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Posts Tagged ‘red-breasted nuthatch’

Even Foggier

Friday, October 6th, 2023
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 06 October 2023.
Hermit Thrush.

Thicker fog, cooler temps, drippier understory—that about describes the meteorological conditions as dog and I headed up the main Beech Hill trail. Honestly, so foggy I didn’t think I’d get close to any decent bird photos. If in fact we I caught sight of any birds.

Right away I caught sight of several species moving around in the dim, drippy trees. And eventually I managed several pretty decent pics.

Supposed to be rainy tomorrow. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:58 a.m. EST (8:58 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-throated Sparrow**
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Blue Jay** (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse (v)
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6. White-breasted Nuthatch
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. American Crow* (v)
12. Song Sparrow
13. Savannah Sparrow
14. Northern Flicker
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere

17. Herring Gull
18. European Starling

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk (v)

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

†First-of-year

Sharpie

Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 September 2023.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (imm.).

It was a cool and overcast morning, a kind of weather I truly love to hike in. Something about that layer of clouds above makes me feel safe, like a soft, protective ceiling. And Captain Jack, with his thick fur coat, liked the coolness.

Yesterday’s wayward solo lark appeared again. So did at least one raven—and, most surprisingly, a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I heard a jay first, just ahead of us around a leafy corner, then the hawk. It’s bright rapid cries made me stop in my tracks. I peaked around the leafy corner, and danged if the bird didn’t allow me a decent photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:08 a.m. EST (8:08 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Gray Catbird (v)
2. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. American Crow* (v)
5. Common Yellowthroat (v)
6. Song Sparrow
7. Blue Jay**
8. Horned Lark
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Northern Flicker (v)
11. Common Raven
12. American Goldfinch**
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. American Robin (v)
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

19. Mourning Dove
20. Herring Gull
21. Northern Cardinal (v)
22. White-throated Sparrow (v)
23. Eastern Bluebird

Mammals

American Red Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Sad

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased).
Bald Eagle (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Bald Eagle (immature).

Two Beech Hill hikes today: a quick, early one with Jack-my-dog, and a later, longer one with a group of curious kids on a middle school field trip. Both were fun.

Ten species early and another six later—the latter ones being most interesting (including an eagle accompanied by hawks). Alas, the last bird on my list was deceased: a dead Black-and-white Warbler I found lying along the trail near the summit. My guess is the bird flew into a window of the hut and managed to flutter across the lawn a ways before succumbing to its injuries. Whatever the case, it’s always sad to find a dead bird.

Migration is risky no matter who you are, and some migrants don’t make it to their destinations. I tossed the little warbler into a soft, shady patch of grass.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Hermit Thrush (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Turkey Vulture*
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Red-shouldered Hawk
15. American Crow*
16. Bald Eagle
17. Black-and-white Warbler (deceased)

Elsewhere

18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. House Sparrow
20. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel
House Sparrow

Reptiles

Eastern Garter Snake

(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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