31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘red-breasted nuthatch’

Sun & Species

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockoprt, Maine, 25 January 2023.
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Early temps in the low-20s (F) and a mostly clear morning sky. Again we were alone on the hill, dog and I—although I did spy one man and dog from a distance—aside from nice number of bird species compared to recent days. Early on, I heard a kinglet, spotted the bird, and it posed more than a second, so I got a photo or two.

Otherwise just one posing chickadee—although in later morning, doing errands, I spied a Bald Eagle flying over Route 1.

Snow this evening, rain tomorrow. Ah, the new version of winter in Maine.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:10 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Golden-crowned Kinglet
4. American Robin
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker


10. Herring Gull
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Bald Eagle

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


Birds’ Return

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 January 2023.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

The landscape was iced over this morning when dog and I headed up for a daily Beech Hill hike. But the winds were much calmer than yesterday, and the temperature was mild (for winter), and the sun began to peek through the clouds. I had hope such conditions would lure a few birds out.

And it happened. Eight species showed up during our time on the hill, and a nuthatch even posed for photos.

But temperatures for the next couple days will exceed freezing, and that’ll be followed up by snow (so they say), so there’s no telling what’ll appear these next few crazy days.

Whatever it is, we’ll be ready for it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:34 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. American Goldfinch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Canada Goose (v)
5. Downy Woodpecker (v)
6. Red-breasted Nuthatch
7. Common Raven
8. American Robin* (v)


9. Northern Cardinal (v)
10. Mallard
11. Herring Gull

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


Wind (and Rain)

Friday, January 13th, 2023
Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 13 January 2023.
Brown Creeper.

Big rains overnight, and a crazy temperature this morning of 50 degrees (F). Anthropogenic warming is so affecting this particular patch of the planet. (I hear Maine snowmobile fanatics have nowhere to go.)

So I didn’t expect much action this very windy morning. Found a good time to hike with Captain Jack—a lull in the rain—and we set off. Not many birds at all (no surprise). In fact, I had a crow on my list for most of the hike before I heard a couple chickadees.

Then a gull flew by in the windy air. And I heard the voice of a jay. And, finally, as we got back to the truck, I managed to get a half-way decent bird photo (see above).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:16 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Herring Gull
4. Blue Jay
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Brown Creeper


7. Mallard

(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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