31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘red-tailed hawk’

Hare

Thursday, December 29th, 2022
Snowshoe Hare, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 December 2022.
Snowshoe Hare.
Red-tailed Hawk, Rockport, Maine, 29 December 2022.
Red-tailed Hawk.

A glorious morning with a mostly overcast sky, clouds coming and going, not too chilly, fairly calm, few bird species—bluebirds, tits, a flicker—but a noteworthy sighting nonetheless: a Snowshoe Hare in winter garb.

I saw a couple-three hares last spring when first dog and I began again to hike Beech Hill—not too shy, either—but they were wearing brown coats. There’s just something about the white fur of a critter with “snow” in its name. In fact, I saw it up ahead, crossing the trail, and thought it’d probably high-tailed it into the woods. But in a glance that way I happened to spot it under a clump little fallen trees. Just staring at us, posing.

So I took its picture.

Then, on our way home, I happened to see a red-tail alighting in a tree along the road. Pulled over, enabled my flashers, and took its picture, too.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:32 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch
2. American Crow
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. Northern Flicker
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. White-breasted Nuthatch

Elsewhere

8. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals

Snowshoe Hare

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

†First-of-year

The Sun Shines on Birdland

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
Swamp Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 October 2022.
Swamp Sparrow.

After a luscious stretch of wet, rainy weather—still puddles on the trails, ahhh!—the sun made an appearance this morning, brightening the aspects of a goodly number of wild birds.

Notable: heard a pair of bluebirds, watched a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers in conversation, had a raven flyover, and got a decent photo of a Swamp Sparrow (a species I’m starting to like a lot—but never fear Savannah Sparrow, my favorite!).

Also noteworthy: I watched a yellow-rump dine on the waxy fruit of the Northern Bayberry—which only yellow-rumps can do.

A truly fun and happy hike with Captain Jack this morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:14 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
2. Eastern Bluebird (v)
3. Purple Finch (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee**
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. American Robin (v)
7. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
8. Hairy Woodpecker
9. American Crow*
10. Swamp Sparrow
11. Common Raven
12. Eastern Towhee (v)
13. Song Sparrow
14. Blue Jay**
15. American Goldfinch
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Red-tailed Hawk
18. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

19. Herring Gull

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

†First-of-year

A Warm One

Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Black-and-white Warbler (female), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 14 May 2022.
Black-and-white Warbler (female).

It was pretty warm already when Captain Jack and I hit the lower wooded trail this morning, earlier than the past few. Mid- to upper-60s to start (and mid- to upper-70s when we got done). So it was a bit slow for Jack, with his thick coat and all.

But we made it OK—and my list happened to end up with a bodacious number of bird species.

Three of which were firsts-of-year, none of which I saw—but their voices gave ’em away (Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and Scarlet Tanager). Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a photo of one or the other.

Mid-may is a wondrous time of year for a bird nerd.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:17 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird** (v)
2. Black-throated Green Warbler**
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Black-and-white Warbler**
5. Northern Parula (v)
6. Blue Jay** (v)
7. American Crow*
8. Blue-headed Vireo (v)
9. American Goldfinch** (v)
10. Eastern Phoebe*
11. Red-winged Blackbird
12. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Northern Cardinal**
15. Northern Flicker
16. American Robin (v)
17. Least Flycatcher (v)
18. Wood Thrush (v)
19. Eastern Towhee
20. Gray Catbird
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler
22. Common Yellowthroat
23. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
24. Yellow warbler (v)
25. Song Sparrow**
26. White-throated Sparrow (v)
27. Tree Swallow
28. Eastern Bluebird
29. Field Sparrow
30. Nashville Warbler (v)
31. Chipping Sparrow**
32. Savannah Sparrow (v)
33. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
34. Scarlet Tanager (v)
35. Turkey Vulture*
36. Downy Woodpecker (v)

Elsewhere

37. Mallard
38. Herring Gull
39. Pine Warbler
40. Red-tailed Hawk

Mammals
Gray Squirrel

(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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