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Eagle flyby

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023
Bald Eagle, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 22 February 2023.
Bald Eagle flyby.

Welp, we’re supposed to get quite the winter snowstorm tonight and tomorrow, part of a continent-wide weather system crossing the country east to west. So today stood as a sort of blue-sky respite: chilly, a bit breezy, but lovely—and with quite a few nice birds.

Bluebirds still, along with the usual other suspects and a too-shy Brown Creeper. But most exciting was the last bird on my morning list—a lone Bald Eagle flying by in the mostly blue sky above the Beech Hill summit.

Tomorrow, from what I gather, dog and I will be hiking in snow up an already snowy hill. (Will report back.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:53 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)
5. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
6. American Goldfinch
7. White-breasted Nuthatch**
8. Brown Creeper
9. Eastern Bluebird
10. American Robin
11. Bald Eagle

Elsewhere

12. Carolina Wren
13. Herring Gull
14. Rock Pigeon

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

†First-of-year

Balmy

Monday, February 20th, 2023
Two crows, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 February 2023.
Two crows.

A balmy, lowery morning. Temps in the mid- to upper-40s (F). Most of the snow had melted, still a little ice.

Mud like in spring—and more birds than I expected. No excellent photos, considering the dim light and secretive birds, but I did spy a siskin among some goldfinches, and got a pic of a pair of crows in a pine tree.

Ducks and a cardinal at home.

Another interesting day upcoming—and some snow later in the week, it appeares. Dog and I will be ready for whatever comes our way.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Pine Siskin
7. Brown Creeper (v)
8. Eastern Bluebird (v)
9. Downy Woodpecker (v)
10. American Robin (v)
11. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

12. Northern Cardinal (v)
13. Mallard
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Herring Gull

Mammals

Eastern Gray Squirrel

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

†First-of-year

Migra-a-tion

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
White-crowned Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 September 2021.
White-crowned Sparrow.

I had no expectations when dog and I headed up the switchback this morning. After yesterday’s mostly silent stroll, I’d begun to think fall migration would be something of a dud this year.

My suspicions were unfounded, perhaps not least because of the weather. Which I hadn’t checked. There was a little (very little) rain.

And we encountered many bids—among them two dozen yellow-rumps, a gnatcatcher, and a posing sparrow.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 7:19 a.m. (8:19 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Song Sparrow** (v)
2. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
3. Rock Pigeon*
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Northern Flicker
6. Black-billed Magpie
7. California Quail** (v)
8. White-crowned Sparrow
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (v)
10. Spotted Towhee (v)
11. House Finch*
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Chipping Sparrow
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)

Elsewhere

15. European Starling
16. Mourning Dove
17. House Sparrow (v)

Mammals

Red Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

(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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