30 March 2023

Posts Tagged ‘savannah sparrow’


Sunday, October 30th, 2022
Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 30 October 2022.
Savannah Sparrow.

A little later, a little warmer than yesterday’s hike—perhaps a little calmer air, as well. All this combined to deliver a few more birds. And an interesting variety, from thrushes, to woodpeckers, to finches, to corvids, to sparrows—even my first waxwing in a while.

Most notable might’ve been the (very loud) Red-shouldered Hawk that appeared low above the trees—too low for a photo, alas, but you can’t miss this species’ call.

Busy otherwise today—a fruitfully busy one. Frankly, I could relieve this day forever and be content.

But tomorrow will come another one. And what’ll happen, no one knows.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Tufted Titmouse
2. American Crow
3. American Robin**
4. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. Purple Finch
6. Black-capped Chickadee**
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. Red-bellied Woodpecker
9. American Goldfinch
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Yellow-rumped Warbler
12. Blue Jay** (v)
13. Eastern Bluebird
14. Northern Flicker
15. Cedar Waxwing
16. Song Sparrow (v)
17. Savannah Sparrow
18. Red-shouldered Hawk
19. White-throated Sparrow
20. Brown Creeper


American Red Squirrel

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



Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Northern Harrier, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 29 October 2022.
Northern Harrier.

Still in the 30s (F) when dog and I hit the trail this a.m. Bright, though, with barely a breeze, and the birds began to let themselves be heard—and seen. Chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, woodpeckers, jays. They even showed up in numbers: a whole bunch of bluebirds in flight, even more robins bouncing around the treetops, and dozens of cawing crows.

But most fun for me were hawks. First, I spied a Cooper’s Hawk (which had the robins nervous), and later we came upon a handsome Northern Harrier, patrolling low above the blueberry barrens as they do here in both spring and fall. Got a glimpse of one last month, and now another in October.

It’ll be nice to see a “gray ghost” come spring.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:06 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. American Robin
3. Brown Creeper (v)
4. Tufted Titmouse
5. Eastern Bluebird
6. Blue Jay
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Downy Woodpecker (v)
9. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Cooper’s Hawk
12. American Crow
13. American Goldfinch (v)
14. Northern Harrier
15. Savannah Sparrow
16. Dark-eyed Junco (v)


17. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
18. Rock Pigeon
19. European Starling
20. Rock Pigeon


Eastern Gray Squirrel

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


Fog & Sparrows

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
Swamp Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 26 October 2022.
Swamp Sparrow.

Thicker fog this morning than yesterday. Rained overnight but let up at dawn, as forecast, just in time for a nice damp hike for dog and me. Didn’t expect a lot of bird action—certainly no decent photos in such dim light—but was surprised to find both.

Mostly photos of sparrows: Savannah, song, white-crowned, white-throated, swamp—and a passel of juncos. Sparrows lining the trail in the grass and in small trees, leading us up and down the hill.

I shall fondly remember this fine, wet day.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:24 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Crow*
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. American Robin
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Flicker
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
9. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
10. Brown Creeper (v)
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Savannah Sparrow
13. Swamp Sparrow
14. White-crowned Sparrow
15. Wild Turkey*


16. Herring Gull

(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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