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Posts Tagged ‘peregrine falcon’

So many Monarchs

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Common Raven, Monhegan Island, Maine, 20 September  2015.

Common Raven.

Scrambled around this morning to make sure to get to the boat on time. Made it! And within the hour, daughter and I were setting foot on Monhegan Island. A more magical place I’m not sure I’ve ever been to.

Monarch butterfly, Monhegan Island, Maine, 20 September 2015.

Monarch butterfly.

The usual fall-migration birding hasn’t really taken off yet, from what I understand. And I didn’t spot many species—nor any “lifers” yet, as I seem nearly always to do out here. But it’s great to be here, wonderful to introduce Sarah (no birder, although she likes birds) to the place, Lovely to run into old friends whom I see just once a year.

Perhaps the most inspiring thing I’ve witnessed out here is the large number of Monarch butterflies moving through. What with the bane that is Roundup®, and the decline of milkweed, this lovely butterfly’s numbers have taken a nosedive lately. I’d seen just one this year before setting foot out here—and now, barely ten hours later, I can attest to having seen at least fifty or sixty—plus, a few chrysalises.

Also ravens, sharpies, an Osprey, an oriole, and other birds.

I can hardly believe we’re here for five more days.

Monhegan Island List
Beginning at about 11:30 a.m., I walked around Monhegan.

1. Herring Gull*
5. Northern Mockingbird
6. Northern Flicker
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk
8. Common Raven
9. Osprey
10. Peregrine Falcon
11. Common Grackle
12. Eastern Phoebe
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
15. Song Sparrow
16. European Starling
17. American Crow*
18. Great Cormorant
19. Cedar Waxwing**
20. Common Eider
21. Yellow-rumped Warbler
22. Yellow Warbler
23. Baltimore Oriole


24. Mourning dove
25. Bald Eagle
26. Belted Kingfisher

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


Unexpected peregrine

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2015.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Returning from a late-afternoon event in Camden, I heard  the high cry of a Peregrine Falcon and looked up at the Knox Mill smokestack to see a sudden fluff of pigeon feathers floating away from some construction scaffolding. Listened to a few more cries, watched a few more clouds of feathers. Took a photo of the rising moon.

Moon rising, near Clam Cove, Rockport, Maine, 30 June 2015.

Moon rising.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Redstart**
2. Eastern Towhee (v)
3. Song Sparrow** (v)
4. Cedar Waxwing
5. American Goldfinch** (v)
6. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
7. American Robin (v)
8. Ovenbird (v)
9. Common Yellowthroat**
10. Yellow Warbler (v)
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Gray Catbird
13. Common Raven (v)
14. Purple Finch
15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


16. Eastern Phoebe (v)
17. Herring Gull
18. Mourning Dove
19. House Finch (v)
20. House Sparrow
21. Chimney Swift
22. Rock Pigeon
23. European Starling
24. Peregrine Falcon (v)

v = Voice Only
*Also Elsewhere
**Voice Only Elsewhere


Colorful world

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Southern slope, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 October 2014.

Southern slope.

Today was a busy, breezy, unseasonably warm day without a lot of birds in it. Did not hear or see many at Beech Hill in afternoon, did pass a flock of grazing geese on Meadow Street. But the second species I saw—this morning early, during my first trip out with dog—made me say, “Wow.”

Sumac pennants, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 October 2014.

Sumac pennants.

It was a Peregrine Falcon, a good-sized one, its wingbeats so rapid they were nearly fluttering. A bird on a mission. A big lovely raptor. Just goes to show if you pay attention and look up occasionally, you’re liable to get a thrill.

Visually, the day was wondrous: gray early, sun later—peak fall color, I’d say. You can’t really find adequate words to describe such a colorful world.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Savannah Sparrow
4. American Crow*
5. Blue Jay** (v)


6. Tufted Titmouse (v)
7. Peregrine Falcon
8. Herring Gull
9. Canada Goose

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


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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