2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘pine siskin’

Few Species

Monday, November 28th, 2022
Glimpse of Northern Cardinal, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 November 2022.
Glimpse of Northern Cardinal.

A cool morning, not cold. Sun at first, then overcast. The bay reflecting a beautiful, dramatic, moody sky. Few birds, though. And only one half-way decent photo of a cardinal.

But that’s all right. Captain Jack and I had our usual fun time absorbing the landscape, the air, the temperature, the sights the smells.

We’ll do it again tomorrow.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:51 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Northern Cardinal
7. Evening Grosbeak (v)

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

†First-of-year

Thrush Surprise

Sunday, November 27th, 2022
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 November 2022.
Hermit Thrush.

Warmish (30s (F)), calm, and mostly clear as dog and I headed up to the wooded trailhead. Although I typically try not to, this morning I had expectations. Expectations because of the calmness, the clearness, the warmish temperatures. I figured we’d see bluebirds, at least.

And I did see bluebirds—later in our hike‚—but not before I saw the most noteworthy species: a lone Hermit Thrush as we were returning up the manicured main trail. Thought it was a sparrow at first so was rather surprised and thrilled to see it. Watched as it left the trail briefly to grab (and swallow) a good-sized caterpillar. Took a few photos before slowly beginning to walk again. Of course it would fly away.

Another nice surprise was a Pileated Woodpecker I happened to spy taking off as we descended back toward the truck. Never got a look at it again.

Supposed to rain overnight. We shall see what Monday morning brings.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:41 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Crow* (v)
5. American Robin
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Purple Finch (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Pine Siskin (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Hermit Thrush
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. White-breasted Nuthatch**

Mammals

American Red Squirrel (v)

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

†First-of-year

Possible Owl

Friday, November 11th, 2022
Pileated Woodpecker, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 11 November 2022.
Pileated Woodpecker.

I thought I saw an owl this morning. I feel pretty sure I did see an owl, in fact. A Barred Owl is my guess. But all I really saw was a hawk-sized brown bird float silently down between the (similarly brown) tree trunks along the trail I was hiking with Jack-my-dog. “Hawk!” was my first thought. But the broad-wings are gone—and at this season, what other hawk would decide to hang out among the trunks of a forested hillside?

Without a sure ID, of course, I couldn’t add the bird to my list today. Nor could I add two species with very different unfamiliar calls. I could add the woodcock we flushed, though. And a Pileated Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:10 a.m., I hiked all trails (and then some).

1. American Goldfinch**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay
4. American Crow*
5. Pileated Woodpecker
6. Pine Siskin (v)
7. American Woodcock
8. Song Sparrow
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. American Robin
11. Northern Flicker (v)
12. Purple Finch (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird (v)

Elsewhere

14. Northern Cardinal (v)
15. 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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