31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘pileated woodpecker’

Chilly Blue

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
Snow Bunting, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2023.
Snow Bunting.
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 January 2023.
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Temps in the teens to start—mid-teens, to be specific. A bit of a breeze, but not too strong. Still, I didn’t expect dog and I to encounter very many bird species. I was wrong.

Few coming up through the woods, for sure. But at the summit, bluebirds. And goldfinches. A yellow-rump. Even—down on the other side—the voice of a jay. And returning up the slope, a highlight: a Snow Bunting.

And not done yet! Nearing the end of our hike, I heard the voice of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Even got a couple photos of the bird. And then a Brown Creeper appeared.

Honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun this morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Robin (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Goldfinch
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
9. Snow Bunting
10. Golden-crowned Kinglet
11. Brown Creeper


12. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
13. Wild Turkey

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


Winter Comes

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022
American Crow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 December 2022.
American Crow.

I didn’t bundle up too much for my hike with dog this morning. That’s because the forecast called for calm air and some sun. It was quite calm, in fact, but also mostly overcast early—still, it was a lovely day, and comfortable excursion for both of us.

Penobscot Bay, from Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 21 December 2022.
Penobscot Bay.

More species than yesterday, but fewer photo ops. In fact, the only bird I got a photo of was a crow that happened to fly over our path. (I did miss a few pics of too-quick-moving smaller birds.) But the light over the bay was wondrous, and the air tasted wonderful, and Captain Jack got to smell a bunch of smells and lead me quickly back to the pickup at the end of things.

Now that it’s evening, winter has come. Tomorrow’s will be our first hike in the new season.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:12 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
2. Yellow-rumped Warbler
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. American Crow
6. Brown Creeper
7. Red Crossbill (v)
8. American Goldfinch (v)
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. House Finch (v)


12. Herring Gull

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


Blue Sky Day

Sunday, December 4th, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 04 December 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker.

This morning was a different sort of morning from yesterday morning. Clear, not overcast; breeze, not wind; chilly, not icy. As a result, many more bird species.

Most notable? A trio of woodpeckers. Down in the lower woods, I heard a couple of woodpeckers pecking on trees: a deep, slow pecking and a brighter, more percussive pecking. The first turned out to be (as I suspected) a Pileated Woodpecker, and the second, a Hairy Woodpecker. Soon after, I spied a downy—thus the trio.

Also bluebirds. Also juncos, and a solitary yellow-rump.

Kinda looking forward to tomorrow (forecast sounds similar, but maybe warmer).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:44 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Purple Finch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. Downy Woodpecker
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Eastern Bluebird
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Dark-eyed Junco


12. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel
American Red Squirrel

(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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