24 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘red-bellied woodpecker’

Thick Spring Fog

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023
Pileated Woodpecker (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 23 March 2023.
Pileated Woodpecker (female) on a foggy morn.

Was supposed to rain lightly today, but dog and I awoke to a foggy morning. And it remained foggy—a thick fog, a calm atmosphere—throughout our two-hour hike up the hill.

Didn’t expect much in the way of photos—and wasn’t sure of bird numbers, either—but was pleasantly surprised in both cases. Had thirteen species, and a few half-way-decent photos, a first-of-year kinglet, and a decent pic of a female Pileated Woodpecker.

Pretty sure we’re supposed to get a little sun tomorrow. Maybe we’ll even get another first-of-year bird.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 6:58 a.m. (7:58 stupid DST), I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
5. Blue Jay (v)
6. Herring Gull* (v)
7. Eastern Bluebird
8. Pileated Woodpecker
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Red-winged Blackbird (v)


14. European Starling (v)
15. Mallard
16. Rock Pigeon


American Red Squirrel

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


After the Storm

Sunday, March 5th, 2023
Black-capped Chickadee, Beech Hill Preserve, Rokport, Maine, 05 March 2023.
Black-capped Chickadee.

A sunnier, warmer, calmer morning than yesterday’s. Again, we were the first up the wooded trails. Not a whole lot of species on today’s list—and nobody was overly willing to pose for photos—but not a bad day of birding.

Considering the light breeze and low temps and heavy snow cover, several species were out and about. The showshoe hike was kinda exhausting, though, to tell you the truth—primarily because I wanted to make things easy on Captain Jack.

Wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:07 a.m., I hiked (most) all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee**
3. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
4. American Crow*
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
7. Eastern Bluebird (v)


8. Northern Cardinal (v)
9. Blue Jay (v)
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. Herring Gull
12. American Robin

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


Winter’s End

Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Yesterday’s snow made the trails challenging this morning, what with the warmer temperatures making things icy. But the sky was blue, and the wind wasn’t too strong, and the birds appeared here and there.

Singers included cardinal, bluebird, titmouse, and chickadee. No snow today, but a whole bunch forecast for tomorrow.

Rather like the winters used to be around here—not quick to give up as the equinox approaches.

Still, we’ll be hiking in a snowstorm tomorrow, dog and I.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:36 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse
4. Northern Cardinal** (v)
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. American Goldfinch (v)
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Herring Gull*
9. House Finch (v)


10. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)

(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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