2 December 2022

Posts Tagged ‘ruffed grouse’


Wednesday, November 9th, 2022
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 09 November 2022.
Ruffed Grouse.

Freezing this morning. Literally: 32° (F). Bundled up, donned our blaze orange accessories, and dog and I hit the hill at about the regular time. Quite a few bird species around—more than the past couple days—and some rather exciting moments, too.

Most notable was my spying a Ruffed Grouse before the bird took off. (I can count on one hand the number of times that’s happened in my 40 years in Maine.) Also, a whole truckload of bluebirds showed up.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:14 a.m. (EST), I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Hairy Woodpecker
4. American Robin (v)
5. American Crow
6. Eastern Bluebird
7. Purple Finch (v)
8. Brown Creeper (v)
9. Hermit Thrush
10. Ruffed Grouse
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
12. American Goldfinch
13. Pine Siskin (v)
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. White-throated Sparrow (v)

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



Tuesday, November 1st, 2022
Snow Bunting (fem.), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 November 2022.
Snow Bunting (fem.).

I expected another sun-soaked morning, but that was not the case: a low overcast cloaked Beech Hill—foggy, hazy, quiet. I didn’t mind, though. Especially the quiet. The light was dim, so I didn’t expect many decent photos, but the birds surprised me.

Sparrows (white-throated, swamp), robins, woodpeckers (downy, hairy, flicker), two nuthatch species, two corvids—and, randomly (and most noteworthy), a Snow Bunting in the lawn at the summit. Preening.

Down in the woods, we flushed a Ruffed Grouse, which I watched sail swiftly away into the trees.

(Still nice and wet in the woodlands, as well it should be.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:25 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee**
2. White-breasted Nuthatch**
3. American Crow*
4. American Robin
5. American Goldfinch (v)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Northern Flicker (v)
8. Snow Bunting†
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch
10. Dark-eyed Junco
11. Song Sparrow (v)
12. White-throated Sparrow
13. Swamp Sparrow
14. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Blue Jay** (v)
17. Ruffed Grouse
18. Brown Creeper (v)
19. Eastern Bluebird (v)
20. Tufted Titmouse (v)


21. Wild Turkey

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


Birdy Day

Saturday, October 1st, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 01 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Chilly again—upper 40s (F)—when we hit the trail, dog and I. Sunny at first, but an a thin layer of clouds overtook the sky before we’d hit the summit. Another birdy day.

Most notable were a Northern Harrier scanning the barrens for a good while, an American Kestrel perched on the highest spruce on the summit, and a Ruffed Grouse we flushed on our ascent. Also heard a raven, spied an osprey, encountered many, many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

I dearly love this time of year.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:43 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
2. American Crow** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Common Raven (v)
5. Black-capped Chickadee
6. Purple Finch (v)
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Yellow-rumped Warbler
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (v)
10. Brown Creeper
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Red-eyed Vireo
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
14. American Robin*
15. Hermit Thrush
16. Gray Catbird (v)
17. Eastern Towhee (v)
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Ruffed Grouse
20. White-throated Sparrow (v)
21. Northern Harrier
22. Song Sparrow (v)
23. American Kestrel
24. American Goldfinch (v)
25. Osprey
26. Common Yellowthroat
27. Savannah Sparrow
28. Eastern Bluebird


29. Carolina Wren (v)
30. Wild Turkey


Eastern Gray 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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