vegetarian, it might seem ironic how crazy I am about these little meat-eating songbirds, but I am. They’re regular visitors in winter to Beech Hill (although I saw none the past two, for whatever reason), which seems to have perfect habitat. Plenty of small rodents active in the cold season; plenty of mouse and vole tracks in the snow today.

This one didn’t come close, but I got a distant photo. One of six species on the hill on this chilly morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. American Crow*
5. Northern Shrike
6. Common Raven (v)

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull
8. Rock Pigeon
9. House Sparrow (v)
10. Mourning Dove
11. European Starling
12. Great Black-backed Gull

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

Ravens on the Hill

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Common Raven, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 December 2018.

Common Raven.

Muddy morn after a long stretch of rain. Maybe one or two small scraps of snow remain. Temps up to 50 degrees (F) or so. Little birds picking around in the lees of a fairly stout southeast wind—little birds other than three crows and a pair of ravens.

(I like crows a lot. I love ravens.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Ruffed Grouse
4. Northern Shrike
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Common Raven

Elsewhere

7. Herring Gull

v = Voice only
*Also 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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