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Hovering

Friday, April 29th, 2016
American Kestrel, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 April 2016.

American Kestrel.

On a blue-sky day, in a bracing wind,
with a good dog close beside,
I watched a kestrel hover over the blueberries.

The little falcon is an expert at
staying still in moving air.
For many seconds it will hang motionless,
positioned perfectly in the moving air
for scanning the barren below,
then some sudden twist in the wind
will cause its wings
to begin to flutter again.
And yet with all that fluttering,
its head never will never move.

The kestrel caught no vole today.
And the fox that visited this morning
caught no squirrel,
but snacked instead on a crust of bread.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Goldfinch* (v)
2. Hermit Thrush*
3. Broad-winged Hawk
4. Turkey Vulture*
5. Northern Cardinal** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. Eastern Towhee (v)
9. American Crow*
10. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
11. Song Sparrow** (v)
12. Herring Gull*
13. American Kestrel
14. Downy Woodpecker* (v)
15. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

16. Blue Jay (v)
17. Mourning Dove
18. Red-bellied Woodpecker (v)
19. House Finch (v)
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Osprey (v)

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

 

Warm breeze

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 August 2015.

Gray Catbird.

Foggy morning. Desk work, errands. Late-in-the-day Beech Hill hike.

Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 19 August 2015.

Savannah Sparrow.

Warm and breezy on the hill. Big white fog bank cloaking the bay. Ran into a few folks I know at the summit, met a few others I didn’t. Counted a bunch of mostly secretive birds—including the angry field sparrow again—and watched a hummingbird chase off a small flock of waxwings.

You see something new every day.

Beech Hill List

Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Common Yellowthroat (v)
3. American Goldfinch (v)
4. Eastern Towhee (v)
5. Field Sparrow
6. American Crow* (v)
7. Cedar Waxwing**
8. Song Sparrow (v)
9. Savannah Sparrow
10. Gray Catbird
11. Broad-winged Hawk
12. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
13. Black-capped Chickadee (v)

Elsewhere

14. Northern Cardinal
15. Herring Gull
16. Mourning Dove
17. Double-crested Cormorant

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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