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Sweet respite

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Ruddy Duck (female), Chickawaukie Lake, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2014.

Ruddy Duck (female).

A different sort of day. Nearly 40 degrees (F) when I first checked this morning, and the temperature continued on up to—eventually—50-something. Took Jack up to Beech Hill early, where a few others had the same idea. Not a lot of species there, but I did hear a bluebird and see a tree sparrow.

American Coots, Chickawaukie Lake, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2014.

American Coots.

On the way to town (for a quick trip to the grocery store) is when things got interesting. Hadn’t been by Chickawaukie Lake for a while, and I noticed that seasonal coot invasion was underway. I also noticed a handful of diving ducks near the Route 17 turnout—so I pulled in. They were Ruddy Ducks, four or five of them, females and youngsters looked like. Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen any of those (if ever).

Probably a hundred coots. A few goldeneyes. Geese at the swim Beech. Town birds in town.

Did a little desk work but then decided 50-something was too good to pass up, so I went for a long bicycle ride. Felt great. Eighteen miles. En route, I added a bunch more species to today’s list—including a solitary Pileated Woodpecker near Route 1. I heard the bird first, then spotted it high in a tree, then pulled my bike over and dug my camera out of my backpack. I knew I’d stuck it in there for some reason.

Tonight it’s cooling off a bit. I hear we’ll be getting a little rain.

Pileated Woodpecker, near Route 1, Rockport, Maine, 23 November 2014.

Pileated Woodpecker.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Eastern Bluebird (v)
5. American Tree Sparrow
6. Northern Cardinal* (v)


7. American Goldfinch (v)
8. Herring Gull
9. American Robin
10. Mourning Dove
11. American Coot
12. Ruddy Duck
13. Common Goldeneye
14. Canada Goose
15. Rock Pigeon
16. House Sparrow
17. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
18. Tufted Titmouse (v)
19. European Starling
20. Pileated Woodpecker

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


Countin’ birds

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Pine grosbeak, Jameson Point, Rockland, Maine, 22 December 2012.

Pine grosbeak.

Christmas Bird Count List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I helped count birds for the Audubon CBC.

1. House sparrow
2. Northern cardinal
3. Black-capped chickadee
4. Great blue heron
5. American crow
6. White-throated sparrow
7. Pine grosbeak
8. Herring gull
9. Mourning dove
10. Common eider
11. Common loon
12. Ring-billed gull
13. Mallard
14. Song sparrow
15. Bufflehead
16. Red-breasted merganser
17. Common goldeneye
18. Black guillemot
19. Long-tailed duck
20. Great black-backed gull
21. Purple sandpiper
22. Surf scoter
23. Red-necked grebe
24. American black duck
25. Horned grebe
26. Canada goose
27. Pileated woodpecker
28. White-breasted nuthatch
29. Golden-crowned kinglet
30. Tufted titmouse
31. American goldfinch
32. American robin
33. Hooded merganser
34. Downy woodpecker
35. Northern mockingbird
36. Blue jay
37. House finch
38. Ruddy duck
39. Common merganser
40. Ring-necked duck
41. American coot
42. Bald eagle
43. Red-tailed hawk
44. Rock pigeon

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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