6 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘ring-billed gull’

Sneaking Around in the Woods

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Hermit Thrush, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 May 2019.
Hermit Thrush.

This morning was chilly, breezy, bright. The birds were there, but they were hunkered down, flitting in the shadows, keeping on the quiet side. So Jack and I had to sneak quietly around to find ’em.

Which was a lot of fun. Tiny subtle movements revealed vireos or thrushes or warblers. Not a lot of singing.

The most dramatic occurrence was when a raven descended into the woodland canopy directly above us (as we were standing still, listening to little birds), followed by crows. A raven can’t go anywhere without an entourage.

Rain tomorrow, so they say. We shall see.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Ovenbird (v)
2. American Robin (v)
3. Black-throated Green Warbler (v)
4. White-breasted Nuthatch
5. Black-and-white Warbler
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee**
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Blue Jay**
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
13. Northern Parula
14. White-throated Sparrow
15. Herring Gull* (v)
16. American Crow*
17. Nashville Warbler (v)
18. Tree Swallow
19. Field Sparrow (v)
20. Yellow-rumped Warbler (v)
21. Common Yellowthroat
22. American Goldfinch**
23. Downy Woodpecker (v)
24. Eastern Phoebe
25. American Kestrel
26. Osprey
27. Chipping Sparrow**
28. Gray Catbird (v)
29. Blue-headed Vireo
30. Common Raven
31. Pileated Woodpecker

Elsewhere

32. House Finch
33. Rock Pigeon
34. European Starling
35. Ring-billed Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

The Gray Days of April

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Rock Pigeon, Rockland, Maine, 27 April 2019.
Rock Pigeon.

Rained early, then the thick fog fell. The hike was damp but invigorating. The birds were there on the hill, but I saw but few of them. It’s been a watery spring so far. (Not complaining.)

Elsewhere, the birds were more observable—among them a good-looking pigeon on the peak of a roof on the business block in town.

It brightened later, but we’re still not done with the gray days of April.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Wild Turkey
2. Song Sparrow** (v)
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Purple Finch (v)
5. Hermit Thrush (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Brown-headed Cowbird (v)
8. American Crow* (v)
9. American Robin (v)
10. Chipping Sparrow (v)
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. Herring Gull (v)

Elsewhere

13. House Finch (v)
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Rock Pigeon
16. Ring-billed Gull
17. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Thaw

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Mallard hen, Chickawaukie Lake, Rockland, Maine, 11 April 2019.
Mallard hen.

The day started off sub-freezing but warmed about 25 degrees (F) by afternoon. This had the happy effect of melting most of the recent snowfall, clearing food for birds.

The birds themselves weren’t overly active, limited as they’ve been lately. Also, no huge migrations in a couple days (that I’ve observed anyway).

I did get good looks at waterfowl, though—among them mallards in love.

Update: Heard a Barred Owl in the back yard while in bed tonight.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Mourning Dove* (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. American Crow*
6. American Goldfinch
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. House Finch (v)
10. Ring-billed Gull
11. European Starling
12. Common Loon
13. Red-breasted Merganser
14. Mallard
15. Barred Owl (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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